Queenan’s statement on multimillion euro indebted Sligo County Council.

‘We are committed to finding a resolution’

Sligo News File Online.

The statement, headed Cathaoirleach confident of ‘Progress with Department’, states:

Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council, Councillor Joe Queenan, believes progress is being made in ongoing discussions with the Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government concerning the Council’s Financial Plan.

‘We met with Assistant Secretary Paul Lemass today, Wednesday, and discussed a wide range of issues following on from our recent meeting with Minister Kelly. We are committed to finding a resolution and I believe today’s meeting was a significant step in
this process.’

The Cathaoirleach  also believes the Council’s Library services can be secured ‘and options are presently being explored to see how the necessary resources can be re-allocated within the Council to ensure the continuation of this vital community service.’

The Cathaoirleach acknowledged the contribution of both Councillors and Executive in addressing the Council’s financial situation.

‘There has been a strong sense of unity and purpose shown by everyone involved in this difficult process..the Councillors who established a delegation at our February meeting, the members of the delegation who have represented the Council  – Councillor Hubert Keaney, Councillors Martin Baker, Declan Bree and Thomas Healy. I must also pay tribute to Ciaran Hayes and his management team who have been working tirelessly in preparing the Financial Plan.’

Councillor Joe Queenan