Compensation claims against the county council exceed £3m
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.