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The 2017 councillors’ allocation in the South and West Kerry Municipal District “just isn’t enough”.

That’s according to a number of councillors who criticised the individual allocation of €29,000 sanctioned for 2017 at the South and West Kerry budgetary meeting.

A total of €261,000 was adopted for the Councillor Specific Municipal District Operations Fund for 2017.

Norma Moriarty
This is a discretionary fund to be allocated by councillors in a flexible manner according to priorities and work operations in their own area.

Waterville Councillor Norma Moriarty said the individual councillors’ allocation of €29,000 was not nearly enough.

The Fianna Fáil Councillor said in her area this allocation is “already spoken for” before 2017 has even begun.

Cllr Moriarty’s said in terms of geography the municipal district was vast and that alone should attract a greater allocation.

Sinn Féin Cllr Damien Quigg described the money coming down from central government as “minuscule” and “inadequate”.

Independent Cllr Johnny Healy Rae said in terms of road mileage, the South & West Kerry Municipal District was the largest in the county and as such should have resulted in a larger individual allocation for councillors.

The €261,000 councillors’ allocation is part of a total general municipal allocation to the South & West Kerry Municipal District for 2017 of €369,000.