The Programme for a Partnership Government (PPG) sets out a number of requirements in relation to local government reform. In particular, the PPG envisages the submission of a report to Government and the Oireachtas on potential measures to boost local government leadership and accountability, and to ensure that local government funding, structures and responsibilities strengthen local democracy.
Proposals to address the PPG requirements are being submitted to Government for consideration, following which it is envisaged that the matters involved will be referred to the Oireachtas. Among the issues being addressed in this context is municipal governance, including the question of town or borough status as referenced in the PPG. Ahead of the completion of the process leading to the referral of the matters involved to the Oireachtas, I am not in a position to provide further information.