Varadkar pledges to hike pay for councillors
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.
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.