Inkgate Forces Repayment Of Ink Cartridges Expenses
The Irish 'inkgate' scandal has continued to rumble on with Sinn Fein TD Aengus O Snodaigh forced to repay a €3,000 bill he accumulated on ink cartridges.
Mr O Snodaigh's repaid a bill for €3,286.07 yesterday to the Oireachtas Commission which covers costs dating back two years where he exceeded registered printer ink cartridge limits.
However, he has refused to repay the €50,000 which is the total cost of the print cartridges he claimed in 2007-2008, because according to him the rules were not in force at the time.
In the Dail yesterday, Taoiseach Enda Kenny, attacked Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams, quipping: "I notice the deputy's interest in loans. I would think Deputy O Snodaigh and Deputy Adams might go to the Northern Bank and get a loan for the old toner cartridges."
Despite this, figures for 2011 actually show that the biggest spender on expensive printer cartridges was by Fine Gael.
It spent €41,407, closely followed by Labour (€34,463), Fianna Fail (€32,074), Independents/Socialist Party (€17,080) and finally Sinn Fein (€16,338).
Posted by Canzil Ahmed.