Friday 28 July 2017

Leo steals another step on Simon - but danger lies ahead

Housing Minister Simon Coveney and Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar. Photo: Collins
Housing Minister Simon Coveney and Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar. Photo: Collins
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

The curious case of our councillors and their pay claim carries an extra layer of intrigue, due to the identity of those who hold the purse strings.

Both Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney, the two frontrunners in the Fine Gael leadership battle, will ultimately decide whether to make our councillors richer.

Mr Coveney, as minister with responsibility for Local Government, is sitting on a report that deals with the issue of councillors' core salaries, which currently sit at just over €16,500.

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