Briefings

Our policy briefings are available to all members of LGiU Ireland and anyone on a free trial. For details of subscriptions and sponsorships please contact us. For any other access please ask.

We are currently working on briefings about:

  • The National Planning Framework (and its links to the Scottish model)
  • Rebuilding Ireland: The Action Plan for Housing
  • Lifelong living at the heart of a caring local government system
  • Local Government Strategic planning in times of austerity
  • Culture as a catalyst for innovation and growth in a rural local authority
  • Making local government efficient and effective
  • Securing Ireland: Emergency Management in an unstable world environment

LGiU Ireland policy briefings contributors include:

  • John Martin
  • Andy Cullen
  • Jack Keyes
  • Pat McLoughlin
  • Des Page

If you’re interested in writing briefings for us, or have any comments about content, get in touch.

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Brexit- The view from Irish Local Government

September 19, 2017

In this Briefing LGiU Ireland provides a comprehensive overview of the AILG Paper, which contains useful recommendations for all parties currently trying to work their way through the difficult negotiations now going on.



Local Government in Belgium: decentralisation in progress

September 8, 2017

Alongside our other briefings on local government around the world this briefing helps to strengthen our understanding of the challenges that can be faced by local government, and some of the ways people in other countries have set about addressing them.


The role of the Audit Committee

September 5, 2017

This briefing will examine the legislative background to audit committees in Irish local authorities, discuss the purpose, role and functions of audit committees, and explore some of the key operational and procedural issues associated with local authority audit committees.


Past, present and future – heritage and a sense of place

August 30, 2017

In local government we often discuss the role of heritage in encouraging tourism and bolstering the local economy but we less frequently consider its role in helping to shape a place and strengthen its identity and the sense of place of its residents.



Ageing in Ireland and the UK – Contrasting Approaches

August 17, 2017

With their remit for wellbeing, public health, and community development, local authorities have a central role to play in promoting age friendly communities. Such a remit is not easy at a period of austerity, yet three case studies from the UK and Ireland provide lessons as to how this might…


The Challenges facing Housing Associations in Ireland

August 15, 2017

By 2021 it is proposed that over 5,000 social housing units will be provided annually by social landlords, but there are major challenges facing the voluntary sector in achieving this. This briefing looks at some of the issues facing housing associations.


Why Place Matters

August 10, 2017

What is a sense of place and why should it matter to every local authority and how can councils foster a positive sense of place? This briefing provides an introduction to a future series of briefings exploring place and planning, wellbeing, the arts, engagement, regeneration and new places.


The Implications of Brexit for Northern Ireland’s Councils

August 8, 2017

While Northern Ireland will share in the uncertainties that exist elsewhere as the process of UK withdrawal from the EU gathers pace, there are some aspects that will manifest differently for the people of Northern Ireland.


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