How do our new councillors get paid?

SO, How much are the new councillors will get paid??

With 33 new councillors after getting elected to the Kerry County Council we had a few people asking us the question of how much will they get paid. We did a little digging on the website and found the document that details the “Allowances, Expenses and Gratuities payable to Local Authority Chairpersons and Members”

Please see the below which is an excerpt from that document, it states the salary that these councillors will get and if you want to read through the document in full it will give a breakdown of what they can expense and what they cannot.


Representational Payment

The representational payment is a salary type payment that councillors receive. It is subject to PAYE, PRSI and USC.

The representational payment is directly linked to a quarter of a senator’s annual salary and it increases and decreases proportionately with changes to the senators’ salaries. In 2010 and 2013 it was reduced in line with reductions to the senators’ salaries under the FEMPI Acts and increased in 2017 in line with FEMPI pay restoration.

The representational payment will benefit from any FEMPI pay restoration measures that will increase the senator’s salary. It is due to increase again in line with FEMPI pay restoration rules on 1 October 2018.

The annual rates of Representational Payment for councillors are as follows:

Rate of Payment with effect from 01/01/18 will be €16,891


Municipal District Member’s Allowance

With effect from 1 July 2017 elected members of local authorities with municipal district sub-structures receive an extra allowance of €1,000 per annum (the allowance will be €500 for the period 1 July 2017 to 31 December 2017). The rationale for this allowance is increased workload following the 2014 local government reforms.

As this is a salary type payment, it is subject to PAYE, PRSI and USC in the same manner as any other salary payment.

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