Seanad debates

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

4:00 am

Photo of Paul BradfordPaul Bradford (Fine Gael)

And 100% support. On the action programme which the Minister will publish in the near future, the Minister indicated that it will allow for an input before the drafting of legislation. Will the action programme contain his decisions regarding the structures of local government, the number of town and county councillors and so forth, or is the action programme the first part of a phase that will lead to an announcement on the future of county councils, town councils, numbers and so forth? My question is on behalf of the councillors who contacted me. When will the Minister announce the number of councillors, the size of the areas and the future of town councils? Will that be in the action programme? It does not have to be. It is important that we have this ongoing and broad debate. Let us get it right rather than rush it. Will the action programme allow the ongoing process to continue, in terms of the debate for and against big councils, small councils and so forth? When will those decisions be made?


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