EXCLUSIVE: Council spends €66,000 each year on hiring street sweepers for one Carlow area

Part One of a Carlow Live report on street sweeper expenditure

Darren Hassett


Darren Hassett



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The local authority spends over €66,000 per annum on hiring and maintaining three mechanical street sweepers for the Carlow Municipal District, Carlow Live can exclusively reveal.

In response to a Freedom of Information request by this website, the local authority provided details of three hired mechanical sweepers operating in the Carlow MD that cost €10,000 in maintenance and approximately €50,000 to hire. 

The sweepers operate seven days a week in Carlow Town and two afternoons a week in Tullow.

The request asked about how man mechanical sweepers operate across the county; a breakdown of where they operate and how frequently; a breakdown of how much the Council spent in purchasing the mechanical sweepers and when each one was bought and finally, a breakdown of the operational and maintenance costs of each of the mechanical sweepers and the area/areas they operate in.

In response, the Council said: "Sweepers are hired not purchased. The large sweeper is €32,000 p.a. to hire and maintenance is €5,200.

"The small sweeper is €12,250 p.a. to hire and maintenance is €2,300 and €2,550."

Based on the figures provided, the total expenditure on the mechnical street sweepers for the Carlow MD is €66,550.

Carlow Live will reveal the mechanical street sweeper expenditure for the Bagenalstown Municipal Distict in the coming days.