first_img Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Previous articleTrial to start of woman charged in connection with Mc Sherry road deathNext articleA-CEART welcome news of new drug testing kits for Gardai News Highland Homepage BannerNews Shiels hits out at “meaningless” budgetary process PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Google+ Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Pinterest By News Highland – October 27, 2015 Pinterest HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Twitter Twittercenter_img “We are back once again to County Council budget time of the year. However just like last year and the years before it the entire process is doomed to be meaningless before it even starts.Last years County budget was just passed without a line being changed – Council management prepared a budget and Councillors after spending 12 hours hanging around at Lifford just passed it (for nearly the entire day the actual Council meeting was ‘adjourned’). That was not agreeable to me and I voted against it.This year we are back on track for more of the same. Each municipal District is supposed to receive from Council management a draft Municipal District Budget to provide for everything from roads to housing but Council management are refusing to furnish any such budget. This is a statutory requirement under the Local Government act 2001 (as amended). Instead Council Management have decided to get over the requirements of legislation by asking councillors to pass a draft  Strategic Development Fund for next year at half the value of what it was this year and then just call that a draft Municipal District Budget, even though its nothing of the kind .The next acts in the farce are scheduled to take place at Lifford tomorrow where Councillors in each Municipal District will be asked to pass something which even a 3 year old child wouldn’t be convinced is a budget in 5 minutes each. Yes, that is correct, 5 minutes for each Municipal District to pass what is supposed to be a budget – but of course the reason it will only take 5 minutes is it s not a budget at all but only a farcical attempt to give the impression that the budgetary Provisions of the Local Government Act 2001 as amended are being complied with.Councillors are being asked by Management to do without Municipal District Budgets because its inconvenient but if Councillors allow this then we are failing in our duty to scrutinise every provision of the budget and have a substantive input to it – the simple fact is that despite a legislative requirement to have a Municipal District budget for each Municipal District, no such budgets exist – Council management are refusing to prepare these and Councillors are just going along with that. I have asked for a Municipal District Budget now on several occasions over the last few weeks but Management are refusing to furnish me with same. This is the reality of life as a Councillor – trying to do things right, but being ignored.In another few weeks a full budget meeting will be held in Lifford at which a Budget of approximately 130 Million Euro will likely be presented. If its anything like last year, there will be bluster and comment but in the end nothing will really change and Council management will have their way budget wise once again.I want to have a proper say in the budget process and I believe that some other Councillors do too but its just rubber stamping that’s happening at the moment – I’m highlighting this now as the proper statutory budget process is not being followed and the general public deserve to know about this”. Cllr Shiels’ statement in full – Facebook WhatsApp Google+ A Donegal councillor has described the budget process as a “farce”, claiming that as discussions on the 2016 budget get underway, the entire process is doomed to be meaningless before it even starts.Cllr Dessie Shiels says last years County budget was passed without a line being changed, after hours of hanging around and several adjournments.He voted against, saying the process was not acceptable to him.Cllr Shiels has also hit out at the failure of the council to provide comprehensive Municipal District budgets. Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derrylast_img read more

first_img Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By admin – April 26, 2016 Twitter Previous articleFennelly Commission will not widen its remit to include Mc Brearty phone taping concernsNext articleTwin sister of Mary Boyle calls for Commission of Investigation into her murder. admin Twitter Pinterest Donegal Mental Health Services promises better communication in light of suicide research Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal ·        The development of Connecting for Life Donegal suicide prevention action plan which represents a whole of society approach to reducing deaths by suicide and is already in its first year of implementation. ·        The appointment of two self-harm nurses in the Emergency Department of Letterkenny University hospital to ensure risk assessment and follow-up with all patients presenting with self-harm.·        The appointment of two Suicide Crisis Assessment Nurses offering consultation and assessment to individuals in crisis presenting to GPs.·        The establishment of a Suicide Family Liaison Service through Console to ensure immediate support to families and individuals in the aftermath of a suicide death of a family member.·        Training in self-harm awareness has been delivered to mental health and primary care staff. Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th WhatsApp The HSE says a number of measures are being  implemented, They include -·        A series of staff briefing sessions have taken place to inform staff of the findings and recommended actions from the study and to ensure their support and commitment in the implementation.·        A comprehensive training package will include additional training in suicide risk assessment which will be tailored specifically to experience and level of expertise in both community and in-patient settings. This will address the complexities of treating service users with dual diagnosis and facilitate a collaborative, multi-agency approach. ·        An Information pack for families is being developed to address concerns identified by family members.·        Contact with and support for bereaved families will be intensified as a matter of priority. The HSE also says a number of new initiatives were implemented to address the prevention of suicide within the service whilst the study was taking place. Whilst these measures are not directly emerging from the research they are significant. They include: center_img WhatsApp Homepage BannerNews Google+ Google+ Facebook Facebook 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry The Mental Health Service in Donegal is pledging to listen more after a three and a half year study into the suicides or untimely deaths of 34 people under the care of the service.The research, which took place between October 2011 and May 2015 forms the basis of a report which is being launched today at 12 noon.A number of new initiatives and protocols have already been implemented, and the chief researcher is staying in the region for three years to ensure that measures are implemented.Prof Ella Arensman of the National Suicide Research Foundation led the study, and is president of the International Association of Suicide Prevention. She spoke today on the Shaun Doherty Show in advance of the report’s publication.She says communication is a key issue…….Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Arensman.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more