Councils cost less than Government advisers

The cost of one Government adviser would fund two local authorities, claimed Cllr Marc Connolly at Mountmelick Town Council monthly meeting last Thursday evening.

The cost of one Government adviser would fund two local authorities, claimed Cllr Marc Connolly at Mountmelick Town Council monthly meeting last Thursday evening.

He and his colleagues strongly opposed Government proposals to abolish smaller Town Councils, including Mountmellick’s. It, he noted, dated back 165 years.

Chairman Cllr Pat Bowe: “To abolish Town Councils... the amount it saves is a pittance. It’s like a family giving up sugar.”

Cllr Michael Gormley: “I’m very disappointed to see one of the oldest Town Councils being abolished.”

Chairman Bowe said only two County Councillors would represented Mountmellick if the Town Council were abolished.”

On Cllr Paddy Bracken’s suggestion, it was agreed to make a submission on the matter to the relevant authority.