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State handed €24m flood repair bill from one council alone

Majella O'Sullivan and Gordon Deegan

Published 11/01/2014 | 02:30

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Overall, initial estimates indicate the Government could be left with a bill exceeding €100m. Photo: Arthur Carron/Collins
Overall, initial estimates indicate the Government could be left with a bill exceeding €100m. Photo: Arthur Carron/Collins

THE council worst affected by storms is to issue the Government with a bill for almost €24m to repair the damage.

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Clare County Council has confirmed it will cost an estimated €23.7m for remedial works to public infrastructure damaged during the storms.

Clare is one of a number of local authorities to reveal the amount it has submitted to the Local Government Managing Agency (LGMA), which is assessing the damage for the Government.

'CAPACITY'

Overall, initial estimates indicate the Government could be left with a bill exceeding €100m.

County manager Tom Coughlan told an emergency meeting of the council in Ennis the total cost of the damage was "undoubtedly beyond the financial capability of the council".

The bill only covers damage to public infrastructure in Clare.

Kerry County Council has already submitted its figures and has estimated the costs for repairs and infrastructure at €3.5m. However, the council says it will need an additional €16m for coastal protection works urgently required.

It will cost approximately €7m to rectify damage in Waterford, the bulk of the damage having been caused to roads.

Cork County Council has conservatively estimated its damage to be in the region of €5m but a spokesman said this keeps on rising.

A report will be presented to members on Monday that will include an estimate of how much money the authority will be seeking for the clean up.

Dublin City Council has submitted its initial estimate of €100,000 to the LGMA.

However, a spokesperson warned other related costs may be incurred following further investigation.

Both Galway city and county councils are presenting their costing to elected members on Monday.

The costs incurred by the city council are expected to be in the region of €1.5m, while the cost for the county authority is expected to far exceed this.

Local authorities in Donegal, Mayo, Sligo and Wexford are also likely to submit assessments of damages.

Irish Independent

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