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Shannonside TDs spent over 150,000 euro on election campaigns

Nov 25, 2021 08:11 By Shannonside News
Shannonside TDs spent over 150,000 euro on election campaigns Shannonside TDs spent over 150,000 euro on election campaigns
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Fianna Fail's Joe Flaherty spent a total of €21, 574 - with almost €4,000 on newspaper advertising

TDs who were elected to the Dail at the most recent General Election in this region spent over €156,000 on their campaigns.

Two Fianna fail candidates spent over €20,000 on their successful bids to enter the Dáil.

More than seven million euro was spent by parties and independents during the General Election in 2020 - with local politicians not sparing the cash in their campaigns to be elected.

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In the Roscommon-Galway constituency, TD Denis Naughten spent a total of €15,266 on his successful campaign. Advertising cost him over €5600 and canvas cards and car stickers also cost almost €3000 (€2,929).

Sinn Fein TD Claire Kerrane assigned spending of €10,000 to her party - with her campaign costing a total of €6,158.

The first-time TD paid out over €2,000 (€2,157) in advertising as well as just over €700 in for election posters.

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Independent TD Micheal Fitzmaurice's campaign cost him a total of €9,603 - including around €1400 on advertising on traditional media while his biggest expense was election materials such as the printing of 40,000 brochures and car stickers, costing a total of €5,216.

The total of candidates' spending in Roscommon-Galway came in at €31,027.

In Sligo-Leitrim, South Donegal and north Roscommon, Marc MacSharry spent over €22,000 (€22,668) including over €8,000 on election posters, and €5,000 on advertising as well as €4,185 in transport and travel costs.

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He also assigned €7,530 of the spending limit to his party.

Former MEP Marian Harkin spent a total of €17,714 on her campaign - including almost €6000 on election posters (€5872), as well as over €3400 on advertising in newspapers.

Sinn Fein TD Martin Kenny reassigned spending of €5,000 to his party - with his campaign costing a total of €16,982 - including over €8,000 on election posters and almost €6,000 on advertising.

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TD Frank Feighan spent a total of €17,693 on his campaign - he also assigned a spending limit of €17,717 to the Fine Gael party.

Of his total, €4,068 was spent on advertising, €4205 on election posters.

The former senator also paid out over €6400 to Facebook.

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The overall total spent by the successful candidates in the north-west was €75,057

In Longford Westmeath, TD Peter Burke's campaign cost a total of €12,411- including over 6,000 on election posters.

He also assigned spending of over €22,000 to his party.

Fianna Fail's Robert Troy spent a total of €16,594 to get re-elected - including almost €6,000 on newspaper advertising. Canvass cards also cost him a total of €3,515

First time candidate Sorca Clarke of Sinn Fein spent a total of €13,613 - including €8,086 in election posters and almost €900 on Facebook ads.

Fianna Fail's Joe Flaherty spent a total of €21, 574 - with almost €4,000 on newspaper advertising and just over €7,000 on election posters. Branded bicycles cost his campaign €570 with social media management costing €1110.

The total in Longford-Westmeath was €50, 579.

The constituency with the largest combined spend was Tipperary at €260,000 euro.

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