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01 Jul 2022

€875k paid to Louth councillors in 2021

Figures released by Louth County Council

€875k paid to Louth councillors in 2021

€875k paid in expenses, allowances and payments to Louth councillors in 2021

€874,905.91 in payments, allowances and expenses was made to Louth County Councillors in 2021, according to figures released by Louth County Council this month.

The highest amount paid to a councillor in 2021 was €47,372.79 to Cllr Pio Smith and the lowest amount to a councillor who served a full year in 2021 was €26,750.54 to Cllr Fiachra MacRaghnaill.

€624,015.10 was paid in Representational Payments to councillors last year. This represented €21,826.85 paid to 27 councillors, as well as €19,790.84 paid to Cllr Paula Butterly who was co-opted to the council in February 2021, €8,884.67 to Cllr Hugh Conlon, who passed away in July 2021, and €6,014.64 to his wife, Cllr Bernadette Conlon who was co-opted to the council following his passing.

€11,666.64 was paid to Cllr Pio Smith and €8,333.36 was paid to Cllr Dolores Minogue as a Chairperson's Allowance, with €2,333.34 being paid to Cllr James Byrne and €1,666.66 paid to Cllr Michelle Hall as Vice-Chairpersons Allowance.

€6,000 was paid to five councillors: Cllr Joanna Byrne, Cllr Emma Coffey, Cllr Maria Doyle, Cllr Liam Reilly and Cllr Pio Smith, as Chairpersons of SPC's. €30,000 in total was paid to six councillors as Chairpersons of MDs - €7,000 to Cllr James Byrne, €5,000 to Cllr Kevin Callan, €5,000 to Cllr Emma Coffey, €7,000 to Cllr Maria Doyle, €2,500 to Cllr John Sheridan and €3,500 to Cllr Jim Tenanty.

All councillors received €499.98 as a member of a municipal district, except for Cllr Paula Butterly who received €371.65 and Cllr Bernadette Conlon who did not receive the allowance. €130,024.90 in total was paid to the councillors in ad hoc expenses ranging from €1,294.91 for Cllr Bernadette Conlon to €5,779 for Cllr James Byrne. 

€14,564.08 was paid in total as a Broadband & Phone Allowance, with most councillors receiving around €505 each. Other amounts included €4,277.79 in total paid for Public Liability Personal Accident A/B; € 1,015.00 in total for LAMA expenses; €500 to Cllr Liam Reilly for Conference Expenses; and €1,284.44 and €853.51 paid to Cllr Pio Smith and Cllr Jim Tenanty respectively in Other Training expenses.

The amount paid to each councillor is as follows:

  • Cllr Marianne Butler - €27,170.47
  • Cllr Paula Butterly  -  €24,816.22
  • Cllr James Byrne  -  €38,022.35
  • Cllr Joanna Byrne -  €34,488.54
  • Cllr Kevin Callan -  €33,091.39
  • Cllr Emma Coffey -  €38,129.43
  • Cllr Hugh Conlon -  €11,613.42
  • Cllr Bernadette Conlon -  €7,387.16
  • Cllr Edel Corrigan -  €27,170.47
  • Cllr Tom Cunningham -  €28,354.29
  • Cllr Maria Doyle -  €40,170.47
  • Cllr Michelle Hall -  €30,021.56
  • Cllr Conor Keelan -  €26,883.18
  • Cllr Sean Kelly -  €27,170.47
  • Cllr Fiachra MacRaghnaill -  €26,750.54
  • Cllr Pearse McGeough -  €27,188.78
  • Cllr Andrea McKevitt  -  €27,169.86
  • Cllr Paddy McQuillan -  €28,294.97
  • Cllr Kevin Meenan -  €27,170.47
  • Cllr Dolores Minogue -  €35,752.73
  • Cllr Declan Power -  €28,154.42
  • Cllr John Reilly -  €27,169.86
  • Cllr Liam Reilly -  €33,705.71
  • Cllr Tomas Sharkey -  €27,170.47
  • Cllr John Sheridan -  €29,670.47
  • Cllr Pio Smith -  €47,372.79
  • Cllr Jim Tenanty -  €31,772.88
  • Cllr Eileen Tully -  €28,617.60
  • Cllr Antoin Watters - €27,284.49
  • Cllr Maeve Yore -  €27,170.47

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