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Insurers for Kerry County Council paid out over 1.5 million euro in settlements over a two-and-a-half-year period.

Kerry County Council entrance

The figure was revealed at the monthly meeting of the local authority.

Independent Councillor Brendan Cronin tabled a motion asking for a breakdown of how many successful court compensation claims have been made against Kerry County Council since 2014.

He asked for the figures to be broken down by municipal district, the amounts paid out and what the claims were regarding.

The council says a dedicated Risk Assessment Unit works with its insurer Irish Public Bodies Mutual Insurances Ltd to ensure all claims are thoroughly investigated and reported upon.

Specialist resources are used by the insurer to investigate claims too and the council works proactively to mitigate risks where incidents have been identified.

From January 1st 2014 to June 30th this year proceedings against the council resulted in settlements totalling 1.543 million euro.

The types of claims varied and included personal injury and damage.

The insurer was not in a position to provide the information by municipal district.