Dáil debates

Thursday, 13 December 2018

Local Government Bill 2018: Report and Final Stages


2:45 pm

Photo of John McGuinnessJohn McGuinness (Carlow-Kilkenny, Fianna Fail) | Oireachtas source

I have listened to the debate today and I listened to what was said on Committee Stage. While I am not familiar with all the boundaries and local electoral areas involved, it is proposed to extend Cork city, taking in all the developments around the city and having the administrative areas as the Minister of State has outlined. Neither the Department nor the Minister of State seems to have a clear single vision as to how local authorities should function. The argument put forward for the extension of Cork city is an argument the Minister of State denied to Kilkenny city. I challenged him on this previously. While I was not here for his response, I read it in the local newspaper, that there was no authority council in Kilkenny city.


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