Councillors expense bill averages €30,422 each

FINE Gael’s James Deegan is the top earner when it comes to allowances and expenses among the twenty-five Laois County Council members.

FINE Gael’s James Deegan is the top earner when it comes to allowances and expenses among the twenty-five Laois County Council members.

The councillors garnered more than three quarters of million euro between them €760,549 or an average of €30,422 each during 2011.

Emo based Cllr Deegan headed the list, receiving €50,148 from Laois County Council, while over the twelve month period his party colleague in the same electoral area Tom Mulhall was the lowest earner receiving €22,656.

Portlaoise Sinn Féin councillor Alan Hand received €21,089 but his figure didn’t cover twelve months as he was co-opted onto the local authority following Brian Stanley’s election to Dáil Eireann. Deputy Stanley received €3,870, bringing the twelve month Sinn Féin representative figure up to €24,959. Deputy Stanley also received a retirement gratuity of €3,971 from Portlaoise Town Council.

Fianna Fáil’s highest earner in the county was Portlaoise’s Cllr Jerry Lodge on €44,381. The only Labour councillor in Laois Pat Bowe received €26,347 and of the three Independents serving on Laois County Council, Luggacurren’s Ben Brennan was the highest earner receiving €25,927.

The allowances and expenses paid to Laois County Councillors during 2011 were;

Borris in Ossory: John Bonham FG €50,148; John Joe Fennelly FF €30,850; John King FG €27,776; Michael Lawlor FG €34,593; Brendan Phelan FF €27,064; Martin Phelan FG €38,240.

Emo: Ray Cribbin FF €24,392; James Deegan FG €51,564; Paul Mitchell Ind €25,761; Tom Mullhall FG €22,656.

Luggacurren: Ben Brennan Ind €25,927; James Daly FG €38,277; Padraig Fleming FF €25,125; John Moran FG €38,519.

Mountmellick: Pat Bowe Lab €26,347; Paddy Bracken FF €29,162; David Goodwin FG €24,099; Seamus McDonald FF €25,230.

Portlaoise: Rotimi Adebari Ind €23,222; William Aird FG €24,369; Catherine Fitzgerald €27,273; Alan Hand SF co-opted €21,089; Jerry Lodge FF €44,381; Kathleen O’Brien FG €23,947; Brian Stanley SF €3,870; Mary Sweeney FG €26,664.