Cian appears to be less than sympathetic to Beverley Flynn’s argument for claiming the Independent TD’s allowance but, as I noted last night, the “technicalities” of the legislation have worked against her in the past. Meanwhile the Irish Times notes how Fine Gael
employed sleight of hand in dealt with a similar situation in the past.
However, former Wexford-based Independent TD Liam Twomey did offer to give up the allowance to Fine Gael during negotiations with the party before he joined the party in October 2004. Responding to questions, Fine Gael said the party eventually decided that as Mr Twomey was elected as an Independent and did not have a political operation, the allowance should be spent on improving his operation.