Storm relief funding of €329,000
confirmed

Kilkenny County Council has received confirmation it will get funding for the damage caused by Storm Darwin last February.

Kilkenny County Council has received confirmation it will get funding for the damage caused by Storm Darwin last February.

The allocation of €329,000 from the Department of the Environment is substantially more than what was expected by the local authority, which has been chasing the money for months now. The Department has confirmed it will be paid by the end of December. Acting chief executive John Mulholland has said the figure is a ‘good return’. Previously, the council had said it hoped to receive between €200,000 and €250,000.

Cllr Pat Fitzpatrick (FF), who raised the issue at a council meeting several months ago, welcomed the allocation, and said congratulations was due to finance director Martin Prendiville for the work he had done in securing the money.

“I’m delighted we are getting it before Christmas,” said Cllr Fitzpatrick.