Sinn Féin spokesperson on Environment, Community and Local Government, Brian Stanley TD, has today called on Minister Hogan to implement the Programme for Government’s promise on local government reform.
Speaking from Dublin Castle ahead of the Minster Hogan’s announcement on local government reform, Deputy Stanley said:
“Sinn Féin supports local government reform. We support local government that is accountable, transparent, adequately funded and delivers local services efficiently. Minister Hogan’s local authority reforms should not be a smokescreen for collapsing local authorities, cutting funding and centralising power in the Custom House.
“The minister must fulfil the promise in the Programme for Government: ‘re-organisation of local governance structure to allow for devolution of much greater decision-making to local people’. It will be by this promise that today’s proposals will be judged.
“We intend to be constructive in our engagement with the minister; we welcome positive reforms while actively opposing moves to undermine local democracy.
“We want to see power devolved from government departments to local authorities in matters such as waste management, transport, planning and economic development.
“Sinn Féin will be studying the proposals in detail. We will seek a meeting with Minster Hogan later today to discuss the details and implications of the proposed reforms.
“We have also written to the Ceann Comhairle seeking a Dáil debate this afternoon on the proposed reforms.”