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Councillors' 'base salary' stays the same – with four earning more than others

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22.06.2012 New Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Cian O'Callaghan with Deputy Mayor Peggy Hamill.

Credit: Paul Walsh

22.06.2012 New Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Cian O'Callaghan with Deputy Mayor Peggy Hamill. Credit: Paul Walsh

22.06.2012 New Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Cian O'Callaghan with Deputy Mayor Peggy Hamill. Credit: Paul Walsh

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THE 'representative payment' paid to every councillor on Fingal County Council remained frozen in 2012 at €16,723.92 – exactly the amount paid to the councillors in 2011.

The representative payment is effectively a councillor's base salary onto which expenses and allowances can be added to increase a local representative's income.

The representative payment is a set amount paid to every councillor and is a guaranteed annual payment to our county councillors.

Four councillors will earn more than their colleagues in representative payments each year with bonus payments for the roles of Mayor and Deputy Mayor. Four of these posts are filled in a given year because the Mayor's chains of office change hands halfway through the year.

This meant that in 2012, Cllr Gerry McGuire (Labour) who was mayor during the first half of the year had a total representative payment of some €32,892.41 while his successor, Cllr Cian O'Callaghan (Labour) received a representative payment of exactly the same amount.

The two deputy mayors during the year, Cllr Ken Farrell (Labour) and Cllr Peggy Hamill (Labour) both had representative payments totalling €24,379.62.


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