Row over Conference Attendance in Greystones Town Budget

Greystones Town Council was the scene of major rows about the Budget for 2010. The Budget was agreed following a tight vote. Councillors reduced expenditure and this allows a slight reduction in Business Rates in 2010 in order to try to assist the business community in a difficult year.

Councillor Derek Mitchell (FG) proposed that the cost of attending conferences should be cut by €1,800 and the money allocated to Civic Issues including Tidying up St. Crispin’s Cell which is a mess, producing a website of town events and tourist issues, Comhairle na Nog (The Youth Parliament) and Civic Awards. Councillors Harris, Jones and O’Sullivan (all FG) voted in favour. However Cllrs. Hayden and Stokes spoke against funding the St. Crispin’s cleanup and together with Cllrs Fortune, Kelleher and Maloney voted it down. ‘I am very disappointed that the Labour Party and Fianna Fail supported Councillors attending conferences instead of funding important civic needs’.

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