Payments for outgoing councillors to be addressed

Details of the severance payments for outgoing councillors in Co Louth have not yet been made public.

A spokesman for the council told the Dundalk Democrat that it would be a number of weeks before this information will be made available as it had not yet been addresssed by the council.

It emerged yesterday, Monday, that incoming Mayors will see their salaries reduced by as much as 60% under new measures planned by the Environment Minister Phil Hogan. The amount paid to mayors in smaller counties will be capped at €20,000.

Incoming county councillors will see a €4,000 per annum cut in expenses availab le to them under the new plans.

Currently councillors can claim up to €4,700 per annum but this will be capped at €700.

Also it is proposed that details of all expenses payments will be published on the council websites every three months.


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