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first_imgSenator Brian O Domhnaill has reacted to claims that he has paid back €3,434 to the Oireachtas for wrongly-claimed expenses.The Fianna Fail politician issued a statement this afternoon on the matter.The Gortahork public representative said the Vouched Public Representation allowance payments which he received from the Oireachtas for 2012 were “absolutely and entirely” for expenditure incurred in the carrying out of my duties to the best of my ability. The Fianna Fail politician is already being investigated by the Standards in Public Office Commission for alleged duplication of expenses claims.A total of five members of the Oireachtas repaid €4,992 in claims after the audit, which was carried out by Mazars.Fianna Fáil Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill, who was investigated by the commission over travel and subsistence claims made between 2006 and 2007 when he was a county councillor, accounted for €3,434 of the total.This is his statement in full. The Vouched Public Representation allowance payments which I received from the Oireachtas for 2012 were “absolutely and entirely” for expenditure incurred in the carrying out of my duties to the best of my ability.Since the introduction of Vouched allowance for TDs and Senators I have always opted for vouched expenses. My legitimate expenditure on constituency activities for 2012 was in excess of Eur 25,000. The Vouched allowance payment for Senators was Eur 15,000.I was advised by the houses of the Oireachtas In 2011 that expenditure which I had incurred was deemed eligible for Senators ie Constituency Offices costs etc.However, it has since been clarified as being deemed ineligible expenditure for allowance purposes for Senators. Therefore over Eur 13,000 of absolutely necessary expenditure in the fulfilling of my role has been deemed ineligible for the purposes of the Allowance.I also had incurred other eligible secretarial expenditure for the 2012 period which was an eligible allowable expense, however due to a lack of clarity I didn’t present those for claim purposes. If I had submitted those as part of my claim at the time no repayment on my part would have been due at all. However for the purposes of clarity I decided not to query the matter and instead immediately repaid the amount of Eur 3,434. This left an overall payment of Eur 11,566 allowance for 2012. My constituency expenditure for the period was approximately Eur 25,000 which was paid for exclusively by myself.It is worth pointing out that TDs are allowed to claim for all of the constituency expenses which I had incurred however Senators cannot claim for this expenditure.Because I am one of the only Irish Senators with a Full time constituency office my level of annual expenditure is much higher. I am happy to do this and will continue to do so in order to provide a dedicated and full time service to the people of Donegal.The reporting of any inaccurate claims is absolutely incorrect as no claims were made for this payment. The PRA is paid by the houses of the Oireachtas to each Senator and TD without the need for a claim having to be made. The only requirement is for a Senator or TD to specify as to whether or not the payment is to be vouched or unvouched. I have always opted for the vouched option.SENATOR O DOMHNAILL SAYS EXPENSES WERE USED TO CARRY OUT HIS DUTIES was last modified: December 20th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:expensesSENATOR BRIAN O DOMHNAILLlast_img read more

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first_imgBaybayin revival makes native PH history hip MOST READ View comments PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities PLAY LIST 03:26PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities01:39Sotto open to discuss, listen to pros and cons of divorce bill06:02Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements01:50Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike01:49House seeks probe on ‘massive corruption’ in PCSO01:37PCSO estimates P250M in Lotto revenue loss due to suspension Locsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilege It’s time to consider taking sea row to UN – Del Rosario WHAT WENT BEFORE: Dengvaxia is world’s first dengue vaccine LATEST STORIES It was in Rome in 153 B.C. that the new year was first celebrated on Jan. 1st. This came about when the when the second king of Rome, Numa Pontilius, added the months of January and February to the Roman calendar. With this addition, the New Year was also moved from March 1st to January 1st because that was also the beginning of the civil year, the month that the two newly-elected Roman consuls—the highest officials in the Roman republic—began their one-year tenure. But this date was not always strictly and widely observed, and the new year was still sometimes celebrated on March 1.In 46 B.C. Julius Caesar introduced a new, solar-based calendar that was a vast improvement on the ancient Roman calendar, which was a lunar system that had become wildly inaccurate over the years. The Julian calendar decreed that the New Year would occur with Jan. 1, and within the Roman empire, Jan. 1 became the consistently observed start of the New Year.FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilegeNEWSINFOIndian