Wednesday 1 March 2017

Leo Varadkar: Councillors may have pay increased

Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar. Photo: Damien Eagers
Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar. Photo: Damien Eagers

Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar has raised the prospect of increasing councillors' pay.

The Dublin West TD described as "uniquely fair" the system in which local representatives are reimbursed, because they are no don't qualify for a State pension.

He said said he wants to examine the issue and is considering bringing councillors in line with the self-employed.

"I am going to consult with them on two options. The first is to continue to pay and to get some benefits, and the second is to stop paying and still get no benefits," Mr Varadkar said.

“So that would bring them into line with other workers or self-employed”, he added.

Within Fine Gael, the decision to raise the prospect of hiking pay is seen as an indication of Mr Varadkar's leadership bid.

Party rules state councillors have a vote in any leadership contest.

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