Kerry County Council says it’ll continue to take on seasonal road workers until central government funding increases.
They were responding to a call from Independent Cllr Johnny Healy-Rae for the local authority to recruit these seasonal road workers on a full-time basis.
Kerry County Council says the level of funding available for the roads programme is the main factor in determining staffing levels.
There’s been a significant reduction in central government funding over the past ten years from almost €23 million in 2008 to €13 million a year for the last four years.
Also, council services such as refuse collection have been stopped, and some of these staff have been redeployed.
Traditionally the council has supplemented its permanent workforce by recruiting seasonal staff, particularly where extra money is made available for the roads programme.
Independent Cllr Johnny Healy-Rae has called for the council to take on these seasonal workers on a full-time basis, saying the number of roads staff across the country is at an all-time low.
The council, however, says they’ll continue to take on workers on a seasonal basis until the government provides a sustainable higher level of funding.