TD Disputes Household Charge Link To Cuts

Independent TD Thomas Pringle has claimed the Government is using non-payment of the Household Charge to justify local authority cuts that were already planned or had already been applied.

The Government has cut local funding and those with the worst Household Charge compliance have been hit hardest.

It has been reported that Donegal County Council is to lose €1.6m.

Speaking on RTÉ's Today with Pat Kenny, Mr Pringle said: "Already this year library services have been cut by €600,000. We've seen the closure of Killybeggs library. We've seen the closure of Ramelton library, the reduction in hours for Donegal town and Ballyshannon.

"So the Government is going to try and use this argument now that the only reason there's cuts in Donegal is because we haven't paid the Household Charge."


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