Tag Archives: Ceann Comhairle

Ex-Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett approved €11k in overnight expenses for driver to travel to Dublin to bring him on short commute from Killiney to Leinster House

A personal driver for Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett ended up being paid more than €10,000 in overnight expenses last year because he travelled from his home in the South East to bring the Ceann Comhairle on a nine-mile journey to Leinster House. Dominic Hearns, a former garda, was able to claim the overnight expenses as he […]

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How Irish politicians are able to claim up to €260 per day in unvouched tax-free expenses when abroad

FOUR politicians were able to claim at least €3,000 in tax-free unvouched expenses last year for overseas travel as part of their work at Leinster House. They were paid as part of a subsistence system that includes special top-ups on daily expense rates for politicians, and does not have to cover hotel or flight costs […]

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The Airport Transit

In today’s Tribune, we are carrying a story about how an airport transit to transport John O’Donoghue from one terminal of Heathrow Airport to another ended up costing E472. Even though it was just a two-hour layover as Minister O’Donoghue landed in London en route from India back to Dublin, an official from the Embassy […]

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John O’Donoghue theatre tickets and Martin Cullen’s trip to the Ryder Cup

These are the two Ministerial expenses stories that largely slipped under the radar in recent times. The first involves John O’Donoghue’s trip to New York where €28,000 was spent in four days between himself, his wife, his private secretary and another senior civil servant. This does not feature in the larger O’Donoghue FOI because this […]

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The John O’Donoghue files

This story started more than a year ago as I began to look into allegations of excessive spending by the Ceann Comhairle’s office. First up was a story about the refurbishment of John O’Donoghue’s office in Leinster House at a cost to the taxpayer of more than €100,000, which included €29,000 for carpets, a €1,000 […]

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