Senators have earned a whopping €3.2 million despite sitting for just six days this year, the Irish Mirror reports.
Unlike much of the country, TDs and Senators weren’t put on a Covid-19 payment but continued to earn a full salary despite the lockdown.
The payout to Senators included almost €800,000 for travel and overnight accommodation expenses even though the lower house barely sat because of the General Election and Coronavirus.
The Travel and Accommodation Allowance is an unvouched payment, with no receipts required. It has been described as a payment simply for turning up to work and estimated to be worth in excess of €25,000 to some Senators each year.