The Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan TD is to speak at a special half-day conference, hosted by Public Affairs Ireland in the Westin hotel tomorrow.
The conference, ‘A New Future for Local Government in Ireland’, will discuss the Government’s recently published Putting People First action programme, which has been described as “the most fundamental set of changes in local government in the history of the State”. Amongst the proposals outlined are the reduction in both the number of councillors and local/regional authorities in Ireland, and the establishment of a new National Oversight and Audit Commission. Local authorities are also expected to play a larger role in developing the local economy and promoting the community.
Additional speakers include: Pat McLoughlin, Chair, Local Government Efficiency Implementation Group; Owen Keegan, Manager, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council; Cllr Mary Fitzpatrick, Dublin City Council; Dr John O’Dowd, HR specialist; Jim Power, Economist; Avine McNally, Small Firms Association; Andrew Buggy, HR Solutions Director at Capita; Anne O’Keefe, former Director, OLAM (Session 1 Chair); and Senator Paul Coghlan, Government Chief Whip, Seanad Eireann (Session 2 Chair).
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