Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Questions (370)

Michael Moynihan

Question:

370. Deputy Michael Moynihan asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if his attention has been drawn to the issues recently raised at a meeting of Killarney Town Council in respect of the lack of a replacement administrative structure for the town following the end of the town council this summer; if he will clarify whether any special arrangements have been made for other tourist towns similar to Killarney; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11949/14]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

The Government’s Action Programme for Effective Local Government sets out Government policy decisions in relation to a range of local government reform measures and the Local Government Reform Act 2014 provides the legislative basis for these measures.

Specifically in relation to sub-county municipal governance, the 2014 Reform Act provides that all town councils will be dissolved and that the local authority for the county in which the town council was situated will become the successor authority for all purposes. Following the 2014 local elections, members elected for the local electoral area of Killarney will be members for both Killarney Municipal District and Kerry County Council and will perform functions at the appropriate level and in accordance with the listing of reserved functions set out in Schedule 3 of the 2014 Reform Act. There will be a single operational structure across the county and municipal districts will not have separate local authority or corporate status.