The CEO of Sligo County Council says the target of the Council’s financial plan may have to be adjusted in light of the costs of the recent gorse fires.
It was confirmed to a meeting of Sligo County Council this week that tackling the gorse, forest and bog fires in three different parts of the county cost at least €150,000.
The Council has a plan in place with the Department of Local Government with a view to reducing its deficit and ensuring they can maintain frontline services.
Acting Chief Fire Officer in Sligo Gerry O’Malley told the meeting that the Fire Services had to use all resources available to them to tackle the fires in the Killery, Ox Mountains and Geevagh areas last month.
Speaking to Ocean FM following the meeting, he outlined the impact in financial terms to the Council: