Experts faced difficult task
THE Government drafted in a posse of high-ranking civil servants, professors and business leaders in a bid to slash millions of euro from the costly local authorities bill.
The Local Government Efficiency Review Group -- dubbed 'An Bord Snip Eile' -- was set up in light of the "severe financial crisis" facing the State.
In December 2009, following an announcement in the hard-hitting Budget, Environment Minister John Gormley announced a group would review the cost base, spending and numbers employed in the State's 34 local authorities.
At the helm was the Chairman Pat McLoughlin (pictured), the current chief executive of the Irish Payment Services Organisation (IPSO).
It was tasked with delivering its report by mid-2010 which would include specific recommendations on reducing costs, reports on the effectiveness of programmes and proposals to enhance value for money in delivering services at the local level.
The group reviewed a large volume of financial data, took submissions from interested organisations and held a series of meetings with local representatives and government departments.
The 209-page report was published after it was approved by the Cabinet during its meeting at Farmleigh on Wednesday.