Briefings

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.


Local Government in the Republic of Ireland

October 3, 2016

This briefing explores the origin and evolution of local government in Ireland before going on to outline the current functions and key characteristics of Ireland's local authorities and their members.


Gender quotas compared: Scotland and Ireland

September 30, 2016

This briefing will examine if the gender quotas recently implemented in Ireland could improve female representation in local government elections in Scotland, if a similar mechanism was introduced.