Storm brews over €160k pay of county manager

by Gazette Reporter

THE pay of the county manager of South Dublin has come in for criticism after it was revealed she earns in excess of €160,000 yearly.
A Parliamentary Question from Sinn Fein TD Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Local Government Phil Hogan to outline the pay and entitlements of local authority managers, with the answer revealing that Philomena Poole’s salary of €162,062 is the second highest in the country, surpassed only by Dublin city manager John Tierney, who makes €189,301.
The Taoiseach earns €200,000.
In addition to their pay, managers are entitled to claim up to 7.5% of their salary in “substitution of motor mileage rates… where a local authority considers that those allowances do not adequately recompense the manager for the extent to which their car is used for official business”.
They also get an “allowance in respect of individual or casual entertainment expenses incurred by them in relation to development functions and public relations”, which can reach up to €6,858, depending on the number of assistant managers in the council.
Dublin Mid-West Cllr  Eoin O’Broin (SF) said that the Minister for the Environment and Local Government Phil Hogan should act on the “excessive” pay.
“In recent weeks, there has been much public anger over the issue of excessive pay and pensions to politicians and bankers,” he said.
“Yet, excessively-paid senior politicians, civil servants and council managers continue to be relatively untouched by the austerity policies imposed by Government.
“The total package available to the managers of Cork’s City Council and South Dublin and Fingal County Councils is €176,311 per year. Compare these massive pay-outs to the reality facing ordinary families across the State.
“The Minister must move now to cap these excessive pay and perks. Given the state of the Government’s finances, no public official should be earning more than €100,000 per year.
“Cuts and tax increases must start at the top.”
A spokesperson for the Department for Local Government said that the pay of county managers was, “protected like everyone else under the Croke Park Agreement”.

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