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Dáil Éireann debate -
Tuesday, 8 Dec 1987

Vol. 376 No. 5

Written Answers. - Maintenance Craftsmen's Travel Time Allowances.


asked the Minister for Health in relation to the remuneration of maintenance craftsmen, the travel time allowance per day; when the allowance was last increased; and the parts of the country in which it operates.

The travel time allowance in Dublin voluntary hospitals is one hour's pay per day while Eastern Health Board rates of payment are based on a series of mileage bands from the GPO in Dublin as follows: 0-4 miles, 1 hours pay per day; 4-5 miles, 1¼ hours pay per day; 5-6 miles, 1½ hours pay per day; 6-8 miles, 1¾ hours pay per day; 8-12 miles, 2 hours pay per day; 1220 miles, 2½ hours pay per day.

The allowance, being related to basic pay, increases in line with revisions in wage scales. Accordingly the allowance increased by 2 per cent with effect from 1 May 1987 and is being increased further in line with an increase in craftsmen's remuneration from 1 December 1987.

Payment of travel time allowance is confined to maintenance craftsmen working in the Dublin City and County area and the urban district of Bray.