Call to have power retained locally

In the light of local town councils being abolished next June a motion was passed at this week’s meeting of Ballyshannon Town Council calling on the Minister for the Environment to ensure that the new council will have the power to spend the money that is raised locally spent on local services.

In the light of local town councils being abolished next June a motion was passed at this week’s meeting of Ballyshannon Town Council calling on the Minister for the Environment to ensure that the new council will have the power to spend the money that is raised locally spent on local services.

The Chairman of the Council, Cllr. John Meehan said, “While we are gaining one new member in the new Municipal Council we must realise that we are losing nine councillors here in Ballyshannon and we must ensure that the money raised in the existing electoral area is spent on local services.”

Cllr. Meehan proposed that the Minister of the Environment, Phil Hogan TD devolve the representation, powers and resources to the new Donegal Municipal District Council (MDC) to enable it to function effectively as a proper local council.

He further called on the Minister to ensure that the newly elected representatives have control over the expenditure of property tax, commercial rates and other income raised in the area ensuring that they are spent on local public service.

Cllr. Meehan said, “It will be only when the councils are gone that we will realise how important they have been.”

Cllr. Phonsie Travers seconded the motion saying, “What money is raised in the area must stay in the area.”