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.

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. 

California dreaming…

July 27, 2018 by Janet Sillett

A recent trip Stateside has left Janet Sillett pondering the lessons that local government across the globe could learn from each other.

Case study: Eamon Gilmore and the fight for marriage equality in Ireland

June 11, 2018 by Isla Whateley

LGiU Ireland are promoting the Innovation in Politics Awards 2018 – an exciting European initiative to recognise innovative work by politicians that improves our communities and strengthens human rights, social balance, democracy and prosperity. LGiU’s Isla Whateley explores the journey and achievements of one of last year’s finalists, Eamon Gilmore. 

Keep up the good work: LGiU Ireland’s One-Year Survey

May 4, 2018 by Hannah Muirhead

Over 100 of you gave us your thoughts on the service we’ve provided in our first year of operation. We asked our members what you thought of our mailings – Daily News, Policy Briefings – as well as how you use our information, and why you value it. We’ll use…

Reflections from the April 2018 AILG Training Conference

April 18, 2018 by Hannah Muirhead

At the end of last week the Association of Irish Local Government held their Annual Training Conference in Dungarvan, Waterford. LGiU Ireland’s Hannah Muirhead was in attendance and here she reflects on the experience and shares some of the key points that were made by speakers during the course of…

Better Living In Your Own Home: a look at the many benefits of home sharing

March 21, 2018 by LGiU

Changing demographics and the housing crisis are two pertinent issues facing local authorities in Ireland, and we’re seeing that they can be effectively addressed together – through home sharing initiatives. Elder Home Share matches up vetted accommodation seekers to live with elderly homeowners in their own home as a home share companion.…

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