Kerry County Council has taken on over 200 staff since 2017

Kerry County Council has taken on over 200 staff since 2017, most of which are seasonal positions.
The local authority says it’s taking on more staff in recent years in line with budget increases; since 2016, their budget has gone up 15%.
The details were revealed in response to a question from Cllr Michael Cahill at the recent council meeting.
Kerry County Council says there was a significant reduction in staff numbers over a number of years, particularly outdoor staff, as levels of central government funding reduced.
They say this is reversing as their budget has increased 15% since 2016 to almost €144 million.
In 2017, Kerry County Council made 143 new appointments, 104 of those were outdoor staff, 74 of which were seasonal posts.
Last year, 156 people were taken on, 115 being outdoor staff, of which 98 were seasonal.
This year, up to the end of March, 50 new staff have been recruited, including five seasonal.
The appointments each year includes students on work experience, which this year is 12.
The council is recruiting more general operatives this year from panels currently being formed; interviews for these are nearing completion.
They add the actual number taken on will depend on what’s planned under the 2019 roadworks programme.