THE AVERAGE payment received by members of Wicklow County Council in 2011 was €32,818 while a total of €820,467 was paid out to 25 local representatives over the 12 month period.
While amounts received by County Councillors across the county varied, Fine Gael‘s Cllr. George Jones of Greystones recorded a total of €83,091 while party colleague Cllr. Irene Winters from Wicklow received the lowest figure of €24,747.
A smaller sum of €22,153 was also paid to Cllr. Gráinne McLoughlin of Greystones who was co-opted onto the Council in place of elected TD Simon Harris who received the sum of €4,050 in 2011 before he took up office in Dáil Éireann.
‘I am not the highest paid local representative,’ said Cllr. Jones.
His comments follow national newspaper reports that put him at the top of earnings list of our elected members of local government.
Cllr. Jones said that last year he received a salary of €38,564 for the IPB position which was ‘subject to tax, PRSI and Universal Social Charge like any other job’.