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Davis denies charity conflict as she reveals €390k earnings

PRESIDENTIAL hopeful Mary Davis has earned more than €390,000 in directors' fees and other payments in 11 years, she has revealed.

The Independent candidate also published her P60 showing she was paid €165,000 in her role as head of Special Olympics Europe Eurasia last year.

Pressure had mounted for her to release the figures after it emerged former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern had appointed her to the Campus and Stadium Ireland Development Agency.

Separately, Ms Davis has denied a conflict of interest in the award of a contract by a charity, Social Entrepreneurs Ireland (SEI), on whose board she and her husband Julian sat.

It emerged today PR company Fleishman Hillard, which counts Mr Davis among its directors, was awarded a contract by SEI.

But in comments published today, the couple strongly denied a conflict, saying they excused themselves from the charity's board meetings when the contract was discussed.



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Another presidential candidate Sean Gallagher said he joined the board of FAS last year and received €11,000 in 2010 in directors' fees from the organisation.

However, he immediately donated the money to charity, he said.

Mr Gallagher did not accept any expenses from FAS in 2010 or 2011, he added.

"The other board I was involved in was the Drogheda Port Company. Indeed I didn't accept any fees there or any expenses," the Independent candidate said.

He added that he will publish his P60 for last year once the figures are collated.

Among the other State and non-State boards Ms Davis was appointed to were the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland (BCI), the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) and the Bank of Ireland Mortgage Bank.

"I have called for openness in the debate regarding who should be the next President of Ireland and I am perfectly happy to practice what I preach in relation to transparency," she stated.

"I am putting into the public domain all of the information in relation to every body I have worked with or given advice to during my adult working life."

She earned €86,693 from the DAA and €36,529 from the BCI between 2004 and 2009.

From 2006 to 2008, she was paid €17,500 a year by the DAA, while she received €25,000 a year from ICS from 2008 to 2010.

She also received €18,750 from Bank of Ireland Mortgage Bank last year, €133,641.86 from the ICS Building Society between 2004 and 2010 and €55,158 from The Irish Times Trust between 2006 and 2011.

In addition, she had voluntary roles in 18 bodies or organisations since 1996.

The publication of the figures came after she refused a number of requests to do so last week.

comurphy@herald.ie