Independent Cllr. Frank McBrearty Jr has defended the salary and allowance payments he received for the period 2012/2013, during part of which time he was Donegal mayor.
Responding to figures reported in the Irish Independent newspaper, Cllr McBrearty said that when a councillor serves as mayor, expenses and payments tend to increase.
“I want to put on record that my earnings and remunerations were similar to those received by former Sinn Féin Cllr Cora Harvey during her tenure as mayor,” Cllr McBrearty said.
He said he received more than €20,000 less than Cllr Brendan Byrne for the period in which he served as mayor, and more than €8,000 less than his predecessor as mayor, Cllr Noel McBride .
Cllr. McBrearty said that a mayor’s expenses will generally increase, “due largely to the demands of the office as well as the increased mobility and demands placed on the office holder.”