Councillors in the Castlebar Municipal District have unanimously opposed plans to cut by half their GMA - General Municipal Allocation.

The executive of Mayo County Council has proposed to halve the allocation to the four Municipal Districts - from €2.1 million this year to €1.05 million in 2020.

The GMA funding is usually allocated to community groups, voluntary organisations, clubs, charities and festivals.

The council executive has proposed, in its draft budget for next year, to allocate €245,000 to both the Castlebar and Westport / Belmullet Municipal Districts, with €350,000 for the Claremorris Municipal and €210,000 for the Ballina Municipal District.

However, Castlebar Councillors have unanimously rejected the proposed cut in GMA funding.

Cathaoirleach, Councillor Michael Kilcoyne says what's proposed for GMA is only a quarter of what the council receives in car-parking charges annually.