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Questions were raised at Monday’s Westmeath County Council meeting about funding for repairs to flood-damaged roads, after it emerged that the figure budgeted for the Athlone area has been cut by €250,000.
The total cost of the recent flooding crisis in Athlone reached €4.22m, director of services Barry Kehoe told councillors at Monday’s Municipal District Meeting.
Councillors were united in their disgust at the state of the county’s roads during a debate on the 2016 roads budget at this week’s local authority meeting.
Almost €750,000 has been spent by Westmeath County Council in its effort to defend Athlone and its environs from the rising waters of the River Shannon since the beginning of December.
The Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Cllr Michael Holmes has said this week that he is open to the idea of the council having a special meeting to discuss the flooding problems in the county. However he said that a representative from a number of Government agencies would need to be present so questions could be answered.
A special meeting of Galway County Council will take place next week to discuss the future of the Aran Islands air service. Up to 20 politicians from across Galway visited Inis Mór, Inis Oirr, and Inis Meáin yesterday for a series of meetings aimed at saving the service.
A number of elected members of the Claremorris Municipal District expressed their disappointment this week at how €440,000 in top-up funding for road works projects in the area was decided to be spent. Fianna Fáil Cllr Damien Ryan told the Mayo Advertiser yesterday: "Bar a very small corner near Claremorris, none of the money came to projects in the part of the district that is now part of the new Galway-West constituency for the General Election."