Kerry TDs have among highest expenses claimed in country

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Figures have been released for the amount of expenses claimed by TDs for May.
Kerry’s five TDs have among the highest amount claimed under the Parliamentary Standard Allowance.
However, this can be attributed to the fact that the deputies are living among the furthest distances from Leinster House.
The Parliamentary Standard Allowance is an annual allowance paid monthly in arrears to TDs and senators.
It comprises the Travel and Accommodation Allowance and the Public Representation Allowance.
The latter allowance is fully vouched.
However, the Travel and Accommodation Allowance is unvouched and is based on the distance from the TD’s normal place of residence to Leinster House and covers the costs associated with travel to and from Dublin. The distance measured is based on the shortest practicable route and is measured on bands from 1 to 11, with band 1 closest to Dublin and band 12 furthest away from the capital. TDs are not expected to account for how they travelled.
The highest claim in May came from Cork South West TD Michael Collins who claimed €4,534.98  – he’s in band 12.
After Deputy Collins, the highest amount in expenses claimed came from Independent TDs Danny and Michael Healy-Rae who both claimed €4,478.75.
They’re in band 11.
Sinn Féin TD Martin Ferris and Fine Gael Junior Minister Brendan Griffin claimed €4,422.08 each along with two Cork TDs Jim Daly and Aindrias Moynihan. This group is in band 10.
Fianna Fáil TD John Brassil was part of a group of four TDs who claimed €4,365.41 for May. These deputies are in band 9 in distance from Dublin.