Local Government Reform Act 2014

66.

Resolutions of local authorities

66. (1) Where the Minister is of the opinion that, having regard to the report and the draft resolution under subsection (1) of section 65 and any consultations under subsection (2) of that section, a resolution in the terms to which paragraph (a) relates should be put before the council for each local authority within the Dublin Metropolitan Area and the Minister has advised those local authorities of that opinion, then each such local authority may act accordingly, and where it does so, each such resolution shall—

(a) propose the holding of a plebiscite on whether an office of directly elected mayor of an authority for the Dublin metropolitan area should be established,

(b) be in a form approved by the Minister, and

(c) in the case of each local authority, be accompanied by a statement, the wording of which has been approved by the Minister, setting out the main features of the proposed future governance arrangements for the Dublin metropolitan area including—

(i) the functions and structures of the proposed office of directly elected mayor of the Dublin metropolitan area,

(ii) the proposed changes in the functions and structures of the Dublin local authorities and the relationship between the office of directly elected mayor and the Dublin local authorities and with any other authority or other body (whether then in existence or not) of which such mayor would have a role to play and the nature of that role,

(iii) details of the estimated cost and other resource implications of the proposed arrangements and any increased cost likely to arise as a result of their implementation,

(iv) the changes (if any) proposed to the functions and structures of any other body,

(v) details of the advantages and disadvantages that would arise as a result of the implementation of the proposed arrangements,

(vi) measures to maximise efficiency, effectiveness and accountability in local government in the Dublin metropolitan area and avoidance of duplication or undue cost, and

(vii) such further information or details approved by the Minister for inclusion in the statement.

(2) For the purposes of this Part, a resolution to which subsection (1) relates—

(a) shall not be adopted by a local authority concerned after 31 March 2014, and

(b) shall be adopted by the local authority concerned only if not less than half of the persons who are members of that local authority vote in favour of the resolution.