Longford-Westmeath TDs election expenses revealed

Fianna Fail TD Robert Troy spent the most amount of non-public money in last year’s general election of the successful candidates in the Longford-Westmeath constituency according to new expenses figures released.

Figures released today from SIPO show that the Mullingar native paid over €7,000 for posters, while Labour Party candidate Willie Penrose paid put over €3,000 on advertising.

Independent Alliance member Kevin Boxer Moran shelled out a total of just over €10,000 to finally secure his seat in Dail Eireann after many years of trying.

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The TD will foot the bill entirely himself as he has no party to assign expenses or any costs to.

Information contained in SIPO’s General Election report shows he spent almost €5,000 on election posters, while other election material cost just over €5,300.

Fine Gael TD Peter Burke assigned €22,885 euro to Fine Gael as part of his election campaign while the SIPO figures also include a receipt of over five hundred euro for cable ties out of a total of non-publicly funded expenses of €14,719 euro.

Fianna Fail TD Robert Troy spent over €7,000 on posters, while he also paid out over 5 thousand euro on advertising which formed a total of €20,000 of non-public money spent on the campaign.

In total Fianna Fail were assigned a total of €15,060 for expenses incurred as part of last February’s general election campaign.

The last candidate elected after a marathon count in Keenagh, Willie Penrose, spent a total of €10,459 euro on his election, with posters counting for almost half of that total.

His party was assigned a figure of €24,472 of the statutory spending limit.