Whatever problems Donegal Co. Council might have in finding a chamber to host meetings after the next council elections t is certain the council will not be moving meetings to Inishowen.
That was the view of Quigley’s Point councillor Michael Doherty who yesterday told the Journal that while Lifford could be ‘inconvenient enough at times ‘there was no way the council would consider moving to Inishowen.
“The centre in Carndonagh could accommodate a council meeting but there is no way that’s ever going to happen.
“Can you imagine the cost of bringing someone from, say, Bundoran or Gweedore way up to Carn?
“The people wouldn’t stand for it.”
Ccouncillors are still waiting to learn how eight more members will be accommodated next year.
The 29 councillors now occupy every available seat at the council table in the County House council chamber.
Next year their numbers increase by eight, part of the local government changes that will see town councils abolished.
“Since 1899, from the first meeting of Donegal County Council, the meetings have been taking place in Lifford and it’s important that the council chamber remain in the County House,” local Cllr. Gerry Crawford said.
He said government should fund any expansion needed to maintain council in the chamber because the increase stems from a government decision.
Council staff told him senior staff will offer proposals on addressing the increase “at the earliest possible date”.
“Time is ticking on and this is something they must work on,” Cllr. Crawford said.
Colr Doherty said that whatever happens it will be all change next year.
He joked: “Who knows what’ll happen...I might not even be there myself. In this game you never know.”
One thing that is certain is that Inishowen will have two more councillors on Donegal Co. Council .
Because of the abolition of all town councils across the county it was decided that the ‘demo cratic deficit’ created by this should be filled by having more representatives on the main council in the county.
Meanwhile in Letterkenny Colr Paschal Blake has been elected Mayor; he’s the seventh member of the extended Blake family to serve on the council.However, he will be the last .
Speaking on Thursday night Colr Blake said he had grown up in Letterkenny and had watched the town grow being transformed into the bustling cosmopolitan place it is today.
The new mayor said he was very proud of his family’s contribution to that growth and that he would carry out his duties with ‘dignity and respect’.