Laois County Council offices in Portlaoise
The 19 public representatives of Laois people to Laois County Council will cost €845,000 in 2018, a rise of €39,000 from the 2017 budget.
It works out at an average of €44,473 for each county councillor, whose job it is to represent and advocate for the public in their areas to the council, as well as represent the county as a whole.
Each councillor gets a base payment of €16,578 a year.
Added to that are Annual Allowances of €128,000, averaging €6,736 each. That allowance will rise from €90,000 in 2017.
On top of that there is €42,000 of allowances divided between the Chairs and Vice Chairs of the three Municipal Districts and the full county council, elected by their colleagues every year.
Expenses come to another €135,000. Conferences abroad will cost €2,000. Members gratuities will cost €167,000, and contributions to members associations is another €17,000. There is another €29,000 paid for service support to the councillors, if they have an office or staff employed.
There are three Municipal Districts dividing Laois. Six councillors cover the Mountmellick to Borris-in-Ossory district on the west of the county, with seven covering the Portlaoise to Abbeyleix district, and another six representing the Portarlington to Graiguecullen district on the eastern side of the county.