Councillors raised the following issues at the recent monthly meeting.
Call to reverse grant cuts
Cllr Gerry Kilrane has put forward a motion calling on the Council write to the Minister for Education. Cllr Kilrane’s motion sought the reversal of cuts to grant funding to new Post-Graduate students.
Council calls for row back on means testing measure
Councillor Mary Bohan has put forward a motion calling on the Minister for Education to row back on the introduction of means testing measures for third level grants.
The Fianna Fail councillor noted that such measures arising from the formation of the Capital Asset Implementation Groups would cause hardship and loss of grants for the children of farmers and the self employed.
Her motion received unanimous support.
Reverse closure decision
Councillors Martin Kenny and John McTernan (Cathoirleach), have both put forward motions calling for the retention of the area offices at Ballinamore and Dromahair.
Both Councillors pointed out the invaluable work carried out at these locations and said their loss would not only be a major blow for the communities they serve, they would also impact on the Council’s ability to provide frontline services.
County Manager, Jackie Maguire, said that the Council was facing serious funding issues in the future and all means of saving funding had to be considered. She noted that discussions with the staff impacted by the decisions were ongoing and said that the reality of falling funding avenues was something that had to be faced.
Street lighting in Ballinamore
Following a query by Cllr Gordon Hughes on the commissioning of new street lighting on the Golf Links Road, Ballinamore, the Council heard that the solar lighting in this location has now been installed.
It was also noted that the original lights in place have also been upgraded.
A spokesperson of the Council said there is no plans to extend these lights along the Lock 5 section of the works however, if funding does become available this lights could be easily installed in future.