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Stanley calls for reform of local government

31 May, 2011 - by Brian Stanley TD


Speaking in the Dáil this evening, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Local Government Reform, Deputy Brian Stanley, called upon the Government to reform local government and allow local government more control over essential public services and economic developments.

The Laois-Offaly TD said;

“Over the years, people’s patience and belief in politics and politicians have been sorely tested by the scandalous mismanagement of the economy; decades of unchecked corruption and by the fact there have been little difference in the policies implemented by the main parties – Fianna Fail and Fine Gael in particular.

“We are living with the effects of mismanagement of local government – whether it’s water crises in Galway and Clare, the commuter bottlenecks caused by inefficient transport provision from Navan to Dublin, the broken and dangerous roads in country areas, the lack of support for those trying to create new jobs and set up enterprises within their own communities, the high level of rates local business are forced to pay as cash strapped local authorities seek to raise funds in one of the only ways they are permitted.

“Sinn Féin believes reform of local government is essential. People need to exercise maximum control over their daily lives. This is true of Ireland as a nation and it is true of its local communities.

“Distant decisions, inappropriate, inefficient and ineffective one-size-fits-all ‘solutions’ must become a thing of the past. Strategic coordination and minimum standard-setting is important. But to be genuinely effective, planning and service delivery must be guided by local knowledge. Communities must be freed and empowered to each realise their unique potential. We need to take control over matters of local importance back from distant or unelected decision-makers and put them into local hands.”

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