ANALYSIS: We need to introduce a new prototype of local authority to replace our obsolete councils, writes DIARMUID Ó GRÁDA. THE REFORMS which follow the planning tribunal report must be far-reaching. Our local government system is based on the era of the horse and cart. There are 114 local authorities. The primary tier of 34 county and city councils covers the entire country, while the second, 80 smaller councils are obsolete.
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