Fianna Fáil TD Beverley Flynn says she will continue to claim the independent TDs allowance.
Speaking to RTÉ Radio's News at One, Deputy Flynn said she is entitled to the allowance in recognition of the difficulties facing independent TDs elected to the Dáil.
She said that she had not received the allowance in the previous Dáil, because she was originally elected as a Fianna Fáil TD.
She had upgraded services in her office as an independent TD and had incurred the associated expenses, she added.
Ms Flynn said she is entitled to the allowance under the current legislation, which was introduced by then Finance Minister Charlie McCreevy.