Briefings

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.


Ireland 2040 Our Plan – The role of the metropolitan cities

October 18, 2017

This briefing presents an overview of the planning policy role assigned to the five main city regions in the draft National Planning Framework Ireland 2040 Our Plan, and discusses the challenges likely to arise in implementing the objectives set for those cities.


Will Brexit Happen?

October 12, 2017

The commentary to date on Brexit has focused on the politics, the likely outcome of the negotiations and the consequences of the new arrangements. There has been limited analysis of the negotiation processes that will give effect to Brexit. This is the topic that will be focused on here.