Outgoing Donegal County councillors shared almost €200,000 in ‘gratuity’ payments.
The payments were made to councillors who lost their seats or retired following May’s local authority election.
The gratuity payment is made in recognition of years of service, and to cushion the blow of life after politics.
Former councillors John Boyle, Padraig Doherty and David Alcorn received €47,694 each, Noel McBride received €33,512 and Mickey Doherty received €16,605.
Donegal County Council therefore paid €193,199 to its five outgoing councillors.
The average payment is €38,640, which is significantly above the national average payment of €24,900 made to 470 outgoing councillors.
John Boyle, Padraig Doherty and David Alcorn served on Donegal County Council since 1999. Noel McBride was first elected in 2004, while Mickey Doherty served a single term from 2009-2014.
David Alcorn (Fianna Fáil, Glenties electoral area) was the only one of the five not to contest May’s county council election.
John Boyle (Fine Gael, Donegal), Padraig Doherty (Independent, Glenties), Noel McBride (Fine Gael, Letterkenny) and Mickey Doherty (Fine Gael, Inishowen) all contested the election but failed to win a seat in the expanded council.
David Alcorn (Fianna Fáil) €47,694
Pádraig Doherty(Independent, ex-Fine Gael) €47,694
John Boyle (Fine Gael) €47,694
Noel Mc Bride (Fine Gael) €33,512
Mickey Doherty (Fine Gael) €16,605