Com­pen­sa­tion claims against the county coun­cil ex­ceed £3m

Fe­bru­ary 1994

Bray People - - NEWS -

Pub­lic li­a­bil­ity claims in ex­cess of £3 mil­lion have been made against lo­cal au­thor­i­ties in Co Wick­low over the past three years.

And the fig­ure for Ark­low Ur­ban Coun­cil, £349,418, is star­tling when com­pared to the size of the claims against its sis­ter body in Wick­low town, which stands at $109,530. Both towns are com­par­a­tively the same size.

County-wide the claim against the County Coun­cil in 1991 was the high­est of all time with a fig­ure of £1,670,384. The coun­cil paid out £184,884 but claims out­stand­ing were £1,485,500.

How­ever, the claims were bumped up con­sid­er­ably that year due to the bus crash at Jack White’s af­ter which al­most all of the 40 pas­sen­gers put in claims against the lo­cal author­ity and Bus Eire­ann. A judge­ment on where the blame should lie is still be­ing awaited by the courts.

In 1992 the claims were con­sid­er­ably less with £91,337 paid and £630.470 out­stand­ing, giv­ing a to­tal of £721,807.

Then in 1993 the fig­ures dropped dra­mat­i­cally with a com­par­a­tively tiny sum of £801 paid out while £419,730 was out­stand­ing, leav­ing an over­all to­tal of £420,531.

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