Thursday, August 25, 2011

Manager Challenged on €300,000 Revamp of Lord Mayor’s Chambers- O'Leary

Manager Challenged on €300,000 Revamp of Lord Mayor’s Chambers- O'Leary

Sinn Féin councillor Chris O’Leary has asked the City Manager to explain why the council is planning to spend €300,000 on a revamp of the Lord Mayor’s chambers at City Hall at a time when council services are being cut back.

Cllr O’Leary said: “The City Council is planning to spend €300,000 renovating the Lord Mayor’s and Lady Mayoress’s chambers at City Hall. Together with the €100,000 cost of the Mayor’s salary and expenses, this will make him one of the most expensive office holders in Europe next year.” “At the same time, council services are facing deep cuts. Elderly tenants are being denied basic maintenance to their homes.” “This news comes in the same week that it was revealed how former Fianna Fail ministers, including Cork’s Billy Kelleher, are claiming thousands in ministerial severance payments on top of their Dail pensions.

It seems that some elements of our political class remain completely disconnected from the harsh reality that most people in this country are facing.” “I think the City Manager needs to explain to the people of Cork how an expenditure of €300,000 on the Lord Mayor’s chamber is justifiable at a time when council programmes are being cut back for lack of funds.”

For further information or comment contact Cllr Chris O’Leary @ 087-2794307

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