Establishing Directly Elected Mayors
Fianna Fáil supports the roll out of Directly Elected Mayors starting in our cities. These positions should be given adequate powers and resources to become champions for their areas.
New Powers For Communities
Giving local communities a greater say in their areas is a core part of Fianna Fail policy. We will develop a fund to allow communities buy land or key local assets such as shops or pubs.
Re-establishing Town Councils
Town Councils were abolished by Fine Gael and Labour in 2014 in a direct attack on local democracy. Fianna Fáil will re-establish these core institutions across Ireland.
Setting up Community Councils
Outside of areas covered by Town councils we will work to set up community councils to provide local representation.
Investing the Local Property Tax in Local Areas
The Local Property Tax raises €500m a year. It should be used to invest in local services and a participatory budgeting system put in place to allow local residents a say in where a proportion of the revenue is spent.
Support Local Community Groups
Sports and community groups are the beating heart of any area. They should be fully supported in their vital work. The development levy system should be revamped to contribute directly to eligible clubs, remaining NAMA lands audited to identify suitable sports grounds and the Sugar Tax earmarked for investment in sports.