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Offaly Councillor Defends Plans To Spend €25,000 On New Year's Event

He feels it will provide a much-needed boost to the town.

An Offaly councillor is expressing grave concerns about proposals to use over €25,000 of community grants on a New Year's Eve event in Tullamore. 

Fine Gael's Neil Feighery believes the figures and planning raise numerous questions regarding governance and procurement for the event. 

A budget of €20,000 has been set aside for entertainment and installation of an audio visual screen - with a further €6,000 or €7,000 earmarked for promotion. 

Councillor Feighery feels there's other areas where the funds could be put to better use:

But Councillor Tony McCormack, who put forward the motion, is defending his plans.

The Fianna Fáil rep feels the event will give the town a much-needed boost - with ongoing roadworks causing some disruption to local residents and businesses:

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