Saw stuff on twitter earlier Mick had a 140 character rant at the ST and this is his official reply I gather via Facebook
Let’s call it as it is, not what it isn’t - Lazy Journalism / Sunday Times…
Clearly it’s a quiet news time and we’re entering the silly season. The Sunday Times Ireland take a State document and distorts it for their own purpose, and calls it investigative journalism. These expenses have been audited by a firm which has read the relevant 'Oireachtas (Ministerial and Parliamentary Offices)(Amendment)Act 2014. And contrary to what the Sunday Times say, we did have to produce receipts, otherwise the auditor wouldn’t have audited it.
My son Fionn has a First Class Honours Masters degree from UCD, and I would struggle to find a better researcher - the so-called journalist would have had a better argument if he claimed my son was being underpaid. As for the cost of meetings in Winebar/Restaurant’s , it works out at just over a 100 euro a week. - which is a bit ridiculous really, given that I would have an average of at least 3 meetings a week there.
Although the category is titled ‘Entertainment’ by SIPO, you will find that any expenditure on meetings held by TD’s will be accounted for in this category. I don’t hold Clinics in Wexford and the vast majority of my meetings are in Dublin, and mostly on National issues. I remain answerable to SIPO. I remain answerable to the people of Wexford, and if they believe what is insinuated in the Sunday Times article, or if they feel that I do not use my time and resources well, then I strongly suggest that they don’t vote for me at the next election.