Briefings

Social Housing in Scotland: A New Beginning?

November 18, 2016

Following on from a previous briefing about the role of the planning system in tackling Ireland’s housing crisis, this briefing looks at social housing innovations happening in Scotland, who have pursued a very different housing policy to the rest of the UK since devolution.


Tackling Ireland’s housing crisis: The role of the planning system

November 16, 2016

Ireland is experiencing a shortage of new homes following the economic crash of 2007. The total number of new homes constructed in 2015 was about half of what is required. This briefing looks at the role of the planning system as part of the government’s housing action plan.


Ireland’s ageing population: Local government centred innovation

November 14, 2016

Ireland‘s changing demographics have major implications for Irish society for the foreseeable future. This briefing explores how local authorities can pioneer innovative strategies to target issues that need to be addressed to promote positive ageing.



Financing Local Authorities

November 3, 2016

This briefing covers focus the different types and categories of day-to-day expenditure incurred by local authorities in Ireland today, the various sources of funding available to local authorities in order to meet the expenditure, and how local authorities budget for their expenditure and income.


Ireland’s National Planning Framework: The Scottish connection

October 28, 2016

Work is underway in preparing Ireland’s draft National Planning Framework, and Scotland’s Third National Planning Framework has been cited as a potential model for its Irish counterpart. This paper compares and contrasts the two frameworks, with particular reference to planning for new national infrastructure.


Full-proof plan for rural proofing: Has the vision been realised?

October 26, 2016

Rural proofing is necessary to ensure that Ireland's rural communities are not disadvantaged by their location. This briefing considers to what extent rural issues are now at the forefront of policy decisions and explores how local authorities in Scotland with similar issues are responding.


Making Local Government Efficient and Effective

October 20, 2016

Since 2008, Local Government in Ireland has reduced its workforce by over 23% and made annual savings of €600 million. This briefing will look at efficiency measures that have been implemented, and the continuing challenges local authorities face providing efficient and effective services.


Local government strategic planning in times of austerity

October 11, 2016

This paper examines the key role or otherwise that strategic planning played in renewing local government during the period of recession which the Irish economy sustained between 2008 and 2014, and concludes with a look to the future taking on board the lessons learned over the past 8 years.


Infrastructure planning: Why so challenging?

October 6, 2016

Ireland faces infrastructure challenges which continue to restrain the country's capacity to be among the most competitive globally. The situation is similar in Scotland, which recently published an Independent Review of Planning from which relevant comparisons can be drawn.