Taskforce to look at local Government

A motion aimed at reforming Local Government and breathing life back into towns and cities across the country has been passed at a meeting of the Fianna Fáil Parliamentary Party.

The motion, which was brought forward by Carlow-Kilkenny TD John McGuinness, will see the establishment of a taskforce to examine a range of issues.

“Local Government is the driving force behind towns, cities and communities right across this country,” said Deputy McGuinness.

“It is at the heart of job creation, democratic representation, civic participation and local service provision and strong and responsive local governance ensures that real issues, which affect people here in Carlow and Kilkenny, and across the country, are tackled.

“I brought forward this motion to address the areas of Local Government which are not working and to examine what reforms are needed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of councils so that they can best serve the public.”

As a result of the passing of this motion, the party has agreed to the setting up of a taskforce, headed up by Fianna Fail spokesperson on Local Government Shane Cassells. It will examine a range of issues including the re-establishment of town councils and an overhaul of the commercial rates system.

Deputy McGuinness said he looked forward to working closely with Deputy Cassells and the taskforce to improve the way Local Government functions.

“Issues like vacant premises, crippling commercial rates, increasing rents and anti-social behaviour need to be urgently addressed,” he said.