Breen seeks Funding Clarity for Clare’s Local Authorities

December 5th, 2013 - Pat Breen

Dail Eireann – 5th December 2013

Question – Deputy Breen

These schemes are extremely important for all local authorities. It is now the time of the year that local authorities prepare budgets for the following year, although Ennis Town Council has postponed its budget meeting until the new year. In the context of these schemes and the budget allocations, when will the Department give the allocations to town councils for 2014, given the uncertainty at present because some of these town councils will no longer exist after the middle of next year?

Reply – Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Phil Hogan T.D.

On Deputy Breen’s question, it was 2 December 2012 when allocations were notified to local authorities for 2013. We are not far from the same date this year and I expect we will be in a position to make allocations under the general purpose grants and all of the other funding arrangements in a short while. Under the service level agreements with local authorities Irish Water will also make financial provisions amounting to €528 million.