Higgins will repay expenses if independent legal advice backs Oireachtas

Deputy Joe Higgins says he will pay back money he claimed for travel during the anti-household charge campaign, if independent legal advice says he wasn't entitled to it.

The Socialist Party TD has criticised a statement from the Oireachtas Service last night, which claimed their legal advice showed deputies can only claim for travel in their own constituency, and between their home and the Dáil.

Deputy Higgins has published details of his travel expenses claims from January to June this year, including 72 euro for travel to Donegal. He says he was legitimately providing the voice of opposition to an austerity agenda, on a national level.............

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