27 April 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard


DESPITE the economic downturn, which had widespread national repercussions for many local authorities, and the civic sector in general, Co. Monaghan can lay claim to a very successful past year, according to the County Mayor, Cllr. Seamus Coyle in his upbeat annual review of the year, presented to Monaghan County Council.
Mayor Coyle said the completion of Monaghan Fire Station, as well as the new Carrickmacross Civic Centre, and the Carrickmacross Sewerage Scheme, are but a few prime examples of the County Council’s investment for the benefit of the county. He also said the substantial progression of works such as Cloughvalley Housing Scheme, the N2 Monaghan – Emyvale road, the continuance of the water services investment programme 2010-2012, in addition to a number of other projects in the county were helping enormously in Co. Monaghan development for the future.
In presenting his report, Mayor Coyle said, at the outset, it was a great personal honour and a privilege to introduce the 2011 annual review of Monaghan County Council, in his role as mayor of County Monaghan.
He continued : “ I wish to take this opportunity to record my thanks to the elected members of Monaghan County Council for having elected me to this prestigious position in June 2011 to serve for the 2011-2012 term of the Council and to acknowledge my predecessors who served the role with honour and distinction. I thank them for their continued courtesy, co-operation and support.”
He continued : “As mayor of Monaghan County Council I am acutely aware of the responsibilities entrusted to me to represent all the members and staff of our local authority, who work tirelessly to serve the people of the County.”
“ 2011 was indeed a challenging year for all of our people. The economic downturn both nationally and internationally has placed severe pressure on all of us. However, as a local authority we must continue to plan, develop and promote County Monaghan for the future.”
Cllr Coyle said the schemes and projects mentioned at the outset were an indication of the Council’s achievements and progress despite the economic downturn.
The progress made, he said, was illustrated in many areas of the annual report with the completion and progression of many projects during 2011 by the County Council while assisting with, and hosting “many events of local, national and international significance during the year”.
Mayor Coyle said Monaghan County Council, its members and staff worked closely to promote and develop the county’s infrastructure, both economically and socially in conjunction with all statutory and non-statutory agencies.
“This is clearly shown by the financial commitment of €800,000 by our local authority to County Monaghan V.E.C.s Educational Campus and Theatre project, which will offer enormous opportunities for the future of the region. In addition, there’s Monaghan Town Council’s commitment of €500,000 to this inspirational investment project for the county, with contracts signed and work commencing in 2011 which is to be completed by the end of 2012”.
He continued : “The continued work of Monaghan County Council, along with our fellow authorities in this and neighbouring counties, is to be commended. Indeed our membership of cross border bodies continues to delver great benefits and offers great opportunities for the future development of …

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