Council ‘hopeful’ of storm relief funds

Kilkenny County Council is now ‘hopeful’ of recovering at least €200,000 in Department relief funding for the damage caused by Storm Darwin earlier this year.

Kilkenny County Council is now ‘hopeful’ of recovering at least €200,000 in Department relief funding for the damage caused by Storm Darwin earlier this year.

Unlike a number of other counties, Kilkenny is yet to receive any Government money following the storm, which caused widespread damage and saw a state of emergency declared here.

At the November meeting of the county council, director of finance Martin Prendiville told the members that the council ‘still didn’t know’ whether the Department would come through with it, but he was hopeful.

“I would be very disappointed if we didn’t receive €200,000 or €250,000,” he said.

Mr Prendiville also made clear that the prospective sum would not be a ‘windfall’ or bonus, but the re-couping of funds already spent.

“Storm damage is a 2014 issue – we would be looking at using that money to cover the money that has already been spent,” he said.

“We are coming to the end of the year and I am hopeful.”