The final meetings of Ballyshannon and Bundoran Town Councils before their abolition on June 1 took place this week marking the end of 400 years of local government in South Donegal.
The upcoming local elections will witness the biggest ever shake up of local authority structures as town councils disappear and the number of county and city councils is reduced from 114 to 31.
Minister Phil Hogan’s Local Government Bill plans to almost halve the number of councillors in the country and has resulted in the scrapping of all 80 town councils including Ballyshannon and Bundoran alongside Buncrana and Letterkenny. Minister Hogan has claimed the reforms will save taxpayers €420m over four years. The abolition of town councils, which have been in existence for 115 years, also accounts for a massive reduction in councillors – down from 1,627 to 949.
Ballyshannon Town Council will hold an informal meeting on May 27 for past councillors, staff and the general public. Members of Bundoran Town Council (pictured), formed 100 years ago, held a similar event on Tuesday after their final meeting, which was attended by seven former councillors.
If you have a story or want to send a photo or video to us please contact the Donegal Now editorial team. Between 9am and 5pm Monday to Sunday please call 074 9112712. Between 5pm and midnight please call or text 086 792 2103. Or you can email [email protected] at any time.