Councillor retirements cost almost €300,000 in 2014

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Councillor retirements cost almost €300,000 in 2014

Six councillors retired from Leitrim County Council in 2014, costing €294,955.

Details of Councillor expenses for 2014 were not furnished to the Leitrim Observer in time for publication last week.

The paper reported that over €500,000 was paid out in wages, expenses and retirement payments to councillors last year.

That figure was significantly lower than 2014, which amounted to €818,742 following the election of new councillors and the pay out of retirement gratuities to six councillors.

Former Councillor Tony Ferguson (RIP) was paid €61,800 for retirement along with€11,300 for half the year.

Fine Gael's Gerry Reynolds, who this year ran as a General Election Candidate, was paid €57,700 for retirement from the council and €13,429 in expenses and wages.

Mohill's Thomas Mulligan received €57,700 for retirement plus €8,749 .

Dromahair's John McTernan was entitled to €53,401 in retirement payment and he also claimed €10,829 in wages and expenses for 2014.

Fianna Fáil's Francis Gilmartin lost his seat at the 2014 local election. He was paid €47,719 for retirement and €13,922 in wages and expenses.

John Ward from Annaduff also lost his seat in the local election. He was paid €16,632 in retirement and €10,255 in wages and expenses.

Without retirement payments taken into consideration, Sean McDermott was the highest paid Councillor with a total figure of €43,028. Cllr McDermott held the title of chairperson for the most of the year which carried the benefit of €15,687 and he had a foreign travel claim of €2,590 in 2014.

Being the year of the local elections with councillors winning and losing seats, 29 public representatives were paid by Leitrim County Council.