Attorney General cannot comment on Cashel council abolition plan

Following correspondence with the Attorney General in an effort to seek clarification on what procedures need to be followed by the Government in order to enact their decision to abolish Cashel Town Council and whether they would be obliged to hold a referendum on the matter, Councillor Tom Wood has been informed that because Ms. Whelan is their legal advisor it is not possible for her to comment on the matters referred to in his correspondence.

Following correspondence with the Attorney General in an effort to seek clarification on what procedures need to be followed by the Government in order to enact their decision to abolish Cashel Town Council and whether they would be obliged to hold a referendum on the matter, Councillor Tom Wood has been informed that because Ms. Whelan is their legal advisor it is not possible for her to comment on the matters referred to in his correspondence.

Her Deputy Director General also wrote,”The issues you raise about the proposed changes to the structure of Town and Borough Councils are matters of policy for the Government at first instance and will require legislation to be passed by the Oireachtas”.

Meanwhile, as Minister, Mr Phil Hogan, T.D. encourages public representatives to submit proposals to the Local Electoral Area Boundary Committee relating to new and enlarged electoral areas for the 2014 elections, Councillor Wood believes that reform without the transfer of additional powers and responsibilities is false and only creates an image of change.

He says,“ The principal function of Local Government should be service delivery but I have yet to see an evaluation that shows this reform will bring more efficiency, any significant savings, or even an increase in democracy. Its not worth it. We cant afford it and its not the right time to do it. Hopefully its not just going to be a 
costly myth”.