Phil Hogan‘s proposals would reduce the number of councillors from over 1,600 to 950
All 80 town councils around the country are to be abolished, and county councillors will instead have a role at district level.
Cork and Galway will retain city as well as county councils, while Dublin will keep its current four councils.
All of this will reduce the number of councillors from over 1,600 to 950.
The targeted voluntary redundancy scheme should see an estimated saving of €45m per year.
A directly elected Mayor for Dublin is still a possibility, but only after voters in the capital are consulted in a plebiscite to be held alongside the local elections in 2014.
Thurles Town Councillor Noel O’Dwyer has launched a stinging rebuke at top members of the executives of North Tipperary and Thurles Town Councils this week stating that “paying big money to preside over an ineptly delivered service in very questionable.”