Cost of maintaining operational garda stations in Kerry increases by €80,000 in one year

The cost of maintaining operational garda stations in Kerry has increased by over €80,000 in one year.

The Office of Public works, which owns a number of public buildings in the county, says the cost of maintaining operational garda stations in Kerry has increased by over 46% in the past year alone.

Of the 35 garda stations in Kerry, four are vacant and three are licenced to community groups.

In 2016, security and maintenance costs for the operational stations were €175,400; this increased marginally in 2017 to €178,991.37.

This figure increased drastically in 2018; last year’s costs were €261,649.55, representing an increase of 46% year-on-year.

This means €616,117 was spent over the past three years on maintaining and securing operational garda stations in Kerry.