SENIOR MINISTERS HOGAN AND BURTON VISIT CARRICK

5 July 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Veronica Corr

MINSTER for Local Government Phil Hogan’s visit to the county on Friday morning last to officiate at the opening of Carrickmacross Civic Centre was dominated by the issue on every public representative’s lips — the proposed abolition of town councils.

The Minister was asked by this reporter if he believed the new civic offices — which cost in the region of €4.3 million — were value for money, given his proposed abolition of town councils next year.

Intimating his view that the project was indeed worthwhile, the Minister insisted that it was very important to have civic centres: places where people could congregate to avail of important local facilities like libraries, resources and IT facilities.

“The investment made here demonstrates that we’re committed to providing local services, now that people are paying more contributions locally for the provision of those services,” Minister Hogan said.

Another senior government figure, Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton, also visited the south Monaghan town on Friday last, to launch the Ability Activation North East Project on behalf of Monaghan Integrated Development in Carrickmacross Workhouse.

Minister Burton also visited the Web Activate Programme at the Digital Skills Academy located at …

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