At the May meeting of Ballina Town Council the elected members agreed to give €20,000 funding to Ballina Chamber of Commerce for the projects. The funding will be split equally over four different projects, the tourist office, the Halloween festival, the Christmas festival, and for promotions of Ballina. There was full backing from all the members of the council for the work being carried out by the chamber on these projects, in particular the tourist office, which all nine elected members said had been a huge success since the chamber took over the running of it.
The councillors also took some time to praise the work of the former CEO of the chamber, Sandra Cribben for her hard work over the years. The former CEO lost her job with the chamber as part of a rationalising programme carried out because of falling memberships and reduced revenues in organisation.