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Minister quiet on plan to abolish city council

THE Environment Minister has refused to say whether he will accept a proposal to abolish Limerick City Council in favour of a new super local authority.

Speaking at the opening of the city's new Milk Market yesterday, Mr Gormley said he could not commit to a deadline for a decision after the controversial idea was put forward by the Limerick Local Government Committee.

The new authority, which would incorporate parts of south-east Clare, would be known as 'Limerick City and County Council' and would service a population of 187,000.

It would also make Limerick the country's third largest city.

The proposal has been met by fierce opposition from Limerick City Council and Clare County Council.

Mr Gormley, who lived in Corbally during his childhood, said his only aim was to enhance Limerick city, but refused to say whether he would accept the proposal.

Irish Independent