The LGiU Ireland blog is a space for us – and you – to comment on Irish news, share opinions and debate issues facing local government in Ireland. You can comment on any of the posts below; if you would like to contribute a new post contact Hannah Muirhead.

Tackling isolation in older people – a look to Daventry District Council

February 27, 2019 by LGiU

In this post Emma Parry, Community Projects Officer at Daventry District Council in England takes us through her Council’s Good Neighbour Schemes that aim to tackle the problem of isolation and loneliness among older people – as much of a pressing issue in the UK as it is here in Ireland.

Housing and Ageing Seminar: Scotland 2030

February 13, 2019 by Isla Whateley

As part of the Scotland 2030 programme, run by the think tank at the Scottish Parliament, Scotland Future’s Forum, a seminar about recent research into housing and ageing was held in January. LGiU’s Isla Whateley attended, and blogs about what she learned.

Cork Older People’s Council – attending the National Housing Summit 2018

January 30, 2019 by LGiU

Members of Cork Older Peoples Council, Elizabeth Maddox (Chair) and Liz Downes (Vice Chair), blog about the National Housing Summit that took place in November 2018, and the specific issues facing older people when it comes to housing, as well as their own ideas about what would work.

Tackling childhood obesity through planning – lessons from South Tyneside Council

January 9, 2019 by LGiU

Childhood obesity is a national problem, both in the UK and Ireland, and one which isn’t going away. Data published from the national child measurement programme (NCMP), in October showed the rate of severe obesity among 10-year-old children had increased by more than a third since 2006/7 in Britain. In the…

Reflections on a visit to Auschwitz

November 28, 2018 by Janet Sillett

“No one can change the past; however the future is in our hands. Help us to preserve the authenticity of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Help us to warn humanity against itself. Do not allow history to become a deafening silence. Save the memory.” (Dr. Piotr M.A. Cywiński, President of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation) The…

Brexit – A Case of Self-Imposed Damage?

November 22, 2018 by LGiU

In a personal view from Peter Brennan, Managing Director of EPS Consulting and Member of the Public Policy Advisors Network, this blog reviews the current Brexit position from an Irish perspective.

Sabhal Mòr Ostaig: when culture drives economy

October 10, 2018 by LGiU

Can language and culture be drivers of economic development? In Skye, an island off the west coast of Scotland, it is just that. LGiU Scotland Director Andy Johnston blogs about his visit to the Scottish National Centre for Gaelic Language and Culture, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, and what he learned from the project.

Viewpoint: A child friendly election in Norway

September 19, 2018 by LGiU

Norway’s September 2017 election also saw Save the Children Norway design a children’s election. The aim was to reach 5,000 children aged between nine and 15 years. Yet in the end, over 60,000 youngsters participated in the election, writes Julia Zvobgo.