Briefings

Why Place Matters

August 10, 2017

What is a sense of place and why should it matter to every local authority and how can councils foster a positive sense of place? This briefing provides an introduction to a future series of briefings exploring place and planning, wellbeing, the arts, engagement, regeneration and new places.


The Implications of Brexit for Northern Ireland’s Councils

August 8, 2017

While Northern Ireland will share in the uncertainties that exist elsewhere as the process of UK withdrawal from the EU gathers pace, there are some aspects that will manifest differently for the people of Northern Ireland.


Lessons from Social Media and Local Government Engagement in Canada and the UK

August 3, 2017

Summary In recent years, there has been an increasing amount of research undertaken assessing the role that social media plays in electoral contests across the Globe. Ireland has also seen the impact of social media engagement in our electoral system and increasingly the disruption associated with the use of social…


Brexit – A Border Perspective

August 1, 2017

By drawing from local examples encountered in a border county over the past 13 years, this briefing gives a picture of current thoughts and concerns, and examines the role of local government in managing the transition and post-Brexit scenario.


Local Government Finance in Scotland

July 27, 2017

The first in a series of briefings looking at the financing of local government in other countries which should help readers to build up an understanding of the financial arrangements in Ireland and how these compare to neighbouring countries.



Local Government in France: A Comparative Overview

July 20, 2017

Summary This briefing is one of a series looking at local government across the world. It outlines the development of France’s republican and democratic structures (including changes to the constitution) and the influence they have had on local government, and institutions at a local level. It looks at the development…



Brexit: Latest state of play in the UK

July 14, 2017

This Brexit update focuses on the negotiations process between the UK and the EU, Brexit bills in the UK's Queen’s Speech, the rights of citizens, issues from Scotland and Northern Ireland and potential implications for Ireland and Irish citizens.


Risk Management in Local Government

July 11, 2017

This briefing will illustrate the key objectives of local authorities risk management policies, examine the risk management system that is in place in most local authorities today, and concludes by examining the key roles and responsibilities of staff in local authorities in effectively managing risk.