BUDGET MEETING: Closed-door meetings continue

BUDGET MEETING: Closed-door meetings continue
The chief executive of Donegal County Council, Seamus Neely, is still engaged in a series of closed-door meetings on the draft revenue budget with political groupings on the council.

The chief executive of Donegal County Council, Seamus Neely, is still engaged in a series of closed-door meetings on the draft revenue budget with political groupings on the council.

The meeting has been adjourned a third time and was expected to reconvene at 5pm.

However, it is understood that budget proposals from the political groupings are not expected to come before the budget meeting until 6pm.

Earlier today, Mr. Neely and Garry Martin, council director of finance, each made a presentation to councillors on the 131.2 million euro draft revenue budget.

When the meeting reconvened after lunch it was immediately adjourned in order to facilitate separate meetings with the chief executive that the political groupings had requested. These meetings are ongoing.

When those meetings are completed, the groupings will each offer their response to the draft revenue budget, including any proposed amendments or changes they may like to see.