Briefings


Swift Read: An overview of how local government in Scotland is funded

March 20, 2019

The Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) have recently published a very helpful briefing paper on local government finance in Scotland. This swift read provides an overview of the SPICe briefing, and is aimed to give Irish officers and councillors a better idea of how the funding system works in Scotland.


Swift Read: Ireland’s Planning Regulator

March 19, 2019

The 2012 Report of the Mahon Tribunal recommended that the Minister of the Environment’s enforcement powers should be transferred to an Independent Planning Regulator, who would also be charged with carrying out investigations into systemic problems in the Irish planning system as well as educational and research functions.


AILG 2019 Training Conference

March 14, 2019

LGiU Ireland went along to Longford for the Association of Irish Local Government’s 2019 training conference. Here’s a brief summary of what was discussed during the packed two-day event.


Limerick City and County Council: A Month in the Life

March 13, 2019

This is the second in our new series of monthly briefings on local government activities. This month we’re looking at the achievements and innovations of Limerick City and County Council, drawing from the January edition of their Chief Executive’s Monthly Report.


Housing Review: February 2019

March 12, 2019

February has seen the publication of a slew of reports and policy initiatives. The Oireachtas has also been busy dealing with housing matters. Finally, more end 2018 figures have been released for housing.



EU Regional Policy: Impacts for Local Government

March 5, 2019

The future of Europe and the policy engines that will drive it are being widely debated all across the EU. This briefing looks at this evolving debate across the EU, the context for Ireland, rise of Invest EU and explore why local government should continue to influence its outcome.


Oireachtas Review: January 2019

February 28, 2019

Brexit, the costs of the new children’s hospital and the Nurse’s strike dominated Oireachtas proceedings in January. Legislation included the Local Government Rates Bill, Judicial Appointments Bill and No Consent, No Sale Bill.