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Cork City Council faces administration if a budget isn't passed within two weeks

It is believed the last time a Budget struggled to be passed was 1991.

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CORK CITY COUNCIL faces being put into administration if a budget isn’t passed within the next two weeks.

Councillors last night voted against the city’s budget for 2015.

After five hours of talks, councillors twice rejected the proposals by 15 votes to 14.

If the council does not agree on a budget within the next 14 days, the council will be dissolved and run directly by the Minister for the Environment for the next five years.

 

Fianna Fáil councillor Fergal Dennehy, whose party holds the most seats on Cork City Council, pointed the finger of blame at Sinn Féin.

“It should be pointed out that they have opposed every budget that I am aware of since I entered the council in 2003, even in times when massive funding was being allocated to local government, party policy didn’t allow them to engage,” he wrote on Facebook.

“The difficulty now is that SF actually have a considerable voice in Cork City Council. If this trend continues into national politics we will have an establishment that will be so afraid to make an unpopular decision that they wont make any decisions at all.”

Sinn Féin councillor Stephen Cunningham took to Twitter last night to voice his opposition to what the party is calling an austerity budget.

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