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Sligo Council financial plan must be extended – Mac Sharry

Fianna Fáil TD for Sligo-Leitrim Marc Mac Sharry says the current financial plan for Sligo County Council must be extended over a longer timeframe to allow for more realistic surplus targets. 

Deputy Mac Sharry met with the Minister for Housing, Planning & Local Government and his officials yesterday, Thursday, to discuss the situation facing the council and to discuss alternatives to the current repayment plan.

The Sligo based TD explained, “The current restrictive financial plan, which the Council is being forced to follow is deeply unfair and is curtailing essential services.  During a robust meeting with Minister Coveney yesterday, I made it clear to him that the current timeframe and targets cannot be met.

“There are a number of imminent capital projects, including the upgrade of O’Connell Street and the construction of social housing units, which cannot be deferred.  The Council must be permitted to secure staff to ensure that these important projects are progressed without delay.

“The Department has placed a stranglehold on Sligo County Council, which has resulted in a huge reduction in staff numbers and service cuts.  It is simply not sustainable. The people of Sligo deserve to have the same services that residents of other counties enjoy. The Executive and elected members have done an excellent job in seeking to tackle the current financial crisis within the county.

“It's now time for Government to provide a workable time frame and the necessary staff to secure local services while the Council’s financial stability is restored," concluded Deputy Mac Sharry