Updated: 22/02/18 : 05:57:57
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County councillors in line for pay review

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has told a meeting of Fine Gael TDs and senators that he will review the pay and conditions of councillors.

The issue was raised at last night's parliamentary party meeting in Leinster House.

According to RTÉ, several of those gathered said that many councillors would not run in the next local elections due to what they described as "poor pay" and "long hours."

The meeting also heard that Fine Gael would have difficultly finding new candidates to run in those elections unless the pay is improved.

It was stated that this could impact in particular on the party's policy to encourage more women to run in the council elections.

Councillors are paid a gross annual allowance of €16,645 and they can also claim expenses.

Minister Donohoe said he would set in train a review that would be headed by an independent chairperson.

The meeting also heard the Taoiseach pledge to look any legislation that would offer greater protection to people whose mortgages were sold to so-called vulture funds.

Leo Varadkar is understood to have told TDs and senators that he cannot intervene in the Permanent TSB sale of mortgages, and the only option open to Government is consumer protection legislation.

Several TDs and senators said that any write-downs of debt by PTSB should be passed on to bank customers and not to vulture funds.