Cllr Michael Healy Rae defends his 2003 expences.

Independent Cllr Michael Healy Rae is defending the expenses he earned last year. Cllr Healy Rae claimed 56,000 euro in 2003, followed by Cllr Ned O Sullivan on 42,000. The full list is contained in this week’s farmers’ journal. Half the figure refers to Cllr Healy Rae`s time as Mayor of the county when he would have attended functions outside the county. Cllr Healy Rae says he’ll go before the electorate tomorrow week on his record.