FF TD’S SHOCK CLAIM – MONAGHAN TOWNS LOSING VITAL FUNDING BECAUSE OF “MISMANAGEMENT” AND “FAVOURITISM” BY GOVERNMENT MINISTER SAYS SMITH

31 July 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Projects to encourage walking and cycling activities in Monaghan Town and Castleblayney have lost out on funding because of “mismanagement” and “favouritism” on the part of Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly, according to Cavan/Monaghan Fianna Fáil TD Brendan Smith.

In a statement to The Northern Standard this week, Deputy Smith claimed that Minister Kelly had channelled €1.5 million to his own Tipperary constituency – at the expense of what the FF representative described as “essential projects” in Co Monaghan.

Deputy Smith said that grants under the Active Travel Scheme were “diverted” by the Minister to projects in Clonmel and Thurles – despite an independent assessment group highlighting the fact that projects in other towns such as Monaghan and ‘Blayney were in more urgent need of the funding.

“The Minister’s blatant favouritism in the way in which these grants were awarded beggars belief,” the Cavan/Monaghan Dáil Deputy stated.

“The fact that out of a total fund of €6.5 million, €1.5 million has been granted to projects in his home county of Tipperary is a flagrant bending of the rules.

“What’s worse is the fact that there are eight other towns across the country which were deemed more deserving of ….

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