A delegation from The Association of Irish Local Government, led by AILG President Cllr. Mary Hoade, will appear later this afternoon at a meeting of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Housing, Heritage and Local Government to discuss the Land Development Agency Bill 2021 and other matters of significance in the local government sector.
At their appearance before the committee, AILG will be taking a strong position in defence of the role of Councillors in disposing of land owned by the local authority and also reiterating the primacy of the local authority as the housing and planning authority.
Speaking in advance of the meeting, AILG President, Cllr. Hoade said;
“While acknowledging that the Land Development Agency will have a role to play in assisting local authorities in the performance and delivery of their housing function, as a national representative body we can never support or accept any diminution in the reserved functions and powers of our Elected Members. AILG will be putting up a robust challenge to a number of key aspects of the bill and we will be putting forward amendments to the bill in order to protect the role of our Elected Members and our member authorities in the delivery of social and affordable housing.”
AILG have prepared a detailed submission, including proposed amendments, on the LDA Bill which can be accessed by clicking HERE.
Read our opening statement here
The committee hearing will commence at 12.30pm to 2.30pm this afternoon and can be accessed on the Oireachtas Website.
Please see link below to view live from the Oireachtas Website (Committee Room 3)
AILG’s appearance before the committee will also give us the opportunity to address other pressing local government matters including the Moorhead Report, Directly Elected Mayor proposals for Limerick City and County and the Electoral Reform Bill. AILG will be seeking the support of the committee members to bring the issue of our members remuneration to a conclusion once and for all.