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Dublin City Council apartments on York Street and Mercer Street. Photo: Damien Eagers

Dublin City Council apartments on York Street and Mercer Street. Photo: Damien Eagers

Dublin City Council apartments on York Street and Mercer Street. Photo: Damien Eagers

DUBLIN City Council spent almost €140,000 on supplying gas to an apartment complex because of a malfunction involving meters.

The local authority has been paying the heating bills of hundreds of homes in the York Street apartment complex for the past five years, the Herald has learned.

It is understood that the huge blunder was only uncovered after a small number of tenants complained about the temperature of the water from the taps in the flats.

Officials inspected them last November and found the council was being billed for the gas.

The combined bills have reached €137,000, according to documents seen by the Herald.

The council said that the situation was caused by a "malfunction" in the gas meters and therefore it would have to pick up the tab.

"The heating system is designed with individual meterings to allow each tenant to be charged on an individual basis," a spokesperson said.

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"However, due to a malfunction in these meters, the tenants have not been charged.

"As the fault did not lie with the tenants, the city council is currently paying for the gas and this matter is being examined at the moment."

The council said it was not aware of any other complexes where similar malfunctions exist.

However, Independent councillor Mannix Flynn said it is essential that the council carries out a thorough examination of all city complexes.

"If this can happen in York Street, how do we know it is not happening elsewhere?" he said.

"This is an outrageous squandering of taxpayers' money."

 

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