Backstop — Connolly urges Government to scrap Galway amalgamation plan

Thu, Dec 13, 2018

Independent Galway West TD, Catherine Connolly, has tabled an amendment to the Local Government Bill 2018, seeking to remove the Government’s controversial proposal to amalgamate the Galway city and county councils.

She said the amendment makes sense given the Bill is primarily concerned with Cork city and county, and that Galway’s inclusion appears to be “stuck in as an after-thought”, especially as it “merits only a few lines in the Bill”. The specific Government proposal is to have one CEO governing both councils with a view to a full amalgamation.

Dep Connolly says the Government is pushing the amalgamation based on a recommendation of an expert advisory group, while simultaneously ignoring other recommendations by that same group. The group recommended that financial and staffing levels at both the Galway city and county councils fell significantly short of those available to other local authorities. It recommended that these existing deficiencies be resolved before any amalgamation took place.


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