Irish MEPs claim €600k each

New figures reveal most of Ireland’s MEPs claimed €600,000 each in expenses during their terms in Brussels.

Of the figures available, Midlands-Northwest’s Mairead McGuinness tops the list.

The Irish Examiner’s investigation reveals nine of Ireland’s 11 MEPs claimed €5.55 million in expenses during their five-year term.

This is on top of their €105,000 salary and €25,000 monthly allowance to pay staff.

Fine Gael’s Mairead McGuinness tops the newspaper’s list, with nearly €710,000.

She’s followed by Sinn Féin’s Matt Carthy, with €646,000, and Fine Gael’s Deirdre Clune, who claimed €643,000.

Six others claimed more than half-a-million-euros – Sinn Féin’s Lynn Boylan and Liadh Ní Riada, Fine Gael’s Brian Hayes and Sean Kelly, and Independents Nessa Childers and Marian Harkin.

The Examiner says poll-toppers Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan and outgoing MEP Brian Cowley didn’t provide their figures.