Members of Dáil Éireann are elected by voters in a constituency to represent that constituency in Leinster House. All TDs are provided with an office and facilities in Leinster House which enable them to carry out the work necessary to fulfil their role as legislators and constituency representatives while in Dublin. If a TD chooses to have an office presence in his or her own constituency they can reclaim some of the costs associated with setting up that office. This is called the Constituency Office Establishment Allowance. It is a once-off allowance, up to a maximum of €8,000, and in order to receive any part of it a TD must complete a claim form and provide supporting receipts.
This scheme allows Members to buy a mobile phone and car kit from a provider of their choice and claim back the cost of the equipment to a maximum of €750 in an 18-month period. The costs covered include the purchase of a handset, car kit, yearly insurance premium, maintenance and miscellaneous expenses. In order to be reimbursed, Members must complete a claim form and provide supporting receipts.