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Review of Kerry county councillor allocations sought

Jun 18, 2021 13:06 By radiokerrynews
Review of Kerry county councillor allocations sought Review of Kerry county councillor allocations sought
Cllr Jackie Healy-Rae (Non-Party) Castleisland area Kerry County Council Photo By Domnick Walsh Ā© Eye Focus LTD Tralee Co Kerry Ireland Mobile Phone : 00 353 87 26 72 033 Land Line : 00 353 66 71 22 981 E/Mail : [email protected] Web Site : www.dwalshphoto.ie ALL IMAGES ARE COVERED BY COPYRIGHT Ā©
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A review of how Kerry county councillor allocations are being used has been sought.

The issue of councillor allocations was raised at the Castleisland and Corca Dhuibhne Municipal District meeting by Independent councillor Jackie Healy-Rae.

Each year, councillors are allocated ā‚¬29,000 with which to assist minor works in their areas; this money is not provided directly to the councillors, but they effectively have control over its use.

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Generally, this is used to complete minor road, drainage or public amenity works.

In 2020, in the Castleisland and Corca Dhuibhne MD, ā‚¬203,000 was given between the seven councillors, which helped complete 67 minor projects.

The council says that, of this total, labour costs were nearly ā‚¬78,000 - or 38% of allocations, despite the bulk of the work being carried out by council staff.

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Councillor Jackie Healy-Rae says the cost of works funded through allocations is huge and he said charging for staff which are already employed by the council is effectively double counting.

Supported by fellow councillors, he requested a review of how councillor allocations are used.

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