Funding cuts to Granard Municipal District to be firmly opposed

Liam Cosgrove

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Cathaoirleach, Cllr PJ Reilly

Granard Municipal District Cathaoirleach Cllr PJ Reilly says any moves to reduce the north Longford area's funding entitlements owing to boundary changes will be vigorously opposed

Any moves by central government chiefs to reduce Granard Municipal District's spending power due to imminent boundary changes will be strongly opposed, a meeting heard last week.

Under recommendations set down by the Local Electoral Area Boundary Committee , the area will be reduced from six to five seats after next May's local elections.

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The topic was one which came in for renewed scrutiny at a recent meeting of Longford County Council, something which was repeated at a meeting of Granard Municipal District last Tuesday.

Cathaoirleach Cllr PJ Reilly said whatever about changes to its electoral make-up next year, the area's financial capabilities must remain intact.

“Party politics does not come into this,” he said.

“We (Granard Municipal District) just can't afford to take a cut.

“Ok, we may be being reduced (in seat numbers) but we have the largest number of rural roads and there are a large number of rural villages that need funding.”

Such was Cllr Reilly's feeling on the issue, he suggested the Granard area was not only in need of retaining its current funding allocation, but perhaps even inneed of increasing it.

The Abbeylara representative was speaking less than a week after reflecting on the exact same question at Longford County Council's November meeting.

This, after his party colleague Cllr Seamus Butler had spoken of the need to maximise Longford Municipal District's annual spend as it prepares to go from six to seven seats.

Cllr Paraic Brady likewise took up that baton in Granard last Tuesday as the north Longford Municipal District held its final meeting of the year.

“As we (Granard MD) have gone down to a five seater, we certainly can't do with a cut.”