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Council may stop coroners' fees
24 Nov 2014 15:03
The Chief Executive of Sligo County Council is proposing to stop paying coroners' fees as part of a ten-year plan to deal with the council's debt.
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Ciarán Hayes said that he cannot justify paying for a service which the council does not receive while at the same time the Department of the Environment expects the council to cut its own services.
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Speaking at the council's annual budget meeting Mr Hayes said Sligo County Council has been told to produce a ten-year plan by local government and the department.
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He said the council was told it must make savings of €1 million next year and ring fence that money to set it against its debt.
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Sligo County Council has an accumulated deficit of almost €20m and a long term debt of over €90m.
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Under the ten-year plan Mr Hayes said there would be a focus on income generation including pay and display and traffic fines, housing loans and rents, and unpaid rates.
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Savings could also be made in the areas of fleet management and leased buildings.
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Redeployment of staff, voluntary redundancy and other options in the area of human resources would be predicated on agreement with trade unions and the department according to Mr Hayes.
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In relation to the coroners' service, he said county councils have no control over this service which, in the case of Sligo County Council, costs €174,000 a year.
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