Outgoing Cathaoirleach of Longford Municipal District Mae Sexton has criticised the new municipal district structure, saying that councillorsâ€™ powers have been taken away.
Cllr Mae Sexton (Ind) said that one thing was clear to her after her experience at the helm, and it was that municipal districts were â€œnot workingâ€.
â€œAll the money is going into the one pot and we have no say,â€ she fumed.
â€œI know the Department is reviewing the process at the moment and endeavouring to see if town councils can be brought back, but the reality is that our powers have been taken away.â€
Cllr Sexton also said she was against the continuation of parking charges and indicated her â€˜huge disappointmentâ€™ over the retention of charges in the first instance.
Cllr Gerry Warnock (Ind) then told the meeting that he agreed with Cllr Sextonâ€™s sentiments in relation to municipal districts.
â€œIt is clear that the system is not working and the fact that Longford town gets the same discretionary finding as the other municipal districts is ridiculous,â€ he added.
The new county mayor went on to point out that while the whole system certainly needed to be addressed, there would be a lot of work required to find what works.
Meanwhile, Cllr Peggy Nolan (FG) pointed to the funding issues.
â€œNo mention of extra funding for an urban area is ridiculous,â€ she added, before saying that following a recent training day for local area representatives in the Longford Arms Hotel, she was shocked by what was now expected from councillors.
â€œIt is unbelievable what we are now being faced with and definitely the new system of municipal districts is not working,â€ she fumed.
Cllr Seamus Butler (FF) then wished Cllr Sexton well and pointed to her experience in the political arena.
â€œYou were the best person for the job and I would like to thank you for all your hard work,â€ concluded Cllr Butler.