The Parliamentary Standard Allowance (PSA) is an annual allowance that comprises the travel and accommodation allowance (TAA) and the public representation allowance (PRA). Members receive their PSA monthly in arrears.
- TAA covers the costs associated with travel to and from Leinster House, overnights and, for TDs only, other travel expenses including constituency travel. Senators receive no payments for constituency travel.
- PRA covers the costs associated with Members’ work as public representatives, such as office rental, leaflet printing and web hosting. The categories of expenses allowable under the PRA vary according to the Member’s role. PRA expenses must be vouched and are subject to an annual limit.
Monthly and annual statements of the amount of PSA each Oireachtas Member has received are published regularly in our Publications section.
Travel and Accommodation Allowance (TAA)
TAA rates are based on the distance from the Member’s normal place of residence to Leinster House by the shortest practicable route. On declaring this distance, each Member is assigned to one of the bands shown in the following table.
Office Holders (annual)
|1||>25km but <60km||€25,295||€20,795||€22,011|
|3||>90km but <120km||€28,665||€24,165||€26,055|
At the end of the year each Member must certify that the amount paid to them was applied in respect of expenses incurred for the purpose specified in the regulations. The TAA is calculated on the basis of 150 days attendance at Leinster House. However, Members must register their attendance in Leinster House for at least 120 days annually to retain the full allowance. A deduction of 1% of the TAA allowance is made for each day less than 120 days attended at the end of the year or relevant period. Where attendance recorded is less than the required number, the Member must repay the amount to be refunded within two months of the end of the year or of the relevant period.
Oireachtas office holders, excluding the Ceann Comhairle, are paid an allowance ranging from €6,300 per annum for Dublin based office holders to €32,535 per annum for those 360 km or more from Leinster House. The Ceann Comhairle may avail of an annual overnight allowance of up to €14,715. The Leas-Cheann Comhairle or Cathaoirleach may opt for payment of the overnight allowance only and apply for alternative travel arrangements with agreement of the Minister for Finance. Ministers, Ministers of State and the Ceann Comhairle are not entitled to claim the TAA.
In order to receive their TAA, Members must personally record their attendance in Leinster House once daily at any time during the day or evening when Leinster House is open. This can be done on a time terminal or by signing the Daily Attendance Record.
The records published online show only the days recorded on the System for Recording Attendance (SRA). Figures are published one month in arrears. The figures remain provisional until completely verified at the end of the year. Records of individual Members can, under SI 84 of 2010, be reconciled up to 31 January for the previous year or within one month of the end of the relevant period. A Member who forgets his or her key fob or fails to record attendance on a day can provide evidence of attendance, which is reconciled on the system. The regulations also provide that attendance record may be reconciled, for the appropriate number of days, if the Member can show that their attendance was not recorded at Leinster House due to:
- Attendance abroad in the performance of his or her duties as a Member or as an Office Holder, or in the State, (otherwise than in Leinster House) as part of or on behalf of an Oireachtas Committee,
- Ill-health certified by a medical practitioner (the Member must declare that the absence is medically certified),
- Extraordinary circumstances, determined by the Ceann Comhairle or Cathaoirleach, as may be appropriate, to be good and sufficient and which could not have been foreseen by the Member. In this regard, a Member must apply to the Ceann Comhairle or Cathaoirleach as appropriate.
Public Representation Allowance (PRA)
PRA is payable to all Members and is fully vouched.
All Members must, one month before the 1st of January each year, specify the amount of PRA they wish to receive on a monthly basis. This amount is subject to a maximum yearly total. Members must complete a Certification of Expenditure Form annually. This form certifies the amount spent and that it was properly spent as outlined in the regulations. If money has not been spent, it must be repaid. If additional money has been spent, a top-up may be applied for, up to the maximum yearly total.
All Members are eligible for selection for audit. At least 10% of Members may be chosen for audit. Audits are conducted by an independent auditor on an annual basis. As the expenses of any Members can be audited, Members must retain receipts, vouchers, proof of payment etc., for all expenditure under the PRA for a period of five years with the exception of the monthly amounts specified in respect of incidental expenditure.
The following table shows the maximum yearly amounts TDs, Senators and Ministers can claim for vouched expenditure, subject to audit, under PRA.
Maximum yearly amount
|Members of Dáil Éireann (including an office holder but excluding a Minister of the Government or Minister of State)||€20,350|
|Ministers of the Government and Minsters of State||€16,000|
|Members of Seanad Éireann (including an office holder but excluding a Minister of the Government or Minister of State)||€12,225|
The following table shows the categories of expenses TDs, Senators and Ministers can claim for under PRA.
Purpose of Allowance
|1. Rent, rates and other such charges in relation to an office or offices||Yes||No||Yes|
|2. Utilities of an office or offices (e.g. electricity and gas bills)||Yes||No||Yes|
|3. Improvements to office accommodation||Yes||No||Yes|
|4. Signage in respect of the constituency office||Yes||No||Yes|
|5. Purchase or maintenance of office furniture or equipment||Yes||No||Yes|
|6. Purchase of stationery||Yes||No||Yes|
|7. Insurance including for office accommodation or equipment and public liability insurance||Yes||No||Yes|
|8. Cleaning of office accommodation||Yes||No||Yes|
|9. Telephone calls, otherwise than from Leinster House, including line rental and
mobile phone calls, relating to the performance of his/her duties as a Member
|10. Web hosting and other related computer costs||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|11. Hiring rooms for clinics or other meetings relating to the performance of his
or her duties as a Member of the Oireachtas
|12. Leaflet and newsletter distribution||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|13. Advertising relating to the performance of his or her duties as a Member||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|14. Attendance at conferences relating to the performance of his or her duties
as a Member (except expenses relating to travel)
|15. On Staffing Ministerial Offices.||Yes||Yes||Yes|