Sexton slams Municipal District set-up

Sexton slams Municipal District set-up
Outgoing Cathaoirleach of Longford Municipal District Mae Sexton has criticised the new municipal district structure, saying that councillors’ powers have been taken away.

Outgoing Cathaoirleach of Longford Municipal District Mae Sexton has criticised the new municipal district structure, saying that councillors’ 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 “not working”.

“All the money is going into the one pot and we have no say,” she fumed.

“I 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.”

Cllr Sexton also said she was against the continuation of parking charges and indicated her ‘huge disappointment’ over the retention of charges in the first instance.

Cllr Gerry Warnock (Ind) then told the meeting that he agreed with Cllr Sexton’s sentiments in relation to municipal districts.

“It 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,” 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.

“No mention of extra funding for an urban area is ridiculous,” 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.

“It is unbelievable what we are now being faced with and definitely the new system of municipal districts is not working,” she fumed.

Cllr Seamus Butler (FF) then wished Cllr Sexton well and pointed to her experience in the political arena.

“You were the best person for the job and I would like to thank you for all your hard work,” concluded Cllr Butler.