Labour at­tempt to re­turn power to Drogheda

Mid Louth Independent - - NEWS -

NEW leg­is­la­tion pub­lished by the Labour Party last week would see the full pow­ers and func­tions of Drogheda Bor­ough Coun­cil re­stored and a new 15-mem­ber lo­cal au­thor­ity es­tab­lished to gov­ern Drogheda and its en­vi­rons.

The Bill would also pro­vide for a 9-mem­ber Town Coun­cil for the Lay­town-Bet­tys­town-Mon­ring­ton (LBM) area.

Fine Gael Min­is­ter Phil Ho­gan abol­ished Drogheda Bor­ough Coun­cil and other Town Coun­cils in 2014. At the time, lo­cal Labour rep­re­sen­ta­tive Ged Nash made the full restora­tion of the Bor­ough Coun­cil a cen­tral fea­ture of his Party’s elec­tion man­i­festo in 2016.

“In the next few weeks, Fine Gael will pre­sent a lo­cal gov­ern­ment ‘re­form’ plan which will, on the face of it, give the ap­pear­ance that real lo­cal gov­ern­ment will be re­stored to Drogheda. This Fine Gael/In­de­pen­dent Al­liance gov­ern­ment will do noth­ing of the sort,” he told the Drogheda In­de­pen­dent.

“The Labour Party has taken a pro-ac­tive and prac­ti­cal ap­proach. The law needs to change for our Coun­cil to be re­stored and I have helped to craft the leg­is­la­tion that will al­low that to hap­pen.”

The Labour Sen­a­tor said the bill will see full rate & rev­enue rais­ing and de­vel­op­ment plan­ning func­tions re­stored to Drogheda and all of the other func­tions en­joyed pre the ‘Re­form’ Act.

“Im­por­tantly, the new Coun­cil will be a 15-mem­ber au­thor­ity elected from a sin­gle Drogheda elec­toral area,” he added.

Sen­a­tor Ged Nash

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