216 local authority officials earn more than €100,000

The man who turned down the plan for five Garth Brooks concerts at Croke Park is the top earner among local authority staff.

Dublin City Council manager Owen Keegan earns €175,721 per annum.

A total of 216 local authority staff are earning over €100,000.

In figures provided by Environment Minister Phil Hogan, three other chief executives earn over €150,000: They are Tim Lucey at Cork County Council, Paul Reid at Fingal County Council and Daniel McLoughlin at South Dublin County Council, who each earn €150,977.

Mr Lucey and Mr Reid were appointed to their posts this year, with Mr McLoughlin appointed last year.

The figures show that four chief executives are in receipt of €142,966 in annual salary and they are: Jackie Maguire, Meath; Philomena Poole of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown and Cork City, where Ann Doherty has recently been appointed. The role of CEO of Kildare County Council also comes with a salary of €142,966.

Those chief executives earning at the next salary level of €133,072 include: Conn Murray, Limerick City and County; Tom Coughlan, Clare; Seamus Neely, Donegal; Martina Moloney, Galway County; Joe Crockett, Kilkenny; Peter Hynes, Mayo; Joe McGrath, Tipperary; Pat Gallagher, Westmeath; Tom Enright, Wexford; Eddie Sheehy, Wicklow; Michael Walsh, Waterford City and County and Kerry, where Moira Murrell has recently been appointed.

The figures show that chief executives from Galway City, Carlow, Cavan, Laois, Leitrim, Longford, Monaghan, Offaly, Roscommon and Sligo councils receive a salary of €123,910.

On the numbers earning over €100,000, according to the minister, the 216 staff represent “under 1% of the total local authority staff complement, on salary scales the maximum points of which are in excess of €100,000. The grades concerned are chief executives, assistant chief executives and directors of service”.

According to separate figures provided by Mr Hogan, a total of 167 local authority officials earn between €100,000 and €125,000.

Mr Hogan further revealed that 31 staff are in the €90,000 to €100,000 bracket, with 469 earning between €80,001 to €90,000 and a further 831 earning between €70,000 and €80,000.

However, the largest proportion of council workers earn under €50,000.

The figures show that 6,097 earn between €40,000 and €50,000, with an additional 9,380 earning between €30,000 and €40,000.

A further 7,209 local authority staff are earning less than €30,000.


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