Galway County Council is to receive an additional €1 million in funding following talks this morning between council officials, elected members and the Minister for Local Government John Paul Phelan TD.
The meeting was held following the intervention of Galway East TD and Minister for Rural Affairs Seán Canney,
Minister Canney said; “I had several discussions with Minister Phelan and he made the visit at my behest.
“This is tremendous news and I am delighted at Minister Phelan’s announcement.
“The crisis has been unacceptable and action was needed without delay. The funding model was broken. Geographically we have the second biggest county in the country but we have the fourth lowest funding per head of population.
“The County Council has been starved of resources and has struggled to maintain essential services.
“When the amalgamation of Galway City Council and Galway County Council was reviewed, the findings of the review committee cited funding as an immediate priority for Galway County Council.
“I am delighted at the outcome of today’s meeting. This is an important step in resolving the financial challenges that have dogged the County Council in recent years.”
For more information, contact Minister Canney on 086-2513639
October 11 2019