Local Government Reform
We will start on a far reaching reform of local government in Ireland which will
strengthen the strategic role and function of regional authorities in planning, transport,
water and waste management.
The authorities shall be based on areas which reflect the gateways in the National
Spatial Strategy, have democratic leadership and play a critical role in establishing
and coordinating the new planning regime.
The full implementation of these reforms will not be possible within the lifetime of
this Government, but the process of change will start with the publication of the
White Paper on Local Government Reform which will be followed by an extensive