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Minister Ring to call meeting with Chief Executives of local authorities to find out why they are failing to spend tax payers money on improving services in rural Ireland

Mayo-based Minister Michael Ring is to call a meeting with the chief executives of local authorities to find out why they are failing to spend tax payers money on improving services in rural Ireland.

A Government report this week revealed that a number of county councils have not spent funds that were specifically earmarked for four major rural development schemes.

Almost 30 million euro was allocated to councils through the four schemes in 2016, but almost 40% of the money remains unspent.

Offaly is the worst offender, spending just 18% of its allocated funding.

In this region, Mayo County Council spent 64% of its allocated funds, with Roscommon spending 73%, Sligo 68% and Galway 60%.

Minister Michael Ring says he’s frustrated at the lack of action from local authorities on spending the funds allocated under the Rural Recreation Scheme, the Clár programme, the Town & Village Renewal Scheme and the Rural Economic Developent Zone known as RedZ.

The schemes are part of the Government’s pledge to revitalise rural Ireland.

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