Councillors Clash Over County Council Funding

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Two Clare Councillors have clashed over whether the government is providing enough funding to the county.

It comes as new figures show Clare is receiving one of the lowest levels of funding from the Local Government Fund of any county in Ireland.

The county’s allocation under the local government fund goes towards services offered by the Council, but new figures show the county lagging behind the majority of other areas.


8.7 million euro was granted to Clare County Council last year – only Carlow, Galway City and Offaly received smaller amounts.

6.4 million euro of came from the local property tax fund, paid by people here, and since the 15% reduction no longer applies, we should see an additional 1.5 million euro being given to Clare this year.

East Clare Fianna Fáil Councillor Pat Hayes was part of a Council delegation which met with Minister Coveney in September to outline the shortfall in funding here.

He believes too much of a burden is being placed on rates payers.

But Speaking on Clare FM’s Morning Focus, Ennis Fine Gael Councillor Johnny Flynn has insisted that the reality is not as it appears.

With millions of euro in rates paid by government each year in respect of Moneypoint, he insists Clare isn’t doing as badly as it may seem.