Waterford Council speak out following Christmas lights controversy
Waterford City and County Council has defended the company it hired to install Christmas lights in Dungarvan after criticism in the wake of a number of recent outages.
In a statement issued today, the council said Killaree Lighting Services is “an established company with full certification in standards compliance including certification by ESB Networks for working in proximity to ESB overhead networks”.
The local authority added: “It has provided the service in Waterford and Tramore to an exceptionally high standard in recent years, with minimum faults, at a total cost of half that applying for the erection and connection of the Dungarvan Christmas lights despite the broad quantum of work being very similar.”
The council said it is “very conscious that there has been a lot of issues and commentary” regarding the Christmas lighting in Dungarvan in recent weeks.
It stressed local local councillors “have no role” in the awarding of contracts, which it said are awarded in accordance with “national procurement guidelines”.
The local authority said: “Both Waterford City and County Council and Killaree Lighting Services are satisfied that the outages of Christmas lighting in Dungarvan is in no way a result of any failures on their parts.
“The council would also point out that the majority of councils do not provide Christmas lights across the country (this being done by the business community) let alone invest in significant festivals for the period such as Dungarvan Aglow and Winterval.”