THE Cabinet has approved the establishment of a committee to examine proposals to extend the city boundary or create one local authority for all of Limerick.
Minister Gormley could make a decision on the matter next summer.
The Limerick Local Government Committee has been tasked by Minister John
Gormley to prepare a report into the most appropriate arrangements for local government for the city and county.
"It is a great day for the city and as Mayor of Limerick, I'm delighted with the news," said Mayor Kevin Kiely who told theLimerick Leader that securing a boundary extension has been one of his biggest priorities.
The Mayor said he hoped the committee's report would bring good news" for the city.
Minister Willie O'Dea said he did not wish to pre-empt the work of the committee, but added that "there are problems with the current situation and there will have to be changes".
In particular, the Minister noted the difficulties that the Regeneration Agencies face "due to the need to work with three separate local authorities".
The committee, whose members have yet to be appointed, is expected to include senior local government officials from outside of Limerick.
The report should be on Minister Gormley's desk in six months, according to Minister O'Dea.