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Astonishing’ range of posts a third of Senators claim allowances for

10th October 2021


Apart from the salary of €70,134 and allowances, there is also an astonishing variety of other posts which mean that just under a third (19) of Seanad members also trouser additional allowances.© Provided by Extra.ie

The most significant posts are Cathaoirleach (Mark Daly, Fianna Fáil: €49,255) and Leas Cathaoirleach on €27,112.

Initially, Jerry Buttimer was appointed Leas Cathaoirleach, but he was replaced by Joe O’Reilly after the Golfgate controversy in Clifden, Galway last year.

The leader of the House, Regina Doherty secures an allowance of €21,525 while deputy leader Lisa Chambers earns €9,500.Senator deputy leader
                    Lisa Chambers earns an extra €9,500. Photograph:
                    Leah Farrell / RollingNews.ie© Provided by Extra.ie Senator deputy leader Lisa Chambers earns an extra €9,500. Photograph: Leah Farrell / RollingNews.ie

That isn’t the end of the jobs.

Other less well remunerated, but still satisfying, posts include two Government whips, four other whips and four group leaders allowances.The leader of the
                    House, Regina Doherty secures an allowance of
                    €21,525 Picture: Fran Veale© Provided by Extra.ie The leader of the House, Regina Doherty secures an allowance of €21,525 Picture: Fran Veale

When it comes to whips, there is a Government whip (€6,000) an Assistant Government whip €4,000).

There is also an Independents Group leader (€6,000) a Sinn Féin Group leader (€6,000) a Civil Engagement Group leader (€6,000) and the Labour Group leader (€6,000).

There is also an Independents Group whip (€4,000) a Sinn Féin Group whip (€4,000) a Civil Engagement Group whip (€4,000) and a Labour Group whip (€4,000).

Outside of the whips and the leaders, there are other jobs to be had too.Mark Daly, Irish Fianna
                    Fail politician.© Provided by Extra.ie Mark Daly, Irish Fianna Fail politician.

The much-prized Oireachtas Commission membership, which ironically examines the terms and conditions of Oireachtas members, comes with a wage of €9,500.

The recipients of this are Mark Daly who also is the recipient of the €49,255 Cathaoirleach allowance) plus Seán Kyne, FG; Ned O’Sullivan, FF and Mark Wall, Labour.

Finally, there is the chairperson of Members’ Interests, Shane Cassells, who qualifies for an allowance of €3,100.

The travel and expenses band starts at the very modest rate of €5,250.Senator Joe O’Reilly on
                    Kildare Street, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney
                    Collins© Provided by Extra.ie Senator Joe O’Reilly on Kildare Street, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Once you travel 25km beyond the city centre, a short trip by commuting standards, the rate jumps to €20,975 for band one covering 25km to 60km to a mid-point (band six) where senators who travel between 180km and 210km are paid €25,849.

The most lucrative band is number 12, where senators who live more than 360km away are paid €29,565.

Twenty senators are paid at the Dublin rate with the remaining senators qualifying for more than €20,975 a year in unvouched expenses.

Twenty-six of those senators qualify for more than €25,849 per annum.

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