Councillors' pay figures should set off alarm bells
IN JUST a few short weeks, the nation will go to the polls to elect new local authority representatives. Were it not for an investigation by the Irish Independent, the first part of which is published in these pages today, there is every likelihood much of the electorate would have no real notion what their local councillors earn. We now know that, on average, local representatives earned almost €30,000 last year in pay, expenses, allowances and fees for their part-time job as councillors.
Readers may well arrive at the conclusion that their local representatives are worth every penny, but there are a host of other issues raised.
For example, we now know that councillor earnings totalled €52.2m in 2012 and 2013, but just €29.3m of this was in the form of basic taxable salary.