MacGill : Hogan says he will cut number of councils and councillors

Enivronment Minister Phil Hogan has confirmed he's to cut the number of councils and councillors under local government reforms.

Speaking at the Macgill Summer School in Glenties yesterday evening the Minister said the property tax, and other reforms, will go ahead.

Details of local government reforms were due to be agreed at this weeks cabinet meeting - the last before the summer recess. An announcement had been anticipated today on the reform of the town council structure.

However, Minister Hogan told journalists in Glenties last evening that the discussion was postponed until the autumn, because it was felt there wasn't sufficient time to explore the plans fully