More than 200 motorists contacted Cork County Council about the costs incurred from hitting pot- holes in one area of Co Cork, and there are fears that more damage could be inflicted on vehicles because roads are not being properly repaired after watermain leaks.
Cork County Council is to be asked for a countywide list of the compensation it has paid out to motorists for damage to their vehicles after figures were released for one of its three divisions — which supposedly has the best kept roads of all of them.
The majority of the county’s main highways can be found in the southern division, which encompasses the periphery of the city and the Cork-Youghal road (N25).
According to the council, it received 218 contacts from drivers who damaged vehicles on roads in the southern division last year and up to mid-November this year.
During that period, it paid out compensation to 168 vehicle owners totalling €41,353 — an average of nearly €250 each.
It is understood most claims were for damaged tyres and wheel rims.
Labour councillor Cathal Rasmussen, who has sought the information, said he is now looking for breakdowns of claims paid out in the Northern and Western Divisions, because he believes road conditions are even worse in these more rural areas.
Mr Rasmussen said that the council is only responsible if it has carried out road repairs which were not satisfactory and led to vehicle damage.
The issue of unsatisfactory repairs was also raised by members of the council’s Northern Division at a meeting in Mallow.
Independent councillor John Paul O’Shea said there are many examples across the region where roads have been dug up to fix broken mains and a temporary resurfacing job done, but left in place for several months. As a result, he said, roads are deteriorating at a faster rate and this is likely to lead to more damage to vehicles.
County engineer David Keane said in a report that temporary reinstatement of roads after repairs for water leaks was carried out in the majority of cases by the council’s water services department.
Mr Keane said that permanent reinstatement was carried out later by contractors acting for Irish Water and this has been the case since January, 2014.
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