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City & County Managers get €1.3 million in special payments on retirement

29 February, 2012 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin Public Expenditure and Reform Spokesperson Mary Lou McDonald TD has today called on Minister Howlin to end the practice awarding of up to ten added years plus special severance gratuity payments worth up to half a year’s pay to City and County Managers on retirement.

Deputy McDonald said:

“Like current Secretaries General, City and County Managers can retire early on a full pension and in addition can also benefit from a special severance gratuity payment of up to half a year’s pay on retirement. Figures released to me from the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government show that over the last 12 years €1.3 million has been paid out to former City and County Managers in special severance gratuity payments.

“This month Limerick’s City Manager will retire on a full pension at just 58 years of age having been awarded 8.9 added years and a special severance gratuity payment of €91,222 on top of his other pension entitlements.

“It is simply unacceptable that those at the top of the public sector continue to benefit from the kind of excessive pension perk. The average annual pension for civil servants is €30,000 yet City and County Managers get awarded a special payment on retirement of up to three times this amount.

“Minister Howlin must revoke Article 78 of the Local Government (Superannuation) (Consolidation) Scheme 1998 which legislates for the awarding of excessive pension entitlements unique to local authority City and County Managers.” ENDS

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