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Staff at State communications regulator ComReg share €1m in bonus payments

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'The figures are contained in the 2019 annual report for the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg).'

'The figures are contained in the 2019 annual report for the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg).'

'The figures are contained in the 2019 annual report for the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg).'

Staff at the State-owned communications regulator, ComReg last year shared bonus payments of almost €1m.

The figures are contained in the 2019 annual report for the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg).

The annual report shows that staff shared €993,000 in performance related pay or 9pc of total pay costs.

This compares to bonus payments of €898,000 for 2018.The bonus scheme was originally established by the Office of the Director of Telecommunications Regulation.

Pay costs to staff at ComReg in the 12 months to the end of June last came to €10.9m and the annual report shows that 32 staff earned more than €100,000 last year, including two workers who earned more than €210,000.

The breakdown shows that along with the two who earned over €210,000, a further four staff earned between €150,000 and €200,000 with 26 earning between €100,000 and €150,000

The remuneration for those earning over €100,000 included salary, performance related pay and benefit in kind, but excludes employer's PRSI.

Numbers employed last year increased to 128 from 118.

Legal costs incurred by ComReg last year increased by 36pc from €1.82m to €2.49m made up of legal advice costing €1.06m and costs from legal proceedings costing €1.43m.

The regulator's international travel bill also increased sharply last year, rising by 60pc from €227,000 to €364,000 while the domestic travel bill decreased from €29,000 to €23,000.

The regulator last year recorded a surplus of €25.9m - down 52% on the surplus of €53.7m recorded in 2018.

Last year, ComReg paid €54.64m to the exchequer and a further net amount of €24.9m was payable at the end of June last.

The chief factor behind the drop in surplus was ComReg's income from Electronic Communications Spectrum Income reducing from €32m in 2018 to €7.6m last year.

ComReg's net income last year fell by 30pc from €87.16m to €61.45m and the bulk of its income was made up of licensing fee revenues of €43m from communications companies.

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The regulator's costs last year increased by 6pc to €35.46m, and those costs included technical advice fees of €9.18m, according to the report.


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