KILDARE County Council is paying outside consultants over €5m a year.
Consultants recruited to work on a variety of projects being planned by the council were paid the fees over a twelve month period up to May.
Figures released by Kildare County Council show that most of the money was spent on consultants working on water and sewage treatment projects (almost €4m) followed by roads and bridges projects (almost €1m).
Cllr. Darren Scully has criticised the amount of money earmarked for consultants recruited for projects which might not materialise, at a time when there is not enough money available for basic road repairs.
However KCC stated that the capital projects are necessary to encourage investment in the county as well as to assist economic and social progress.
The council added that only 8% of the total spend on projects goes to consultants and the overall capital project for 2012-2014 has been costed at €281m.