Hundreds of council staff on over €100k
The Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan has confirmed that there are 216 local authority staff currently earning over €100,000.
The top earner in the country is Dublin City Council's Owen Keegan - the man at the centre of the Garth Brooks controversy - who earns €175,721 per annum.
In figures provided by Minister Hogan, three other managers earn over €150,000 and they are the managers of Cork County Council, Fingal County Council and South Dublin Co Council who each earn €150,977.
Managers from various other councils around the country each receive a salary of €133,072.
The figures show that managers from Galway City, Carlow, Cavan, Laois, Leitrim, Longford, Monaghan, Offaly, Roscommon and Sligo councils receive a salary of €123,910.
On the numbers earning over €100,000, according to the Minister the 216 staff represent "under 1pc of the total local authority staff complement, on salary scales the maximum points of which are in excess of €100,000. The grades concerned are chief executives, assistant chief executives and directors of service".
According to separate figures provided by Mr Hogan, a total of 167 local authority officials earn between €100,000 and €125,000.
Mr Hogan further revealed that 31 staff are in the €90,000 to €100,000 bracket with 469 earning between €80,001 to €90,000 with a further 831 earning between €70,000 to €80,000.
However, the largest proportion of council workers earn under €50,000.
The figures show that 6,097 earn between €40,000 and €50,000 with 7,209 earning less than €30,000.