Tag Archives: John O’Donoghue

Five reasons (and counting) on why Ireland’s political expenses system is in dire need of reform

The political expenses regime in Northern Ireland has been the subject of a report by an independent review body. Some of the planned allowances would bring a tear to the eye of many Irish politicians if introduced here, because they are distinctly stingy by Leinster House standards. You can read the full report here. The most interesting […]

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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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