Longford councillors claim €490k in expenses

Release of figures show local politicians claimed €3.27m between 2011-16

Liam Cosgrove

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Longford councillors claim €490k in expenses

More than €3.27m of public monies has been paid out to Longford county councillors over the past six years, new figures show.

Almost half a million of that total was afforded to 18 of the Council's current crop of elected members last year.

The figures, which were published by the local authority last Thursday and carried on the Leader's website the following day, identified Cllr PJ Reilly as the top earning local politician last year.

Over the course of 2016, the Fianna Fail representative reportedly claimed €34,591.48 in expenses.
That figure included a €2,000 Deputy Mayor’s Allowance and a €6,000 SPC Chair Allowance.

Each councillor received a representational payment of €16,565, along with expenses for attending meetings (ranging from the lowest figure of €4,204.42 to the highest of €5,291.86). Expenses were also set aside for attending conferences and events (ranging from the lowest figure of €142.78 to the highest of €6,808.39).

Only one of the eighteen elected representatives - Cllr Padraig Loughrey (Fianna Fáil) - didn’t claim expenses for attending conferences and events.

Fianna Fáil’s Martin Mulleady, on €21,840.71, received the lowest amount of expenses.