Bree to propose government bailout for debt-hit Sligo County Council.

‘All loans, borrowings and overdraft increases were approved by Minister and senior officials.’ 

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Cllr. Dara Mulvey (FG)
Cllr. Dara Mulvey (FG)

Among the 50 items on the agenda for today’s meeting of Sligo County Council is a motion in the name of Cllr. Dara Mulvey (FG) calling on the council to throw its support behind the refurbishment of the old cinema building in Ballymote.
The building is owned by the council and, according to Cllr. Mulvey,
“is unique in its structure combining the old world theatre with modern facilities that can be used for many purposes to the benefit of the entire region. His notices states “I am calling on Sligo County Council to put a structure in place similar to The Maritime Centre in Enniscrone, the Hawks Well Theatre in Sligo, and the Coleman Centre, Gurteen.”

A notice of motion in the name of Cllr. Michael Clarke (Independent)
asks that the council offer for sale the apartment block known as
McFirbis House in Enniscrone “and purchase and build a number of
houses in the resort.”

Chairman of Sligo Municipal District Council, Cllr. Tom MacSharry (FF) is to propose that “Sligo County Council calls on the government to immediately lift the public service embargo.”

Cllr. Declan Bree (Independent)
Cllr. Declan Bree (Independent)

A motion in the name of Cllr. Declan Bree (Independent) states “noting that the Assistant General Secretary of the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government in correspondence to the council dated 11th November
2014 pointed out that the council had been incurring revenue deficits in its budget over the six years period (2008 – 2013) and that the cumulative debt now stands at revenue debt now stands at €19.67 million with the long-term debt in excess of €12o million; and noting that the former Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Mr. Phil Hogan, and his senior officials approved all the loans, borrowings and overdraft
increases of the Council; and further noting that the newly elected county council elected in May 2014 was not responsible for previous budgets, loans, borrowing and overdrafts; this council now appeals to the new Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government to provide Sligo County Council with the necessary financial assistance (bailout) to allow the council
to return to financial sustainability; and further the council again requests the Minister to meet a deputation from the council.”

Cllr. Seamus O’Boyle (People Before Profit) in a notice of motion, is seeking information as to whether “Irish Water have had access to the database of tenancy records in Sligo Borough Council or Sligo County Council, and, if, so, do they have access on an ongoing basis.”

Sean Griffin, Assistant Principal, Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources is scheduled to address the council meeting on the “National Broadband Plan.”