While the final expenses have yet to be submitted by the six Laois/Offaly Oireachtas members, it looks certain that both their salaries and expenses will hit six figure totals.
Total annual salaries will be €528,981 and they top this up handsomely with €312,766.32 in expense allowances. This will give a grand total of €841,747 for 2012.
The expenses for the five TDs will be more than €270,000 while Senator John Whelan looks set to recoup more than €36,000.
Fine Gael’s Deputy Marcella Corcoran-Kennedy is Laois/Offaly’s highest earner accumulating €151,338.08, while the constituency’s lowest earner is Sen Whelan on €101,720.96.
Each of the five TDs – Deputies Corcoran-Kennedy, Charlie Flanagan, Sean Fleming, Barry Cowen and Brian Stanley – receive a salary of €92,672, while Senator Whelan’s salary is €65,621.
Deputy Corcoran-Kennedy lives furthest away from the houses of the Oireachtas and she is in Band 4 vouched expenses, yielding her €4,888.84 per month or €58,666.08 annually. Her Fine Gael party colleague Charlie Flanagan is in Band 2 vouched expenses providing him with €4,670.84 monthly.
Sinn Féin’s Brian Stanley and Fianna Fáil’s Barry Cowen are both in Band 3, giving them a monthly vouched expenses total of €4,795.84 or €57,550.08 annually. Dep Stanley is Laois’ highest earner with a total of more than €150,000
Fianna Fáil’s Sean Fleming is in Band 3 unvouched expenses category and his monthly figure amounts to €3,904.17. When his salary and expenses of €46,850.04 are added together, it makes the Castletown representative, on €139,522.0,4 the lowest earner of the five TDs in the constituency.
Senator Whelan claims €3,008.33 per month through Band 3 unvouched expenses.
Deputy Charlie Flanagan commented, “My current salary is considerably less than that which I have earned or could earn in the private sector.
Deputy Brian Stanley said, “After everything is taken out I earn the equivalent of the average industrial wage.”
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