LIFFORD: CLLR Frank McBrearty repeated his warning that he will quit the Labour Party if Lifford hospital closes. However he said he was “fairly confident” that the Government is listening to local concerns.
FORESTS: Cllr Martin Harley put forward a motion calling for a ban on heavy trucks on forestry roads over 17 tonnes, to stop the roads being damaged.
QUIT: County manager Seamus Neely said 55 members of staff retired in January and February under the Croke Park deal. He is planning an “event” for the staff who have left.
STAFF: More than a thousand people are still employed in full-time and part-time positions at the council. This represented a whole-time equivalent workforce of 848, a reduction in 395 posts since June 2008; or a 32% cut.
CUSTOMERS (YOU): The council will have a Customer Contact Centre in place by June 1 which will handle all phone calls, emails and letters to the council.
LIBRARIES: County manager Seamus Neely said that despite what had been reported locally, there are no plans to close any libraries in the county.
BARRACKS: Stranorlar electoral area services will in future be provided from the refurbished army barracks in Lifford with outreach services in the Twin Towns.
HOUSING: The budget for social housing investment programmes will be €2.99M – cut from €6.43M in 2011.
TOURISM: The council will play an active role in the Western Region Tourism Marketing Programme.