Saturday 14 December 2019

EXCLUSIVE: Pay hike for councillors under plans by minister Simon Coveney

Some councillors in line for pay boosts of €3,500 under new rules

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney. Photo: Tom Burke
Minister for Housing Simon Coveney. Photo: Tom Burke

Niall O'Connor

Councillors are to receive a €1,000 pay hike as well as increases in their annual expenses under plans being introduced by Minister Simon Coveney, can reveal.

In a significant move, Mr Coveney has agreed to introduce a new annual allowance of €1,000 for hundreds of elected members of so-called municipal districts.

And in a surprise development, Mr Coveney has also agreed to more than double the annual expenses allowance for councillors who avail of the vouched system.

Currently, councillors can avail of an annual unvouched sum of up to €2,667 to cover expenses other than travel and subsistence.

But Mr Coveney is to increase this amount to €5,000, as long as it is vouched.

This means that combined with the new €1,000 payment, some councillors are in line to receive an additional €3,500 per year.

However, the new €1,000 payment will not be extended to the four Dublin local authorities as they are not classified as municipal districts.

It's the expected the new rules, which require legislation, will come into effect in April.

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