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Bye bye DFB
Originally By: Foriegn

We can't afford to pay for fire service - City Manager

Dublin's city manager has questioned whether the city council can afford to continue paying for the capital's fire service.

John Tierney, whose budget has already been cut drastically this year says the fire brigade needs a "more stable funding mechanism" -- and the Government could pay for it.

In a wide-ranging interview in the Herald today, the man who runs the capital says he is in favour of water taxes and property taxes.

Mr Tierney also reveals that the city council, already on course to lose 300 staff this year, is to consider reducing working hours and pay as it struggles with a huge drop in income. "We won't finalise our budget until after Brian Lenihan delivers the national one on December 9. But clearly there will be cuts in the grants we give out, road improvements, the levels of some services. Our challenge is to make those cuts as fair as we can," he said.

The council started off with a budget of €928.73m. By April, the collapse in revenue from rates and developers forced them to make cuts of €30m -- and as Mr Tierney confirms today, the budget will see them shave another €45m off that reduced figure.

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