Cork City Councillors Conference Expenses

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The Evening Echo* did a Freedom of Information on the amount claimed by Councillors on Cork City Council to attend conferences since they were elected. The expenses over the last 15 months are:

  1. Kenneth O’Flynn (FF) €14,333.86
  2. Denis O’Flynn (Lab) €13,546.24
  3. Sean Martin (FF) €12,418.20
  4. Michael Ahern (Lab) €11,467.09
  5. Pat Gosch (FG) € 8,889.10
  6. Tim Brosnan (FF) €8,786.78
  7. Terry Shannon (FF) €8,742.72
  8. Michael O’Connell (Lab) €8,518.03
  9. Brian Birmingham (FG) €8,168.55
  10. Mary Shields (FF) €8,101.50
  11. Dara Murphy (FG) €8,051.92
  12. Catherine Clancy (Lab) €7,387.55
  13. John Kelleher (Lab) €6,497.33
  14. Emmet O’Halloran (FG) €6,307.58
  15. Laura McGonigle (FG) €5,221.71
  16. Lorraine Kingston (Lab) €5,026.99
  17. Dave McCarthy (Ind) €4,936.75
  18. Tony Fitzgerald (FF) €3,236.30
  19. Ger Gibbons (Lab) €1,939.27
  20. Jim Corr (FG) €1,888.34
  21. John Buttimer (FG) €1,883.83
  22. Donal Counihan (Former FF Councillor) €677.40
  23. Des Cahill €459.53

There were no expenses claimed by:

  • Ted Tynan, WP
  • Mick Finn, Ind
  • Mick Barry, SP
  • Kieran McCathy, Ind
  • Chris O’Leary, SF
  • Fiona Kerins, SF
  • Jonathan O’Brien, SF
  • Thomas Gould, SF
  • Henry Cremin, SF

While Des Cahill does sneak in at the end of the table he repaid part of his expenses as he did not stay overnight. He repaid €339.53, meaning he only claimed €120.

This highlights a flaw in the system. Councillors are able to claim the expenses before they go to a conference. This should not be the case. All expenses should only be payable on proof of attendance and with receipts.

I was glad to see only two Fine Gael Councillors in the top 10, it shows that they are trying to keep the expenses down.

* A number of changes were made to the table as it was published in the Evening Echo. They list Cllr. Dave McCarthy as being a member of Fianna Fail, he was elected as an Independent in 2009 and has not rejoined the party. Also the positions of John Buttimer and Jim Corr have been reversed as Jim’s expenses were higher then John’s.

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Author: Stephen

Cork born and bred, proud European and Irishman. Involved in many organisations and politics. Also writes for and UCC Express.

2 thoughts on “Cork City Councillors Conference Expenses”

  1. kenneth o flynn needs this money because he needs to repay his father for all he has done for him over the years I hope noel will go back into politics when FF go back into power.

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