Council staff had a €1 million bill for travelling and subsistence last year “due to the county stretching from Urlingford to Ferrybank and the range, nature and requirements of services”.
The information was obtained in response to a Freedom of Information request by the Kilkenny People which sought details on the Council’s expenditure up to October of last year.
The figures revealed that up to that period, the local authority had a bill of €1,005,467 for “travelling and subsistence”.
In a statement, Director of Services at Kilkenny County Council, Tim Butler, said the range and nature of services should be taken into consideration.
He said: “The amount expended on travelling expenses should be considered in the context of the total number of staff employed.” Up to September of last year there were 564 staff employed at the Council.
Mr Butler also added that “the extent of the county stretching from Urlingford in the North to Ferrybank in the South a distance of almost 100km and the range, nature and requirements of services undertaken by the Council” should be considered in the context of the figure.
The local authority has responsibility for several areas across Kilkenny which might require staff to travel. They include: roads, planning, parks and housing.