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# Town councils

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# All Politics Is...
Why is there a row brewing about bringing back town councils?
Here’s why.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you want town councils to be brought back?
It’s estimated it will cost around €15 million to bring back town councils.
# local reps
Fianna Fáil wants to bring back town councils - three years after we scrapped them
Town councils were abolished by former Minister Phil Hogan in 2014.
# Town councils
War of words between Lucinda and councillor over 'spectacular u-turn'
The Renua Ireland leader has hit back at a hypocrisy claim, calling it “bizarre”.
# pay out
Retiring town councillors will be paid around €4.6 million
The payment will be offset by long-term savings says Phil Hogan.
# local government
"Arrogant" Phil Hogan's visit to be greeted with protest by Letterkenny councillors
Councillors are up in arms over plans to scrap the local authority. The town’s mayor will mention the issue in a speech attended by Hogan on Friday.
# COMMERCIAL RATES
Councils take €311 million hit as commercial rates are written off
Figures published by Phil Hogan reveal the extent of the financial hit taken by councils as local enterprise goes under.
Voices
Column: Proposals to overhaul the local authority system will hurt community development
The LEADER programme has been a shining example of community and rural development for 20 years. Why is Minister Hogan trying to wind it down, asks Chris Byrne.
# Town councils
Hogan responds to outcry over plans to abolish town councils
The Minister said that councils would be given more powers – even though there would be fewer councillors.
# Severance
14 TDs could face sanction for not declaring council pay-offs
The Dáil’s committee on members interests says TDs failed to honour their obligations by leaving their former council jobs out of their annual Register of Members’ Interests.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you agree with the local government reforms?
Major reforms to the structure of local government in Ireland were announced yesterday, but what do you think about them?
# ethics
Dáil committee to discuss whether TDs are in breach of ethics laws
The public ethics watchdog believes TDs should declare council positions if they receive a severance pay-off – but of 22 TDs and Senators, only four did so.
# councils
Councils face cull as Hogan reveals plans for local government reform
Phil Hogan says his reforms will see local services managed locally – with the number of councils being pulled back.
Voices
Column: Don’t trust the government? Then let’s put local people in power
Call them gombeens if you want – but handing money and power to local councils would help fix our democracy, writes Aaron McKenna.
# Local Authorities
Role of local authorities to be 'expanded', says Phil Hogan
Meanwhile, a committee is to explore whether Waterford City and County Councils should be merged.
# Daily Fix
The Daily Fix: Sunday
In your Sunday Fix: Joan Burton has strong words for the banks; the latest on the storms hitting the US east coast; John Halligan on the presidency; and glory for the Boys in Blue…
# Town councils
New report finds that town councils should be enhanced, not scrapped
The McCarthy report recommended the abolishment of town councils and a consolidation of local government, but a new study has said that the councils are just an ‘easy target’.