Tuesday 20 February 2018

Willie Kealy: Take a thing that works - and wring the usefulness out of it

We did local government reasonably well - but kept on ruining it. Water is just the latest saga, writes Willie Kealy

Environment Minister Phil Hogan
Environment Minister Phil Hogan
Willie Kealy

Willie Kealy

We don't have local government any more. Not really. We have county councils and urban councils and town commissions, but they're on the way out. Big Phil has seen to that.

Many people agree with him. They feel we are too small a country to have all these layers of government. And even if reducing the number of politicians didn't work for the Government as a battle cry in the Seanad abolition referendum, it still has some resonance.

So what is it that we are discarding, and what are we getting in return?

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