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Firstly, here is the report http://limericklgc.ie/wp-content/upl...-Sept-2010.pdf
It's a pretty thorough assessment of the administrative mess that Limerick and the Mid-West finds itself in, and it offers a clear way out of that mess.
Most of the major problems that Limerick and the wider region has stem from the way it is managed, i.e. various areas are pulling against each other when really the region should be moving forward together. The recommendations of the report, if implemented, will have a drastic positive effect on the well-being of the people and businesses of Clare, Limerick and Tipperary.
Though they may not yet realise it, it is unfortunate for large towns such as Shannon and Nenagh that the report did not go further and call for their inclusion in the wider administrative area changes that the report recommends. But the remit of the report was limited for political reasons rather than practical ones, and so what is proposed is the amalgamation of Limerick City and County Councils, with the part of Limerick City which is currently under the administration of County Clare coming under the new combined authority.
Whatever about the merging of Limerick City and County Councils as recommended by Brosnan, the portion about enlarging the Limerick City to include those parts of what are essentially Greater Limerick City such Castletroy, Raheen, Ballycummin, Dooradoyle, Ballysheedy, Rathuard and Castlemungret currently under the control of Limerick County Council along with Shannon Banks and Westbury under the auspices of Clare County Council at present should definitely be implemented.
Every report that has probably ever been issued about Limerick has raised this issue. Unfortunately while we have this parochial parish pump setup, no politician wants to or has tackled this.
I would initially have been in favour of a straight-forward boundary extension. However, Brosnan articulates the downside of this. Basically, you'd get a smaller, weaker county Limerick authority, and still have unbalanced regional development along the new boundary. So, it could actually create a worse situation than we already have. By amalgamating the councils you get the wider Limerick area moving forward with one purpose.
Brosnan's Report should be implemented in full and a truck n trailer driven through all the councils/councillors fifedoms, the joke has gone on too long, Brosnan further says the Region is dying slowly but surely and valuable resources need to be more focused and not duplicated.
There are too many idiot politicians down there just look at that dope, Kiely, who has past through as Mayor and certainly the cream does not float to the top if O'Dea is anything to go on, rather a rat like perjurer swims well in the Shannon, he will do wharever it takes to stop anyone rising even a fellow FF rat.
Brosnan has more brains than the lot of them put together and from his business career has a real feel for the Region and aint dependent on those dopes for his living.
Most of Limerick's and the Mid-West's problems stem from this issue.