Figures released by the Department of Public Expenditure to Sinn Féin show that Roscommon local authority consistently receives one of the lowest amounts of central Government funding year on year, something that Sinn Féin spokesperson for Roscommon/Galway Claire Kerrane has criticised.
Ms. Kerrane said: “So far this year, Roscommon local authority has received €14 million in Government funding, the second lowest level of funding in the entire State. This is compared to €35 million to our neighbours Mayo and almost €22 million to Sligo, with funding for both counties also down €30 million and €24 million respectively.
“In 2011, Roscommon received over €32 million in Government funding, that has fallen by €18 million this year. That €18 million that has been lost would make a significant difference to our county and what could be done with it to improve our roads and infrastructure, in particular”.
Ms. Kerrane said that the fact that the level of funding from Government is down for counties Galway, Sligo, Leitrim, Mayo and Roscommon shows Fine Gael’s attitude to the West of Ireland and its “indifference” to rural Ireland.
“The people of Roscommon pay their taxes like everyone else. We deserve proper funding from Government and at the very least the West of Ireland deserves balance and fairness with the rest of the State”.