TDs defend €1,200 extra expenses on foreign trip
Two TDs who each claimed over €1,200 after hotel, dinner, and breakfast costs were deducted during a five-day trip to Switzerland, have defended the spending levels, saying Oireachtas rules allow them to receive the money. Freedom of Information documents published by a media outlet show that while travelling to the 138th Inter-Parliamentary Union assembly between April 24 and 29, Mr Neville and Mr Gallagher claimed €214 a day. Both TDs yesterday defended the costs and declined to explain what the money was spent on. “I was sent as an Oireachtas representative to the Inter-Parliamentary Union assembly and submitted the claim through the official process as advised,” said Mr Neville. Mr Gallagher said: “I submitted [the claim] on the basis of Department of Public Expenditure and Reform guidelines.