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Kerry County Council staffing levels across all categories fell almost 16% between 2009 and the end of May of this year.

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Outdoor council staff – across all categories – reduced by 19% in the same period.
Figures released by Kerry County Council show between 2009 and the end of May, overall staff numbers fell from a headcount of 1,493 to 1,257; while the number of outdoor staff fell from 738 to 596.

The council did however stress a number of services traditionally provided by the council were discontinued during this period.

In addition, a public sector voluntary redundancy programme was in place along with an extensive moratorium on recruitment and vacancy filling.

As of last month, the total number of operations staff within the four municipal districts, assigned to the delivey of the roads programme was 194 – made up of 172 permanent and 22 temporary positions.

The Council said numbers of staff currently employed has been influenced significantly by additional special funding received for storm and weather related damage arising from last winter.

Should funding from central government diminish the Council said, then overall staff levels will reduce.