Sligo County Council to discuss RTE Investigates Programme on Standards in Public Office.

Members seeking ‘report of the review carried out by the council’s Ethics Registrar.’

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There is a likelihood Monday’s meeting of Sligo County Council will be adjourned; however it can be expected that there will be more than a passing interest in at least one matter down for discussion whenever the meeting is held.

RTE InvestigatesThis concerns the RTE Investigates programme which featured interviews with councillors, including former chairman of the Sligo local authority, Joe Queenan (Independent) The notice of motion, submitted by Councillor Declan Bree (Independent) and Councillor Gino O’Boyle(People Before Profit) is calling for the council “to be provided with a copy of the report of the review carried out by the Council’s Ethics Registrar in response to the screening on the 7th December of the RTE Investigates programme on Standards in Public Office.” The notice is also demanding that the council requests the Standards in Public Office Commission to outline its response to the contents of the RTE programme.

Separately, Bree is seeking clarification regarding funds he says the government allocated in 2008 for social housing apartments that have not yet been acquired by the council and partially spent loans obtained for the provision of burial grounds in 2010. He wants the Chief Executive to indicate what he claims to be an unspent balance of €1,812,000 is being used for, and if any other funding has been received or borrowed for projects which has not been used for the projects as specified.

Cllr. Tommy MacSharry (Fianna Fail) wants the government to acknowledge “the extraordinary commitment of the people of Sligo” regarding the debts of the council and offer a €50 million bail out before the general election. We cannot find any record showing where the people made the extraordinary commitment to which he refers.

Cllr. Tommy MacSharry, Fianna Fail.
Cllr. Tommy MacSharry,
Fianna Fail.

Anyway, Tommy’s penned notice reads: “That Sligo County Council call on Central Government to acknowledge the extraordinary commitment of the people of Sligo in bearing the brunt of cuts necessary to meet the council’s financial debts and, therefore, allocate a once off, immediate bail out of €50m in early 2016 before the general election to alleviate debts caused by the expansionary policies demanded by the Department of the Environment in pursuit of the targets and ambitions set out in the national spatial strategy.”

He also proposes the council ask the minister for justice to “re-establish Ballymote Court and re-open garda stations closed in this area.” The stations aren’t identified – Easkey has been closed and sold.

Cllr. Marie Casserley (Independent) is proposing to talk about an Employment Regulation Order for childcare workers and the appointment of an ombudsman to oversee the regulation of waste. She is also calling for the council to support the GloHealth All-Ireland Schools and Universities cross country finals being held at Sligo Racecourse in March.

Cllr. Jerry Lundy (Fianna Fail) wants the Corrib Gas to service Sligo. He states in the notice that it would attract industry and create employment in the county.

Cllr. Michael Clarke (Ind)
Cllr. Michael Clarke (Ind)

Cllr. Michael Clarke (Independent) is proposing that the council ask the Department of the Environment to launch a home improvement grant scheme.

Cllr. Seamus Kilgannon (Fianna Fail) is pressing for improvement to sight lines at the junction on the Rosses Point road with Scottman’s walk for health and safety reasons and extend the graveyard.

Cllr. Thomas Healy (Sinn Fein) is asking the council to contact the NRA about water flowing on to the dual carriage on the Sligo side of the Ballisodare exit.