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    Default Local Goverment Bill 2013 - Major Cull of Local Democracy Proposed

    There are a lot of implications for local democracy in this Bill, not the least being the abolition of many town councils and the radical reduction of the number of local authority seats.



    Local Government Bill 2013



    An Bille Rialtais Áitiúil, 2013



    Bill Number 98 of 2013
    Sponsored by Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government
    Source: Government
    Method: Presented
    Status: New Bill


    Bill entitled an Act to make further and better provision in relation to local government and, in particular, to amalgamate Limerick County Council with Limerick City Council, Waterford County Council with Waterford City Council and North Tipperary County Council with South Tipperary County Council, to provide for the position of chief executive in relation to each local authority, to dissolve town councils, to make provision for municipal districts, to assign additional reserved functions to local authority members, to dissolve county development boards and city development boards and make provision for the establishment of local community development committees, for planning and oversight of local and community development programmes, to provide for an increased role for local authorities in economic development and enterprise support, to amend the Local Government Act 1991 and provide for regional assemblies, to enable (subject to certain preconditions) a plebiscite to be held in the administrative areas of the local authorities in the Dublin area in respect of a directly elected Mayor for that area and for those and other purposes to amend the Local Government Acts 1925 to 2013, the Local Elections Acts 1974 to 2012 and other enactments relating to elections, the Housing Acts 1966 to 2013 and the Planning and Development Act 2000, to amend other acts in connection with the foregoing matters and to provide for related matters




    http://www.oireachtas.ie/viewdoc.asp...4529&&CatID=59
    Last edited by C. Flower; 18-10-2013 at 08:08 PM.
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    Default Re: Local Goverment Bill 2013 - Major Reshaping of Local Democracy Proposed

    At least as big a change as Senate abolition, but very little discussion.

    In the present system, Ireland has much less local democracy than in most states, with more and more functions being centralised or privatised.

    Now, a massive cull of opportunities to stand and take part in local government, with the number of councillors being halved.

    http://www.irishtimes.com/news/polit...lors-1.1563518
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    Default Re: Local Goverment Bill 2013 - Major Cull of Local Democracy Proposed

    Debate is on now with the Dail -

    "No real change or reform in the Bill - just a cutting exercise"

    http://www.politicalworld.org/showth...ernment+Reform
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