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Local government reform must be on the agenda of new government-Cllr. Daithí Doolan

28 April, 2016 - by Daithí Doolan

Local government reform must be on the agenda of new government-Cllr. Daithí Doolan

The annual Association of Irish Local Government conference was opened in Dublin City Hall by Sinn Féin Cllr. Daithí Doolan.

Deputising for An tArd Mheara, Cllr. Doolan said:

“Whether we come from city, town or rural setting we are all councillors with an equal mandate to serve the needs of the people we represent as best as we possibly can.

The women and the men of 1916 did not struggle to allow false divisions separate us.

We are all councillors, all public representatives, and your association which embraces councillors who live and work in all environments is powerfully placed to create a coherent vision for local government reform as we face into the second century after the fire of independence burned brightly in the city and throughout the land.”

Cllr Doolan continued:

“The incoming government must ensure local government reform is on the agenda. As councillors we must find common ground on the issue of local government reform. Consecutive governments have simply fudged the issue or used reform as a smokescreen behind which they would only centralise power in the Custom’s House. The AILG are ideally placed to ensure that is not allowed to happen again.

Real devolution must take place immediately. This means real power and decision making must be devolved to local authorities. Particularly waste management and housing. Many cities and towns face a housing crisis but bureaucracy and red tape prevent local authorities accessing essential funding which would allow us build social housing. The mandarins in the Customs’ House are failing the people ewe represent. This is unacceptable and must stop.”

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