Fianna Fáil TD for Dublin Mid-West, John Curran has said that the slow rate of response from multiple Government Departments in dealing with concerns raised by South Dublin County Council is hampering Councillors ability to deliver efficient public services to those living in the district.
Deputy Curran raised the issue with the Taoiseach and Minister for Housing and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy in Dáil Éireann last week.
He said, “The Programme for Government refers to greater openness and improved accountability across all levels of Government. Localauthorities are responsible for the overall direction and functionality of the communities they represent by providing an extensive range of services on the ground.
“It was recently brought it to my attention that the rate of response from Ministers and their Departments in addressing issues raised by South Dublin County Council leaves a lot to be desired.
“Information received by Fianna Fáil reveals that 87 letters were issued to Ministers following motions at council meetings from September 2016 to December 2017. To date, the council have received 43 replies which means that half of the letters sent have not been dealt with by Government.
“It is unacceptable that Ministers and their Department are failing to respond to Local Authorities on matters of concern to communities in South County Dublin. Strengthening the principal of transparency, as outlined in the Programme for Government is essential.
“The slow rate of response from multiple Departments is hampering council work on the ground. The Taoiseach needs to make an effort to ensure that any matter that is put to a Government Department by SDCC is answered in a timely manner.
“I would be sceptical that this is just a problem for South Dublin County Council. It’s plausible that this applies to other local authorities across the country.
“The Minister should provide an explanation and also clarify is this is a problem for other Local Authorities,” concluded Deputy Curran.