Fate of town councils to become clearer later this week

Town councillors in Donegal will be awaiting news from tomorrows cabinet meeting, the last before the summer break.

Proposals to abolish a number of town councils will be discussed during the meeting, although it will be the autumn at the earliest before anything can be done.

Last year, Environment Minister Phil Hogan indicated that smaller councils would be abolished, with speculation in Donegal that Ballyshannon and Bundoran could face the axe, with Buncrana and Letterkenny regarded as being safe.

However, in February of this year, it was being reported that all town councils could be in jeapordy.

Letterkenny Cllr Gerry Mc Monagle is one of the local represerntitives on the Association of Muncipal Authorities of Ireland.

He says after a over a year of speculation, clarity is needed............

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Buncrana Town Cllr Nicholas Crossan is a past president of the AMAI, and has been one of the leaders of the national campaign to save town councils.

He says MInister Hogan has indicated to them that he will be making an announcement later in the week..........

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