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City chiefs' €1.25m speed ramps spark complaints

DUBLIN City Council spent a total of €1.25m on speed ramps around the city in the past five years.

However, despite the huge spend, the council received more than 200 complaints due to faulty or damaged ramps, according to information released under a Freedom of Information request.

New speed ramps were put in place around the city between 2008 and 2012, at a cost of €1.25m to the council.

There was no record of money spent on the repair and maintenance of these ramps between 2008 and 2010.

However, during the years 2011 and 2012, monies spent on repair and maintenance totalled €732,751.

There were 207 complaints to the council as a result of faulty or damaged speed ramps, causing damage to people, their cars and other property between 2011 and 2012, some of which resulted in compensation pay outs.

According to Dublin City Council (DCC), "there were 14 claims in relation to speed ramps between the years 2008 and 2012".

It said 11 were "for property damage and three for personal injuries".

A total of €23,691.48 was paid out by Dublin City Council between 2008 and 2012, €22,281.48 of which went to pay for personal injury claims.