Seanad debates

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

3:00 am

Photo of Feargal QuinnFeargal Quinn (Independent)

I am informed that the mileage rate for the public service has three different levels which rewards those with bigger cars. This is a time when we are watching our costs. A larger car means a higher rate in mileage allowance and the lowest rate is €21.22. This is a time when we should not be encouraging people to have bigger cars by paying them more to do so. I understand that the subsistence allowance increases with the salary level and that three levels of payment exist. Does this mean that people who are paid more have bigger tummies or are hungrier so that they are paid more? Those are two areas which should be examined in light of controlling costs. I ask the Leader to verify what I have said or to correct me if I am mistaken.


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