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 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. 

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…