Written answers

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs

Ministerial Travel

8:00 pm

Photo of Niall CollinsNiall Collins (Limerick, Fianna Fail)
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Question 297: To ask the Minister for Arts; Heritage and the Gaeltacht the rate of travel expense that is mileage paid for use of his private cars; the rate of subsistence payments and any other allowances available to him and his Ministers of State in the course of their appointment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17234/11]

Photo of Jimmy DeenihanJimmy Deenihan (Minister, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht; Kerry North-West Limerick, Fine Gael)
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Both the Minister of State in my Department, Deputy. Dinny McGinley, and I can claim a maximum mileage of 96,540 kms per annum broken down as follows :-

Both the Minister of State in my Department, Deputy. Dinny McGinley, and I can claim a maximum mileage of 96,540 kms per annum broken down as follows :-

MileageKmsHigh RateReduced Rate
First6,437€0.5907
Remainder90,103€0.2846
Maximum96,540

We may also claim the difference between Class 1 and Class 11 car insurance and any other official expenses incurred during the trip, e.g., public transport, parking, tolls, etc.

The subsistence allowances available to all Government employees, including Ministers and Minister of State, are set by the Department of Finance. The current overnight subsistence allowance for domestic travel available to both myself and the Minister of State is €72.66 plus the vouched cost of a hotel room (including tax and up to 15% service charge.)

We may claim a day rate of €33.61 in respect of a 10 hour absence from the office and €13.71 in respect of a 5 hour absence from the office.

When travelling abroad (including Northern Ireland), both I and my Minister of State may claim the vouched cost of a hotel room and up to 15% service charge plus the applicable A civil service conference rate for the destination in question increased by one third (with the exception of the USA and Canada where it is increased by one half).

There are no other allowances currently payable by my Department in respect of Ministers and Ministers of State.

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