Local Government Reform Act 2014

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Short title, collective citations, constructions and commencement

1. (1) This Act may be cited as the Local Government Reform Act 2014.

(2) This Act (other than subsections (3) to (8) of this section, subsections (3) to (5) of section 5 and Schedule 2) shall be read together as one with the Local Government Acts 1925 to 2013 and may be cited together as the Local Government Acts 1925 to 2014.

(3) This subsection, section 5 , the Valuation Acts 2001 and 2006 and so much of Part 6 of Schedule 2 as relates to the Valuation Act 2001 may be cited together as the Valuation Acts 2001 to 2014.

(4) This subsection, section 5(3) , Part 1 of Schedule 2, paragraphs 1 and 14 (in so far as they relate to the Housing Act 1966) of Schedule 4 and paragraph 16 of Schedule 4 shall be read together as one with the Housing Acts 1966 to 2013 and may be cited together as the Housing Acts 1966 to 2014.

(5) This subsection, section 5(4) and Part 2 of Schedule 2, in so far as it relates to the Local Elections (Petitions and Disqualifications) Act 1974 and the Local Elections (Disclosure of Donations and Expenditure) Act 1999, shall be read together as one with the Local Elections Acts 1974 to 2012 and may be cited together as the Local Elections Acts 1974 to 2014.

(6) This subsection, section 5(4) , Part 2of Schedule 2and paragraphs 17and 18of Schedule 4, in so far as it relates to the Electoral Act 1992, shall be read together as one with the Electoral Acts 1992 to 2013 and may be cited together as the Electoral Acts 1992 to 2014.

(7) This subsection, section 5(5) and Part 3 of Schedule 2 (in so far as it relates to the Building Control Act 1990) shall be read together as one with the Building Control Acts 1990 and 2007 and may be cited together as the Building Control Acts 1990 to 2014.

(8) This subsection, section 5(7) and Part 4 of Schedule 2 shall be read together as one with the Planning and Development Acts 2000 to 2013 and may be cited together as the Planning and Development Acts 2000 to 2014.

(9) This subsection, the amendments to the Air-Raid Precautions Act 1939 and the Civil Defence Act 2012 provided for in section 5(6) and Part 6 of Schedule 2 and the Civil Defence Acts 1939 to 2012 may be cited together as the Civil Defence Acts 1939 to 2014.

(10) This subsection, the amendments to the Control of Dogs Act 1986 and the Dog Breeding Establishments Act 2010 provided for in section 5(6) and Part 6 of Schedule 2, the amendment to Control of Dogs Act 1986 provided for by section 77 of the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 and the Control of Dogs Acts 1986 to 2010 may be cited together as the Control of Dogs Acts 1986 to 2014.

(11) This subsection, the amendment to the Criminal Justice (Public Order) Act 1994 provided for in section 5(6) and Part 6 of Schedule 2 and the Criminal Justice (Public Order) Acts 1994 to 2011 may be cited together as the Criminal Justice (Public Order) Acts 1994 to 2014.

(12) This subsection, the amendments to the Education and Training Boards Act 2013 provided for in section 5(6) and Part 6 of Schedule 2 and that Act may be cited together as the Education and Training Boards Acts 2013 and 2014.

(13) This subsection, the amendment to the Foreshore (Amendment) Act 1992 provided for in section 5(6) and Part 6 of Schedule 2 and the Foreshore Acts 1933 to 2011 may be cited together as the Foreshore Acts 1933 to 2014.

(14) This subsection, the amendment to the Health (Fluoridation of Water Supplies) Act 1960 provided for in section 5(6) and Part 6 of Schedule 2 and the Health Acts 1947 to 2013 may be cited together as the Health Acts 1947 to 201 4.

(15) This subsection, the amendment to the Merchant Shipping (Salvage and Wreck) Act 1993 provided for in section 5(6) and Part 6 of Schedule 2 and the Merchant Shipping Acts 1894 to 2010 may be cited together as the Merchant Shipping Acts 1894 to 2014.

(16) This subsection, the amendment to the National Monuments Act 1930 provided for in section 5(6) and Part 6 of Schedule 2 and the National Monuments Acts 1930 to 2004may be cited together as the National Monuments Acts 1930 to 2014.

(17) This subsection, the amendments to the Protection of Employees (Part-Time Work) Act 2001 and the Protection of Employment Act 1977 provided for in section 5(6) and Part 6 of Schedule 2, and the Protection of Employment Acts 1977 to 2007 shall be construed together as one and may be cited together as the Protection of Employment Acts 1977 to 2014.

