Saturday 16 December 2017

Top-earner Keegan not alone as figures show 200 council staff on '€100k plus'

Gordon Deegan

MORE than 200 local authority staff are earning over €100,000, with Dublin City Council chief executive Owen Keegan the highest earner.

Environment Minister Phil Hogan has confirmed that there are 216 local authority staff earning a salary of more than €100,000.

The top earner in the country is Dublin City Council's city manager Owen Keegan, who earns €175,721 per annum.

Mr Keegan has been in the limelight over the past week as a result of the Garth Brooks concert controversy.

In figures provided by Mr Hogan, three other chief executives earn more than €150,000: Tim Lucey, at Cork County Council; Paul Reid at Fingal County Council, and Daniel McLoughlin at South Dublin Co Council – who each earn €150,977.

Mr Lucey and Mr Reid were appointed to their posts this year, with Mr McLoughlin appointed in 2013.

The figures show that four CEOs are paid €142,966 in annual salary: Jackie Maguire, of Meath; Philomena Poole, of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown; and Ann Doherty, the newly appointed CEO of Cork city.

The role of CEO of Kildare Co Council also comes with a salary of €142,966, although the current acting CEO is not paid the same sum.

Those chief executives earning at the next salary level of €133,072 include Conn Murray, the chief executive, of Limerick City and County; Tom Coughlan, of Clare; Seamus Neely, of Donegal; Martina Moloney , of Galway County; Joe Crockett, of Kilkenny County; Peter Hynes, of Mayo; Joe McGrath, of Tipperary; Pat Gallagher, of Westmeath; Tom Enright, of Wexford; Eddie Sheehy, of Wicklow; Michael Walsh, of Waterford City and Council; along with the CEO of Kerry Co Council, where Moira Murrell has recently been appointed.

The figures show that the CEOs from Galway City, Carlow, Cavan, Laois, Leitrim, Longford, Monaghan, Offaly, Roscommon and Sligo councils receive a salary of €123,910.

Mr Hogan said the 216 staff earning more than €100,000 represented less than "1pc of the total local authority staff complement, on salary scales the maximum points of which are in excess of €100,000".

"The grades concerned are Chief Executives, Assistant Chief Executives and Directors of Service," he said.

According to separate figures provided, a total of 167 local authority officials earn between €100,000 and €125,000.

Mr Hogan also revealed that 31 members of staff were in the €90,000 to €100,000 bracket, with 469 earning between €80,001 to €90,000, with a further 831 staff members earning between €70,000 to €80,000.

However, the largest proportion of council workers earn under €50,000.

The figures show that 6,097 earn between €40,000 and €50,000 with an additional 9,380 earning between €30,000 to €40,000 with 7,209 earning less than €30,000.

Irish Independent

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