Thursday, 13 December 2018
Local Government Bill 2018: Report and Final Stages
I take the point the Minister of State is making regarding the fact there will be discussion in the chambers and so on. However, it is very important the general public also know what they are going to be voting for in the plebiscite. I would like reassurance that there will be time for public information after whatever happens in the Dáil and when the memo goes to Cabinet. A plebiscite is not about party politics, it is about people making up their own minds about what kind of local government system they want. The functions of their directly-elected mayor will be very important in terms of people's perception of how they might vote. I am anxious the Minister of State would give us some reassurance that the public will have enough time for discussions in the various cities so they will be very clear they know what they are voting for in regard to whatever decision they make in the plebiscites that will be held.