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Funds for Skibbereen Town Hall still need to be ring-fenced

July 17th, 2018 10:05 PM

By Jackie Keogh

A sum of €200,000 has been set aside by the County Council for improvement works at Skibbereen's Town Hall. First on the list is a programme of painting.

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‘IS the €300,000 still there?’ Fianna Fáil Cllr Joe Carroll asked Council officials during a discussion about the need to invest in Skibbereen’s Town Hall.

The money Cllr Carroll was referring to was the sum that he claimed had been set aside out of development charges just before Skibbereen Town Council was abolished to make way for the new West Cork Municipal District.

Municipal officer, Justin England, corrected Cllr Carroll saying that it was a sum of €200,000, which was set aside five years ago, and is still available and still earmarked for improvements to the Town Hall.

Mr England said there has already been some investment in the building in recent years but the Council, in consultation with the Chamber of Commerce, has other work to do. For example, he said the Council has plans to build a box office and he said the Town Hall could be painted when that construction is done.

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