Senators have been paid thousands of euro in travel and subsistence payments during lockdown despite the Seanad not sitting, new figures have shown.
Senators have been paid out thousands of euro in travel and subsistence payments during lockdown despite the Seanad not sitting, new figures have shown.
Some 48 Senators were given attendance and subsistence payments for April and May at an average of more than €4,000 each per month, even though the chamber was shut.
Longford Fine Gael Senator Micheál Carrigy was paid just over €6,000 in total for both months with Scramogue based Fianna Fáil Senator Eugene Murphy also exceeding the €6,000 mark.
The Parliamentary Standard Allowance (PSA) is an annual allowance that comprises the travel and accommodation allowance (TAA) and the public representation allowance (PRA).
TAA covers the costs associated with travel to and from Leinster House, overnights and, for TDs only, other travel expenses including constituency travel. Senators receive no payments for constituency travel.
At the end of the year each Member must certify that the amount paid to them was applied in respect of expenses incurred for the purpose specified in the regulations.
The TAA is calculated on the basis of 150 days attendance at Leinster House.
However, Members must register their attendance in Leinster House for at least 120 days annually to retain the full allowance.