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7 Irish councils yet to fill 50% of walking and cycling jobs funded by national Govt

— Another 5 councils yet to fill 70% of positions
— Mayo County Council only fills 1 of 4 jobs.
— 19 of 32 local authorities had 70-100% of jobs filled.

109 of the 320 walking and cycling project team jobs have yet to be filled by councils around Ireland before the end of June, according to figures provided by the National Transport Authority.

The figures are for the recruitment of Active Travel Teams which will focus on the roll-out of walking and cycling infrastructure. The funding for the jobs was announced by transport Minister Eamon Ryan at the start of 2021.

The new data was provided to IrishCycle.com by the NTA. However, the NTA did not reply to requests for comment on the progress or when it expects councils who have not met their allocation to do so.

As well as the expected issues trying to recruit so many staff in specialised roles at once, IrishCycle.com is aware that the cost of living in or commuting into city areas has been a complaint from city councils as the staff funding rules do not make allowance for this. None of the councils which have reached a high level of recruitment cover cities.

Recruitment is ongoing. We are able to compare the data up to the end of June with that from the start of April as that was provided in a parliamentary answer to a question asked by Sinn Féin TD Louise O’Reilly — there were 21 extra staff employed nationally in those three months.

If this rate of filling the positions was to continue, it would take around five or six months for the jobs to be filled across the country.

The seven councils which have yet to reach over 50% of their allocated positions are Mayo County Council, Dublin City Council, Fingal County Council, Galway County Council, Sligo County Council, Westmeath County Council, Wexford County Council

Five more had between 55% and 70% of their allocation filled — Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, South Dublin County Council, Galway City Council, Cork City Council, and Waterford City and County Council.

Local Authority Active Travel Teams – Resourcing Update – End of Q2 2022

Local authorityAbbreviationStaff allocationsStaff employedPercentage filled*
Mayo County CouncilMO4125%
Dublin City CouncilDCC552647%
Fingal County CouncilFCC18950%
Galway County CouncilGCO4250%
Sligo County CouncilSO4250%
Westmeath County CouncilWHCC4250%
Wexford County CouncilWXCC4250%
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County CouncilDLRCC181055%
South Dublin County CouncilSDCC181055%
Galway City CouncilGCC231357%
Cork City CouncilCCC231461%
Waterford City & County CouncilWDCC12867%
Cork County CouncilCCO181372%
Limerick City & County CouncilLCCC231774%
Cavan County CouncilCNCC4375%
Donegal County CouncilDLCC4375%
Kerry County CouncilKY4375%
Kilkenny County CouncilKKCC4375%
Laois County CouncilLSCC4375%
Leitrim County CouncilLM4375%
Kildare County CouncilKCC121083%
Wicklow County CouncilWCC121083%
Carlow County CouncilCWCC44100%
Clare County CouncilCL44100%
Longford County CouncilLDCC44100%
Louth County CouncilLHCC44100%
Meath County CouncilMCC1212100%
Monaghan County CouncilMN44100%
Offaly County CouncilOYCC44100%
Roscommon County CouncilRN44100%
Tipperary County CouncilTCC44100%
TOTAL32021166%
* = added by IrishCycle.com and rounded
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