Major concern over allocating €20,000 from Ballymahon Municipal District budget for new tourism officer's plan of action

Aisling Kiernan

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While a new full time Tourism Officer has been announced for the county, the appointment was met with consternation during this week’s Ballymahon Municipal District meeting after public representatives learned that each municipal district was expected to fund the officer’s work to the tune of €20,000 per district.

Cllr Mark Casey (Ind) was among the first to voice his opposition to the funding request which was made by Director of Services, Barbara Heslin.  

“The salary for the tourism officer will come from central funding while funding for the work that she does will come from the three municipal district budgets,” added Ms Heslin, before pointing to the fact that Granard and Longford municipal districts had already allocated the required amount from their budgets.  

“This money should not be coming out of the municipal district allocation at all,” Cllr Casey fumed.

“If staff are going to be employed by Longford Co Council then they should be provided with the necessary tools and resources that they require to carry out their job.  

“I wonder now if there is any need for a tourism committee in this county at all.”

Director of Services, Longford Co Council, Michael Nevin then indicated during proceedings that there was every need for a tourism committee as a coordinated approach was required within the county in order get the entire tourism initiative off the ground.  

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