The figure – a breakdown for our county – follows a national figure of more than €16.2M released by Fianna Fail to the Sunday Independent today.
However donegaldaily.com can reveal that we pay more in Co Donegal to subsidise the use of the cameras than any other county – because we have more cameras than any other county.
The massive cost has been criticised by Fianna Fail who are urging the Government to seek a cut from the private company which operates the cameras GoSafe.
Donegal has 63 camera sites in 52 designated zones; Cork has 62 sites in 48 zones; Meath has 52 sites in 30 zones and Dublin has 19 sites in 37 zones. In total, there are 750 camera sites and 518 zones.
“At a time when we need to make cuts of €3.8bn, costs like these are extraordinary. Surely the Government must look at seeking to renegotiate the charges being incurred,” TD Dara Calleary said.
“We must look at how these costs compare internationally. I am to seek a full review of these numbers,” he told the Sunday Independent.
There is no suggestion from the Opposition that the cameras should be scrapped. They have helped to reduce deaths on our roads since their introduction more than a year ago.
But the money being made by the private GoSafe consortium is being criticised.
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