THE Minister for the Environment, Community & Local Government has announced plans for the amalgamaion of Limerick City and County Council’s.
Phil Hogan brought proposals before cabinet this morning to merge the local authorities following the next local elections in 2014.
In a statement he said the new local government structure will result in greater efficienies and will generate savings of up to €15 million.
The functions of the Limerick Regeneration agencies will also be incorporated into the new authority, which will be headed up by a single mayor who will serve a five-year-term.
The new local authority will cater for a population of almost 190,000 people.
“This decision will allow the Authority to address the social, economic and administrative issues affecting Limerick by the creation of a single local authority under the leadership of a single elected council and single management,” said Minister Hogan.
Finance Minister, Michael Noonan has welcomed the decision to establish a single authority for Limerick. “This decision will not only give a new impetus to Local Government in Limerick but will have a significant economic benefit for both the city and the county,” he said adding: “The merger of the two local authorities will position the city for the economic advances which are necessary for the benefit of the people of Limerick.”
The Cathaoirleach of Limerick County Council, Cllr Richard Butler, said: “Limerick County Council never viewed this matter as “City versus County” as both are interdependent from an economic, social, cultural and sporting perspective. The County Council pledges to work with all local, regional and national interests to achieve the ultimate goal of delivering a better Limerick for all its citizens”.