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Seven TDs receive more than 1m

Tuesday, 12th February, 2013 7:30am

Story by Tom Kelly
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Seven TDs receive more than 1m
Seven TDs receive more than 1m

The seven TDs serving the people of Westmeath received more than 1m in salary and expenses last year.

According to figures from the House of the Oireachtas website, the four Longford Westmeath TDs and three Meath West representatives, which takes in north Westmeath, were paid a combined total of 1,023,398.48 in salary and expenses in 2012.

The Athlone-based deputy Nicky McFadden (FG) topped the pay charts with 151,338.08, which comprises her annual TD salary of 92,672 plus 58,666.08, or 4,888.84 a month, in vouched-for expenses plus her travel and accommodation allowance.

Second on the list is Fianna Fáil's Robert Troy, who received 150.222.08. Deputy Troy, who is his party spokesperson on children, received 57,550.08 in vouched for expenses and travel and accommodation.

Longford's sole TD, James Bannon (FG), received 140,638.04 in payments last year, while Willie Penrose, who is hoping to regain the Labour Party whip at Easter, finished at the bottom of the pay table for Longford Westmeath TDs, receiving 140,638.04 last year. Deputies Penrose and Bannon both opted for unvouched for expenses.

Over in the three-seat Meath West constituency, Fine Gael's Damien English received 148,722.08 in salary and expenses last year, while Sinn Féin's Peadar Tóibín and the Trim-based Fine Gael deputy, Ray Butler, each received 146,478.08. All three Meath West deputies chose vouched-for expenses.

Politicians on the vouched-for system are required to keep receipts of their spending. TDs who claim unvouched expenses are not required to keep receipts but are paid less.

The travel and accommodation costs paid to TDs are based on the distances between their homes and Leinster House.

Deputies who reside between 90 and 120km, such as Robert Troy and Willie Penrose, from Dublin receive 31,850 per annum as a travel and accommodation allowance, while TDs who live between 120 and 150km, away such as Deputy McFadden, receive 33,350.

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