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Ballina council enraged by reforms

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Ballina council enraged by reforms


Rowan Gallagher


LOCAL government reforms will be to the detriment of Ballina Town, according to the majority of Ballina Town Councillors.
Speaking at last week’s meeting, Independent Councillor Gerry Ginty said the closure of town councils was an ‘assault on democracy’ and that a better cost-cutting measure would be to cut the salaries of TDs while also cutting pensions of retired ministers in half. He also suggested that Minister for Environment and Local Government, Phil Hogan should resign.
“These proposals will make it even more difficult for independents to get elected. You’ll be talking about a wider geographical area and a bigger vote and where the Independents might be strong around their own area, the party candidates will reach into all areas through their party networks,” he said speaking to The Mayo News.
“They are sending people in towns around the country down the river. They know there will be a big impact in the next local election to numbers and this is the way they make sure Labour keep their seats in Dublin,” he added.
Cllr Ginty also expressed concerns that rates currently collected by the town council from local businesses would be spent elsewhere.