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Minister Cullen Publishes Local Government Bill 2003

Minister Cullen Publishes Local Government Bill 2003

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24/02/2003

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Minister Cullen Publishes Local Government Bill 2003

  • The Constitution now recognises local government as a distinct and separate part of our democratic system and guarantees local elections.
  • The ending of the dual mandate is the next step in a progression which began with the disqualification of Ministers/Ministers of State from local authority membership in 1991. The Local Government Act, 1994 provided that MEPs would go from 1999 and from that year also disqualified TD/Senators who were councillors from the post of local authority cathaoirleach/leas cathaoirleach.
  • The ending of the dual mandate has been recommended by a range of bodies – Commission for Status of Women; National Youth Council of Ireland; Chambers of Commerce of Ireland; General Council of County Councils; Barrington Report, etc. It is the stated official policy of most political parties.
  • 125 members of the current Oireachtas are also members of a local authority.
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