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.

You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone

September 19, 2019 by Kim Fellows

LGiU’s Kim Fellows blogs about climate change and what retailers, citizens and governments at all levels can do to tackle it – and why haven’t we done anything until now?

Belfast Pride: how can councils support the LGBT+ community?

September 18, 2019 by Isla Whateley

Councils across the world support Pride and the LGBT+ community every year, but what about in Northern Ireland? LGiU’s Isla Whateley blogs about her experiences volunteering with Belfast Pride and how local government there supports Pride despite the region’s difficulties.

Viewpoint: Norwich’s striking new council homes

August 7, 2019 by LGiU

Councillor Gail Harris is Norwich City Council’s deputy leader and cabinet member with responsibility for social housing. Here she explains the story behind the council’s celebrated new Goldsmith Street development, the first council homes to be nominated for the RIBA Stirling Prize.

Sub national government: universal themes and local differences

May 8, 2019 by Janet Sillett

Taking part in the European Congress of Local Government last month made me think about how local government across Europe shares so many themes and priorities, writes Janet Sillett. And also how it is different in every part of the continent – local government is local after all local and…

Excellence in Local Government Awards 16

May 1, 2019 by LGiU

Local authorities can now submit projects for consideration across sixteen different categories in what will be the sixteenth edition of the Excellence in Local Government Awards from Chambers Ireland. The awards are a great opportunity for local authorities across the country to profile nationally the often extraordinary yet also vital,…

Global lessons in local government

March 27, 2019 by Janet Sillett

Increasingly at LGiU we have been looking at what is happening in local government internationally. Of course one size never fits all but Janet Sillett finds common challenges, common themes and innovation that can be adapted when we cast our eyes beyond the horizon.

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.