Comments from the Chief Executive of Donegal County Council stating negotiations are ongoing to recruit new front line council staff members have been broadly welcomed.
Letterkenny Municipal District Councillor Michael McBride, speaking after a recent meeting of council members in Lifford, said he welcomed the update from Chief executive Seamus Neely that negotiations for the positions were at an “advanced stage”.
Cllr McBride stated: “Many temporary workers have been employed by Donegal County Council for the past number of years and they have accumulated great knowledge of their municipal area”.
The councillor added the felt now was an “opportune time” to move many of these employees into full time positions.
This would ensure “stability for both Donegal County Council, the workers and their families” and they could be a great asset in helping to deliver the recently announced town renewal projects and the planned works at the Joe Bonnar Road in letterkenny.
“This is a welcome development and the reversal in the frontline recruitment policy can only be viewed in a positive light as many of our towns and villages need major works following a decade of underfunding,” he stated.
The proposed Joe Bonnar Road will see a link road between the Port Road and Neil T Blaney Road in Letterkenny.
A €2 million funding package had been announced for the construction of the final phase of the link road earlier this year.
The prjoct is also planned to house a Social Enterprise building with a floor area of approximately 1400 square metres over a number of floors.