Sinn Féin: More needed

Sinn Féin councillors said they could not support the county council’s draft revenue budget for 2012 unless there were “substantial improvement” in the council’s allocation from central government.

Sinn Féin councillors said they could not support the county council’s draft revenue budget for 2012 unless there were “substantial improvement” in the council’s allocation from central government.

Cllr. Mick Quinn said that without additional funding, “This budget cannot pass because it cannot deliver adequate frontline services to the people of the county.”

He said Sinn Féin councillors were concerned about the impact of the cut in the council’s Local Government Fund money, along with the anticipated additional €3 million in the council’s 2012 pension bill, “and the impact the increase in Vat will have on the council’s ability to raise revenue from rates”.

At the annual council budget meeting, Fianna Fáil Cllr. Ciaran Brogan tabled a motion calling for the meeting to be adjourned until early January, to allow time for further discussion. Cllr. Quinn seconded.

“We welcome Fianna Fáil’s support for Sinn Féin’s position,” Cllr. Quinn said. “And we hope that when we reconvene, that adequate funding will have been sourced, and if not, that Fianna Fáil’s position will remain unchanged.”

Speaking at the meeting, Cllr. Quinn said that adopting the budget as presented would be “like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic”.