Inkgate Forces Repayment Of Ink Cartridges Expenses

2012-03-02 09:27:22

Published on 2012-03-02 09:27:22

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.

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