LOCAL authorities have paid out a staggering €145 million in compensation since 2000 with millions of euro still outstanding in pending claims.
Dublin City Council tops the list as the compo capital having paid out a whopping €46.3m on some 10,891 claims in eight years.
The total figure of €145m paid out by councils does not include legal costs, which runs into millions.
No details as to the nature of the claims were released.
According to figures released to the Irish Examiner under Freedom of Information, 1,012 compensation claims were issued against Dublin City Council in the first 11 months of 2008 alone.
To date, 620 of these have been settled at a cost of more than e5.8m. A further 694 compensation claims remain outstanding.
Since 2000, Cork City Council has paid out e17.8m on foot of 2,569 claims.
Last year, the council received 182 claims and had to fork out more than e2.4m. This is the highest figure since 2000 when 464 cases were dealt with, when the total value of the compensation payouts was just over e2m.