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Donegal County Council eventually passes budget for 2018

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Donegal County Council has passed its budget for 2018 after a marathon day of discussions.

Councillors passed the budget by 17 votes to 15 late on Friday night following a proposal by Sinn Féin.

The budget will see a 5 percent increase in commercial rates but the Sin Féin proposal means the top 10% of rate payers pay an extra 5%, while the rest will pay the same rate due to a small business grant.

The agreement means cuts from services will now be avoided.

The meeting saw several adjournments as councillors negotiated outside the chamber in a bid to pass a budget for Sunday's deadline.

The meeting had been adjourned from November 20th when representatives of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, Sinn Féin and Labour said they did not support the 5 per cent increase in commercial rates that the council executive proposed in the €148.8 million draft revenue budget for 2018.