More Must Be Done to Guarantee Front Line Services
Created on Wednesday, 09 November 2011 15:15
Chambers Ireland has today (09/11/11) said that more must be done in order to guarantee front line services for all in the community - both business and residential. The call was made at Chambers Ireland's The Future of Local Government Seminar which explores how local Government and the business community can work closer together to contain costs, achieve sustainable economic development and support local job creation.
Speaking this afternoon, Séan Murphy, Chambers Ireland Deputy Chief Executive said, "Recent Government announcements regarding the integration of Council's in Tipperary, Limerick and Waterford will support efforts to achieve greater scale while delivering savings that will not compromise our collective need to maintain and support front line services for all users."
"The core issue must be to ensure that costs savings arising from these initiatives are ring-fenced for Local Authorities and not clawed back by Central Government. Local Authorities face a difficult challenge in meeting their budget targets. They must be able to use cost savings to both contain charges on business and maintain vital services."
Other speakers at the event included:
John Tierney, City Manager, Dublin City Council; Jack Keyes, County Manager, Cavan County Council; Dr. Orlaith Borthwick, Economist, Limerick Chamber; Pat McLoughlin, Chair, Local Government Efficiency Implementation Body; Dr. Seán O Riordáin, Director, Public Policy Advisors Network; and Rebecca Stevens (Seminar Chair), Chief Executive, Sligo Chamber.