Louth’s five TDs claimed a total of almost €197,000 in 2011 according to recent figures released on the Oireachtas website. The list which includes expenses accrued between February 25 and December 31, shows that €6 million was spent on expenses by Ireland’s 166 TDs.
Newly elected Sinn Fein TD Gerry Adams claimed the most out of all the Louth TDs with a total of €48,643.52 for last year. Deputy Adams is closely followed by Fine Gael’s Peter Fitzpatrick who claimed a total of €47,893.52.
Labour’s Ged Nash came third on the list with a total of €45,4678.95 while FF’s Seamus Kirk claimed a total of €37,490.62. Fine Gael’s Fergus O’Dowd was bottom of the list with a total of €17,484.58.
The 5th Louth Scouts group will be launched in the coming weeks and scout leaders are calling for young people to join in an activity that is challenging, educational and most of all, fun.
The new troop will meet on Friday nights in the scout centre on the Castletown Road and leader, Gerry Byrne is encouraging young people to try it out.
Overall it is a relatively inexpensive activity and costs approximately €3 per week and those interested in joining the new group can contact Gerry at 087 2541931.
For those unable to commit to a Friday night, there may be some vacancies in groups who meet on other nights. The scouts are also looking for members for the other sections, Beavers 6 to 8 years old, Cubs 9 to 11 years old, Scouts 12 to 15 years old, Venturers 16 to 18 years old and Rovers 19-20 years old, more information www.stpatricksscout.ie