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Morgan calls for direct election of Mayor and Cathaoirligh

17 May, 2003

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on the Environment and Local Government, Arthur Morgan T.D., this afternoon in the Dáil, put forward amendments to the Local Government Bill 2003 to repeal some of the most controversial and undemocratic legislation affecting Local Government in this State.

Deputy Morgan said

"I have put forward these amendments today because I belive we must roll back measures which have in recent years undermined the autonomy of local government in this State. Sinn Féin has consistently highlighted the failures of local government in Ireland. For decades there has been a stripping away of the powers of local government making it increasingly weak and powerless. Theseamendments seek to address the democratic deficit in local government which is currently alienating people from the decision-making bodies."

Deputy Morgan put forward amendments to retain the provision for the direct election of Mayors and Cathaoirligh, to transferred the executive functions of the Manager to the Cathaoirleach or Mayor and to amend Section 4 of the Waste Management (Amendment) Act 2001 whereby the making, review, variation or replacement of a waste management plan would become a reserved function of a local authority. The Sinn Féin T.D. also put forward an amendment to repeal Part 21 of the Local Government Act 2001 Act which he argues "is currently being used by the Minister as a threat to hang over local authorities in order to force them to impose measures such as service charges".ENDS

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