MCNALLY WARNS OF POSSIBILITY OF “NORTH/SOUTH” DIVIDE UNDER NEW CO COUNCIL STRUCTURE

18 January 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Fears were expressed at the January meeting of Monaghan Co Council that the reform of local government to come into effect in 2014 could lead to a north/south divide among the membership of the authority on contentious issues.
Pádraig McNally said that if the new Co Council structure in Monaghan was to be comprised of two Municipal Districts, one based in the north of the county and one in the south and each having nine members, the Council could find itself split 9-9 on certain issues and that there would consequently be political “war” over the position of Co Mayor, as the holder of that office would exercise the casting vote in such circumstances.
Members were discussing what the future might hold for local government in the county in the context of an invitation to make a submission to the Local Electoral Area Boundary Committee, appointed by Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan to review electoral areas and make a report to him on the matter by May 31 this year.
The Committee is tasked with reviewing and making recommendations on the division of council areas into local electoral areas, and recommending the number of …

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