Council publishes expenses online

Details of what Donegal county councillors claim in expenses have been published on line for the first time.

Details of what Donegal county councillors claim in expenses have been published on line for the first time.

The council has put the expenses up on its website after figures released last week show councillors claimed €866,000.

That was a small increase on the more than 865,000 claimed last year. But that total was for payments to 36 councillors due to the elections in June of that year.

The biggest claim was from former Mayor Brendan Byrne who claimed a total of €57,976. The Carrick councillor’s claim included €3,245 on foreign travel and a mayor’s allowance of almost €22,000.

The councillor who claimed the least was Frank McBrearty from Raphoe who claimed €22,055.35.

All 29 councillors received a representational payment of €16,724.04.

Ciaran Brogan, Dessie Larkin, Padraig MacLochlainn, Noel McBride and Thomas Pringle were all paid a SPC chair allowance of €6,000 while Cllr. Larkin received another €6,000 as chair of the County Development Board.

The total payments for 2010 in alphabetical order were: David Alcorn €32,149.86; Liam Blaney €25,834.08; John Boyle €29,589.43; Ciaran Brogan €29,515.76; Brendan Byrne €57,976.31; Gerry Crawford €22,655.56; Mickey Doherty €25,750.51; Padráig Doherty €28,784.11; Rena Donaghey €28,266.87; Martin Farren €25,889.07; Marie T. Gallagher €26,374.78; Martin Harley €25,786.34; Jimmy Harte €24,553.72; Cora Harvey €45,198.47; Dessie Larkin €39,041.20; Padráig MacLochlainn €38,728.69; Frank Mc Brearty €22,055.35; Noel McBride €36,431.38; Charlie McConalogue €32,043.85; Sean McEniff €27,135.74; Ian McGarvey €24,751.90; Patrick McGowan €25,357.63; Seamus O’Domhnaill €29,407.62; Bernard McGuinness €25,952.00; Barry O’Neill €24,667.21; Thomas Pringle €32,142.95; Mick Quinn €23,562.40; John Ryan €27,082.63; Terence Slowey €29,975.87.