Section 15 states:
The Minister, with the consent of the Minister for Finance, may make grants towards the expenses of a local authority incurred under this Act.
While the Bill is enthusiastically received council officials and councillors have expressed concern on the financial implications for local authorities. We will need reassurance from the Minister that worthwhile finance will be provided in meeting costs differentials. Perhaps the Minister of State will assure councillors throughout the country that the word "may" shall become "will" and that the Minister will provide finance to the local authorities in implementing this legislation.