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.

Find a briefing

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Data Protection: Step change or revolution?

November 16, 2017

This briefing outlines the reforms introduced by the EU General Data Protection Directive (GDPR) to individual rights, and summarises the governance and accountability mechanisms that underpin the new regime, and with which local authorities must comply.


Tackling Homelessness in Scotland – Shared Lessons for Ireland?

November 14, 2017

In Ireland the use of temporary accommodation B&Bs by local authorities has been questioned by homelessness charities as not appropriate long-term approach. Here, we examine strategies local authorities in Scotland are considering and ask whether Scotland can have confidence homelessness will be addressed.


Metropolitan Governance – A new trend in local public service reform

November 9, 2017

This briefing examines the issues around building metropolitan governance arrangements to underpin a strategic planning framework for Ireland, noting how the move towards metropolitan arrangements is now a common feature of local and regional public service reform across the OECD.


Regeneration: sense of place, participation and identity

November 7, 2017

This briefing is one of our series of briefings on a sense of place. It considers what sense of place and identity mean in relation to regeneration and how retaining and building on sense of place can ensure the sustainability of projects.


Creating walking towns and cities

November 2, 2017

The reports covered in this briefing provide more evidence of the importance of walking and examples of the kind of initiatives that could be introduced to make cities in Ireland safer and more pleasant to walk around.


The Housing Crisis in Ireland

October 31, 2017

In this briefing we look at the housing action programme and the challenges it faces in delivering sufficient affordable housing to meet the future needs of the country. The key question: is the current policy platform sufficient robust or is a change in direction required?



The role of External Audit in Local Government

October 24, 2017

In this Briefing we look at this external arrangements for auditing local authorities and examine the demands it is now making on the day to date management of local government funds and budgets.


Local government and the media – how to deliver news

October 19, 2017

This briefing looks at how councils can work effectively with the media when faced with bad news or a crisis, including tips for elected members and officers on how to ensure the local authority remains in charge of the situation.


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