6 December 2014 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Criticism of the expenditure made on the ‘flying pig’ art installation situated along the Castleblayney by-pass in Co Monaghan was voiced by Fine Gael councillor Hugh McElvaney at Monday’s resumed Budget Meeting of Monaghan Co Council in Carrickmacross.

Dubbing the St Maeldóid’s pig sculpture “the sow on the brow”, Colr McElvaney said that he had seen the work on his way to the meeting, although it was “half-hid” in fairness to the engineering staff.

The veteran FG public representative was critical of the expenditure of €100,000 on this project, which was funded in its entirety by the Dept of the Environment, Community and Local Government’s “Per Cent for Arts” scheme, and counterpointed the spending with a statement made by Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly in a letter to the Council in relation to their Budget, to the effect that local authorities should see that their funding was spent fairly and responsibly.

He also remarked on another art installation at a roundabout in the county, which he termed “the dancers at Lughnasa”, and asked if they were ballroom dancers or traditional ones. “This is another total waste of public funds,” he declared. He added that if the Co Council had been given an opportunity to spend the money these projects had cost fairly and wisely then they would have done it, but he believed the Dept were setting a bad example in the expenditure of public funds.


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