By Eugene McGloin
THE AVERAGE cost ''on the ground'' for each of our four successful TDs in last year's election was close on €18,000.
That was the money spent locally by each of the four elected TDs in the general election of February 2016.
But each candidate also assigned expenses to his party at national level for various items.
John Perry, the defeated outgoing Fine Gael TD, spent just €11,734 locally on his campaign.
His biggest local spend was on posters and cable ties, at just under €5,000.
Fine Gael's Tony McLoughlin showed the lowest ''local'' spend, through his office, of any elected TD, at €12,459.
the outgoing Sligo TD -- and John Perry -- each assigned €22,885 of
costs to Fine Gael at national level during the campaign.
figures are contained in the recent release of data by the Standards in
Public Office Commission (SIPO) for the 2016 general election.
Tony McLoughlin also appeared to be the highest spender on Facebook.
His statutory return declared that over €3,000 of his advertising spend of €6,249 was allocated to Facebook advertising.
contrast, his declared spend on photography was slim during the
election was just €37 -- the exact same sum spent by John Perry.
The declared ''local'' spends by each of the elected TDs in 2016 is as follows:-
Tony McLoughlin. €12,459
Eamon Scanlon. €14,390
Martin Kenny. €14,111
Marc MacSharry. €29,791.
Fáil spent heavily on locally advertising its two candidates, Marc
MacSharry and Eamon Scanlon, in an area where it held NO seat.
Figures provided to SIPO show that MacSharry spent €12,392 on advertising with a further €8,167 on posters and promotion.
Scanlon spent €7,287 on adverts, €5,320 on posters and €1,537 on other promotions.
Sinn Fein's Martin Kenny spent €3,915 on adverts, with €4,626 allocated for posters and fencing posts.
He also declared spending of a further €4,827 on other adverts and promotions.
That latter figure is likely to have included canvass cards.
Fianna Fail's Marc MacSharry spent €4,169 on the cards used door to door and in shopping centres.
His party colleague Scanlon showed €100 charge for 'Fianna Fáil' canvass cards.
Tony McLoughlin showed expenditure of just €608 on his own canvass cards.
MacSharry campaign was the only one to show a spend on food for
election workers and volunteers, with €2,014 declared during the
with just ''local'' costs for each of the four successful candidates,
it cost an average of €17,688 to make it to the Dail.
of spending by all candidates in both Dail and Seanad elections last
year has now been published online on the SIPO website.