Updated: 20/10/16 : 06:07:55
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MacSharry urges Minister 'thinking cap' ahead of talks

SIMON COVENEY has been urged to put on his ''thinking cap'' ahead of meeting four local TDs on the financial crux at Sligo County Council.

The call came from local Fianna Fáil Deputy Marc MacSharry, speaking in the Dáil yesterday, Wednesday.

Signed Off

But the Environment Minister insisted his officials had ''signed off'' on a deal with the council.

Deputy MacSharry disputed the deal description and said the details had been ''prescribed'' by his Department.

Mr Coveney said he had met with the chief executive of the council, whom he praised for his efforts in addressing the debt.

Only County

One million euro extra funding was on offer to the council if it met its target.

The Minister said Sligo was ''the only county in the country' ' with that type of offer.
Yesterday's debate on the issues arising from the Sligo council's debt arose under topical issues.'

It emerged that ten staff members of the County Council are tied up in regeneration (8) and port activities (2).

Meanwhile, Minister Coveney again accused Deputy MacSharry of ''grand standing" on the issue.

At one stage, the exasperated Minister said: ''The Deputy is a joke.''

Link - Dáil Debate 19/10/2016 - Topical Issues - Local Authority Funding.