Dáil Éireann - Volume 590 - 14 October, 2004
Written Answers - Local Government.
Mr. Boyle Mr. Boyle
181. Mr. Boyle asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the urban areas in this country with a population of over 7,500 persons yet without town council status; and when such towns will be considered by him and his Department to receive such a status. [24951/04]
Mr. Roche Mr. Roche
Mr. Roche: Section 185 of the Local Government Act 2001 provides that qualified electors of a town having a population of at least 7,500 as ascertained at the last preceding census and not having a town council may make a proposal for the establishment of such a council. Under the relevant provisions of the Act, which I hope to commence in the near future, a proposal to establish a town council is a matter for the local community in the first instance and thereafter a decision on whether to proceed further with such a proposal is a reserved function of the relevant county council, following a public consultation process. While towns with a population of 7,500 or more may be identified from the published 2002 census report, volume 1, the process of establishing a town council must be initiated at local level. It is not possible to indi cate the towns which may decide to initiate such proposals or the timing of any such proposals.
Dáil Éireann 590 Written Answers Local Government.