At the penultimate meeting of Bundoran Town Council members agreed a lasting legacy of the Council should be left for the residents of the town.
Speaking on behalf of Sinn Féin, Cllr. Michael McMahon said the Council was in a unique position in that it had funds available and proposed that a sum of €240,000 should be ringfenced for the provision of a community centre in the town.
“It is important that we do this as otherwise I am sure that Donegal Co. Council will get their hands on it.
“This is the last thing we can do for the town.”
Cllr. Diarmaid Doherty added, “This is a big issue - if we cannot do this we have failed. Whatever we do, this must be achieved. This will be the Council’s lasting legacy.”
Cllr McMahon also proposed that a further €200,000 be set aside for the play school group in the town.
All the councillors agreed with the sentiment but stressed that they will have to await full clarification from the Co. Manager at a later meeting.
Town Manager Garry Martin pointed out that certain monies were set aside for specific areas - housing, footpaths, car parking etc and advised the councillors to make a list of their priorities going forward.
“The capital reserve fund is the only option going forward and I agree that money raised in Bundoran should stay in Bundoran. .
“No other council has the level of capital reserves and with sufficient discretionary funding, this decision is in the councillors’ hands.
Mayor Denise Conway said, “We were never be in a position to do this before - we are now.” It was agreed to ringfence the money for the Community Centre.