Tipp’s €1m bill for ex politicians

See Tipperary’s list of payments to politicians who lost their seats or retired last May.

See Tipperary’s list of payments to politicians who lost their seats or retired last May.

Figures released show that 49 former public representatives will share in a pot of €891,583. However, this only represents those who have reached the age of fity. A further 22 former councillors who have not yet reached the age of fifty will receive their payments upon coming of age, and wil be paid in accordance with rates at that time - this is thought to be in the region of €191,000, thereby breaking the 1 million Euro barrier for payments to former councillors in Tipperary. The payments are made across all parties and none, with long servers being remarded handsomely.

With North and South Tipperary County Councils having merged this summer and the resulting reduction in the number of public representatives, added to the abolition of the counties town and borough councils, The Premier County was more severe affected than most in the whole process. This probably explains why such a significant sum of the €5.4 million in severance payments nationally from the twelve local authorities affected can be attributed to Tipperary

South Tipperary had the biggest payout with €318,775 in severance packages, while North Tipperary had to fork out €259,200.

The biggest recipient was former long serving Fine Gael Councillor Jack Crowe who received €64,160; while Cllr Sean McCarthy (Fianna Fail) who was also a long serving members of Cashel Town Council and is a former Government Minister was second with a payout of €61,665. In North Tipp Denis Ryan (Fine Gael) and Jim Casey (Fianna Fail) €57,685 each were the highest recipients.The biggest single payout to a member of the town councils went to Cashel Town Council’s Joe Moloney (Fianna Fail) at €16,475, while Clonmel Borough’s Brian O’Donnell received €27,738.

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