coffee magnate’s body found by riverIn 567 A.D., however, the Council of Tours abolished Jan. 1 as the beginning of the year because in medieval Europe, the celebrations accompanying the New Year were considered pagan. As a result of this, at various times and places throughout medieval Christian Europe, the new year was celebrated on Dec. 25, the birth of Jesus; March 1, the old New Year date; March 25, the Feast of the Annunciation; and Easter.In 1582, the Gregorian calendar reform came which restored Jan. 1 as New Year’s Day. Most Catholic countries adopted the Gregorian calendar almost immediately but it was only gradually adopted among Protestant countries. The British Empire and their American colonies, for example, did not adopt the reformed calendar until 1752. PH protests Chinese boat swarm, warship passage Painters refuse to go quietly Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements In his interesting article, “A History of the New Year” at infoplease.com, Borgna Brunner wrote that the celebration of the new year on Jan. 1st is a relatively new phenomenon and that the earliest record of a new year celebration is believed to have been in Mesopotamia, around 2000 B.C. and was celebrated around the time of the vernal equinox, in mid-March. However, in other places, a variety of other dates tied to the seasons were also used by various ancient cultures. The Egyptians, Phoenicians and Persians began their new year with the fall equinox, and the Greeks celebrated it on the winter solstice. Let’s have more of vernal equinox and solstice later.In the early Roman calendar, the first day of March was designated as New Year’s Day. The early Roman calendar had just 10 months, beginning with March. The months of September through December, the ninth through twelfth months in our present calendar, were originally positioned as the seventh through tenth months. In Latin, septem is “seven,” octo is “eight,” novem is “nine,” and decem is “ten.” The months of January and February did not exist in the early Roman Calendar.ADVERTISEMENT Tolentino: No more debate with Drilon on China deal Now let me say “Happy New Year” in different languages to all my friends:In Afrikaans, “Voorspoedige nuwe jaar.” In Arabic, “Kul ‘am wa antum bikhair.” In Basque, “Urter Berri on.” In Cantonese Chinese, “Sun nien fai lok.” In Mandarin Chinese, “Xin nian yu kuai.” In Czech, “Stastny Novy Rok.” In Danish, “Godt NytÅr.” In Finnish, “Onnellista uutta vuotta.” In French, “Bonne année.” In German, “Ein glückliches neues Jahr.” In Greek, “Eutychismenos o kainourgios chromos.” In Hawaiian, “Hauoli Makahiki hou.” In Hebrew, “Shana Tova.” In Hungarian, “Boldog uj evet.” In Indonesian, “Selamat Tahun Baru.” In Italian, “Felice Anno Nuovo or Buon anno.” In Japanese, “Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu.” In Korean, “Sehe Bokmanee Bateuseyo.” In Latin, “Felix sit annus novus.” In Norwegian, “Godt Nytt År.” In Spanish, “Feliz año Nuevo.” In Swedish, “Gott Nytt År.” In Filipino (Tagalog), “Manigong Bagong Taon.” In Filipino (Cebuano), “Bulahang Bag-ong Tuig.”Read Next What is this thing called vernal equinox?MORE STORIESnewsinfoWHAT WENT BEFORE: Dengvaxia is world’s first dengue vaccinenewsinfoBaybayin revival makes native PH history hipnewsinfoMartial law in Negros? Military taking cue from local execsMORE STORIESnewsinfoWHAT WENT BEFORE: Dengvaxia is world’s first dengue vaccinenewsinfoBaybayin revival makes native PH history hipnewsinfoMartial law in Negros? Military taking cue from local execsIn physical geography, vernal equinox is the time at which the sun crosses the plane of the equator towards the relevant hemisphere, making day and night of equal length. It usually occurs on March 21 in the northern hemisphere and about Sept. 23 in the southern hemisphere.What about the winter solstice?A solstice is an astronomical event that occurs twice each year as the sun reaches its highest or lowest excursion relative to the celestial equator on the celestial sphere. As a result, on the day of the solstice, the sun appears to have reached its highest or lowest annual altitude in the sky above the horizon at local solar noon. The solstices, together with the equinoxes, are connected with the seasons. In many cultures the solstices mark either the beginning or the midpoint of winter and summer.The word solstice is derived from Latin. In Latin, sol means “sun” and sistere means “to stand still.” At the solstices, therefore, the sun stands still in declination; that is, the seasonal movement of the Sun’s path (as seen from Earth) comes to a stop before reversing direction. At latitudes in the temperate zone, the summer solstice marks the day when the sun appears highest in the sky. However, in the tropics, the sun appears directly overhead (called the subsolar point) some days (or even months) before the solstice and again after the solstice, which means the subsolar point occurs twice each year. The term solstice can also be used in a broader sense, as the date (day) when this occurs. The day of the solstice is either the longest day of the year (in summer) or the shortest day of the year (in winter) for any place outside of the tropics.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more