As part of the work being done by my Department to implement the Programme for Government commitment in relation to considering the Institute of Public Administration (IPA) review of municipal districts, with a view to identifying local needs and the initiatives needed to strengthen and grow our communities, villages and towns in a sustainable manner, a local authority survey was carried out by my Department during the year to obtain the views from the local authority sector of their experience in the operation of Municipal Districts. The survey also focused on how the reform measures introduced in the Local Government Reform Act 2014 have taken effect across the local government sector.
The survey was directed to all Local Elected Representatives (949) and to the 31 Local Authority Executives separately. The survey was also divided up between local authorities that have a municipal district structure and those with area committees.
The findings of the survey will be circulated to the survey respondents in the coming days along with an invitation to attend a series of workshops to be held in the New Year. The outputs from the workshops, along with the survey results will form part of the Department's future proposals on strengthening Municipal Districts.