Town Councils may be strengthened rather than scrapped

Town Councils are set to continue,  with sources close to Enviroment Minister Phil Hogan indicating that they could be given extra powers in the upcoming revamp of local government.

Fears had been expressed locally that town Councils could be scrapped as part of any reform.

However, it now seems that Letterkenny and Buncrana Town Councils could be given extra powers, including more influence in the wider rural area around them. However, what happens with smaller councils such as those in Ballyshannon and Bundoran remains to be seen.

Cllr Nicholas Crossan is Mayor of Buncrana and a former Chair of the Association of Municipal Authorities of Ireland. He says these reports are consistent with recent comments from Minister Phil Hogan.......

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However sources suggest that regional authorities now look set to be scrapped under plans being brought to the cabinet.

The Cavan based Border Regional Authority includes seven Donegal councillors. One of them, Cllr Terance Slowey, says he would not be surprised if it were to go.............

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