Compensation claims lodged against Kerry County Council rose by almost 18 per cent in a 12 month period. Figures provided to Radio Kerry News show there were 241 claims made against the local authority in 2014. Last year’s figure compares to 205 compensation claims lodged against Kerry County Council in 2013. However, the number of awards made to claimants dropped by almost 13 per cent from 78 in 2013 to 68 the following year. In 2014 the highest number of claims was for potholes followed by trips and falls and miscellaneous claims. There were also claims for road works and flooding. The number of claims for trips and falls increased by a fifth in the period. However, Kerry County Council says the amounts of compensation paid out by their insurance company are commercially sensitive and may be covered by Data Protection Legislation and as such cannot be disclosed. The local authority has its own insurance unit which investigates all claims made against it and reports to their insurance company, IPB Ltd.