Just over a year from the biggest reorganisation of local government in the State in a lifetime, with the abolishment of town councils by the current Government and the setting up of new municipal authorities, the Taoiseach said this week that he stands by the decision.
Speaking to the local press at a briefing held in Lough Lannagh Holiday Village in Castlebar, when asked about how he had viewed the change over in systems, he said: "I think it takes a while for these things to bed down, they were pretty radical changes. It's all part of the restructuring of local government and overall government, the Dáil has been reduced and town councils were gone and municipal areas set up. As it goes on, they will find their feet and find their own level, but that takes a while. I have not heard too much criticism in fact."