Today the High Court had to rule on a claim by two VEC employees intent on keeping €12000+ a year allowances, given originally for tasks that are no longer performed by them. The ruling suggests to me that whoever drew up the scheme long ago missed something. Or maybe they didn't miss it.
The news report says the beneficiaries in this case earn over €100k a year. That is apart from the allowance - I think.
Two VEC bosses win part of legal case over abolition of allowance - Independent.ie
"The CEO of Galway and Mayo VECs are on salaries of over €100,000 each but said a special Transport Liaison Officers Allowance which is worth €12,500 a year to them should not have been cut - even though that part of their role ceased two years ago."
The allowance by law became part of their entitlements, even if what it was given for was no longer part of their duties.