New Ross advisers have mixed feelings about discretionary funding allocations

New Ross councilors had mixed feelings about sharing the pot of their discretionary funding of around €9,000 a year, to be like their peers elsewhere in the county.

t came as a shock to Independent Cllr Pat Barden at the October New Ross Municipal District meeting that he had the right to spend the sum on work in his area, provided councilors voted in favor of the change in the practice that everyone’s allowance was pooled for the common good.

Wexford County Council finance officer Annette O’Neill said there was €9,000 per councillor. “It can be for whatever the members want to do with it.”

Cathaoirleach Cllr Michael Sheehan said in Wexford District members use the €9,000 for whatever they want for the common good.

Ms O’Neill said money management is handled at the district level.

“It’s the first time I’ve heard of it. No one has ever told me about it,” said Cllr Barden.

Cllr Sheehan clarified that this has been a practice in the New Ross District for some time.

“Since 2019 it has been coming to us as general funding and it has resulted in general road improvements. Sometimes an adviser will allocate it to roads in a rural area.”

He informed Cllr Barden that he can make a motion to try to change the practice if he wishes.

James V. Hayes