Clare County Council will receive a special allocation of €2.5 million this week to ensure local services are not impacted by a shortfall in rates, Deputy Joe Carey has announced.

The Clare TD made the announcement after receiving confirmation from the Minister for Local Government and Planning, Peter Burke, that the funding will be made to the local authority this week.

Deputy Carey had made repeated representations to Minister Burke in relation to the shortfall in rates caused by the revaluation of Moneypoint Power Station (pictured).

The Clarecastle-based TD said: “Since the funding shortfall was brought to be my attention by the chief executive of Clare County Council I have been working closely with my colleague Minister Burke to secure the vital funds needed to ensure vital local services are not impacted.

“I am delighted to confirm that the Government will respond positively to the council’s request for funding to make up the shortfall due to the revaluation of Moneypoint and I have received confirmation from Minister Burke that the council will receive a special allocation of €2.5m from the Department this week.”

The Clare TD also praised the “great work” done by the local authority in providing essential services to the people of the county since the pandemic hit.

Deputy Carey added: “”Every week I see first-hand the great work done by Clare County Council in areas such as rural and community development, housing and roads. This has particularly been the case since Covid-19 hit and we have seen the council lead the Community Call initiative providing vital services to citizens.

“This special allocation of €2.5 million was badly needed and will ensure the vital services delivered by Clare County Council can continue. I would also like to acknowledge the positive intervention of my colleague, Minister Peter Burke, and I look forward to this vital allocation being to the council later this week.”