President's Office To Return U...


President's Office To Return Unspent Allowances

Brendan O'Loughlin
Brendan O'Loughlin

03:17 13 Dec 2018

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The Office of the President is returning nearly €240,000 in unspent allowances during Michael D Higgins' first term.

The president's spending was a major discussion point during this year's election.

During the election campaign President Higgins refused to release details of how he spent his un-audited annual allowance of over €317,000.

Today Áras an Uachtaráin revealed there was an under-spend totalling €238,443 over the period of his first seven years.

He overspent in 2014 only, to the tune of €4,700.

The figures reveal that most of the allowance went on food and beverages - an average of around €132,000 a year.

Hospitality and Entertaining averaged around €85,000 a year.

The Aras says the overall under-spend will be returned to the Exchequer by the end of the year.

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