Consolidation of county council administrations in small counties all over Ireland into a few large regional administrations could probably achieve substantial economies of scale. For example,a Leinster county council administration could be set up to serve the counties around Dublin. This potential source of cost savings should be considered by the national government in its cost cutting programme.
Political representation at county level could continue as before with county managers and county councillors. It is highly unlikely that consolidation of the shires as in England would be acceptable here,given the strong identity with counties in the national psyche.