THERE were angry scenes in the Dail when Limerick TD Niall Collins proposed that parts of County Clare be included in the remit of the new single authority for Limerick city and county.
Deputy Collins proposed an amendment to the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2012, which (when signed into law) will enable the establishment of the new authority in 2014.
The Fianna Fail TD proposed that residential areas in Shannon Banks, Westbury, Carrig Meade and Athlundard as well as the northern campus of UL be transferred to the new authority.
“There are a number of the extensions of the urban parts of County Limerick which have been built in County Clare which, effectively, are an integral part of Limerick city. Second, the development of a large portion of the campus of the University of Limerick has also occurred in part of County Clare,” said Deputy Collins.
In response, Clare TD, Michael McNamara said he was opposed to any changes that would impact on existing county boundaries.
“I can tell Deputy (Collins) that there is very little support from any of the residents of that area for his proposal. The Deputy spoke about recognising the totality of Limerick city but I call for the totality of County Clare to be recognised for once and for all. This proposal was effectively put to bed only six months ago and now it has been raised again on the floor of this Chamber by the back door,” he said.
“This would have repercussions for rates and for the university, which is not a university for Limerick only but for the entire mid-west”.
Minister-of-State, Jan O’Sullivan said the proposed amendment was deemed as not being essential to the core Limerick element of the Brosnan report and therefore would not be implemented.
The proposed amendment was defeated in a vote.