A proposal to cut the GMA funding allocated to Mayo's four municipal districts by half next year has caused heated exchanges at council meetings in Claremorris and Castlebar this week.

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.

GMA funding is usually allocated to community groups, voluntary organisations and local committees and events.

Councillors in the Castlebar Municipal District have unanimously opposed plans to cut their  GMA - General Municipal Allocation - by half in 2020 to €245,000.

There were also heated exchanges at this week's monthly meeting of Claremorris Municipal District over the proposed cut in GMA funding  to €350,000.

Fine Gael Councillor Patsy O'Brien says Mayo Co Co could make savings elsewhere, rather than cutting the GMA fund, and says a 50% reduction is simply not on.

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