I believe that I should be as open and transparent with voters, the people of Ireland South, on what salary I receive as their MEP, and what allowances I, and my office, receive to enable us to work on their behalf.
MEPs receive a monthly, pre-tax salary of €8,757.70 that is taxed, at source, subject to both EU and Irish tax. MEP salaries are funded directly out of the European Parliament’s budget.
Travel and Subsistence Allowance
Every Member of the European Parliament receives a flat-rate subsistence allowance for every day they attend official Parliamentary meetings and engagements. This allowance covers:
- – Accommodation
- – Meals
- – Other expenses involved in attending the meeting or engagement.
The allowance, in 2019, is €320 per day. On average, I attend four days per week at both Brussels and Strasbourg.
Flights, trains and taxis required to facilitate my travel to Brussels and Strasbourg are booked, and paid for, directly by the European Parliament.
General Expenditure Allowance
Each MEP receives an allowance to cover the costs involved with running a local constituency service. Cost can include:
- – Operating a local office
- – Buying office supplies
- – Paying for utilities such as light, heat, phone and broadband services
- – The purchase of computers and other equipment needed to run a quality service for constituents
MEPs can employ staff of their own choosing, so long as they are unrelated, within a set budget as agreed by Parliament. I employ four full-time staff – three in Brussels and one in Ireland.
At present, I employ four full time staff members: Three Accredited Parliamentary Assistants (APAs) based in Brussels and one Assistant based in Cork.
APAs are administered and paid directly by the Parliament’s own administration.
Assistants, based in the Ireland South constituency, are handled by qualified paying agents, who guarantee that all appropriate taxes and PRSI are paid.