WINDOWS used in the renovation of Killarney House have been supplied from eastern Europe leaving local contractors without much needed work, according to a local councillor.
Cllr Niall O'Callaghan told a meeting of Killarney Town Council on Monday that he saw an eastern European lorry drop off windows in the grounds of the historic house and he questioned how the council could then justify asking for rates payments from local suppliers.
Highlighting how work on the refurbishment of Killarney Town Hall had also been outsourced, the councillor labelled the situation "embarrassing".
"There are three people in Killarney who supply windows, these people are breaking their chops and yet the money is going up the country," Cllr O'Callaghan continued.
Town Manager John Breen said that the council was obliged to source the cheapest available suppliers under the terms of the national pupil procurement policy. "I'm not blaming the council executive, it is the law that is wrong," Cllr O'Callaghan replied.
Stating that a contractor from Mayo had been employed to fit windows in the new town hall, Cllr Donal Grady claimed he had been told that only one firm could replace the windows. "That's wrong, wrong, wrong," he continued, adding that local businesses had been left whistling to their own devices.
Cllr John O'Donoghue said that local builders were "livid" at the situation.