Wednesday 13 December 2017

'Overworked' county councillors could get pay rise as senator calls for 40pc hike

The Department of Environment, Community and Local Government revealed that acting minister Alan Kelly has received proposals from the Association of Irish Local Government in relation to payments to councillors.
The Department of Environment, Community and Local Government revealed that acting minister Alan Kelly has received proposals from the Association of Irish Local Government in relation to payments to councillors.

Anne-Marie Walsh

The incoming government will consider a pay rise for county councillors as a senator called for a 40pc hike in their wages.

The Department of Environment, Community and Local Government revealed that acting minister Alan Kelly has received proposals from the Association of Irish Local Government in relation to payments to councillors.

"These are being considered by him in the context of an operational review of the local government reforms introduced in 2014," it said.

Fine Gael senator Tom Sheahan said local authority politicians are overworked and deserve a salary hike from €9.60 to €13.40 an hour. This would bring their yearly wages to €23,000 for their contracted 33 hours work per week.

Mr Sheahan, who served on Kerry County Council for the Killarney area following the 2004 local elections, claimed that only the wealthy will want to do their job in the future.

He said councillors are working far more than their contracted hours following the abolition of municipal, town and borough councils.

The senator said the part-time job had become full-time and most councillors work 40 hours or more a week, including weekends, and are always on call.

The CEO of Chambers Ireland, Ian Talbot, said any increase in costs must be matched by the same level of savings.

Irish Independent

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