Ó Cuív demands new county council chief executive be appointed 'urgently'

TD alleges Government drive to amalgamate city and county council lies behind appointment delay

Government plans to amalgamate Galway's two local authorities lies behind the delay in appointing a chief executive to be appointed to the Galway County Council.

This is the view of Fianna Fáil Galway West TD Éamon Ó Cuív, who is calling on the Minister for the Local Government, Eoghan Murphy, to approve the appointment of a new chief executive "urgently". The post last had a permanent chief executive in 2014.

“The appointment of a permanent chief executive is fundamental to the efficient running of the local authority," said Dep Ó Cuív. "Galway County Council has been left for five years without a permanent chief executive and the Minister must not delay any longer. The delay stems from long term plans to abolish Galway County Council as a separate entity and amalgamate it with Galway City Council."

Dep Ó Cuív said that on each occasion the issue was raised, the Government replied that a review was being carried out "or there is some long-term consideration going on". He said the Government must instead "make a decision immediately".


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