The cost of Wexford's new award winning headquarters at Carricklawn exceeded the €50 million budget. Acting county manager Adrian Doyle told members of the council's corporate policy group recently that a final figure has yet to be calculated.
Speaking at the June meeting of the full council, he said no decision had been taken whether it would be necessary to borrow money to settle the bill or whether it will be possible to carry the debt. Cllr. Declan MacPartlin was concerned that the burden might fall on to the commercial rate payers who have already been complaining that their rates bills are an excessive burden.
The spectcular glass walled building on a site overlooking the Slaney estuary has occupied by council staff for two years. However, finalising accounts has proven complicated as Pierse Contracting went into liquidation before completion of the project. As a result of Pierse's collapse the council found itself dealing direct with 63 different sub-contractors.
Adding to the intricacy is the fact that the local authority has been obliged to negotiate with Allianz Insurance who put up Pierse's construction guarantee bond. When briefing the corporate policy group, Adrian Doyle confirmed that the liquidation not only delayed the construction of County Hall but also added to the cost.