Tuesday, 11 May 2010
Dáil Eireann Debate
302. Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if in view of the significant increase in population in the Drogheda area he will introduce legislation, if necessary, to grant Drogheda city status; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18696/10]
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government (Deputy John Gormley): Significant population growth occurred in many large towns during the last intercensal period; Drogheda’s experience during this period was not atypical.
Drogheda Town Council has a considerable range of functional responsibilities. I have no plans to designate Drogheda as a City Council. However the issue of town government is among a broad suite of local government matters which are being considered in the context of the finalisation of the White Paper on Local Government.
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