Thursday, 13 December 2018
Local Government Bill 2018: Report and Final Stages
I thank the Minister of State. I do not doubt his bona fides but my point is that it may not be him who is sitting in that chair in two years' time to decide how to move this on. I do not want to leave it to the discretion of a Minister. As this is written, it is discretionary. I agree with Deputy Jan O'Sullivan that we have to let people know this is something that will be seen through. That is why I intend to put the amendment. While respecting what the Minister of State has said and his own personal bona fides on this, the legislation should last into the future and it should not be dependent on any Minister's good grace whether a plebiscite is adhered to or respected, or not. Therefore, I must press the amendment.