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Cllr pleads with Council to reduce hall rent of € 6,400

A COUNCILLOR pleaded with Cork County Council officials to " drastically reduce," the rental of €6,400 from two voluntary organisations, at Carnegie Hall, Millstreet.

Cllr Noel Buckley (FG) told Kanturk Area meeting on Monday, that the asking price of rent for Millstreet Museum and Millstreet Pipe Band was €6,500.

He said the asking cost was "entirely excessive" for both organisations, who each give a highly valuable community service.

In particular, Cllr Noel Buckley praised the Trojan work of Seánie Radley, of Millstreet Museum, who he said, has pumped a substantial amount of his very own money into the development to further enhance it.

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Cllr Buckley said: "The museum has done some wonderful work, and they only have a collection once a year, of which they raise about € 4,000. However, to expect them to pay over €6,000 in rental is just not do-able."

He said he felt that CCC could accommodate the museum and the pipe band, who have both worked very hard down throughout the years.

Senior official at CCC, Aidan Weir said it has always been the case where a voluntary organisation always paid "a nominal rent." He said he would "speak to the powers that be," and see what could be done to alleviate the problem.

FG councillor Gerard Murphy said as both organisations were not commercial, then the rental request should be substantially reduced.