WhatsApp Facebook Email Print Councillors who work in the public service are given paid time off to attend monthly meetings but those working in the private sector have to do so mostly on their own time.“We need talented young people of every persuasion coming into politics but up to now, we have been losing good people because they just can’t go on juggling jobs, family and council,” Mayor Sheahan told the Limerick Post.The Mayor referred to the “huge number of enthusiastic young people who joined us and then had to leave. People with families to support and bills to pay can’t take time out of their jobs even though the council is itself a full-time job.“Many of them say they would very much like to work full-time at the council but they don’t have an option. Maybe this is the move that will allow them to do so and the carrot that will attract more young men and women into local politics.”Mayor Sheahan said the increased salary decision is timely, given that Limerick could have a directly elected Mayor in the next two years.“Limerick will be in a unique position then and we will be looking for more powers. It will be a bigger challenge. If the Minister doesn’t give the local authority more power and it’s seen as just a different version of the same thing, then he won’t be able to sell it to Cork or Galway.“We still have a long way to go to sort out what the new Mayor’s powers and role will be and how the council will work with that but this is a unique opportunity for Limerick,” he said.While elected members salaries are to go up, unvouched expenses for local politicians are to end and will be replaced with a verified costs system and audits in all councils.Currently, only a limited number of councillors account for their expenses as it is not compulsory, as is the case with members of the Oireachtas.However, city and county councillors will still get to keep a number of expenses including attendance fees for meetings of Special Policy Committees and other groups. NewsPoliticsLocal council members set for 47 per cent pay increaseBy Bernie English – January 3, 2020 799 Twitter Limerick County Hall Chamber. Photo: Cian ReinhardtA 47 per cent pay rise for city and county councillors will bring new blood into local politics and help members with families stay in local politics.That’s according to Limerick Mayor Michael Sheahan (FG) who has welcomed the announcement that councillors salaries are to increase by €8,000 a year to €25,000.Currently, councillors are paid a basic salary of just over €17,000, with unvouched expenses up to €2,667 and vouched expenses of €5,000. Advertisement The rate of pay for councillors was highlighted by Fine Gael City Councillor Olivia O’Sullivan last month when she told the Limerick Post that the personal driver for Limerick’s directly elected Mayor would be paid more than local councillors.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Cllr O’Sullivan, who is self-employed and a mother of two young children, is a first-time councillor who won her seat in last May’s local elections.Referring to the current salary level, she said: “It is very underpaid, it’s less than the minimum wage. Although it’s said to be a part-time role, that is not the public expectation. You do have to manage it along with another job because you don’t get paid enough for it to be full-time.”“I’m only six months in it, but there is a big commitment on a weekly basis. I’m self-employed and I don’t know how you could do this job and be answerable to an employer on a daily basis, because the amount of meetings and commitments; just to fulfil the role is very difficult,” she added. Linkedin Previous articleKevin’s journey from special branch to the political heartlandNext articleBoojum release limited edition plant based menu for Veganuary Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news.
Read also: Doctors, beaten and harassed, plan silent protest across IndiaOther cases of hostility to medical workers include an anesthetist in Bogota who told Reuters he had been prohibited from using communal areas where he lived, and reports by local media of graffiti on the wall of one doctor’s apartment that threatened to kill his family if he didn’t vacate the property.For frontline medical staff battling the virus, such open aggression by their neighbors can be devastating.”I lost control and started crying,” Botache said. “On the phone, my family members asked me to calm down… I didn’t hear what they were saying because I couldn’t even speak between sobs and tears.”The doctor has since moved into another apartment.”I felt enormously disappointed not just in my neighbors but in seeing how humanity behaves in the face of fear and the unknown, as well as the ignorance that characterizes many people,” he said. Topics : However, his new neighbors protested against his arrival and demanded the building’s owner evict him.”The owner told me that people were really scared, that they said they would leave if I didn’t,” Botache told Reuters in a video interview. The owner had asked him to leave, he added.The owner and neighbors could not immediately be reached for comment.Colombia has reported more than 4,500 cases of COVID-19 and over 210 deaths. More than 300 medical workers have been infected, leading to the deaths of at least four, according to figures by Colombia’s National Health Institute. A doctor in the Colombian city of Cali said this week that he was forced from his apartment just eight days after he moved in because other residents of the building feared he would bring the new coronavirus into their homes.It is the latest example of hostility to medical workers in Latin America, who have faced discrimination and even attacks amidst concerns they could be spreading the virus.Cristhian Botache, 22, said he moved out of his family home at the start of the COVID-19 outbreak in order to protect his older relatives, who are more at risk of falling seriously ill.
The central bank said that the higher debt position was due to higher capital inflow to the debt market amid lowering uncertainty in the global financial market and highly attractive domestic financial assets, adding that investors’ positive sentiment helped bring down the borrowing cost.“The management of the government’s external debt is conducted in a prudent and accountable manner to support government spending toward priority sectors, particularly on COVID-19 handling and boosting national economic recovery,” BI said in a statement.Indonesia’s budget deficit is expected to widen to 6.34 percent of GDP to cover the Rp 695.2 trillion ($47.5 billion) earmarked to strengthen the healthcare system and bolster economic growth. The government faces the daunting task of raising Rp 900.4 trillion worth of sovereign debt papers (SBN) in the second half of the year as debt financing swells significantly to fund the country’s coronavirus response. It raised Rp 630.5 trillion worth of SBN as of June this year.The government’s foreign debt rose 3.1 percent yoy in May to $192.1 billion, driven by the weekly issuance of SBN to fund the budget deficit in 2020. Public sector debt, raised by the government and the central bank, amounted to $194.9 billion.The private sector’s external debt grew 6.6 percent to $209.9 billion in May, compared to 4.4 percent in April, driven by higher debt from nonfinancial sectors.The external debt is largely disbursed across four sectors accounting for 77.3 percent of overall private borrowing, namely mining, manufacturing, financial services and insurance, and electricity, gas and steam procurement.The central bank deemed the overall external debt level to be healthy as the foreign-debt-to-GDP ratio was recorded at 36.6 percent by the end of May, up from 36.2 percent the previous month. Long-term loans account for 89 percent of the current outstanding debt.Topics : Indonesia’s foreign debt rose in May, driven mainly by foreign inflows to the country’s debt market as the government issues more debt papers to fund the coronavirus response and boost economic recovery, the latest data has shown.External debt, which includes government and private sector borrowings, was recorded at US$404.7 billion in May, a growth of 4.8 percent year-on-year (yoy), Bank Indonesia (BI) data showed Friday. The growth rate of Indonesia’s external debt increased from an annualized rate of 2.9 percent in April.Private sector foreign debt, which includes borrowings of state-owned enterprises, grew at a faster rate than government debt, supported by the mining, manufacturing, financial services and insurance sectors, as well as electricity, gas and steam procurement.