(18) This subsection, the amendments to the Protection of Employment (Exceptional Collective Redundancies and Related Matters) Act 2007 and the Unfair Dismissals Act 1977 provided for in section 5(6) and Part 6 of Schedule 2, and the Unfair Dismissals Acts 1977 to 2007 shall be construed together as one and may be cited together as the Terms of Employment (Information) Acts 1994 to 2014.

(19) This subsection, the amendment to the Redundancy Payments Act 1967 provided for in section 5(6) and Part 6 of Schedule 2, and the Redundancy Payments Acts 1967 to 2012 shall be construed together as one and may be cited together as the Redundancy Payments Acts 1967 to 2014.

(20) This subsection, the amendments to the Sea Pollution (Amendment) Act 1999 and the Sea Pollution (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2006 provided for in section 5(6) and Part 6 of Schedule 2, and the Sea Pollution Acts 1991 to 2006 shall be construed together as one and may be cited together as the Sea Pollution Acts 1991 to 2014.

(21) This subsection, the amendment to the Terms of Employment (Information) Act 1994 provided for in section 5(6) and Part 6 of Schedule 2, and the Terms of Employment (Information) Acts 1994 to 2012 shall be construed together as one and may be cited together as the Terms of Employment (Information) Acts 1994 to 2014.

(22) This Act, other than section 28 , section 54 (in so far as it relates to the insertion of section 149A into the Principal Act) and Parts 11, 13 and 14 comes into operation on such day or days as the Minister may, by order or orders appoint either generally or with reference to any particular purpose or provision, and different days may be so appointed different purposes and different provisions and for the deletion, repeal, revocation and amendment effected by Schedules 1 and 2 of different enactments or of different provisions of those enactments.

(23) The amendment to section 48 (which provides for the substitution of Part 18 of the Principal Act) of the Environment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2011 referred to in Part 6 of Schedule 2 comes into operation—

(a) upon the commencement of section 189 (as inserted by section 48 of the Environment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2011) of the Principal Act, or

(b) the transfer date,

whichever last occurs.

Annotations:

Editorial Notes:

E1

Power pursuant to section exercised (1.06.2014 and 1.07.2014) by Local Government Reform Act 2014 (Commencement of Certain Provisions) (No. 3) Order 2014 (S.I. No. 214 of 2014).

2. Subject to Article 3, the 1st day of June 2014 is appointed as the day on which the Local Government Reform Act 2014 (No. 1 of 2014), in so far as it is not already in operation, comes into operation.

3. The 1st day of July 2014 is appointed as the day on which section 44 of the Local Government Reform Act 2014 comes into operation.

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Power pursuant to section exercised (24.03.2014 and 1.07.2014) by Local Government Reform Act 2014 (Commencement of Certain Provisions) (No. 2) Order 2014 (S.I. No. 146 of 2014).

3. The 24th day of March 2014 is appointed as the day on which the following provisions of the Act of 2014 come into operation:

( a) section 5(4) and Part 2 of Schedule 2 as they apply to the amendment as respects the definition of ‘local authority concerned’ in section 2(1) of the Local Elections (Disclosure of Donations and Expenditure) Act 1999 (No. 7 of 1999);

( b) section 5(8) and Part 6 of Schedule 2 as they apply to the amendments as respects-

(i) section 71 of the Poor Relief (Ireland) Act 1838,

(ii) section 19 of the Poor Relief (Ireland) Act 1849, and

(iii) section 15 of, and Schedules 3 and 4 to the Valuation Act 2001 (No. 13 of 2001);

( c) sections 11 and 27.

4. The 1st day of July 2014 is appointed as the day on which section 32 of the Act of 2014 comes into operation.

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Power pursuant to section exercised (30.01.2014) by Local Government Reform Act 2014 (Commencement of Certain Provisions) Order 2014 (S.I. No. 38 of 2014).

2. The 30th day of January 2014 is appointed as the day on which the following provisions of the Local Government Reform Act 2014 (No. 1 of 2014) come into operation:

( a) sections 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 and 7;

( b) section 19 in so far as it relates to the holding of elections to local authorities in 2014 and for the purposes of section 28(1)( d);

( c) section 20(3);

( d) Part 12 (sections 72 to 78);

( e) section 5(4) and Part 2 of Schedule 2 as they apply to the amendments as respects—

(i) section 165(1) of the Electoral Act 1992 (No. 23 of 1992), and

(ii) section 19A and 19G of the Local Elections (Disclosure of Donations and Expenditure) Act 1999 (No. 7 of 1999).