Seminar on local government’s future planned

Four representatives from each of IMPACT’s local government branches are to be invited to a seminar on the future of local government, which is being organised by the union in advance of the local elections.

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Phil Hogan is to open the event, which takes place in Dublin on 28th April. The seminar will examine changes in local authority structures and responsibilities and explore the challenges for local government in the decades ahead.

The event takes place after a significant year, which saw the publication of the Local Government Bill. The legislation heralds the abolition of town councils, mergers of other authorities, and a massive cull in the numbers of elected councilors. Local authority functions have also been diminished through the creation of Irish Water, the removal of driving licence renewals, and the privatisation of Dublin’s waste services.

IMPACT national secretary Peter Nolan has written to branches in the union’s Local Government and Municipal Employees’ divisions setting out details of the seminar. We’ll be reporting more in due course.