Councillors in Dundalk had voted to use € 49,000 of a discretionary fund to ‘improve disabled access’ throughout the north Louth area last month.
Cllr Munster said “This will make a huge difference to everyone in the area. Last Monday evening, Dundalk councillors were given a list of 37 projects of works due to be started which will see improvements throughout Dundalk, Knockbridge, Carlingford, Blackrock and Omeath. The permanent infrastructure will enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities making access to footpaths and roads safer for wheelchair users, people on mobility scooters and parents with prams or trolleys.”
“The best part about this list of works is that not one cent from their discretionary fund is being spent on planners, reports or bonuses, every bit of it is going into the works to benefit the people of the area.”
The Drogheda Councillor went on to explain “this is a discretionary fund of €50,000 that is given to the three Municipal Councils and it is up to the councillors how they wish to spend it. Unfortunately in Drogheda, Sinn Féin’s proposal to make Drogheda a ‘Disabled Access Free Town” was voted down. The discretionary fund will instead be diluted down into 10 parcels of €5,000 for each councillor to add to their community allocation grants.”
Each Councillor already gets almost € 3,000 annually to donate to community groups and charities.
“The discretionary fund would have afforded Drogheda Council the opportunity to spend it on something that would benefit everyone rather than have it spread so thinly that it’s not going to make much of a difference. The Councillors will now have €8,000 to donate to community groups and charities. This was a chance to get away from dividing the money up for pet projects and a chance to make a real difference. Once again, I congratulate councillors in Dundalk who are working together for their constituents who are going to get great value for money with improved infrastructure. I’m just sorry I haven’t the same good news for Drogheda.”