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    Default Towns without town councils - time to fill the obvious gaps

    With the local elections next due in 2009, I wish to start a discussion on areas that do not have their own council for their urban centre. I believe an area can greatly benefit from having its own local council, and these are crucial if we are to truly decentralise government in this country, it would also afford more opportunites for budding candidates to start on the political road.

    It probably would not surprise you if I took Cork as an example of what I'm talking about the town councils are in places that traditionally had an Urban District Council or a Town Commisson, so Macrooom (population 2,985) has one (traditional UDC area) Passage has one (town commisson originally) yet a huge population centre like Ballincollig (population 16,339) and Carrigaline (population 16,634) hav none, how can this make sense ?

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    Tallaght and swords are two obvious areas also...

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    If you follow this link and you will see which towns / areas have and by their exclusion which towns have not got councils.

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    In Munster I suppose you'd look at

    Ballincollig
    Carrigaline
    Charleville
    Mitchelstown
    Blarney/Blarney-Tower (possible)
    Dunamanway (possible)
    Kanturk (possible)
    Carrigtwohil (possible)
    An Daingean/Dingle (possible)
    Kenmare (possible)
    Castleisland (possible)
    Kilorglin (possible)
    Newcastle West
    Abbeyfeale (possible)
    Newmarket-on-Fergus (possible)
    Roscrea
    Templemore (possible)
    Cahir (possible)


    Out of interest, does Passage West cover Monkstown?
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    Quote Originally Posted by locke

    Out of interest, does Passage West cover Monkstown?
    Yes this is their website

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    In Meath Ashbourne, Ratoath & Dunshaughlin (I think) don't have Town Councils either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by locke View Post
    In Munster I suppose you'd look at

    Ballincollig
    Carrigaline
    Charleville
    Mitchelstown
    Blarney/Blarney-Tower (possible)
    Dunamanway (possible)
    Kanturk (possible)
    Carrigtwohil (possible)
    An Daingean/Dingle (possible)
    Kenmare (possible)
    Castleisland (possible)
    Kilorglin (possible)
    Newcastle West
    Abbeyfeale (possible)
    Newmarket-on-Fergus (possible)
    Roscrea
    Templemore (possible)
    Cahir (possible)


    Out of interest, does Passage West cover Monkstown?
    If they and their surrounding areas have a population of 30,000 or more, then I would agree with your suggestion to give them their own town councils, and I would separate them from their counties and give them the same responsibilities as county councils.
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    the elections of 2014 afford us, I would suggest, a different oppotunnity altogether......

    that is to abolish town councils and merge dublin into one.....

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    The town council allocation is also illogical. Carrick-On-Shannon is bigger than quite a few towns that have town councils, but does not have one itself. Although even when you include the Roscommon district, which brings the total population to 4500, Carrick would still be way too small to justify a town council, IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drjimryan2 View Post
    the elections of 2014 afford us, I would suggest, a different oppotunnity altogether......

    that is to abolish town councils and merge dublin into one.....
    Well, if it's agreed by a local referendum, then why not?

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