The monthly pre-tax salary of MEPs is €8,484.05. MEP salaries are paid from Parliament’s budget. My salary is subject to both EU tax and Irish tax.
Travel and Subsistence allowance
MEPs are reimbursed the actual cost of their travel on presentation of invoices, receipts and boarding passes etc.
Parliament pays a flat-rate subsistence allowance (€304) for each day of attendance at official meetings of the Parliament bodies within the European Community. This allowance is to cover accommodation, meals and all other expenses involved in such attendance. The allowance is paid only if the Member has signed an official attendance register.
General expenditure allowance
This allowance is paid to cover the costs involved in running a constituency office including rent, insurance, heating, electricity, cleaning and maintenance costs.
Additionally; postal charges, phone bills, internet subscriptions, office supplies, stationary, newspapers, graphic design costs, printing, literature and distribution costs are covered.
The costs of office equipment including furniture, computers and software are also covered by the allowance.
I rent an office at 74, South Mall, Cork.
The allowance is also used to cover costs relating to the organisation of events, conferences, seminars, exhibitions and public meetings. The allowance is €4,342 per month.
MEPs choose staff within a fixed budget set by Parliament. I employ three staff members – two Accredited Assistants in Brussels / Strasbourg and one Local Assistant based in Ireland. None of my staff are related to me.
Accredited assistants are administered and paid directly by Parliament’s administration. The administration of contracts for local assistants are handled by paying agents, in my case a qualified accountant, who guarantees that all appropriate tax and PRSI is paid. MEPs play no role in the administration of contracts. Staff work according to agreed conditions set out in the employment contract.
My staff budget is also used to cover all the costs of my staff travelling, including monthly travel to the Parliament in Strasbourg.
The names of my current staff are available here