Hynes's call for Local Government Fund
A CALL by Cllr Davy Hynes for the Local Government Fund to be restored was supported by all parties.
Cllr Hynes called on the Minister for the Environment and Local Government to urgently review the funding model for local authorities introduced in 2014.
Cllr Hynes said: 'This model is proving to be totally inadequate in meeting the needs of councils like Wexford County Council and is completely at odds with the aspirations outlined in 'Putting People First', an action plan for effective local government. The hard pressed taxpayer is still paying into this fund, which has been taken from local government without any subsequent reduction in tax.'
Clr Hynes said the Budget has shown that there is a surplus. 'By the looks of it the local government won't get any money. Local government is stymied completely.'
Cllr Barbara Anne Murphy said: 'We were led to believe the local government was going to be funded. Unfortunately with the introduction of Local Property Tax the local government fund is fully and the funding is what we need.' Fine Gael Cllr Paddy Kavanagh admitted: 'The desirable effect wasn't achieved that we don't have destiny over our finances.'
Cllr Deirdre Wadding said: 'Obviously there are communications problems within Fine Gael. They didn't think this through in the first place. I would go a step further and shut the lot down and march.'
'We have to work,' Cllr George Lawlor replied. Sinn Fein Cllr Johnny Mythen said: 'The fact is that we are the third most disadvantaged county in Ireland and we are being cut.'
Cllr Robbie Ireton opposed the motion adding that the government is not asking much of people to pay their water bills.