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Council finances ‘deteriorating’ – auditor warns

 

 

 

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BY C.J.MCGINLEY

DONEGAL County Council is “technically insolvent”.

The local authority had a running deficit of €17.7million at the end of 2013, according to the latest figures available from the Local Government Auditor.

The Auditor warns the financial position of some councils is “deteriorating”, with 20 technically insolvent.

They include Carlow, Clare, Donegal, Galway, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Leitrim, Longford, Louth, Mayo, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Sligo, Waterford, Westmeath, Wexford, Wicklow and Waterford City.
Of these, nine have a deficit of more than €2m each, with particular concerns about Sligo and Donegal, which are running deficits of €21.7m and €17.7m respectively.

A dozen councils (Clare, Donegal, Leitrim, Louth, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo, South Tipperary, Waterford, Wexford, Westmeath and Wicklow) collected half or less of outstanding bills.

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The Donegal News has contacted Donegal County Council and we are awaiting a statement.

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