Settlement between Kerry County Council and BAM civil on Kerry bypasses remains confidential

The cost of a settlement between Kerry County Council and BAM Civil for work on the Tralee and Castleisland bypasses will not be put into the public domain. Moira Murrell/issued by Kerry County Council The Council’s Chief Executive Moire Murrell says she is very satisfied with the settlement describing it as the best to be gotten under the circumstances. Moire Murrell also explained that legal advice has directed that the cost of the settlement remain confidential, however she also said there is NO cost to Kerry County Council. Last year Radio Kerry News learned that the bill for the construction of the Tralee Bypass had jumped from double the original contract of €30 million to €76 million, this did not include VAT. The money spent on the project has been funded by the NRA. Many councillors voiced their dissatisfaction that the cost of settlement remains confidential despite it involving public money. Cllr Toireasa Ferris voiced concern for subcontractors that remain unpaid. Cllr Pat McCarthy asked the executive to explain how the awarding of a contract works, as he thought decisions were made based on design and price and questioned how the price could increase. Director of Roads with Kerry County Council Charlie O’Sullivan said prices can increase due to unforeseen circumstances. Separately following a meeting with the NRA last week, Moire Murrell said there were positive indications regarding the Macroom Bypass. She said the NRA is looking at bundling it together with the Dunkettle Interchange in Cork City.