Written Answers. - Local Authority Members.

Eamon Gilmore

Question:

268 Mr. Gilmore asked the Minister for the Environment and Local Government the terms of the retirement scheme which he has agreed for members of local authorities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15050/02]

A retirement service related gratuity for councillors was introduced recently by way of the Local Authority Members (Gratuity) Regulations, 2002, which were laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas on 7 June. Full details of the scheme issued to all local authorities on 14 June for distribution to members.

In summary, the gratuity involves payment of a lump sum calculated as 3/20 of representational payment rate on retirement – whether voluntary or otherwise – for each year of service since May 2000, up to a maximum of 20 years service; with a minimum three year service requirement.