Local Government (Dublin) Act, 1993



Duty of principal authorities to consult and to have regard to certain interests.

32.—(1) It shall be the duty of a principal authority in formulating its policies and in preparing and carrying out its functional programmes to have regard to the overall interests of the combined administrative areas of the principal authorities and their inhabitants (in this section referred to as the “metropolitan interest”) and—

(a) to take all appropriate steps to ensure the proper coordination of such of their policies and programmes, including development plans, as are likely to have a material effect on the metropolitan interest with such policies and programmes of the other principal authorities, and

(b) to ensure that appropriate policies and programmes are put in place and implemented where such is necessary in order to promote the metropolitan interest.

(2) In exercising any function which has, or may have, a material effect on the metropolitan interest, a principal authority shall have regard as may be necessary for the purposes of subsection (1) to relevant conditions and needs existing in the administrative areas of the other principal authorities and of the policies and programmes of such authorities relating to such conditions and needs.

(3) Without prejudice to the provisions of subsections (1) and (2) a principal authority shall in the exercise of any function which has, or may have, a material effect on the metropolitan interest, have regard to any report, strategy, assessment, study, recommendation, submission or other written statement of the Dublin or of the Mid East regional authority (established under section 43 of the Act of 1991) which may have a bearing on such interest or of any such joint statement of those regional authorities and an outline of any such statement or joint statement shall be included in the annual report, under section 50 of the Act of 1991, of a principal authority.

(4) The principal authorities shall exchange such information and conduct such consultations with each other as may be necessary for the purposes of subsection (1) and the managers of those authorities shall make, and review from time to time, such organizational, procedural and other arrangements as may be necessary for these purposes and to facilitate compliance with the duties imposed by this section.

(5) Each principal authority shall include in its annual report under section 50 of the Act of 1991 details of the steps taken and the arrangements made in pursuance of this section, and generally of the discharge of the duties imposed by it and their general effectiveness.

(6) Every enactment relating to a function of a local authority shall be construed and have effect subject to the provisions of this section.

(7) A principal authority may hold such joint meetings of members of the authority and other principal authorities or local authorities as may be necessary for the purposes of this section.