Friday 24 November 2017

Wexford Borough to return?

By David Tucker

Minister Brendan Howlin
Minister Brendan Howlin

Wexford could get its old borough status back if Labour is returned to power in the General Election.

Labour Minister Jed Nash said both he and Brendan Howlin had agreed to restore the status quo that existed for hundreds of years until Minister Phil Hogan abolished borough councils, which now have virtually powerless district councils instead, subservient to county councils.

'Our major urban areas are the drivers of economic development. They need their own budgets, vision and civic leadership and we will restore those functions to Drogheda and other major urban areas,' minister Nash told reporters.

'When Phil Hogan dreamed up the 'reform' of local government my colleagues eyes were off the ball. Busy saving the country from economic ruin, a careless and frankly stupid decision was taken by a Fine Gael Minister which emasculated towns like Drogheda, Wexford & Kilkenny as regional powers.

'Brendan Howlin and I have agreed that this wrong will be put right by Labour if we are elected to government,' said Mr Nash.

While it is in the Labour manifesto that the whole issue of local councils will be re-examined, this is the first time that Minister Howlin has been quoted as saying the Hogan-imposed changes will be reversed.

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