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Local Government Bill 2018: Second Stage (Resumed) (15 Nov 2018)

John McGuinness: This was a day when the Minister of State could have made a name for himself for ever by including Kilkenny in the consideration for city status. I heard Deputy Grealish and others discuss the significance of the corporation, as it was then, the urban council and so on. These bodies could learn from the experience of Kilkenny city, where the destruction of local government was begun in...

Local Government Bill 2018: Second Stage (Resumed) (15 Nov 2018)

Michael Fitzmaurice: I welcome the opportunity to speak on the Bill. While I understand that most of the Bill is concerned with Cork, I see a small piece, perhaps an afterthought, put in for Galway. Galway should have its own identity. I heard people speak about Galway earlier. There is a huge problem with staffing in Galway. The Minister of State, Deputy Kyne, and Deputy Ó Cuív outlined it very...

Local Government Bill 2018: Second Stage (Resumed) (15 Nov 2018)

John Paul Phelan: And Tipperary.

Local Government Bill 2018: Second Stage (Resumed) (15 Nov 2018)

Michael Fitzmaurice: The Minister of State is correct. Fair play to him. Tipperary also touches it. There are a lot of people on the periphery who are concerned. Near Creggs, the guys who go along cutting the hedge will not cut it on the right-hand side for about 100 yards because it is in Roscommon. It worries people because they think if there is a merger of city and council they will be forgotten about...

Local Government Bill 2018: Second Stage (Resumed) (15 Nov 2018)

Michael McGrath: I welcome the opportunity to speak on the Local Government Bill 2018. As the Minister of State knows, it has taken some time to get here. There have been a number of attempts and various iterations. I welcome that the legislation providing for the expansion of the Cork city boundary is now before the House. I was probably in a minority in that I was open to the idea of a single authority...

Local Government Bill 2018: Second Stage (Resumed) (15 Nov 2018)

Éamon Ó Cuív: I listened with interest to Deputy Kyne and my other colleagues from Galway. The Deputy made a thoughtful contribution and we are having the debate that should have taken place over the past three years. However, the great and the good that decide our destinies in the Custom House decided that the last people who should be brought into the centre of this process are Oireachtas Members or...

Local Government Bill 2018: Second Stage (Resumed) (15 Nov 2018)

John Paul Phelan: It was Patrick Kavanagh, in fairness. It was not that high-brow.

Local Government Bill 2018: Second Stage (Resumed) (15 Nov 2018)

Éamon Ó Cuív: It is high-brow enough compared to what I will quote, "Sé dúirt damhán alla le míoltóigín tráth: 'Ó! Tar liom abhaile,". The Minister of State knows what happened the poor old míoltóigín. As spider said to the fly, come home with me. I do not know what it is in English and I do not know it all in Irish. We know what happened to the fly...

Local Government Bill 2018: Second Stage (Resumed) (15 Nov 2018)

Eugene Murphy: I wish to deal with one aspect of this Bill, the situation in Galway. I compliment my colleague, Deputy Cassells, who has done a great deal of work on this. I also welcome the Minister of State's attitude towards the Bill and his good listening abilities. It is important to have a good listener and I hope he will be able to take on board some of the issues we are bringing to his attention....

Local Government Bill 2018: Second Stage (Resumed) (15 Nov 2018)

Seán Kyne: Cuirim fáilte roimh an díospóireacht seo faoi rialtas áitiúil i gContae na Gaillimhe agus i gcathair na Gaillimhe, a bhaineann go háirithe leis an teorainn idir Chomhairle Contae na Gaillimhe agus Comhairle Cathrach na Gaillimhe. I welcome this debate. We have often discussed the need for strong regional balance in the country and the majority of us agree that...

Local Government Bill 2018: Second Stage (Resumed) (15 Nov 2018)

John Paul Phelan: There was a County Drogheda once.

Local Government Bill 2018: Second Stage (Resumed) (15 Nov 2018)

Fergus O'Dowd: There was "the County of the Town of Drogheda" which was abolished in the 1890 local government reform. At one stage-----

Local Government Bill 2018: Second Stage (Resumed) (15 Nov 2018)

John Paul Phelan: The Deputy can see I do my homework.

Local Government Bill 2018: Second Stage (Resumed) (15 Nov 2018)

Fergus O'Dowd: At one stage, we had a Member of Parliament, MP. I would not object to having been the MP at that time.

Local Government Bill 2018: Second Stage (Resumed) (15 Nov 2018)

Billy Kelleher: There is a very fine MP there at the moment.

Local Government Bill 2018: Second Stage (Resumed) (15 Nov 2018)

Fergus O'Dowd: An excellent one, the very best.

Local Government Bill 2018: Second Stage (Resumed) (15 Nov 2018)

Billy Kelleher: An MEP.

Local Government Bill 2018: Second Stage (Resumed) (15 Nov 2018)

Pat Gallagher: The Deputies should not be engaging in cross talk.

Local Government Bill 2018: Second Stage (Resumed) (15 Nov 2018)

Fergus O'Dowd: I cannot hear him but I know he is echoing my views. It is serious and if that were to happen I would have done my job as a Deputy for my area. I believe the Minister of State is fully aware and alert to the issue. The restoration of local power is important and I welcome the changes the Minister of State is making. I was a member of a council for 27 years or more. The difficulty...

Local Government Bill 2018: Second Stage (Resumed) (15 Nov 2018)

Shane Cassells: Good man Deputy O'Dowd.

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