Praxiteles wrote:With this amount of territory being absorbed into the City, the County of Cork could soon be smaller than Louth. In this context I have a question: we know that the Cork City Council will have a lot to say about this annexation]Angriff[/I]; but will the persons living in the disputed territories be given a chance directly to say what they think about this proposal by means of a plebiscite?
My reading of the boundary situation is that it is handled like a Part 8 planning decision, you are free to make an observation / submission BUT the Minister calls the shots at the end of the day.
The City Council has to;
(a) furnish a copy of the proposal to each local authority whose boundary is affected by the proposal and such other local authorities as may be prescribed by regulations made by the Minister and each authority so affected by a proposal is referred to in this Part as a "respondent",
b) publish a notice of the proposal in the form so prescribed giving details of the proposal and inviting submissions with regard to it from any person concerned within such period as is specified in the notice, and
(c) otherwise inform such persons of the proposal as may be so prescribed.
(4) (a) Within 6 months from the receipt by each respondent of a copy of the proposal or such longer period as may be agreed upon by the proposer and the respondent, each respondent shall consider the proposal and make a statement of its response to the proposal (in this Part referred to as a "statement of response"), and furnish a copy of it to the proposer.
(b) The making of a statement of response is a reserved function.
(5) Following consideration by a proposer of any submission that it receives within the period referred to in subsection (3)(b) and of any statement of response furnished to it in accordance with subsection (4)(a), the proposer may by resolution amend the proposal in such manner as it thinks fit and a proposal so amended is referred to in this Part as an "amended proposal".
(Local Government Act)