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Councillors in line for severance deals

The offices of Longford County Council. Photo: Michelle Ghee. www.gphotos.ie

The offices of Longford County Council. Photo: Michelle Ghee. www.gphotos.ie

Longford County Council has ringfenced up to €500,000 to cover the cost of severance payments to retiring and defeated county councillors, writes Liam Cosgrove.

The figures, contained in the council’s own budget figures for 2014, are expected to be distributed to over half a dozen former elected members as a result of the recent local elections.

In total, nine representatives, who made up the 2009-14 Longford County Council, either lost their seats or stepped down from office on May 23 last.

These included retirees Larry Bannon, Denis Glennon, Victor Kiernan, Barney Steele and Gerry Brady, the latter pair of which have almost 60 years of service between them.

A number of defeated councillors also qualify for severance payments including Sean Farrell, Frank Kilbride, Tom Victory and Paul Connell.

The payments are fixed on the length of time a local representative has served and 20 per cent of a councillor’s yearly representational payment of €16,724.

A councillor who served just one term of five years, but who lost out last month will receive approximately €16,724.

For those with two terms under their belts, the figure rises to €33,448 and €47,541 for a decade and a half of service.

According to those calculations, three of Longford County Council’s longest serving members will receive over €50,000 each in severance payments.

 

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