An appeal for councillors to share a €20,000 fund to fix potholes has been questioned at the council's Letterkenny area meeting.

Fianna Fail Cllr James Pat McDaid, who is Letterkenny mayor, proposed that a discretionary budget of €20,000 would be split between the 10 members of the Letterkenny Municipal District to improve private laneways.

Independent councillor Michael McBride seconded the motion - claiming that although €2,000, which would be allocated to each of the 10 councillors, would not "go very far" - it would "at least be something".

Cllr McDaid (pictured) said a "metre of tarmac" costs around "€80 to €90".

However, Independent Cllr Dessie Shiels queried the members' priorities.

He asked: "I'm not going to sit here and say, 'Let's not light up the roads but let's fill potholes in private lanes instead'."

He added: "To me, finding money for CCTV in Letterkenny Town Park is priority No1. Let's find money for that first."

Cllr Dessie Shiels

Cllr McDaid had said: "I'm inundated with calls from members of the public about this.

"I know €2,000 isn't going to go too far, but it will help private laneways."

He added: "I propose that we do this for a year and I think it will be a good initiative for the community."

A council spokesman said: "The Executive [of the council] does not recommend the transfer of resources from discretionary funds."

However, he agreed to investigate further with Glenties Municipal District because it operates, according to Cllr McDaid, a policy similar to that which the councillor has proposed.

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