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The Retail Grocery Dairy & Allied Trades Association, RGDATA, has claimed that local authorities in Ireland need to up their game when it comes to preventing the decline of Irish town and village centres.
It is going to be a busy few days for the county councillors and town councillors across Mayo next week as Mayo County Council and the three town councils sit down to thrash out their budgets for the coming year. For businesses across the county the news that none of the four local authorities is looking for a increase in the commercial rate it levies will be welcome news as they head into the next year, with Castlebar Town Council actually proposing to cut its rate.
Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen and welcome aboard this afternoon’s flight to the Pig’s Back. Our journey time will be approximately 52 weeks and although there will not be any in-flight service along the way, you can rest assured that as soon as you reach the Pig’s Back, you will be very well catered for.
So Galway is to get 12 new councillors - a new dirty dozen - when the proposals in the Department of the Environment’s new plan, Putting People First, billed as the most significant local authority reform in Ireland since the Victorian era, are passed.
Galway could see up to 12 new councillors elected in 2014 as part of local authorities to be run by a chief executive, and which will have the power to collect property taxes, under the Government’s new local government reform programme.
The merger of a number of councils, including those of counties Carlow and Kilkenny, has been mooted in a new report on the efficiency of local government in Ireland.
The post of Galway city manager could be abolished while the powers of the Tuam, Loughrea and Ballinasloe town councils could be greatly reduced if the recommendations of a new report are implemented fully.
Councillors abilities to go off on junkets or make claims for conferences they may not have attended will be limited under new regulations.