Written Answers. - Local Authority Members.

Eamon Gilmore


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.