A Coordinated Political Response to the Findings of the Local Government Report now required – BREEN

September 10th, 2010 - Pat Breen

Reacting to the publication of the Local Government’s Committee report into the most appropriate arrangements for local government for the City and County of Limerick, Fine Gael’s Deputy Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Clare. T.D. Pat Breen said that today (Monday) no compelling case has been made for any change in the Clare boundary. Deputy Breen has called for a coordinated political response to the findings and has vowed to work with Clare County Council to fight any change.

“No compelling case has been made in this Report for any change to the Clare Boundary. Including the housing estates of Shannon Banks and Westbury and adjacent town lands in County Clare, into a new Limerick City and County Council Authority makes no sense whatsoever and I cannot understand what they hope to achieve by doing this. The establishment of a Single Limerick authority alone will result in the creation of more cohesive local government structure for Limerick City and County, which is what they require. A new single Authority for the entire City and County of Limerick would service a population of over 180,000 people and would therefore give Limerick the status of being the third largest city in the Country, without any need to takeover parts of County Clare.”

“The problems in Limerick City have been created by bad planning and their failure to cooperate and work together with their own County Council. The result has been that the City Centre is dying on its feet, Retail units have sprung up on the periphery of the City and instead of concentrating all of their efforts in taking over parts of County Clare, they should have been focusing their energies on regenerating tClare County Council to fight any change.

“No compelling case has been made in this Report for any change to the Clare Boundary. Including the housing estates of Shannon Banks and Westbury and adjacent town lands in County Clare, into a new Limerick City and County Council Authority makes no sense whatsoever and I cannot understand what they hope to achieve by doing this. The establishment of a Single Limerick authority alone will result in the creation of more cohesive local government structure for Limerick City and County, which is what they require. A new single Authority for the entire City and County of Limerick would service a population of over 180,000 people and would therefore give Limerick the status of being the third largest city in the Country, without any need to takeover parts of County Clare.”

“The problems in Limerick City have been created by bad planning and their failure to cooperate and work together with their own County Council. The result has been that the City Centre is dying on its feet, Retail units have sprung up on the periphery of the City and instead of concentrating all of their efforts in taking over parts of County Clare, they should have been focusing their energies on regenerating their own