Brexit continues to dominate the news and parliament and must be always be in the minds of nearly everyone in local government. This briefing summarises the next legislative steps, the outlook for the economy and the response to the current situation in the UK, Scotland and Ireland.
How can community councils improve local accountability and deliver effective devolved services? Can lessons be learned from the Scottish and English models? We look here at the legislation affecting them and how there are many examples of innovative practice around service devolution and development.
The National Planning Framework Consultative Policy Statement will shortly be published by the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, and is without doubt one of the most important policy statements any government in the history of the State has published.
This Briefing provides an overview of the revenue budgets for Irish local authorities for 2017, looking at areas of expenditure that are incurred by local authorities, examining the various sources of funding available to each local authority, and drawing comparisons between the budgets of 2016 and 2017.
Throughout the developed world, people are living longer, healthier lives. Life expectancy is increasing at a rapid rate. For the first time in human history, there will shortly be more people in the world over 60 than there are children under the age of 5. This briefing gives an overview…
Characterised by short term lets and amateur landlords, the rental sector in Ireland has not been an attractive investment for institutions or major property companies. Is this about to change?
The chief executive (CE) role in Irish local government has evolved significantly in recent decades. This Briefing paper will trace the evolution of the role, outline responsibilities as defined by statute and comment on the interface with the political system.
Following our recent introduction to housing issues in Ireland LGIU Ireland is happy to publish a briefing on the issue of homelessness in greater Glasgow and greater Manchester, as the challenge of homelessness in both locations is something that will be relevant to the current situation in Ireland, particularly in…
This briefing sets out the broad backdrop to the current housing environment in Ireland. It is evident that successive governments have placed a priority in addressing housing need since independence. It also critically notes the need for ambitious intervention in the current housing sector and explains, broadly, the strategic intent…
Although Ireland is situated in a relatively stable environment, this briefing explores the need for a local to national approach to confronting the challenges of meeting the risks the State and people have to confront, looking at the role local government plays and how this might develop over time.