Local Government Act, 2001

Power to alter boundaries, etc.

61.—(1) Following consideration of a report by the Local Government Commission with respect to the boundary of a local authority the Minister may by order alter the boundary of the relevant county, city or town.

(2) An order under subsection (1) may provide for the alteration of the boundary (whether by enlargement or reduction) otherwise than in accordance with the recommendations in the report but, where that alteration differs in a material respect from that recommended, the order shall set out the reasons for such variation.

(3) Where it is proposed to make an order under this section in relation to the boundary of a county or city—

(a) a draft of the order shall be laid before each House of the Oireachtas, and

(b) the order shall not be made until a resolution approving of the draft has been passed by each House.

(4) Where a report of the Local Government Commission makes recommendations under section 60 (7), the Minister may by direction in writing require the local authorities the subject of the report to take such steps to implement those recommendations—

(a) in a manner and within such period, and

(b) subject to such variation,

as may be specified in the direction.

(5) Each local authority shall comply with a direction to it under subsection (4).