Four TDs who were stranded abroad as a result of the volcanic ash cloud have all been allowed to be marked present for a week of Dáil sittings they missed.

Under the new expenses regime introduced earlier this year, the amount TDs can claim is linked to their attendance records.

A number of politicians were stranded abroad as a result of the ash cloud last April, which meant they missed some sittings of the Dáil, which, in turn, has a knock-on effect on the amount of expenses they can receive.

Under new rules brought in seven months ago, the more days TDs are in Leinster House the more expenses they get.

But under a provision in the rules, a politician can write to the Ceann Comhairle to request they be marked in for days they missed due to exceptional circumstances.

Documents released to RTÉ News under the Freedom of Information Act show four TDs did just that.

Fine Gael's Jim O'Keeffe was stranded in Bangkok, while party colleague Bernard Allen was in Portugal.

Fianna Fáil's John O’Donoghue was also stranded abroad, as was Fine Gael's James Reilly who had been returning from doing charity work in Haiti.

All requests were granted by the Ceann Comhairle, Seamus Kirk.

It also appears that not all members of Leinster House are entirely happy with the new expenses set up.

According to minutes of an internal meeting, Fianna Fáil Senator Jim Walsh said he was disappointed that senators were not getting a €5,000 allowance for miscellaneous travel.