Row over funding causes ‘bad blood’ between councillors

THE allocation of extra money to Tuam Municipal District Council has reignited a row among councillors, with Fianna Fáil members accused of pulling “a political stunt” in using their majority to decide how the funds should be spent.

A total of €180,000 has been allocated to Tuam MDC as part of an extra €1 million given to Galway County Council. When they met last month, Tuam councillors couldn’t decide on how it should be spent and agreed to meet in private ahead of their monthly meeting and come up with a proposal.

At their monthly meeting on Monday, the four Fianna Fáil members set out a joint motion for the distribution of the funds which caused annoyance and anger among the two Fine Gael and one independent councillors. They were aggrieved they hadn’t been consulted, as previously agreed.

Now Cllr Pete Roche (FG) is seeking an emergency meeting of Tuam MDC to revisit the motion.

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