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Wednesday 27 August 2014

Ireland’s politicians paid €30,000 for part-time positions

Published 06/05/2014 | 06:34

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Ireland’s part-time politicians were paid an average of €29,469 last year in salary, allowances, fees and expenses.

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The county and city councillors have received more than €52m in payments between them over the past two years, an extensive investigation by the Irish Independent reveals.

While the majority of these councillors earned the money on top of their day jobs, some have made a full-time living out what is supposed to be a part-time role.

The highest earning councillor in the country received payments totalling €145,000 after acting as the council’s mayor in 2012 and 2013.

And 11 local politicians received payments totalling more than €100,000 each over the same period.

The revelations come as hundreds of candidates hit the campaign trail in a bid to win a seat in the local elections on May 23.

To find out more about what your local councillors claimed, pick up a copy of the Irish Independent today.

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