Wednesday, 21 September 2022
Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government
52. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government when he expects the Local Government (Directly Elected Mayor with Executive Functions in Limerick City and County) Bill 2022 to be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46126/22]
The Government approved the General Scheme of a Bill providing for a directly elected mayor for Limerick at its meeting of 20 April 2021. Government also approved the publication of the General Scheme and its referral both to the Oireachtas for pre-legislative scrutiny and to the Office of the Attorney General for priority drafting of a Bill.
The Joint Oireachtas Committee for Housing, Local Government and Heritage published its Report on Pre-Legislative Scrutiny of the General Scheme in November 2021.
My Department is engaging with the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel in relation to the drafting of this complex Bill and its publication has been identified as a priority as soon as practicable. Drafting is well-advanced.