Real reform is more than just merging councils
Does buying land make sense at a time when you're already sitting on sites worth €2.2bn, are experiencing sharp drops in your income and are already struggling to repay loans? Probably not.
But it appears that at a time when the Government was telling us all to tighten our belts and take our austerity medicine, local authorities were busy spending more than €150m a year on such an endeavour.
It raises questions as to what level of scrutiny is being applied to the spending of enormous sums of public money.