Salary, allowances and expenses
This page provides information on my salary, with details of the various allowances and expenses paid directly to me in my role as an elected member of the European Parliament.
2018 Salary, allowances and expenses
I received a salary of €103,446 in 2018 paid from the Parliament’s budget. Following deduction of Irish taxes and European Community taxes, the net amount is €62,250.00
MEPs are refunded the actual cost of travel between their member state and either the Parliament in Brussels or Strasbourg (2018 travel costs incurred- fully vouched totaled €15,926.30); and also receive vouched travel allowances based on the distance and duration of travel from their member state (€10,588.65 in 2018). MEPs also receive €313.00 per day, for each day they attend Parliament, this pays for accommodation in Brussels and Strasbourg (a total of €40,377.00 in 2018).
Note: Additional vouched travel may be refunded to attend a speaking engagement/ conference in another member state. In 2018, under this category, I received fully vouched expenses of €0.00.
MEPs also receive an office allowance of €4,416.00 per month which pays for all constituency-based office expenses including advertising, training, constituency meetings (venue hire and refreshments where necessary), constituency vehicle insurance, taxation and maintenance, parking/ toll fees, newspapers, press subscriptions, stationary and postage, office equipment, office general expenditure, mobile and landline telephone bills.
Health Insurance Contribution
I received a monthly payment of €151.13 for Health Insurance.
Former Members of the European Parliament are entitled to an old-age pension from the age of 63. The pension equals 3.5% of the salary for each full year’s exercise of a mandate but not more than 70% in total. The cost of these pensions is met from the European Union budget.