TDs & Senators Expenses Reformed

TDs and Senators could feel a pinch in their pockets as the current system of expenses is reformed.

The Oireachtas Commission has recommended a revamping of the controversial system of expenses for TDs and senators, which could see their allowances reduced if they fail to turn up for sittings and committee meetings.

The Oireachtas Commission, the body that runs Leinster House, met today and its chairman, Ceann Comhairle John O'Donoghue, tabled proposals which he said would bring greater transparency and accountability to expenses payments.

Under the reform programme, the Oireachtas expenses regime agreed today would include the recording of attendance and deductions for members who are not present.

The party whips are expected to oversee the verification process.

The proposals have now gone to the Department of Finance for implementation.


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