Councillors in for €8000 pay rise

first_imgNewsPoliticsCouncillors in for €8000 pay riseBy Bernie English – December 8, 2019 618 Twitter Advertisement Linkedin Previous articleArias and Advent with Irish Chamber OrchestraNext articleCall for ban on use of helium balloons in Limerick Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Cllr Michael Sheahan, Fine Gael. Photo: Cian ReinhardtLIMERICK’S Mayor has given the thumbs up to a proposed €8,000 pay rise for local councillors.Mayor Michael Sheahan (FG) a veteran of local politics, told the Limerick Post he hopes that if the proposal is passed it will encourage more young people and more women to take the political road.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “If there was some sort of attractive remuneration, it might encourage more people to become involved in politics,” he explained.“It might encourage young people and particularly women, who may be put off by the financial implications of taking time out of work at a time in their careers when finances can be tough, to get involved.”The government is shortly to get an independent review of the remuneration offered to local representatives.Currently, councillors are paid a basic salary of around €17,000, with unvouched expenses up to €2,667 and vouched expenses of €5,000.Mayor Sheahan said that while people elected to the council don’t do the job for the money “it would be good if there was a better financial incentive to get a wider representation.“This is a fair proposal and it has been carefully and fully researched by someone with no political axe to grind.“We were lucky to get a good influx of new young councillors but the questions is, will they stay? They bring a fantastic new perspective to the work we do and councillors do work long hard hours.”Councillors who  work in the public service are given paid time off to attend monthly meetings but those working in the private sector have to do so mostly on their own time.center_img Email Facebook Print WhatsApplast_img read more

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