THE position of Mayor of Kilkenny city will remain despite the decision to scrap Kilkenny Borough Council which was announced yesterday (Tuesday). Substantial savings are expected from the first major overhaul of the local authority system in Ireland for over 100 years.
The Borough Council will be scrapped and the authority will merge with Kilkenny County Council. The Mayor will be elected by the seven city based members of the County Council. City Hall will remain as a centre of administration and while substantial savings will be made from the changes being introduced by Environment Minister, Phil Hogan, the council already has a number of shared services with the Borough Council in housing and other areas. Engineering, planning, traffic fines and other functions at City Hall could easily be transferred over to County Hall or to the County Council offices on John Street which could leave City Hall as a possible museum space where the mace, sword, city charters and important documents could be put on permanent display.