Friday 24 November 2017

How salaries, payments work

There are 75 town councils and five borough councils in the State, all of which will be abolished after the local elections. There are also 34 city and county councils, which will be reduced to 31.

Twenty-six of the town councils are classed as non-rating, including Balbriggan, Cootehill, Gorey or Mullingar; while the remainder are rating – meaning they set commercial rates.

The gratuity payments for councillors differ, depending on their council.

The payments are based on a portion of the annual salary, or representational payment, with additional payments for councillors serving before 2000. The payments are subject to tax.

The information on payments is from the Association of Municipal Authorities of Ireland.

COUNCILLOR ELECTED IN 1994, RETIRING IN 2014 WITH 20 YEARS SERVICE

* Non-rating town council

Pre-2000: €178.56 X 5 = €892.80

Post-2000: €456.20 x 14 = €6,384

Total Gratuity Due: €7,276.80

* Rating Town Council

Pre-2000: €357.11 X 5 = €1,785.55

Post-2000: €836.24 x 14 = €11,707.36

Total Gratuity Due: €13,492.91n Borough

Pre-2000: €357.11 X 5 = €1,785.55

Post-2000: €1,672.40 x 14 = €23,413.60

Total Gratuity Due: €25,199.15

* City/County Councils

Pre-2000: €714.23 X 5 = €3,571.15

Post-2000: €3,344.80 x 14 = €46,827.20

Total Gratuity Due: €50,398.35

COUNCILLOR ELECTED IN 1994, RETIRING IN 2014 WITH 29 YEARS' SERVICE

* Non-rating town council

Pre-2000: €178.56 X 15 = €2,678.40

Post-2000: €456.20 x 14 = €6,384

Total Gratuity Due: €9,062.40

* Rating Town Council

Pre-2000: €357.11 X 15 = €5,356.65

Post-2000: €836.24 x 14 = €11,707.36

Total Gratuity Due: €17,064.01

* Borough

Pre-2000: €357.11 X 15 = €5,356.65

Post-2000: €1,672.40 x 14 = €23,413.60

Total Gratuity Due: €28,770.25

* City/County Councils

Pre-2000: €714.23 X 15 = €10,713.45

Post-2000: €3,344.80 x 14 = €46,827.20

Total Gratuity Due: €57,540.65

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