THE COST OF claims against Dublin’s four local authorities in 2013 will have topped €10 million.
The bulk of the payments were made by Dublin City Council, which up to November had paid out €6,962,126 in claims.
In the Fingal area of Dublin, which covers the west and north of the county, the cost was far less, with a spokesperson telling TheJournal.ie:
“”Costs of €1.6M were processed in respect of public liability in Fingal for 2013. This figure is the total amount paid for legal, medical and engineering costs, along with compensation payments. The figure of €1.6M refers to payments made in 2013, but not specifically to claims made in 2013.”
In South Dublin County Council, which covers Lucan, Clondalkin, Tallaght and Rathfarnham, the bill was €1,065,800, inclusive of legal and other costs.
Dun Laoighaire-Rathdown County Council could not provide the figures, saying that they would not be prepared for another month.
However, DLR had seen a massive drop in liability claims last year, with 130 people claiming €915,958, a drop of over €1 million. One council source said that they would be “very surprised” to see the figures claim much higher than €1 million.
The claims are largely connected to falls, trips and injuries sustained on council property. All public bodies carry insurance for the payments.