Cork County Council is to write to the Minster for the Environment and Local Government asking him to “ease the recruitment embargo”
Since 2009 the local authority, like others, has not been able to hire or replace staff who retire… In all a quarter of its workforce, around 700 people, have been lost.
The local authority is now struggling to maintain services.
At the moment special permission is needed from the Minister for Finance before staff can be hired.
At last weeks ordinary meeting the County Manager Martin Riordan indicated he would like this rule to be relaxed so that IF Cork County Council could raise enough funds locally to pay a salary then it should be allowed to recruit without needing permission from Dublin.
Cllr Seamus McGrath from Carrigaline was one of the many Councillors supporting the motion that the embargo should be relaxed