Fianna Fail and Fine Gael to control new council

Sam Matthews

Reporter:

Sam Matthews

The local elected members of the Fianna Fail and Fine Gael parties look set to control Kilkenny County Council, with a pact agreed ahead of this afternoon’s first official meeting of the new council.

The local elected members of the Fianna Fail and Fine Gael parties look set to control Kilkenny County Council, with a pact agreed ahead of this afternoon’s first official meeting of the new council.

The council now has 24 elected members; ten of them are Fianna Fail councillors, and seven of them are Fine Gael. Discussions continued late last night and this morning to divide up the various roles and chair positions of the new council for the next five years.

There are a number of positions available to elected members which carry additional payments or allowances on top of the standard representational allowance (salary), including that of cathaoirleach and chairman of the municipal district (mayor).