Does Your Local Councillor Deserve an Extra €3,500 in Allowances and Expenses?

Written 3 years ago by Rebecca Donnelly

County councillors will soon be entitled to an extra €2,500 in annual expenses plus a €1,000 allowance for sitting in Municipal Districts.


Officially, Minister Simon Coveney is making the changes because of changes to their workload since town councils were abolished in 2014.


Will Faulkner has another theory.


Councillors carry 20% of the vote when Fine Gael elects a leader to replace Enda Kenny and Leo Varadkar, the bookies’ favourite, has already given them better social welfare benefits.


The extra €3,500 is Simon Coveney’s attempt to curry favour, a charge rejected by Westmeath councillor Andrew Duncan on Midlands Today earlier: