SERIOUS BLOW FOR ‘LOCAL COMMUNITIES AND DEMOCRACY’

15 February 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By PATSY McARDLE

A MONAGHAN Fianna Fail county councillor who is Chairman of the local development company, Monaghan Integrated Development, which is currently facing a downgrading alignment with the local authority, in conjunction with the demise of the existing local authority structures, has hit out strongly this week at the impending loss of the existing body and its replacement with only a one-seat membership on a new fifteen-member set-up.

Cllr. Seamus Coyle claimed yesterday the proposed replacement of Monaghan Integrated Development, with its centre based in Castleblayney, is “a serious attack on community development, threatens local initiative and investment, and is a further blatant erosion of local democracy”.

The Monaghan councillor was speaking in advance of a crucial ‘summit” which is scheduled to take place on Monday next, 25th February, between the national representative body, the Irish Local Development Network (ILDN) and Environment Minister Phil Hogan,
Cllr. Coyle said …

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