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.