Fears of funding cuts for Cork County Council services

Fears of funding cuts for Cork County Council services
County Hall.Pic: Brian Lougheed

COUNTY Hall is reviewing its 2020 Budget in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, with fears of funding cuts to essential works.

At the Carrigaline Municipal District meeting, Senior Executive Officer Nicola Radley said: “At this moment in time, we have no information that any money will be lost, but if budgets were decided on a certain income and that income is not going to be there, then yes certain changes are to be made.” 

Ms Radley said that the decisions won’t be made in isolation and councillors will be kept informed.

“We don’t yet know what changes will certainly be made and that will be done in consultation with Corporate Policy Group (CPG) and with the council.” 

More information is to be available by mid-May.

“There is a review underway, that was done in consultation with party leaders initially, and we expect an update on that review certainly by mid-May.” 

Carrigaline councillor Seamus McGrath, who is party leader for the Fianna Fáil party, confirmed that a meeting had taken place with the Chief Executive in relation to the budgets review.

“I don’t think there is anything off-limits. That work is ongoing so anything plans we are putting out here is with a health warning. 

"Unfortunately, there is nothing ringfenced at the moment, including grants. Everything is under review.” 

Ms Radley said that the review was being carried out with the utmost urgency.

“There is an understanding that it is critical and it is urgent, we need answers back.” 

She said a programme for reinvigorating towns and villages would also be brought to the council members.

“That would be in terms of economic, business, tourism, community groups and associations, so we will be putting a programme in place that will go to CPG sooner rather than later, that will include things like painting, planting, street cleaning, that is being looked at and will be back to CPG soon.”

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