03 Dec 2021

No threats to services at Longford's St Christopher's despite seven figure deficit

St Christophers

St Christopher's Services in Longford town

There are no plans to cut services at St Christopher's Services in Longford town despite revelations the facility is facing an overall deficit of over two million euro.

This evening's meeting of Longford County Council heard details of how the Battery Road facility was operating under the auspices of a one million euro deficit alongside an annual underfunding of 1.2m.

Cllr Joe Flaherty called on the Council to send a motion to the Government for the matter to be debated on the floor of Dail Eireann.

Cllr Peggy Nolan, who originally raised the issue by suspending standing orders received the backing of her fellow colleagues for councillors to take part in a singing spectacle at Backstage Theatre.

This, she said, would be held with a view to covering a 6,000 shortfall currently being experienced by St Christopher's Longford branch as part of its attempts to compile a yearly calendar.

In light of the concerns raised over St Christopher's fiscal well-being, both Cllrs Paraic Brady and Micheal Carrigy said they had received assurances from Health Minister Simon Harris over the retention of services going forward. 

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