MINISTER HAS TO PAY MONEY BACK TO EXCHEQUER

The Social Protection Minister says she is happy to pay back more than 15,000 euro to the exchequer after she was overpaid while she was Chief Whip.

She will hand back around € 1,000 euro a month after the Department of Public Expenditure admitted it made a mistake.

The Attorney General ruled she was not entitled to the additional allowance after a complaint from the Labour leader Brendan Howlin.

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