MAYO County Council have been called upon to recruit additional numbers of outdoor staff to address the lack of workers which has gone to ‘critical levels’.
The issue of the shortage of outdoor staff was raised at the monthly meeting of Mayo County Council where councillors complained that staff were not being recruited despite the lifting of the recruitment embargo.
Chief Executive, Peter Hynes later confirmed that while the Council aims to take on additional staff in the next two months, the numbers would not be enormous. He said that despite the lifting of the recruitment embargo, they had to adhere to a workforce plan.
Fianna Fáil councillor Damien Ryan told the meeting that the day to day working of the council had reached critical levels due to the lack of staff in his area of Ballinrobe. He said there were more workers involved in schemes such as the Rural Social Scheme and Tús and felt the Council should play a more leading role.
“We are the leading authority. There is an obligation on the Department to take on more staff but it is not happening,” he said. Cllr Michael Kilcoyne also commented that the council were able to take on executive staff but ‘we have no-one to fill potholes’.
Crossmolina-based councillor Michael Loftus said that in his area they were losing staff ‘hand over fist’ and he did not see them being replaced. He questioned if the position vacated by former Director of Services, Paddy Mahon, who is the new Chief Executive of Longford County Council, will be filled.
Earlier, Peter Duggan, the Financial Director explained that the annual financial report revealed a surplus of €403,000 and a revenue deficit of just over €4.6m at the end of 2015.