Dáil Éireann - Volume 637 - 05 July, 2007

Written Answers. - Local Authority Funding.

Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if he will authorise payment to the chairperson of an organisation (details supplied) and those in similar positions; if his attention has been drawn to the amount of voluntary time involved in the role; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19440/07]

[2166]   Deputy John Gormley: Under the local authority expenses allowances system, councillors are paid a composite annual allowance that is intended to defray costs actually incurred in attending council and committee meetings, including Joint Policing Committee meetings. Following a comprehensive review, substantial improvements were introduced in the range of financial supports for councillors with effect from 1 January last. These included enhancements of expenses allowances. There are no proposals to introduce further amendments to the system of financial supports for councillors along the lines proposed in the question.