Friday, April 17, 2020

There have been calls for TD’s travel expenses to be at least halved during the Coronavirus crisis.

TDs are being paid unvouched travel expenses without needing to fob in to Leinster House despite the national lockdown.

The amount paid depends on how far away the Deputy lives from Leinster House.

Some say they still have to pay rent on properties in Dublin but RISE TD Paul Murphy believes that could be managed.

“We should have a vouched system for these expenses,” said Mr Murphy.

“The idea that you have would have unvouched expenses in this day and age doesn’t make sense.”

He said that for the moment without a vouched system in place, circumstances call for a need for a significant cut.

“I would say at least 50% in the current expenses that are being paid.”

Meanwhile, the Oireachtas has said no TD sought a special allowance for working from home.

Officials disputed reports from earlier this week which claimed that a small number of TDs were looking for expenses for working from home.

However, the Houses of the Oireachtas said in a statement that no TD has sought such an allowance and one is not being considered.

[ul][b]Useful information[/b]
[li]The HSE have developed an information pack on how to protect yourself and others from coronavirus. Read it [url=https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/coronavirus.html]here[/url] [/li]
[li]Anyone with symptoms of coronavirus who has been in close contact with a confirmed case in the last 14 days should isolate themselves from other people – this means going into a different, well-ventilated room alone, with a phone; phone their GP, or emergency department;[/li]
[li]GPs Out of Hours services are not in a position to order testing for patients with normal cold and flu-like symptoms. HSELive is an information line and similarly not in a position to order testing for members of the public. The public is asked to reserve 112/999 for medical emergencies at all times.[/li]
[li]ALONE has [burl=987612]launched a national support line[/burl] and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Ireland. The support line will be open seven days a week, 8am-8pm, by calling 0818 222 024[/li]
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