…utility companies also unpaid…Govt silent on paymentsWeeks after it was reported that employees of the Local Government Commission are owed their January salaries, it has been confirmed that payments are yet to be made and the agency has been strapped in carrying out its work.Speaking with Guyana Times on Saturday, an employee of the Commission related that there have been no engagements with staff about their salaries and no word is forthcoming on how these payments would be made. Adding to that, fees for other services provided such as utilities are still outstanding.“Nobody was paid. No utilities were paid. Nothing. The commissioners are actually grounded. The people are going to work but we can’t do anything about it,” said the source.The Local Government CommissionThis publication understands that these monies are supposed to be signed off by the Permanent Secretary, Emil Mc Garrell, of the Communities Ministry before it can be disbursed. However, it also needs to be approved by the Communities Minister, Ronald Bulkan.Since payments during early December, staffers have not received any payments to which it was insisted that these monies should have already been disseminated.“They went through the details of the budget, both the Finance Ministry and the Local Government Commission. It was approved but the voucher wasn’t signed off so nobody received any money since the first part of December when payments were last made. Given from the fact that they paid very early in December, this money should’ve already been in. Apparently, this money is still administered under the Permanent Secretary and he still has to take instructions from Bulkan before singing them,” the employee had revealed.It was claimed in previous reports that the Commission is a constitutional agency but there is some control from the Ministry, which hinders some operations.“This is preventing the Commission from operating as a constitutional body. The Commission has to deal with appointments and dismissal and a host of things that the Minister would usually do. They have not recognised the Commission as a constitutional body. The Communities Minister still wants to be in control of the Local Government Commission.”Letters were penned to the Attorney General, Basil Williams; Minister of State, Joseph Harmon and even President David Granger. However, a response is yet to be given.“No one is dealing with this. The Commission has written the Attorney General several times as well as the Minister of State. They even wrote the President to bring it to his attention and no one is responding to these concerns. With the way the Commission is functioning, it is not an independent body but one that is being manipulated,” the source added.
A total of more than €1.2 million in funding has been awarded for energy efficiency projects to be carried out in Donegal.Dinny McGinley TDThe move will see a number of local companies benefit to make their businesses even more cost effective.The grants have been welcomed by Deputy Dinny McGinley. Donegal is to benefit from part of a €1.2 million in energy efficiency funding in 2015. The Better Energy Communities scheme is designed to improve energy efficiency in public buildings, businesses, sports clubs and homes.A project led by Údarás na Gaeltachta will see various works including; air compressor and fan upgrades, boiler upgrade, boiler relocation, pump replacement, lighting upgrades, roof insulation, tank insulation, attic insulation, internal drylining, window replacement, heating controls and zoning, solar thermal domestic hot water and air tightness testing at a number of locations.These works will take place at RA Pascaisti Teoranta, Bainistiocht Aras Gaoth Dobhair Teoranta, Snath Dun na NGall Teoranta, Feidhm Mara Teoranta, Faisc Miotail Éireann Teo, Udaras Oifig and Aisleann Gaoth Dobhair.“Glen Dimplex will also see measures including installation of Quantum space and water heating systems, smart controls, electrical wires upgrading and smart meters, cavity wall insulation, roof insulation and upgrading to efficient lamps implemented in a number of Donegal homes. “With this funding for projects across communities in Ireland, the Government is showing it takes energy conservation seriously. Nationwide, the grants total €18.6 million for 29 community energy efficiency initiatives. To date the Better Energy Communities Scheme has awarded over €62 million to community energy efficiency initiatives. Our public buildings should be leading the way on energy efficiency, but it is also up to all of us in society to conserve energy and mitigate against the effects of climate change,” said Deputy McGinley.The announcement on funding for community energy efficiency projects coincides with the Government appointing Ireland’s First Advisory Council on Climate Change.The group, to be chaired by Prof. John FitzGerald of the ESRI, will comprise eleven members to advise Government Departments and agencies on the actions required to significantly decarbonise the Irish economy by 2050.The Government has also launched a public consultation on the development of Ireland’s first National Low Carbon Transition and Mitigation Plan. The consultation period will run until Friday 31st July 2015 and submissions should be sent to: NationalMitigationPlan@environ.ieDONEGAL BUSINESSES TO GET €1.2M TO MAKE THEM MORE ENERGY EFFICIENT was last modified: June 11th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)