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    Nothing Left to Cut

    We cannot cut our cloth anymore, there’s nothing left to cut.
    Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has given €1.5 million in grants
    to towns in his new constituency such as Thurles and Clonmel against
    expert advice even though projects from other towns got significantly
    higher scores from an independent assessment group. The scoring
    system was released under the Freedom of Information Act. This is the
    type of politics that that the government parties claimed they were going
    to change when elected to power 5 years ago.
    So while local authorities and worthwhile community and tourism
    projects throughout the North West region are asked to cut their cloth
    and accept more austerity measures Minister Kelly can deviate from this
    for the benefit of his own electorate. Where is the fairness in that? We
    have to go with our begging bowls to look for a few thousand euro for
    feasibility studies for projects that will create jobs, and wait for years for
    the penny to drop, whereas the Government should be investing in these
    immediately. We cannot accept any more austerity and get into the
    scenario where basic services are being cut anymore than they are
    already, where there is a recruitment embargo on library staff and
    outdoor staff in local authorities are not being replaced when they retire.
    It’s a bit rich coming from the Labour Minister and the Government telling
    the people of Sligo cut our cloth as he imposes restrictions on Sligo.
    There is nothing left to cut, it’s all gone a long time ago. I am calling on
    all elected representatives to put pressure on Minister Kelly to stop
    imposing these cuts and demands and let local authorities and elected
    members deliver the necessary services that will enable the North West
    to grow and thrive.

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