700,000 euros for Kilkenny councillors’ salaries, expenses in 2010

A TOTAL of 717,182.58 euros was spent on salaries, travel expenses and conferences for members of Kilkenny County Council in 2010, according to data from the council.

A TOTAL of 717,182.58 euros was spent on salaries, travel expenses and conferences for members of Kilkenny County Council in 2010, according to data from the council.

Each member received a taxable salary of e16,678.83 plus varying rates of Annual Allowance that covers travel to and from meetings, subsistence, telephone and postage costs. Most of these allowances ranged from e4,000 to e6,000 for the year.

Members also received payments to cover “education and training”, including conference fees, conference travel and related overnight expenses. These ranged from a few hundred euro for some members up to nearly e5,000 for others.

Three members – Paul Cuddihy, Betty Manning and Tomas Breathnach – had no conference expenses for the year.

The Chairperson’s Allowance, County Development Board Allowances and SPC (strategic policy committee) Allowances received by some members are subject to income tax deductions.

As follows are the amounts paid to each of those who were members of the council in 2010, including Ann Phelan, who is now a TD, and Pat O’Neill, who is now a senator.

The totals in bold include the salary of e16,678.83 that each member received.

Michael O’Brien (Lab): e42,906.64 (e4,390.80 in annual allowances, e4,889.21 for training and education allowance and e16,947.80 for chairperson’s allowance)

Catherine Connery (FG): e42,265.83 (e4,390.80 in annual allowances, e4,670.69 for training and education allowance and e16,525.51 in chairperson’s allowance)

John Brennan (FG): e36,557.56 (e4,923.08 in annual allowances, e2,976.17 for training and education allowance, e5,979.48 in County Development Board allowance and e6,000 for SPC chairperson’s allowance)

Pat Dunphy (FG): e31,883.09 (e6,291.80 in annual allowances, e4,700.33 for training and education allowance and e4,212.13 for vice chairperson’s allowance)

Maurice Shortall (Lab): e31,873.06 (e4,542.88 in annual allowances, e4,651.35 for training and education allowance and e6,000 for SPC chairperson’s allowance)

Pat Millea (FF): e31,636.71 (e4,390.80 in annual allowances, e4,567.08 for training and education allowance and e6,000 for SPC chairperson’s allowance)

Marie Fitzpatrick (Lab): e30,328.55 (e4,390.80 in annual allowances, e3,258.92 for training and education allowance and e6,000 for SPC chairperson’s allowance)

Ann Phelan (Lab): e31,057.93 (e5,303.28 in annual allowances, e4,905.21 for training and education allowance and e4,170.61 for vice chairperson’s allowance)

Paul Cuddihy (FG): e27,609.63 (e4,390.80 in annual allowances, e0 for training and education allowance and e6,000 for SPC chairperson’s allowance)

Mary Hilda Cavanagh (FG): e26,893.51 (e5,455.36 in annual allowances and e4,759.32 for training and education allowance)

Eamon Aylward (FF): e26,488.06 (e5,455.36 in annual allowances and e4,353.87 for training and education allowance)

Tom Maher (FG): e26,122.22 (e4,542.88 in annual allowances and e4,900.51 for training and education allowance)

Matt Doran (FF): e25,980.37 (e5,303.28 in annual allowances and e3,998.26 for training and education allowance)

Andrew McGuinness (FF): e25,675.84 (e4,390.80 in annual allowances and e4,606.21 for training and education allowance)

Billy Ireland (FG): e25,664.76 (e4,390.80 in annual allowances and e4,595.13 for training and education allowance)

Pat O’Neill (FG): e25,571.57 (e4,390.80 in annual allowances and e4,501.95 for training and education allowance)

John Coonan (FF): e24,730.87 (e4,390.80 in annual allowances and e3,661.24 for training and education allowance)

Sean Treacy (FF): e24,607.36 (e5,150.20 in annual allowances and e2,777.33 for training and education allowance)

Cora Long (FF): e23,720.43 (e5,911.60 in annual allowances and e1,130 for training and education allowance)

Fidelis Doherty (FG): e23,611.43 (e5,759.52 in annual allowances and e1,173.08 for training and education allowance)

Anne-Maria Irish (FG): e22,870.43 (e5,911.60 in annual allowances and e280 for training and education allowance)

Patrick Crowley (then Ind, now FG): e22,794.03 (e5,151.20 in annual allowances and e964 for training and education allowance)

Tomas Breathnach (Lab): e22,438.35 (e5,759.51 in annual allowances and e0 for training and education allowance)

Malcolm Noonan (Greens): e21,916.01 (e4,390.80 in annual allowances and e846.38 for training and education allowance)

Martin Brett (FG): e21,448.57 (e4,390.80 in annual allowances and e378.94 for training and education allowance)

Betty Manning (FG): e21,069.63 (e4,390.80 in annual allowances and e0 for training and education allowance)