Candidates take to web to disclose earnings

Independent candidate Seán Gallagher has posted a breakdown of money he earned while serving on numerous boards on his website, saying, “All of the candidates should I believe publish details of all of their expenses as well as fees received for roles on State or Semi-State boards.”

Following his January 2010 appointment to the Board of FÁS, Ireland’s national training agency, he received a board member fee of €11,000 and chose to distribute this a range of charities. Mr. Gallagher states he declined to claim expenses from FÁS and received no further payments from the organisation prior to his resignation from the board in July of this year to focus on his presidential campaign.

As Chairperson of the Board of InterTradeIreland, Mr. Gallagher received payments totalling €30,150 from 2008-2011. Mr. Gallagher has also served on the Board of Drogheda Port Company and a number of boards of voluntary and charity organisations, for which he has not received any remuneration.

Mr. Gallagher’s post follows on from an open letter sent to all presidential candidates from fellow Independent nominee Mary Davis. In the letter, Davis “urge[d] the publication by all candidates of all relevant employment and earnings history” in “the interest of transparency”. The letter coincided with the release of Davis’s own breakdown of earnings. In the last 11 years, she has served on three State boards and has been a member of three non-State boards since 2004.

From 2000-2011, Davis received over €390,000 from her roles on various boards – the Broadcast Commission of Ireland, Dublin Airport Authority, the National Sports Campus Development Authority, ICS Building Society, Bank of Ireland Mortgage Bank and the Irish Times Trust.

Davis has also served voluntarily as a board member for a number of organisations including the Irish Sports Council and the Taskforce on Active Citizenship.

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