Government could end up controlling Donegal County Counil budget – Cllr O’Neill

Fianna Fail has been accused of running the risk of the government directly controlling spending in Donegal.

Its after councillors yesterday failed to agree Donegal County Council's Revenue Budget for 2012.

Fine Gael proposed the budget be accepted with some small adjustments namely reversing a proposal to cut 20 thousand euro in funding for Buncrana Leisure Centre and to provide 20 thousand euro for the islands.

While the proposals were backed by Labour, Fianna Fail and Sinn Fein instead proposed the meeting be adjourned to next month,

When it was clear the Fine Gael proposal would be defeated in vote, the party withdrew it.

Councillor Barry O'Neill claims Fianna Fail's actions could have serious consequences:

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Fianna Fail Councillor Ciaran Brogan said his party had serious concerns with the draft budget that were not addressed.

He says between now and January 10th efforts must be made to come up with a compromise particularly in the area of the spend on roads which is set to be cut by 1 million euro:

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