Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Questions (465)

Éamon Ó Cuív

Question:

465. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if it is possible for there to be more than one local community development company set up in a local authority area; the procedure for this; the criteria for approving such an arrangement; if the decision to have more than one LCDC is one for him or the local authority in question to decide upon; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21212/14]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

The Local Government Reform Act 2014, which provides inter alia for the establishment of Local Community Development Committees in all local authority areas, allows for the establishment of more than one Committee per local authority area.

The need to establish more than one Committee will be primarily a matter for the consideration of the relevant city or county council. However, in accordance with the 2014 Act, a decision by a city or county council to establish two or more Committees would be subject to the approval of the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government.

The procedures and criteria for approving such arrangements have not yet been finalised, but these will be set out, as appropriate, in policy guidelines that will issue to all local authorities when the relevant sections of the Act are commenced in June 2014.