County councillors earn in excess of €650,000 in 2005

THE 28 members of Limerick County Council last year drew down a total of €668,100 in salaries, allowances and expenses.

Each councillor gets a fixed salary of €15,030.

The chairperson gets an allowance in addition to the salary of €38,500 and the vice-chair gets an additional allowance of €3,250.

As the annual general meeting takes place in July, last year Cllr Eddie Wade outgoing chairperson and Cllr Brigid Teefy incoming chairperson drew half their annual allowance as they were in office for just six months each in 2005.

They were the highest earners with Ms Teefy of the PDs drawing down a total of €40,093 in salary, allowances and expenses for the year 2005.

She was closely followed by Fianna Fáil’s Mr Wade who drew down €39,849.

In third place on the earnings list was Fine Gael’s Jerome Scanlan who got a total of €28,489. This included €5,078 as chairperson of a Strategic Policy Committee.

The chairpersons of the five Strategic Policy Committees each get an allowance each of €5,078.

The other earnings of councillors for 2005 were:

Cllr Rose Brennan, €22,274 (vice-chair allowance for six months of €1,675 included); Niall Collins, €20,599; Deirdre Ní Chinnéide, €20,599; Richard Butler, €20,599; John Griffin, €21,699; Leonard Enright, €19,387; Cormac Hurley, €20,599; Noel Gleeson, €20,843; Kieran O’Donnell, €20,599; Mary Harty (chairs an SPC) €26,166; Mary Jackman, €20,599; Nóirín Ryan, (who chairs an SPC) €25,677; Eddie Creighton, (chairs an SPC) €26,777; John Gallahue, €20,546; James Houlihan, €21,454; Pat McAuliffe, €21,943; Francis Foley, €24,265; Liam Galvin, €24,265; Jerome Scanlan, (chairs an SPC) €28,489; Pat O’Donovan, €22,554; John Griffin, €21,576; David Naughton, €21,821; Tom Neville, €21,087; Kevin Sheahan, €21,454; John Sheahan, €24,514.

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