50% of senior posts on Limerick council to go

Sat, Dec 29, 2012, 00:00

A streamlined management structure for the new single local authority in Limerick will result in a cut of 50 per cent in senior staff posts, a plan unveiled yesterday states.

The Limerick Reorganisation Implementation Group’s plan sets the course for the unification of city and county councils up to the election of a single authority in mid-2014.

The merger decision, announced last year, was made in the context of targeted savings of €15 million a year in local government budgets.

Minister for Local Government Phil Hogan published more details of the plan yesterday. While much had already been made public, the plan confirms the new local authority will be called Limerick city and county council.

The headquarters for the new body will be located at City Hall, while the merger is expected to result in a 20 per cent cut in staffing levels.