Kerry TD says politicians’ expenses need to be fully vouched

A Kerry TD says expenses claimed by politicians should be fully vouched. Tom Fleming Image with Lake1 Independent TD Tom Fleming says he has kept a promise he made before the last general election in which he said he would donate half his TD’s salary to worthy causes. The Kerry South deputy says after tax, his salary is almost €44,000 of which he donates €20,000. An Irish Mirror investigation has found that the Taoiseach and his ministers have claimed more than €3 million in expenses since taking power four years ago. For Kerry, Fine Gael TD Brendan Griffin got over 582 thousand euro in salary and expenses since 2011, Labour deputy Arthur Spring got over 581 thousand, Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae got over 577 thousand euro, Independent Tom Fleming got 547 thousand and Sinn Fein TD Martin Ferris got almost 517,000 euro in salary and expenses since 2011.Fine Gael’s Jimmy Deenihan earned the most in salary and expenses among Kerry TDs – he got over 864,000 euro but during that time, he was Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and he is currently a Minister for State. Deputy Brendan Griffin also donates half his TD’s salary so that a school can employ a teacher. Martin Ferris says he only takes the average industrial wage of €32,000. Tom Fleming says he and his Kerry colleagues work hard. He’s also defended the leaders’ allowance of almost 28,000 euro that independent TDs such as himself can claim: [audio_player src=””]