Proposal to amalgamate city and council council now dead?

Wed, Nov 22, 2017

Minister Seán Kyne: "Had there been consensus and buy-in from all sides it may have worked but at this stage there is no prospect of agreement on an amalgamation and we must move on."

Proposals to amalgamate the Galway city and county councils into one local authority body appears to be falling out of favour after a Government minister said there was no support for the move and that it was time to "move on".

Sean Kyne, the Fine Gael Galway West TD and Minister for Community Development, Natural Resources and Digital Development, this week called for "certainty on the future of the city and council councils". However, underlying his remarks appears to be a call for the proposed amalgamation to be abandoned on the basis it is attracting no support, and also the longer the idea lingers without being implemented, the greater the levels of uncertainty it creates for both councils.

In 2015 the Government commissioned the Report of the Galway Local Government Committee, which called for the city and county councils to be merged into a new body, the Greater Galway Local Authority, by 2019. The report has met with near unanimous opposition from city and county councillors since then.


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