Minster John Paul Phelan Outlines Government Position on Councillor’s Pay and Conditions

 

  • There is significant pressure on councillors with regard to their ability to do their job effectively while maintaining full time work or rearing a family. Accordingly, in January of this year the former Minister for Housing, Deputy Simon Coveney, introduced two important changes to the supports given to councillors.
  • Firstly, a new allowance of €1’000 per annum is to be introduced in recognition of the work councillors undertake in carrying out their reserved functions at municipal district level.
  • Secondly, a new vouched annual expenses allowance of up to a maximum of €5,000 is to be introduced, which councillors may choose to opt for in place of the existing unvouched rate of approximately €2,500.
  • These measures were due to be introduced from July 1st , however the Association of Irish Local Government requested that further consideration be given to the terms and conditions that would apply.
  • The introduction of measures of this kind requires the amendment of regulations made under section 142 of the Local Government Act 2001, which requires the consent of the Minister for Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform. Draft amending regulations have been prepared and are under consideration between the two Departments.

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