Cost of Kildare County Council’s solicitors’ letters branded ‘waste of money’

Kildare County Council’s policy of forking out €15 per letter to a solicitor to draft up follow up pay parking correspondence, had been branded a “gross waste of money”.

Kildare County Council’s policy of forking out €15 per letter to a solicitor to draft up follow up pay parking correspondence, had been branded a “gross waste of money”.

Cllr. Fiona O’Loughlin has urged the council to use in house staff to send out the letters. She has raised the issue at the last two Kildare Area Committee meetings.

“If the letters have to come from somebody with a legal background, we have plenty of people working in the council with BLs. They need to look at this. It’s an awful lot of money,” she declared.

It’s understood, the initial pay parking fine is sent out from the council, but if the fine is unpaid, and follow up correspondence is needed, this letter is then sent from a solicitor.

The Newbridge based councillor requested information from the council about the letters and was informed at the September Kildare Area Meeting that the council had been paying out €20 plus VAT per letter. However, the officials at the meeting said this had been reduced to €15 plus VAT per letter since the beginning of the year.

When Cllr. O’Loughlin raised the matter again at last week’s monthly meeting on Wednesday November 23, she was told the matter was noted. It is unclear how many letters have been sent out by the solicitors on the council’s behalf.