Longford council members expenses bill hits €489,369

€3.27 million has been paid to the county’s councillors over the past six years, 2011 - ‘16, inclusive

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Longford council members expenses bill hits €489,369

€3.27 million has been paid to Longford's county councillors over the past six years, 2011 - ‘16, inclusive.

Following the publication of Longford County Council members’ expenses for 2016 which came to a total of €489,369.06, the Leader can reveal that more than €3.27 million has been paid to the county’s councillors over the past six years, 2011 - ‘16, inclusive.

The councillor that received the highest expenses in 2016 was Fianna Fáil’s Cllr PJ Reilly €34,591.48. That figure included a €2,000 Deputy Mayor’s Allowance and a €6,000 SPC Chair Allowance.

Each of Longford’s eighteen councillors 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) and 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 the expenses.

The total figure for 2016 of €489,369.06 is the lowest amount claimed by Longford’s councillors since 2011 when the figure was €591,359.30.

In 2011, there were twenty-one county councillors elected and this was reduced to eighteen at the 2014 local elections.  


Longford County Council members annual expenses 2016

Cllr PJ Reilly (Fianna Fáil)               €34,591.48 *
Cllr Mae Sexton (Independent)        €31,520.23 **
Cllr Micheál Carrigy (Fine Gael)       €31,334.90 ***
Cllr Paraic Brady (Fine Gael)           €29,595.63 *****
Cllr Seamus Butler (Fianna Fáil)      €29,571.06 ***
Cllr Mick Cahill (Fianna Fáil)            €29,492.71 *****
Cllr Gerry Warnock (Independent)    €29,492.35 *****
Cllr Luie McEntire (Fianna Fáil)        €28,046.28
Cllr Colm Murray (Fine Gael)           €27,248.10 ****
Cllr Mark Casey (Independent)        €26,722.51 ****
Cllr John Browne (Fine Gael)           €26,151.89
Cllr Paul Ross (Fine Gael)                €25,627.12
Cllr Peggy Nolan (Fine Gael)            €24,038.36
Cllr Pat O’Toole (Fianna Fáil)            €23,999.64 ******
Cllr Gerald Farrell (Fine Gael)           €23,490.29
Cllr John Duffy (Fine Gael)                €23,336.38
Cllr Padraig Loughrey (Fianna Fáil)   €23,269.42 ****
Cllr Martin Mulleady (Fianna Fáil)      €21,840.71

TOTAL                                             €489,369.06     


Key
* =  (includes €2,000 Deputy Cathaoirleach Allowance & €6,000 SPC Allowance)
** = (includes €6,000 SPC Chair Allowance)
*** = (includes €6,000 SPC Chair Allowance & €2,500 Municipal Cathaoirleach Allowance)
**** = (includes €2,500 Municipal Cathaoirleach Allowance)
***** = (includes €5,000 County Cathaoirleach Allowance)
****** =  (includes €2,000 Deputy Cathaoirleach Allowance)


Longford County Council members expenses 2011 - 2016

Year             Expenses         Members
2016          €489,369.06           18
2015          €491,331.66           18
2014          €532,503.66           28
2013          €577,299.30           22
2012          €589,588.91           22
2011          €591,359.30           21

TOTAL     €3,271,451.89          29

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