Behind Closed Doors How East Cork Municipality Intend to Spend Public Money

By Seamus Whelehan


A series of in camera meetings are being held between Youghal and Midleton Councillors to decide the division of discretional grants designed to, enhance the areas infrastructure, economic development and aid community organisations.
While the initial discussions are not open to the public or media, formal adoption is expected to be made at the districts June sitting.
The move comes after a very public dispute between the boroughs councillors over the division of a Town Development Grant last year.
The allocation of the €120,000 fund was delayed after an objection was lodged against a suggestion the full amount would be spent on enhancing Youghal town centre for a second year in a row.
Historically Councillors would have discussed the proposed grants packages in the open.
It’s understood the change in procedure is to allow members and officials to be more forthcoming in their discussions.
It’s believed some councillors are at odds over the division of funds between both towns again this year.

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