Councillors in two of Co Longford’s town councils claimed over €110,000 in payments and expenses last year, newly released figures have shown.
Representatives from Longford and Granard Town Councils received approximately €110,765 in 2011 from salary costs to travel and attendance at meetings.
Longford Town Councillors accounted for €76,621 of this total, more than double the figure recorded by the nine urban representatives that currently make up the county’s north Longford local authority.
Cllr James Keogh was the highest recipient with a combined total of €16,788, over half of which came courtesy of a €9,000 mayoral allowance.
Retired local politician Cllr Christy Warnock posted the second largest sum, €13,028. Like Cllr Keogh however, Mr Warnock, who bowed out of local politics as mayor last year, had also been in receipt of €9,000 by way of a chairperson’s allowance.
Another recently departed figure from the ranks of Longford Town Council-Alan Mitchell completed the top three highest earners on €7,842.
The mantle of most economical councillor went to Mae Sexton who amassed just €1,797 in payments last year, or an average of €150 a month.
In Granard meanwhile, the overall sums received by councillors proved far more modest. The top earner was Cllr Tommy Stokes with €4,403, some €160 ahead of Cllr Terry McGovern’s €4,241 total.
Cllrs Stokes and McGovern were, in fact, the only two local representatives to break the €4,000 barrier last year with five of the remaining six councillors securing sums ranging from €3,360 to €3,898.
Only one, former mayor and the council’s sole dual mandate representative, Cllr PJ Reilly returned the lowest sum thanks to a combined total of €2,868 for payments and expense claims.
The breakdown of figures paid to Longford County Council was reported in the Longford Leader in recent weeks.
Meanwhile, according to figures in the Irish Independent yesterday, Tuesday, Strokestown councillors received over €130,000 in payments and expenses last year.
The Independent reported that Cllr Tom Crosby received 42,561 euro while Cllr Eugene Murphy got €41,576.
Cllr Sean Beirne received 31,340 while Valerie Byrne got 26,251. Meanwhile the newspaper also reported on the payments received by Cavan County Councillors including Danny Brady, Mullahoran (28,173); Maura Maguire Lynch, Arva (26,304) and Winston Bennett, Ballinagh (28,612).