The Local Elections

Posted: May 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

John Hurley

In two weeks time we’re heading for the poles to elect our next round of county Councillors and Members of the European Parliament.

There are a few big changes this year.

  • Town councils are being abolished, and some councils are being amalgamated.  (from 114 local authorities to 31)
  • The total number of Councillors in Ireland will reduce from 1,627 to 950 (a drop of 677 seats)
  • With the property tax being earmarked to go to the local councils, they will have their own funding for the first time in about 40 years.

And what do our Councillors do?

  • Make decisions about how the local budget is spent.
  • This may be on Housing, Roads, Libraries, Amenities (playgrounds, etc)
  • Make policy decisions around various local issues
  • Help people dealing with the bureaucracy of a council

Local councillors can’t make any decision regarding national issues, for example in Education, Health, etc.

So, when we go…

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