Socialist TD Joe Higgins has said that he may pay back the €935 in travel expenses if legal advice directs him to.

Deputy Higgins claimed expenses for travelling to meetings across the country campaigning against the Household charge.

Joe Higgins has said that he is seeking independent legal advice over his legal entitlements to travel expenses.

Mr Higgins said that he has written to the Houses of the Oireachtas Commission seeking a meeting to get clarification on its decision.

Fine Gael's Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has said that the Oireachtas Commission's determination on the use of travel allowances should be respected by all TDs.

Speaking on RTÉ's Today with Pat Kenny, Mr Coveney said that the allowance in question was a constituency allowance.

He said that TDs who believed provision should be made for travelling to political engagements elsewhere should raise that issue separately.

Minister Coveney has said that he was not aware of reports that party colleague Brian Hayes had used his Dublin allowance to travel throughout the country in his previous role as Fine Gael's Education spokesperson.

He said that he wants to see the legal advice on which the Commission based its decision.