Councillors’ workloads have increased drastically since 2014 with little or no additional resources provided to members of local government.
That’s according Fine Gael Senator Tom Sheahan who has raised the issue in the Seanad.
Senator Sheahan has asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government to recognise the additional workload of county councilors since the enactment of the Local Government Reform Act.
Senator Sheahan has asked the Minister to carry out a survey of all councillors, in conjunction with their representative bodies to ascertain how these changes have affected their personal, professional and public lives.
Since the enactment of the Local Government Reform Bill 2014, the number of councillors has reduced by 678 to 949 due to the reduction in the number of councils from 83 to 31. The Senator fears that without the adequate help and resources being provided to councillors, the calibre of candidate will be decimated.
He says being a councillor in Ireland is a full time job where one works weekends, for part time pay.