“the party had retained his allowance..”

So despite not being able to claim the Independent TD’s allowance when actually an Independent TD, and despite other TDs continuing to claim it in a similar situation, Beverley Flynn is to write to the Oireachtas asking that the allowance be withdrawn after speaking to Taoiseach Brian Cowen. Good witch hunt work everyone.. Now perhaps we can get to work on a campaign to allow Joe Behan to claim the same allowance.. or maybe get Fianna Fáil to return the part of the funding they receive for having his name on their list of TDs?

Joe Behan TD, who resigned from Fianna Fáil to become an Independent, said yesterday the party had retained his allowance.

Adds At least Éamon Ó Cuív recognises the absurdity of the situation, and the way the current legislation punishes a TD who resigns from a political party.

The Minister also said the legislation should be examined: “It does seem farcical that somebody who gets elected as a party politician, even if they were to leave the party the following day, would not have the support of the party and not get the Independent’s allowance, and vice versa, and I think that’s an issue that has to be considered.”