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. 

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