Poster printing

Revealed: What the state paid for Donegal TD printing costs

The state supported a 2021 printing bill of almost €3,000 for the five TDs in the Donegal constituency.

Each year, TDs can get items – typically ranging from calendars to newsletters and maps – printed for them by the Oireachtas printing service.

In total, taxpayers funded a €165,000 bill for the country’s DTs.

The TD that had the highest print spend this year was Dublin Fingal TD Alan Farrell (Fine Gael) at €6,724.30.

Donegal’s five TDs all came at the bottom of the ladder.

The biggest print bill was for Thomas Pringle (Ind) at €1,423.38, followed by Padraig MacLochlainn (SF), €1,033.71, and Pearse Doherty, €190.88.

Agriculture, Food and Marine Minister Charlie McConalogue (FF) had print costs of just £161.32 while Fine Gael’s Joe McHugh has the fifth lowest cost with the service Oireachtas print, at just €58.52 for the year.

The details were released to The Irish Times following a freedom of information request.

The smallest bill was Dublin Fianna Fáil TD, Sean Haughey, at €27.31.

A small part of South Donegal (which includes Ballyshannon and Bundoran) is part of the wider Sligo-Leitrim constituency. According to the report, Frank Feighan (FG) had printing costs of €1,004.27; Martin Kenny’s (SF) was €331.76 while Marc MacSharry’s (FF) bill was €234.97.

Independent TD Marian Harkin was not on the list because she spent no public money on printing.