Oireachtas (Allowances To Members) and Ministerial and Parliamentary Offices (Amendment) Act, 1992

Allowances for expenses for members of Oireachtas.

3.—(1) There shall be paid to each member of the Oireachtas out of moneys provided by the Oireachtas an annual sum (referred to subsequently in this section as “an allowance”) in full settlement of expenses—

(a) which are not otherwise reimbursed, directly or indirectly, out of moneys provided by the Oireachtas, and

(b) which the member is obliged to incur—

(i) in the performance of his duties as a member of the Oireachtas, and

(ii) in case the member is also the holder of an office referred to in Part II of the Principal Act, in the performance of the duties of that office.

(2) An allowance shall be payable monthly in respect of periods for which the person concerned is paid an annual sum by way of salary under section 2 of the Act of 1938 (as amended by section 2 of this Act).

(3) An allowance shall not be taken into account for the purposes of calculating superannuation benefits or the allowances payable under section 5 of this Act or under Part V of the Principal Act (inserted by section 10 of this Act).

(4) The Minister for Finance may by regulations determine—

(a) the date from which an allowance is payable,

(b) the rate of an allowance payable to a member or members of Dáil Éireann,

(c) the rate of an allowance payable to a member or members of Seanad Éireann,

(d) any method of future revision of an allowance, and

(e) conditions governing payment of an allowance.

(5) Every regulation made under this section shall be laid before each House of the Oireachtas as soon as may be after it is made and, if a resolution annulling the regulation is passed by either House within the next 21 days on which that House has sat after the regulation has been laid before it, the regulation shall be annulled accordingly, but without prejudice to the validity of anything previously done thereunder.