Category Archives: Expenses

Politicians trip to Hong Kong and China cost €27,000

  MORE than €27,000 was spent sending five politicians and three officials on a week-long trip to China and Hong Kong. The entire delegation flew business class at a cost of at least €2,712 each and stayed in a string of five-star hotels, most of which were generously paid for by their Chinese hosts.

Expense claims by Environment Minister’s drivers

This is another meta FOI. This one details claims made by the ministerial drivers of Alan Kelly, Phil Hogan, Paudie Coffey and Jan O’Sullivan. Strangely, redactions were applied to the names of the drivers – the names are a matter of public record. foi2015005 (PDF) foi2015005 (Text)

Office of President expenditure at Waterford IT

This is a report carried out by Deloitte & Touche into €3.7 million worth of expenditure by the Office of the President of Waterford Institute of Technology. It was released by the Higher Education Authority under Freedom of Information legislation along with the response drafted by the college. WIT Report on Pres Expenditure 6 May… Read More »

Political pensions: The costs

Political pensions and lump sums for former TDs, Ministers and Senators have cost nearly €2 million every single month over the past year and a half. An estimated €32.7 million has been spent by the Oireachtas and Department of Finance since January 2011 on pensions for former politicians. The cost includes more than €9.5 million paid in lump… Read More »

John Perry's enormous mileage claims

Small Business Minister John Perry managed to claim almost €30,000 in mileage expenses in less than 11 months. The Fine Gael TD even managed to claim for 4,417kms in a month in which only two official appointments are listed in his diary. The Minister had an engagement in Wexford and one in Tuam, which is… Read More »