Increases for Ennis Culture

Clare People, December 20, 2005

By Gordon Deegan

Ennis Town Council is to increase its funding to Ennis’s cultural facilities in its Budget for 2006.

According to the draft budget to be presented to councillors on Tuesday night, the council is to provide a total of just over €600,000 to Glór Irish Music Centre and the County Museum in 2006.

At their annual budget meeting tonight, councillors are expected to ratify funding of €413,000 to the County Museum and €290,000 to Glór.

The council is to also increase its funding of Ennis Leisure Centre to €136,000. The funding of the operation of parks and open spaces is to also receive an increase, from €365,000 this year to €553,000 in 2006.

In his budget report, Town Manager Tom Coughlan said that 2005 has been the most successful year to date for the County Museum, where it received in excess of 40,000 visitors.

Mr Coughlan added that Glór, “continues to contribute significantly to the economic activity in Ennis through the provision of high quality performances and high-profile conferences”.

Overall, as a result of the council withdrawing from the refuse service, the council has a smaller budget than last year. The figures show that the council anticipates to spend €11.451 million in 2006 compared to the spend in its six programme groups of €10.727 million that is envisaged next year. Income from the six programme groups will also be down from €7.29 million in 2005 to €6.14 million in 2006.

Mr. Coughlan said that the draft budget does not make any provision for any increase in car-parking charges. The accounts show that in 2005, it is expected that the council will receive €1.08 million in parking charges and an additional €276,000 in traffic fines.

The budget is also proposing to increase the mayor’s and deputy mayor’s allowances from €14,500 to €15,250. The draft budget also provides for €14,000 on EU educational tours and other visits by members.

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