Deputy Niall Blaney tops Dail expenses over past three years

Deputy Niall Blaney has emerged as the highest claimant of Dail expenses over the past three years since December 1st 2007.

In stark contrast Deputy Joe McHugh is placed at number 75 on the list.

Deputy Niall Blaney claimed €212,112 over the past three years, while Deputy Joe McHugh claimed €151,900 over the same period.

In the past year alone Deputy Blaney claimed €65,193 while McHughs expenses were €45,254.

Deputy Dinny McGinley is placed at number 4 on the list with expenses running to €205,430 and in the past year he claimed €77,531.

Tanaiste Mary Coughlan's expenses for the three year period run to €51,936 and she's placed at number 148 on the list of 165 deputies. She claimed €16,444 in the past twelve months.

Former Deputy, Jim McDaid, who resigned his seat last month is number 39 with a three year expense total of €181,689 and he claimed €56,036 in his final ten months as a TD.