Waterford Fine Gael Councillor John Cummins raised concerns about the amount of council credit cards in circulation at a recent plenary council meeting.
Concerns over the usage of the council-sanctioned, low value purchase cards were raised in the local government audit report.
It was revealed that there were over 100 cards in use in 2016, with expenditure totalling over €850,000.
Further figures contained in the ‘Waterford News and Star’ showed that over €37,000 was spent in bars and restaurants.
Cllr. Cummins sought a guarantee that the issue was being addressed and said that the amount of cards in circulation seemed “excessive.
Finance Director John Murphy says appropriate controls are in place.
“Last year there were legacy systems in place as a result of the three former authorities. We’ve now installed a web based system and feel that the appropriate controls are now in place.”
He added that there are now 120 cards in circulation.