With the mild weather so far Louth County Council has had to spend far less on road gritting than last winter.
The December meeting of the council heard there was only twelve calls out up to that point. Each call out cost €7,000.
Last winter gritting had to be carried out on 28 occasions, which was a big saving.
Councillor Oliver Tully asked could the savings be diverted into other programmes, and be used to deal with potholes.
Director of Services Joan Martin pointed out that the council had exceeded their budget last year. So far the situation differed from the last four or five years.
She undertook to look at what they could do, but priority would have to be given in the order of importance of roads, national regional, local etc, she explained.