Council deficit is less than feared

Donegal County Council.

Donegal County Council.

Donegal County Council’s deficit for 2013 has increased by €693,000, 0.5 per cent of the overall budget of€133million. County Manager Seamus Neely gave assurances to councillors that finances are secure for this year. “Our finances did deteriorate a bit, €693,000, which was a fraction of what we first thought was possible,” he told Monday’s meeting of the county council. The figures sparked a debate in the chamber with Fine Gael councillor Bernard McGuinness accusing Sein Féin of scaremongering about what the deficit could have been. Sinn Féin Cllr. Marie Therese Gallagher warned the deficit was increasing year-on-year and resulting in huge cuts across a range of services such as roads and housing. “Last year there was €2.3million in cuts to services and our deficit is increasing. If it keeps going at this rate we’re facing a crisis,” she warned.




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