Sinn Féin spokesperson on Environment, Community and Local Government, Brian Stanley TD, has today challenged Minister Hogan, "to come clean on proposals for local government reform."
Responding to media reports that the minister intends to scrap all town councils, Deputy Stanley said:
"Minister Hogan continues with false starts, leaks and spin in relation to his proposals for local government reform. It appears that he is more interested in attempting to bridge the gap between the coalition partners on this issue rather than make his proposals public. He should make his proposals public and allow debate on the issues. This government continues to rule by leak and spin.
“Sinn Féin supports local government reform. We want to ensure that local government is accountable, transparent, adequately funded and delivers local services efficiently. The government's local authority reforms shouldn’t be used as a smoke screen for collapsing local authorities, cutting funding and centralising power.
“We want to see power devolved from government departments to local authorities. These powers should include waste management, transport, planning and economic development."