CEISTEANNA—QUESTIONS. ORAL ANSWERS. - LOCAL AUTHORITIES TRAVELLING EXPENSES.

asked the Minister for Local Government and Public Health if he is aware that travelling expenses are only allowed to members of County Councils and County Committees for the inward journey to meetings, and whether he is prepared to introduce legislation for the purpose of providing payment for the double journey.

Section 63 of the Local Government Act, 1925, authorises every County Authority on specified conditions to pay a contribution towards the expenses incurred by its members in attending the meetings of such County Authority. The contribution payable is on the basis of the journey from the member's official residence to the place of meeting. It was not intended that the contribution would meet the full cost. As the concession so recently made represents a benefit never previously extended, and as the matter was fully considered by the Oireachtas earlier in this year, it would not appear fitting to bring forward now an amendment of the nature desired.