Local government boundaries review

The Minister for Environment and Local Government, John Gormley TD, last week announced the details of a commission to study existing boundaries and sizes for local area wards and report back by 20th June. The move was widely expected in political circles as there has been substantial population movement since Continue Reading →

Demographic Deficit of local government

Amidst all the furore over ministerial salaries of late, it is easy to overlook the great and grave ‘democratic deficit’ that persists at the level of local authorities. It remains very, very difficult for ‘ordinary citizens’ to take on the role of local office. Not so much getting elected, which Continue Reading →