October 22, 2020

Former Waterford TD claimed €55,000 in expenses in role as ‘envoy’ to US: report

Former Waterford TD John Deasy claimed more than €55,000 in expenses in connection with his role as special envoy to the US.

The former Dungarvan politician’s expenses between July 2017 and the start of this year are detailed in a report in today’s Sunday Times newspaper.

It provides a breakdown of Deasy’s expenses, released under the Freedom of Information Act, which shows he spent more than €5,500 on taxis, including more than €200 on cabs on 10 separate occasions, and more than €100 on another 10 occasions.

Deasy was appointed by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to lobby for on behalf of the undocumented Irish in America. He received no extra payment for this on top of his regular TD’s salary and regular expenses during his time working in the US.

The former Waterford TD continued in his role as special envoy to the US until early this year.

The report reveals that over the two-and-a-half years in which he served in the role, Deasy spent €20,573 on flights, €16,358 on hotels, €8,812 on subsistence, €5,504 on taxis, €52 on public transport, €399 on car hire, €1,296 on entertainment, and €2,413 on “other” expenses, which were not detailed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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