Local Government (Amendment) Bill 2014: First Stage

I move:

That leave be granted to introduce a Bill entitled an Act to amend the Local Government Reform Act 2014.

This is a simple Bill to amend section 66 of the 2014 Act. It would change the date from 31 March 2014 to 31 December 2016. That would enable the four local authorities in Dublin to restart the process of dealing with the proposal for a directly elected mayor of Dublin. If the local authorities agree, the proposal could be put to a plebiscite of Dublin citizens. I note the arrival of the Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, Deputy O'Dowd into the Chamber. If the Government would agree to take the Bill in its own time it would mean that we could possibly have a plebiscite for a directly elected mayor with the referendum next year.

Question put and agreed to.

Since this is a Private Members' Bill, Second Stage must, under Standing Orders, be taken in Private Members' time.

I move: "That the Bill be taken in Private Members' time."

Question put and agreed to.