Minister denies councillors requests for extra pay

The Minister for the Environment has shot down a request from some Kerry councillors for extra pay and assistance. Fine Gael’s Johnny Porridge O’Connor raised the issue at the March meeting of Kerry County Council but he now says he is not looking for full-time back-up assistants. Councillors already receive thousands of euros to cover travel and communications costs, but Councillor O’Connor says this is inadequate.