Councillors who promise to fund works from their individual allocations need to ensure they “follow through”.
That’s according to senior engineer John Sheehan who told the monthly meeting of Listowel Municipal District the council were left to “stump up” for works some councillors had promised to fund, but eventually didn’t.
Senior Engineer John Sheehan was responding to Cllr Liam Purtill who asked when work on footpaths from Ballyduff village to the GAA grounds would be completed.
Mr Sheehan said the works in question would cost €65,000 and Kerry County Council was not aware of any source of finance to undertake these works.
Cllr Purtill queried whether councillors’ allocations could fund the works – to which Mr Sheehan responded the council had been “burned before” in this regard.
Mr Sheehan alluded to a situation whereby six councillors allegedly committed to funding works from their individual allocations.
He said however the council were left to “stump up” when funds weren’t made available.
Mr Sheehan told the meeting if councillors promise funds for works from their allocations, they need to “follow through” on that commitment.
Cllr Robert Beasley asked Mr Sheehan who the six councillors in question were.
Mr Sheehan declined to reveal the councillors identities.