Four Wicklow councillors receive over €70,000 in retirement gratuities

Four Wicklow councillors are set to join a group of councillors nationwide receiving a total of €6 million in gratuities following retirement after May’s local elections.

Wicklow County Council’s costs are the highest in the country, with their 12 former councillors receiving a sum totalling €505,000, according to the report released under the Freedom of Information Act.

17 councillors nationwide received in excess of €70,000 each, four of these being Wicklow based.

The four councillors and their gratuities are as follows;

  • Pat Vance – €73,600
  • Jim Ruttle – €73,200
  • Tommy Cullen – €71,400
  • Pat Doran – €70,750

The highest earning councillor in Ireland comes from Longford, where Luie McEntrie received just under €80,000.

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