Council given stay of execution

‘One last chance’ for councillors to pass annual budget

PAGE 5 Donegal County Council Offices in Lifford

Some 29 County Councillors in Donegal are facing the very real possibility of finding themselves out of a job as the Council failed to agree its annual Budget yesterday morning (Wednesday).

After 33 hours of talks, over three days and nights, the Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féín, Fine Gael, Labour and Independent councillors of the local authority failed to pass their budget by their deadline of midnight on Tuesday.

The marathon meeting came to an end yesterday morning at 2am in the County House in Lifford, after 21 adjournments, with the budget being defeated by a final vote of 15 to 12 (two councillors, one Fine Gael and one Sinn Féin, were absent), meaning the Council looked set to be abolished.

Sinn Féin, Fianna Fail and one Independent councillor objected to the terms within the budget, namely the handover of Council services and assets to Irish Water.

However, in a ‘last ditch attempt’ to resolve the issues within the budget, the Council Executive offered the members the opportunity for a final adjournment for six days and to resume debate on Monday, January 13 in an effort to avoid the dissolution of Donegal County Council.

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