DONEGAL COUNCILLOR REFUSES TO TAKE ONE CENT IN EXPENSES OR ALLOWANCES

first_imgA Donegal county councillor has lived up to his promise and refused to take one cent in expenses.County councillor Dessie Shiels.Details of payments released by the County Council for 2014 show that Independent Cllr Dessie Shiels has not accepted either the representational or the monthly allowance, which he is entitled to receive from the Local Authority.And the Letterkenny based Cllr didn’t submit any expenses claims for subsistence/travel, foreign travel, broadband or mobile phone usage since being elected to the Council for the first time in June 2014. A total of €777,000 was paid to the 37 sitting Cllrs. The Tirconail Tribune reveals today that the highest payment was €42,730 to the Independent Cllr John Campbell. However, €17,500 of that figure was for the position of Cathaoirleach which Cllr Campbell held for the last six months of 2014.Another Independent Cllr Ian McGarvey was the second on the list receiving €38,810 but again €14,800 of that figure was for January to June of last year when he was Cathaoirleach of the Council.15 members of the current Local Authority were only elected in June 2014 so their payments figures only related to the final seven months of the year. Apart from the Chairspersons and the Vice-Chairs the largest payment was made to Fine Gael Cllr Terence Slowey who got €26,434 which included the €16,565 representational fee, €9126 (monthly payment) an allowance of €3091 for 2013/14, €383 (broadband) and €359 (mobile phone). Second and third on the list were Fianna Fail Cllrs Sean McEniff and Seamus O’Domhnaill. Cllr McEniff’s payment was €26,133 made up of €16,656 (representational payment), €8379 (monthly allowance), €828 (travel & subsistence) and €359 (broadband). Cllr O’Domhnaill received €25,880 for 2014 made up of €16,656 (representational payment), €8921 (monthly allowance) and €394 (travel & subsistence).The lowest payment for the full 12 months of last year went to Fianna Fail Cllr Gerry Crawford €21821 made up of €16,565 (representational payment) and €5256 (monthly allowance). Next lowest were two Sinn Fein Cllrs Gary Doherty €21893 made up of €16,565 (representational payment) and €5328 (monthly allowance) and Mick Quinn at €22,288 consisting of €16,565 (representational payment) and €5723 (monthly allowance). The bottom five was completed by two Fianna Fail Cllrs Paul Canning (€22,526) €16,565 (representational payment) and €5790 (monthly allowance) €170 for (travel/subsistence). Cllr Brogan’s payment of €22,530 for last year was made up of €16,565 (representational payment) and €5965 (monthly allowance).The figures for the representational allowances (salaries) do not include deductions for PRSI and tax liabilities.DONEGAL COUNCILLOR REFUSES TO TAKE ONE CENT IN EXPENSES OR ALLOWANCES was last modified: August 27th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:allowancesDessie Shielsdonegalexpenseslast_img read more