€720,000 for councillors’ payments and expenses in 2011

Over €720,000 was paid to the 26 members of Kilkenny County Council last year in payments and expenses, according to figures provided by the council.

Over €720,000 was paid to the 26 members of Kilkenny County Council last year in payments and expenses, according to figures provided by the council.

This includes a standard payment of €16,666.78 to each member for the year. Now-TD Ann Phelan and now-Senator Pat O’Neill are included, because they were members of the council at the start of 2011. Their replacements, Tommy Prendergast and Jane Galway, received proportional payments for the percentage of the year on the council.

A member’s annual allowance covers travel expenses to and from meetings, subsistence, telephone and postage costs; and the education and training covers conference fees, conference travel and overnight expenses.

Each chairperson of the council’s five strategic policy committees (SPCs) received €6,000 for the role.

Paul Cuddihy (FG): €42,849.99, including representational payment of €16,666.78, annual allowance of €4,390.90, training and education allowance of €603.79, chairperson’s allowance of €16,438.52, and SPC chairperson’s allowance of €4,750

Catherine Connery (FG): €42,193.54, including representational payment of €16,666.78, annual allowance of €4,390.80, training and education allowance of €4,697.46, and chairperson’s allowance of €16,438.50

John Brennan (FG): €37,760.09, including representational payment of €16,666.78, annual allowance of €4,923.08, training and education allowance of €4,190.75, County Development Board allowance of €5,979.48, and SPC chairperson’s allowance of €6,000

Marie Fitzpatrick (Lab): €32,275.45, including representational payment of €16,666.78, annual allowance of €4,390.80, training and education allowance of €3,006.97, vice chairperson’s allowance of €2,210.90, and SPC chairperson’s allowance of €6,000

Maurice Shortall (Lab): €32,098.69, including representational payment of €16,666.78, annual allowance of €4,542.88, training and education allowance of €4,889.03, and SPC chairperson’s allowance of €6,000

Pat Millea (FG): €31,582.18, including representational payment of €16,666.78, annual allowance of €4,390.80, training and education allowance of €4,524.60, and SPC chairperson’s allowance of €6,000

Tom Maher (FG): €29,608.62, including representational payment of €16,666.78, annual allowance of €4,542.88, training and education allowance of €4,250.66, and vice chairperson’s allowance of €4,148.30

Pat Dunphy (FG): €27,703.83, including representational payment of €16,666.78, annual allowance of €6,291.80, and training and education allowance of €4,745.25

Mary Hilda Cavanagh (FG): €27,116.50, including representational payment of €16,666.78, annual allowance of €5,455.36, and training and education allowance of €4,994.36

Cora Long (FF): €26,722.41, including representational payment of €16,666.78, annual allowance of €5,911.60, training and education allowance of €4,144.03

Matt Doran (FF): €26,673.10, including representational payment of €16,666.78, annual allowance of €5,303.28, training and education allowance of €4,703.04

Eamon Aylward (FF): €26,535.42, including representational payment of €16,666.78, annual allowance of €5,455.36, and training and education allowance of €4,413.28

Sean Treacy (FF): €25,903.08, including representational payment of €16,666.78, annual allowance of €5,151.20, training and education allowance of €4,085.10

John Coonan (FF): €25,814.44, including representational payment of €16,666.78, annual allowance of €4,390.80, training and education allowance of €4,756.86

Billy Ireland: (FG): €25,757.28, including representational payment of €16,666.78, annual allowance of €4,390.80, training and education allowance of €4,699.70

Fidelis Doherty (FG): €25,469.56, including representational payment of €16,666.78, annual allowance of €5,759.52, and training and education allowance of €3,043.26

Andrew McGuinness (FF): €25,992.23, including representational payment of €16,666.78, annual allowance of €4,390.80, training and education allowance of €4,934.65

Michael O’Brien (Lab): €24,956.92, including representational payment of €16,666.78, annual allowance of €4,390.80, training and education allowance of €3,899.34

Martin Brett (FG): €23,427.20, including representational payment of €16,666.78, annual allowance of €4,390.80, training and education allowance of €1,119.62, and SPC chairperson’s allowance of €1,250

Anne-Maria Irish (FG): €22,983.84, including representational payment of €16,666.78, annual allowance of €5,911.60, and training and education allowance of €405.46

Patrick Crowley (FG): €22,950.62, including representational payment of €16,666.78, annual allowance of €5,151.20, training and education allowance of €1,132.64

Thomas Breathnach (Lab): €22,928.72, including representational payment of €16,666.78, annual allowance of €5,759.52, and training and education allowance of €502.42

Malcolm Noonan (Greens): €22,777.82, including representational payment of €16,666.78, annual allowance of €4,390.80, training and education allowance of €1,720.24

Betty Manning (FG): €21,057.58, including representational payment of €16,666.78 and annual allowance of €4,390.80

Tommy Prendergast (Lab): €20,210.71, including representational payment of €12,774.81, annual allowance of €3,985.24, and training and education allowance of €3,450.66

Jane Galway (FG): €13,964.03, including representational payment of €8,608.12, annual allowance of €2,364.28, training and education allowance of €2,991.63

Pat O’Neill (FG): €8,202.19, including representational payment of €5,624.68, annual allowance of €1,463.60, training and education allowance of €1,113.91

Ann Phelan (Lab): €5,107.27, including representational payment of €2,567.90, annual allowance of €883.88, training and education allowance of €59.99, and vice chairperson’s allowance of €1,595.50