DOE funding means “full steam ahead” for new Council, says O’Loan

Councillor Declan O'Loan

Councillor Declan O'Loan

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BALLYMENA Councillor Declan O’Loan has said that an announcement of £47.8 million from the DOE Minister for costs in the setting up the new Councils means that the programme should “go ahead at all speed”.

The SDLP representative said that the sum covers costs which will not bring payback to Councils in terms of savings.

“Items which will bring long term savings to Councils will have to be borne by the Councils themselves, though soft loans may be provided to assist this programme,” Cllr O’Loan stated.

 

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