CREDIT-CLAIMING POLITICIANS COME IN FOR CRITICISM AT COUNCIL MEETING

21 October 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The practice of national politicians ‘announcing’ or claiming credit for funding or projects approved by the Government that they might not have had any direct involvement in securing came in for criticism at Monday night’s meeting of Monaghan Town Council.
The criticism was voiced in the course of comments of welcome for the acquisition by the Council of €11,500 in funding for the provision of outdoor fitness machines that are to be sited in the Peter’s Lake area of the town.
Cathaoirleach David Maxwell said he had received an e-mail on the matter the previous Wednesday.
Town Engineer Gareth McMahon said that additional funding became available under the Sports Capital Programme and a call had gone out to local authorities looking for proposals. The timeframe was very short, but the Town Council had gone with this proposal in the hope that they would be able to get some funding for it and fortunately they were successful.
The members welcomed the funding and the idea of stationary fitness machines being located at the Peter’s Lake area, although some concerns were voiced about dangers that could arise if the devices were able to be accessed at late-night or early morning hours by revellers emerging from nearby entertainment premises. There was approval for a suggestion that the equipment be located in the area of the lake that was protected by gates that were locked at night.
Sean Conlon expressed unhappiness at the manner in which members were notified of the funding, stating that it should have been communicated to the members in correspondence rather than being announced at the meeting by the Cathaoirleach.
Full report in the Northern Standard

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