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Alignment pilots announced

The Seanad debated the alignment process in the local authorities on an adjournment motion by Kathryn Reilly (SF, industrial & commercial) (Seanad Eireann, Debates, 15th May 2013, 300-302).  For the government, Phil Hogan, the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government told her that local authorities were more efficient than local communities, which were spending more than 30% on administration.      Locally funded programmes were not set up for the benefit of people who were employed, but rather for those who were unemployed and needed services at local level.  


He had established an expert working group, which included representatives of the Irish Local Development Network representing the 50 development companies, the City and County Managers Association, Pobal and his department. The working group was focussing on the practical arrangements to give effect to the new structures.  Pilot committees would be set up in up to ten local authority areas and across the remaining areas toward the end of 2013.  These were Dublin City; Dun Laoghaire Rathdown; South Dublin; Co Leitrim; Co Roscommon; Co Offaly; Co Mayo; Co Galway; Co Limerick; Co Cork.


About 1,900 people were employed in local development companies.  Efforts to make sure we get the same level of funding as we did over the past seven years will be difficult.  The one thing we do know is that the status quo will not hold.  We need a fresh approach not on preserving structures for the sake of it, but on locally based cooperation, he concluded.

> See also:

> Alignment process and employment: Seanad Eireann, Debates, 8th May 2013, 111-113

> West Cork Development Partnership and alignment: Seanad Eireann, Debates, 28th May 2013, 570-573