Concern is being expressed by a Co Kildare TD about the whereabouts of half a million euros.
Local TD James Lawless has questioned where over half a million euros has gone to cover the cost of clean-up activities related to the heavy snowfall from February and March of this year.
According to minutes of a recent Naas Municipal District meeting the Roads, Transportation and Public Safety Department says they are awaiting payment from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport of circa €500,000 for expenditure incurred during the extreme weather episodes in 2018. A parliamentary question reply to Deputy Lawless from the Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government says that €510, 019 was already paid to Kildare County Council.
Deputy Lawless said :“It may be a simple clerical error, it may be confusion within Departments. According to a Government Department half a million has been paid to our council yet they don’t seem to know they have it."
He said:"We are at the beginning of another long, cold winter. It is expected roads will deteriorate over the winter months. Other services will be pushed to their limits. Due to the freak weather events, from the coldest to the hottest months on record, budgets have been stretched this year. The council need extra money and yet they don’t seem to realise that half a million is sitting at the front door."
He said: “I have no problem working with the council and speaking with Minister Murphy to ensure the money is there for Kildare County Council. Whatever happens next the council need to get their house in order so they can afford to get our county in order."
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