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Councillor voices shock at cost of Carrick-on-Suir boating marina maintenance 

Aileen Hahesy

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Aileen Hahesy

Councillor voices shock at cost of Carrick-on-Suir boating marina maintenance 

Carrick-on-Suir boating marina

A councillor has declared he is shocked the Co. Council's annual budget to maintain Carrick-on-Suir's boating marina is €50,000 as a community group only spent a fraction of that cost on its maintenance a few years ago. 

Carrick-on-Suir Cllr Kieran Bourke told Carrick-on-Suir Municipal District's monthly meeting the River Suir marina's maintenance budget was a huge amount of money from the Council's  restricted budget.

He pointed out a few years ago Carrick-on-Suir Development Association spent €7000 annually on keeping the marina clean and maintained.  

The Fianna Fail councillor added that the marina was cleaned up about a month ago but it now needed to be cleaned again. 

Carrick-on-Suir Municipal District Engineer Willie Corby responded that the marina was put in with very good intentions but it was difficult to maintain the facility. 

The health & safety measures associated with cleaning on a river were costly so it was costly to engage a contractor to do this maintenance work, he explained.