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Fine Gael TD (James Reilly) claims €32k for 18-mile journeys to Dáil - Sunday Tribune


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Front page of this morning's Sunday Tribune......



Fine Gael spokesman for Health James Reilly claimed more than €32,000 for travel and subsistence despite living 18 miles from Leinster House. The claims relate to his first 18 months in the Dáil.

Reilly told the Tribune the costs are as a result of spending alot of nights in Dublin City Centre rather than his home in Rush.

The figure dropped "dramatically from the end of 2008 - he claimed just €10,282 in 2009".
 


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Here we go then.

So, from May 2007 to November 2008 he claimed 32K for travel and sub. Yet he lives in Rush.

It's about 15 miles from Rush to the Dáil.

The Dáil sits about 150 days per annum (can anyone put an accurate number on that)

So let's say, 225 days he sat in that period.

32K/225 = €142 per day sitting.

On top of his TD salary.
 

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Isn't it curious that its already been arranged that the Dail will sit next week but that there won't be any questions or private members time? This inconvenient expenses stuff should go away in a week or so given a bit of decent weather and sunshine.
 

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Here we go then.

So, from May 2007 to November 2008 he claimed 32K for travel and sub. Yet he lives in Rush.
Well the travel figure would be calculated according to how far from Dail Eireann his home in Rush is - there are different bands, and he can claim according to which band he's in. Does the article say how much of the 32k was covered that way?
 

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Well the travel figure would be calculated according to how far from Dail Eireann his home in Rush is - there are different bands, and he can claim according to which band he's in. Does the article say how much of the 32k was covered that way?
32k expenses on top of his TD salary in just over a year!?! That's ludicrous for an opposition TD!
 

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Well the travel figure would be calculated according to how far from Dail Eireann his home in Rush is - there are different bands, and he can claim according to which band he's in. Does the article say how much of the 32k was covered that way?
I don't know. Dave has the newspaper. But it does seem excessive.
 
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Well the travel figure would be calculated according to how far from Dail Eireann his home in Rush is - there are different bands, and he can claim according to which band he's in. Does the article say how much of the 32k was covered that way?
I think I was pretty clear about what the point of the Trib piece was, Reilly claims to have stayed in Dublin city centre, despite living 18 miles away, thus the claims are for "travel and subsistence". What about that didn't you read hbap?

It [The Sunday Tribune] says his claims were almost twice the average of Dublin TDs "and between 46% and 64% higher than other Dublin North deputies".

In 2009 he made a conscious decision to get to Rush at night and he incurred less expenses from then on.
It's worth pointing out that according to Google Maps a car journey from Leinster House to Rush would take 33 minutes (40 if the port tunnel isn't used).
 

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Here we go then.

So, from May 2007 to November 2008 he claimed 32K for travel and sub. Yet he lives in Rush.

It's about 15 miles from Rush to the Dáil.

The Dáil sits about 150 days per annum (can anyone put an accurate number on that)

So let's say, 225 days he sat in that period.

32K/225 = €142 per day sitting.

On top of his TD salary.
Dublin TDs usually work from Leinster House rather than external offices for most of the time, unlike rural TDs who would only be in Dáil Éireann for sitting days and working in outlying offices in their constituencies all the rest of the time. So additional costs from being based in Leinster House are far outweighed by savings from what they would cost if based in outlying offices which are paid for the exchequer.

Senior politicians (cabinet ministers and opposition spokespeople) are primarily based in Dublin either in their departments if ministers, or in their Dáil offices if in the opposition.

What you call "sitting days" are plenary days when the House meets in plenary session. A lot of work takes place in committees, some of which sit outside plenary days. Though to be fair, you wouldn't be aware of that because the media rarely bother their arses covering committees even though that is where most of the real work is done. The joke is that someone ought to buy journalists a sat nav that could show them the way down to floor 0 in LH2000 where committees meet.
 

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I hope there's a good explanation for this. I voted for this guy.

If he's been doing a Callely, I'm going to be very ******************************g annoyed.

I almost feel sick.
 

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What you call "sitting days" are plenary days when the House meets in plenary session. A lot of work takes place in committees..
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On top of his TD salary.
Tommy / HBAP despite the fact that these expenses are all on top of his TD salary, do you both call on Mr. O'Reilly to issue a full apology to the Irish people as Mr.Kenny has also called upon other members of the Oireachtas for expenses scandals to do?
 

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I hope there's a good explanation for this. I voted for this guy.

If he's been doing a Callely, I'm going to be very ******************************g annoyed.

I almost feel sick.
Anyone who knows Reilly knows he is not in it for the money. He has lost money by entering politics. He is not the sort of guy looking to cream off expenses. If he was looking to make money he would have stayed outside politics. He is not someone like Callely who is all mouth but little ability. Reilly is someone could walk into a big paying job in any industry at the drop of a hat. Callely is just a mediocrity looking to make cash.
 
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Anyone who knows Reilly knows he is not in it for the money. He has lost money by entering politics. He is not the sort of guy looking to cream off expenses. If he was looking to make money he would have stayed outside politics. He is not someone like Callely who is all mouth but little ability. Reilly is someone could walk into a big paying job in any industry at the drop of a hat. Callely is just a mediocrity looking to make cash.
So he doesn't still run his GP practice Tommy?
 

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Well Phew. Thank god for that.

I feel like exploding, only the children are asleep.
Do you suggest he liquidate his surgery and sack all his staff, even though as a TD he in a job where his re-election is not guaranteed?
 

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I suppose he could do what Leo Varadker has done which is to give up his practise while he is a TD.
Leo didn't have a practice. He completed his medical training for free, declining his salary as a junior doctor while working weekends to complete his training. People used to be surprised to see him on the TV during the week, then going into A&E and see him there, let alone know that he was working in A&E for free.
 

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Do you suggest he liquidate his surgery and sack all his staff, even though as a TD he in a job where his re-election is not guaranteed?
Sore point. I was discussing this only today in the magical June sunshine.

What I suggest is that he does what he has been doing, operating a GP practice and representing people of DN.

Without, of course, stuffing pockets with taxpayers money.

My sore point is that there are so few engineers in Dáil Eireann, as opposed to say...doctors, teacher or accountants.. You know why of course.
 

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If Enda isn't seen to reprimand O'Reilly strongly, what chance does he have of convincing the electorate that FG will not be just "business as usual" come the next election.

If he wants to have any credibility as leader of a viable alternative he has to set the example. Otherwise he simply won't be able to voice strong opinions about the FF expense scandals.

Let's wait and see what kind of a leader this guy really is.
 

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