Funding of €100,000 for repairs on William Street in Listowel has been branded a ‘disgrace’ by local councillors.
Although Kerry County Council acknowledges the funding is not adequate, it says it wasn’t from a lack of communication between the authority and the Department of Transport that more wasn’t given.
Fianna Fáil Cllr Jimmy Moloney had requested the council contact Transport Infrastructure Ireland regarding what he said was the inadequate funding received for William Street.
He was told Kerry County Council had been in contact with TII on January 12th, seeking a significant increase to carry out remedial works, but no additional funding has been received.
Cllr Moloney asked area manager Joan McCarthy if this was ‘shut up’ money and if the council accepted it, it would get no more. He said the amount being offered was ‘an insult’ and he’d rather no works be carried out than a ‘half job’.
Sinn Féin’s Robert Beasley said at least €500,000 would be required and said he was embarrassed by the state of the road on William Street, a sentiment echoed by his party colleague Dianne Nolan.
Fine Gael’s Mike Kennelly said it was unfortunate the allocation was so little but at least it was something.
Fianna Fáil’s John Brassil said staffing levels at Kerry County Council were also under resourced which was turning a very serious situation regarding roads into a crisis.
Area engineer John Sheehan said the council was feeling the same level of frustration as members.