Government funding for council is larger than expected

The Galway City Council is to receive a provisional general purpose allocation of €8,512,430 from the Department of the Environment - €560,000 more than was expected.

Fianna Fáil councillor Michael J Crowe has welcomed the allocation, which was made under the department’s Local Government Fund for 2010.

The funding compares with a provision of €7,947,340 which was included in the Council’s Budget for 2010.

“When we were drawing up the budget over the last couple of months we had to be cautious as we were aware that the Government grant was going to be down on last year,” said Cllr Crowe. “That said, I am very pleased we have managed to secure some €560,000 more than we have budgeted for.”

The National Roads Grant is yet to be announced but Cllr Crowe said he and councillors Ollie Crowe and Peter Feeney will continue to lobby the Government on such matters.

“As chairman of the council’s Transport Committee I am acutely aware of the many issues we face on the roads in and around the city,” said Cllr Crowe. “I ensured there was no reduction in the roads monies proposed by council officials when we received the draft budget

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