Minister accused of cutting Laois water cash

Minister for the Enviornment Phil Hogan has singled out Laois for a massive cut in the grants for water investment programme, according to Fianna Fáil TD Sean Fleming.

Minister for the Enviornment Phil Hogan has singled out Laois for a massive cut in the grants for water investment programme, according to Fianna Fáil TD Sean Fleming.

The TD said veryone understands that there has to be a reduction in the grants to Local authorities in 2012. The overall grant reduction to local authorities throughout the country is 50%, down from €79million to €40million.

“However the Minister has singled out Laois for an 85% cut in funding under this programme in 2012, down from €1,728,608. in 2011 to a paltry €259,000,” he said.

The figures released by Minister Hogan to Sean Fleming TD in the Dáil in July cover an eight year period and the general picture over that period is that Laois normally received in excess of 2% of the national funding which was in line with the population in the county.

On this occasion Deputy Fleming claimed that the grant represents only 0.65% of the national funding and is a third of what Laois should be receiving.