Concern expressed over delay in publishing directly elected mayor proposals - Eoin Ó Broin TD
Sinn Féin spokesperson for Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoin Ó Broin TD has ‘expressed concern’ at the delay in the publication of proposals for directly elected mayors in Cork, Limerick and Waterford.
Deputy Ó Broin said:
“Today the Government provided the media with a short and very sketchy note on their proposals for directly elected mayors in Cork, Waterford and Limerick.
"The note did not detail the full powers of the mayoral offices. It did not outline the relationship between the new mayors office and the existing councils. Nor did it outline what the full cost to the taxpayer of such an office.
“They did commit to launching the full details of their proposals on April 12th. That is just six weeks out from the proposed plebiscites in Cork, Waterford and Limerick.
"I am very concerned that these proposals are being published at such a late stage and without any consultation with opposition parties.
“Sinn Féin is supportive in principal of the proposal for directly elected mayors if the powers, functions and costs are right.
"However as we wont see the detail until of the Governments' proposals until mid April, and have had no meaningful opportunity to shape the proposals, we have no idea at this stage whether their proposals are positive or negative.
“When the full detail is published we will study it carefully and make our position known then. In the meantime we can only express concern at what appears to be a very rushed and last minute effort to introduce what are very profound reforms of local government.”