Six former Mayo county councillors have received gratuity payments since the local elections last May.

Some of the recipients chose not to contest the last local elections while other failed to secure a seat last May.

The gratuity is paid on the councillor reaching the age of 50.

Nationally councillors who bowed out at May's local elections are to receive retirement gratuities of at least 6 million euro in total. 17 of them will get at least 70-thousand euro each.

Councillors who lost their seats in May, or chose not to contest the elections, are entitled to a lump sum based on their experience on the local authority.

Most of these payments have been processed.

28 of the 31 local authorities across Ireland have now released the details of the amounts to be paid, following freedom of information requests. They come to a total of just under 6 million euro.

The figures have been released by Mayo County Council under a Freedom of Information request

Former Independent Castlebar councillor Frank Durcan, who did not contest the local elections last May, received 34,000 euro in a gratuity paid out in July of this year.

Ballina based former Independent cllr Gerry Ginty, who did not contest last May’s election, received just under 39,000 in July.

Mulranny based former Independent cllr Michael Holmes, did not contest the May elections, he is to be paid 51,000 euro – which has not yet been claimed by him.

Castlebar based former Fine Gael Cllr Henry Kenny, did not contest the election in May, in July he received just under 69,000 euro in gratuity.

Westport based former FG cllr Tereasa McGuire  - who failed to secure a seat in May, in August received 29,000 euro in gratuity.

While Erris based SF cllr Teresa Whelan, who failed to secure a seat in May, is to receive just under 10,000 euro, not yet claimed

 

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