Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Questions (871)

Jackie Cahill

Question:

871. Deputy Jackie Cahill asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the cost of the Moorhead Report; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13287/20]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

In June 2018 Ms Sara Moorhead SC was invited to carry out a review of the role and remuneration of local authority elected members. Her final report was recently published on my Department's website: 

https://www.housing.gov.ie/sites/default/files/publications/files/independent_review_of_role_and_remuneration_of_local_authority_elected_members.pdf 

Ms Moorhead did not receive a fee for her substantial work in carrying out this review. Administrative support, including work involving the surveying of elected members and gathering of financial data from local authorities, was provided to Ms Moorhead by officials in my Department.  As a result, there were no direct costs incurred in the preparation of the report.