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Thread: Fine Gael TD (James Reilly) claims €32k for 18-mile journeys to Dáil - Sunday Tribune

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    Default Fine Gael TD (James Reilly) claims €32k for 18-mile journeys to Dáil - Sunday Tribune

    Front page of this morning's Sunday Tribune......



    Fine Gael spokesman for Health James Reilly claimed more than €32,000 for travel and subsistence despite living 18 miles from Leinster House. The claims relate to his first 18 months in the Dáil.

    Reilly told the Tribune the costs are as a result of spending alot of nights in Dublin City Centre rather than his home in Rush.

    The figure dropped "dramatically from the end of 2008 - he claimed just €10,282 in 2009".

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    Here we go then.

    So, from May 2007 to November 2008 he claimed 32K for travel and sub. Yet he lives in Rush.

    It's about 15 miles from Rush to the Dáil.

    The Dáil sits about 150 days per annum (can anyone put an accurate number on that)

    So let's say, 225 days he sat in that period.

    32K/225 = €142 per day sitting.

    On top of his TD salary.
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    Isn't it curious that its already been arranged that the Dail will sit next week but that there won't be any questions or private members time? This inconvenient expenses stuff should go away in a week or so given a bit of decent weather and sunshine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EvotingMachine0197 View Post
    Here we go then.

    So, from May 2007 to November 2008 he claimed 32K for travel and sub. Yet he lives in Rush.
    Well the travel figure would be calculated according to how far from Dail Eireann his home in Rush is - there are different bands, and he can claim according to which band he's in. Does the article say how much of the 32k was covered that way?
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    No doubt Enda will call on O'Reilly to issue a full and proper apology to the Irish people like he did John O'Donoghue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hiding behind a poster View Post
    Well the travel figure would be calculated according to how far from Dail Eireann his home in Rush is - there are different bands, and he can claim according to which band he's in. Does the article say how much of the 32k was covered that way?
    32k expenses on top of his TD salary in just over a year!?! That's ludicrous for an opposition TD!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hiding behind a poster View Post
    Well the travel figure would be calculated according to how far from Dail Eireann his home in Rush is - there are different bands, and he can claim according to which band he's in. Does the article say how much of the 32k was covered that way?
    I don't know. Dave has the newspaper. But it does seem excessive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hiding behind a poster View Post
    Well the travel figure would be calculated according to how far from Dail Eireann his home in Rush is - there are different bands, and he can claim according to which band he's in. Does the article say how much of the 32k was covered that way?
    I think I was pretty clear about what the point of the Trib piece was, Reilly claims to have stayed in Dublin city centre, despite living 18 miles away, thus the claims are for "travel and subsistence". What about that didn't you read hbap?

    It [The Sunday Tribune] says his claims were almost twice the average of Dublin TDs "and between 46% and 64% higher than other Dublin North deputies".

    In 2009 he made a conscious decision to get to Rush at night and he incurred less expenses from then on.
    It's worth pointing out that according to Google Maps a car journey from Leinster House to Rush would take 33 minutes (40 if the port tunnel isn't used).

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    Quote Originally Posted by EvotingMachine0197 View Post
    Here we go then.

    So, from May 2007 to November 2008 he claimed 32K for travel and sub. Yet he lives in Rush.

    It's about 15 miles from Rush to the Dáil.

    The Dáil sits about 150 days per annum (can anyone put an accurate number on that)

    So let's say, 225 days he sat in that period.

    32K/225 = €142 per day sitting.

    On top of his TD salary.
    Dublin TDs usually work from Leinster House rather than external offices for most of the time, unlike rural TDs who would only be in Dáil Éireann for sitting days and working in outlying offices in their constituencies all the rest of the time. So additional costs from being based in Leinster House are far outweighed by savings from what they would cost if based in outlying offices which are paid for the exchequer.

    Senior politicians (cabinet ministers and opposition spokespeople) are primarily based in Dublin either in their departments if ministers, or in their Dáil offices if in the opposition.

    What you call "sitting days" are plenary days when the House meets in plenary session. A lot of work takes place in committees, some of which sit outside plenary days. Though to be fair, you wouldn't be aware of that because the media rarely bother their arses covering committees even though that is where most of the real work is done. The joke is that someone ought to buy journalists a sat nav that could show them the way down to floor 0 in LH2000 where committees meet.
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    I hope there's a good explanation for this. I voted for this guy.

    If he's been doing a Callely, I'm going to be very ******************************g annoyed.

    I almost feel sick.
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