Monday 5 December 2016

Varadkar pledges to hike pay for councillors

Published 26/07/2016 | 02:30

Mr Varadkar has pledged to increase councillors’ pay from January in a move that will significantly boost his Fine Gael leadership prospects. Photo: Tony Gavin
Mr Varadkar has pledged to increase councillors’ pay from January in a move that will significantly boost his Fine Gael leadership prospects. Photo: Tony Gavin

The country's 950 councillors are in line to receive pay hikes of around €800 a year under plans being considered by Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar.

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Mr Varadkar has pledged to increase councillors' pay from January in a move that is sure to significantly boost his Fine Gael leadership prospects.

At present, councillors take home gross salaries of more than €16,500 per annum, plus expenses.

The Dublin West TD has given councillors two options in relation to their PRSI ­liabilities, the Irish Independent has learned.

One of the options on the table would see councillors' take-home pay rise by almost €4,000 over a five-year term.

Mr Varadkar's announcement last month that he was to introduce a review into councillors' pay was viewed as his first real leadership move.

Irish Independent

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