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What exactly is Willie O'Dea claiming about his expenses?


williewatch

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What exactly is Willie O'Dea claiming about his expenses?

During a discussion on politicians expenses last night on Vincent Brown Willie O'Dea said that he "vouched every penny he paid out".

3player | Tonight with Vincent Browne - Thursday, 13 December 2012 (27 minutes in).

WTF does he mean by that?

Is he claiming that he provided receipts for all his expense claims?

A casual listener could be forgiven for thinking that Willie was claiming that he never received unvouched expenses.

I'd love to hear Mr O'Dea clarify the situation as I'm sure he'd like the public to be clear on this.

What about this one.....did he produce receipts for his travel expenses to the Dail when he was been driven by Niall Collins?




 

CarnivalOfAction

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What exactly is Willie O'Dea claiming about his expenses?

During a discussion on politicians expenses last night on Vincent Brown Willie O'Dea said that he "vouched every penny he paid out".

3player | Tonight with Vincent Browne - Thursday, 13 December 2012 (27 minutes in).

WTF does he mean by that?

Is he claiming that he provided receipts for all his expense claims?

A casual listener could be forgiven for thinking that Willie was claiming that he never received unvouched expenses.

I'd love to hear Mr O'Dea clarify the situation as I'm sure he'd like the public to be clear on this.

What about this one.....did he produce receipts for his travel expenses to the Dail when he was been driven by Niall Collins?




He's claiming they were cut when they were increased. Leopard. Spots.
 

laidback

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Just checked the Houses of the oireachtas website. Willie has opted for the higher 'vouched' allowance of €25,700 pa which is for stuff like constituency offices, advertising clinics etc. On this system Willie may be one of the 10% asked to provide invoices and receipts for this money which is paid out monthly in 12 equal instalments. He doesn't have to claim it. The FOI Act does not apply to the 90% who dont have to produce receipts.

this allowance is apparently being reduced and Willie was very hurt on the VB show saying that the public do not appreciate what a hit he and colleagues have taken in the Budget in the national interest. VB commented on the hardship caused by getting 50% less post paid Oireachtas envelopes.

Willie is not vouching his generous travel allowance, again paid monthly automatically, but he does have to clock in and this we are asked to believe 'vouches' the payment!
 
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