This has come up on the Meath East thread, and will be lost in the discussion, but I think it merits a thread of its own.
Currently, legislation is being drawn up to abolish town councils, and reform county councils into Municipal Districts, with wholescale changes in voting areas.
These changes will only take place if the legislation is passed.
Do people now think, that the Labour Party may oppose such changes, in the hope of perhaps saving some portion of their town councillor base, or will they risk heading further into oblivion by losing a huge portion of elected reps post the changes
The fact that this legislation is being brought forward by Phil Hogan, will also give Labour rebels another opportunity to have a kick at a Minister that they feel is in a large part responsible for their predicaments with the public..
Do people think it is possible, likely even, that Labour may decide .. in the interests of local democracy of course ... to reject this legislation ? And if so, what effect might it have on ongoing relations within the Labour Party itself, and the wider Government ?