x50,000 set aside for the
Dundalk municipal budget

New Louth Co Manager Joan Martin
Chief executive Joan Martin has allocated a budget of €50,000 to each municipal district in the county for the coming year.

Chief executive Joan Martin has allocated a budget of €50,000 to each municipal district in the county for the coming year.

The draft budget will be looked at next meeting of the municipal district 17 November. The municipal district council must then adopt it and the chief executive will then provide the money.

She said the entire budget project for the coming year will basically be a joint up budget consisting of the county budget and the budgets of the former urban councils budgets and borough.

The transformation process created by the new county council structure is “complex”.

But Sinn Fein councillor Tomás Sharkey said he is not going to welcome €50,000.

“It seems a mean amount for Dundalk,” he said. “It’s disproportionate and shows how the realignment of local government is not giving best service to the public.

We should be looking at Dundalk environments plan, real projects that give a better quality of life to people.”

Green party councillor Mark Dearey said: “It throws up the question of how much is going into the county budget and and how much is coming back to the town”.

The chairman of the municipal district, Fianna Fail’s Declan Breathnach, hoped money would be spent on footpath repairs and roads projects long been in need of attention.

The draft budget plan was adopted by the council.