The matter of the new County Council buildings has been one of contention for some time now. All be it to a lessor extent recently. It is my understanding, and I am open to correction on this, that each county councillor is to be allocated their own office under the existing plans. I am aware that Councillor Mulligan was an outspoken opponent of the plan to spend circa eighteen million euro on the entire project, but I took particular interest in his opposition to the allocation of office space for each county councillor.
I fail to see why county councillors, many of whom has served for several years, would require an office at this stage in their careers given they have not required any 'till now? It seems to me, and those I have spoken with about the topic, that these offices are not all that necessary at all. You can rest assured the business of local government will continue just fine without them.
As it is cut and dry at this stage that the new facility is being built, I would call on all the county councillors to advocate that the space that is earmarked for their own personal offices be re-purposed and made available to community and voluntary groups.
We are living in 21st century Ireland and it is my sincere hope that the crony-ism of the past has been well put behind us and we can move forward to pave the pathway to a more progressive future. The idea that Councillors would be given space to conduct their business free gratis, while community and voluntary groups struggle day in and day out to fund-raise and cope with ever growing over-heads is ludicrous.
The likes of community development associations, tidy towns, local festivals and so on all face up-hill battles to continue to develop their local communities, and local economies, for the better. It would be an enormous show of good faith by the council should they open communication channels with communities to see if alternative arrangements for the space mentioned, and any other surplus space, can be found.
I hope that the council and communities can come together and work to develop a plan to make a positive out of a project that has been met with so much negativity. It is only through collective efforts and co-operation between local government, communities and indeed local enterprise that Roscommon can regain and recover.
"If you're willing to keep moving forward, eventually you will succeed."
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