Tuesday 12 December 2017

Councillor who earned €96,000 back on campaign trail

Councillor Paddy O’Reilly
Councillor Paddy O’Reilly
Paul Melia

Paul Melia

ULSTER's highest-paid councillor earned a total of €96,631 in 2012 and 2013, the Irish Independent investigation reveals.

Cavan County Council's Paddy O'Reilly (FG) represents the Ballyjamesduff area, and is seeking a return to office in the local election.

The council's former cathaoirleach earned €46,992 in 2012. The bulk of the money, €46,797, came from Cavan County Council. This included a mayoral allowance of €10,726, and a €6,000 payment for chairing a strategic policy committee. In addition, the councillor received €195 from the HSE Regional Health Forum, Dublin North West.

The total for 2013 was €49,637, which includes €313 from the HSE. The remainder was from the local authority, and included the €6,000 payment for chairing a strategic policy committee, a mayoral allowance of €11,144 and foreign travel costs amounting to €1,147.

Mr O'Reilly could not be reached for comment.

Irish Independent

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