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#Town councils

From TheJournal.ie Why is there a row brewing about bringing back town councils? All Politics Is...
From TheJournal.ie Poll: Do you want town councils to be brought back? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Do you want town councils to be brought back?

It’s estimated it will cost around €15 million to bring back town councils.

From TheJournal.ie Fianna Fáil wants to bring back town councils - three years after we scrapped them Local Reps

Fianna Fáil wants to bring back town councils - three years after we scrapped them

Town councils were abolished by former Minister Phil Hogan in 2014.

From TheJournal.ie War of words between Lucinda and councillor over 'spectacular u-turn' Town Councils

War of words between Lucinda and councillor over 'spectacular u-turn'

The Renua Ireland leader has hit back at a hypocrisy claim, calling it “bizarre”.

From TheJournal.ie Retiring town councillors will be paid around €4.6 million Pay Out

Retiring town councillors will be paid around €4.6 million

The payment will be offset by long-term savings says Phil Hogan.

From TheJournal.ie "Arrogant" Phil Hogan's visit to be greeted with protest by Letterkenny councillors Local Government

"Arrogant" Phil Hogan's visit to be greeted with protest by Letterkenny councillors

Councillors are up in arms over plans to scrap the local authority. The town’s mayor will mention the issue in a speech attended by Hogan on Friday.

From TheJournal.ie Councils take €311 million hit as commercial rates are written off COMMERCIAL RATES

Councils take €311 million hit as commercial rates are written off

Figures published by Phil Hogan reveal the extent of the financial hit taken by councils as local enterprise goes under.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Proposals to overhaul the local authority system will hurt community development Opinion

Column: Proposals to overhaul the local authority system will hurt community development

The LEADER programme has been a shining example of community and rural development for 20 years. Why is Minister Hogan trying to wind it down, asks Chris Byrne.

From TheJournal.ie Hogan responds to outcry over plans to abolish town councils Town Councils

Hogan responds to outcry over plans to abolish town councils

The Minister said that councils would be given more powers – even though there would be fewer councillors.

From TheJournal.ie 14 TDs could face sanction for not declaring council pay-offs Severance

14 TDs could face sanction for not declaring council pay-offs Exclusive

The Dáil’s committee on members interests says TDs failed to honour their obligations by leaving their former council jobs out of their annual Register of Members’ Interests.

From TheJournal.ie Poll: Do you agree with the local government reforms? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Do you agree with the local government reforms?

Major reforms to the structure of local government in Ireland were announced yesterday, but what do you think about them?

From TheJournal.ie The 5 at 5: Tuesday Take 5

The 5 at 5: Tuesday

5 stories, 5 minutes, 5 o’clock.

From TheJournal.ie Dáil committee to discuss whether TDs are in breach of ethics laws Ethics

Dáil committee to discuss whether TDs are in breach of ethics laws Exclusive

The public ethics watchdog believes TDs should declare council positions if they receive a severance pay-off – but of 22 TDs and Senators, only four did so.

From TheJournal.ie Councils face cull as Hogan reveals plans for local government reform Councils

Councils face cull as Hogan reveals plans for local government reform

Phil Hogan says his reforms will see local services managed locally – with the number of councils being pulled back.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Don’t trust the government? Then let’s put local people in power Opinion

Column: Don’t trust the government? Then let’s put local people in power

Call them gombeens if you want – but handing money and power to local councils would help fix our democracy, writes Aaron McKenna.

From TheJournal.ie Role of local authorities to be 'expanded', says Phil Hogan Local Authorities

Role of local authorities to be 'expanded', says Phil Hogan

Meanwhile, a committee is to explore whether Waterford City and County Councils should be merged.

From TheJournal.ie The Daily Fix: Sunday Daily Fix

The Daily Fix: Sunday

In your Sunday Fix: Joan Burton has strong words for the banks; the latest on the storms hitting the US east coast; John Halligan on the presidency; and glory for the Boys in Blue…

From TheJournal.ie New report finds that town councils should be enhanced, not scrapped Town Councils

New report finds that town councils should be enhanced, not scrapped

The McCarthy report recommended the abolishment of town councils and a consolidation of local government, but a new study has said that the councils are just an ‘easy target’.