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Information about MEPs salaries and allowances, including staffing arrangements, is published on the Parliament’s website (available here).

The monthly pre-tax salary of MEPs, under the single statute, is €8,757.70. My salary is paid from Parliament’s budget and is subject to an EU tax and Irish tax.

Travel and Subsistence allowance

Parliament pays a flat-rate subsistence allowance for each day of attendance at official meetings of the Parliament bodies within the European Community to cover accommodation, meals and all other expenses involved in such attendance.

The allowance is paid only if the Member has signed an official attendance register. The allowance for 2019 is €320 per day. In 2018 I signed in on average 3 / 4 days per week in Brussels, and 4 days during Strasbourg plenary weeks.

We are refunded the actual cost of our travel tickets on presentation of invoices, receipts and boarding passes. In 2018, the amount was € 39, 489.76

General Expenditure Allowance

This allowance is paid to cover the costs involved in running a constituency office including management and maintenance costs, office supplies and documentation, telephone and postal charges, and the purchase, operation and maintenance of computers and other equipment.

The allowance is also used to cover the costs of office equipment including furniture, computers, software and mobile phones, as well as costs relating to the organisation of events, conferences, seminars, exhibitions and public meetings.

I rent an office at 43a Upper Gladstone Street, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary. The allowance is € 4,513 per month.

Pensions

While I am entitled to a pension from my teaching career, I have donated it to the state.

Staff Budget

MEPs can choose their own staff within a budget set by Parliament.

I employ five full-time staff – three in Brussels and two in Ireland.

Accredited assistants, based in Brussels (or Strasbourg) are administered and paid directly by Parliament’s administration.

Assistants based in an MEP’s home country are handled by qualified paying agents, who guarantee that all appropriate tax and PRSI is paid.

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