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Dáil Éireann debate -
Thursday, 5 Dec 1974

Vol. 276 No. 7

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Local Government Reorganisation.


asked the Minister for Local Government the present position regarding his proposals for local government reorganisation.

While I have not yet received the views of some local authorities on the Discussion Document which I issued on this subject, I am considering the views of those authorities who have furnished them. I may add that in the meantime there has been no hesitation in introducing relevant reforms where the need was clear, for example:

—the phased removal of health charges and housing subsidy from the rates so as to improve the financial position of local authorities;

—votes at 18 at local elections;

—restoration of elected local government to Dublin City and Bray;

—revision of local electoral areas to bring about equality of representation;

—removal of restrictions on certain people (for example, certain local authority employees) from becoming members of local authorities;

—extension of the system of postal voting at local elections;

—devolution to local authorities of greater responsibility in a number of areas of administration, for example, housing and sanitary services schemes, grants for private housing and group water schemes, in pilot areas, and speed limits.