Limavady councillors expenses total £215k

Expenses claimed by Limavady councillors for the year 2010-2011 totalled £215,642, figures have revealed.

The statistics, released last week, showed former Sinn Fein councillor, Paddy Butcher topped the expenses claims with an amount of £19,495. SDLP councillor, Michael Coyle followed with an expenses claim of £18,742. Former UUC councillor, Leslie Cubitt was in third place with an expenses claim of £16, 548.

Former Sinn Fein councillor, Cathal O’hOisin, who was recently elected as East Derry MLA, had expenses totalling £16,425. Sinn Fein councillor Brenda Chivers claimed expenses of £14,778 while the SDLP councillor Gerry Mullan had expenses totalling £14,665. Alan Robinson had expenses totalling £14,412.

Former SDLP councillor Michael Carten, who has now retired from politics, claimed expenses of £14,267 for the year when he was also mayor.

Now TUV councillor, Boyd Douglas claimed expenses of £14,158, during the year when he was also deputy mayor.

Former Sinn Fein councillor Marion Donaghy had expenses totalling £13,596. Sinn Fein councillor Anne Brolly had expenses totalling £13,326. UUP Colr. Edwin Stevenson had expenses totalling £12, 813 while fellow UUP councillor Jack Rankin had expenses of £12, 395. DUP councillor George Robinson had expenses totalling £10,056.

Former Sinn Fein councillor John Fein McElhinney claimed the lowest expenses of £9,965.

A breakdown of the expenses show just over £25,000 was for District Policing Partnership responsibilities while five councillors had a total of £9,000 for transition committee duties.