Briefings

Low Emission Zones – how low can you go?

June 19, 2019

With the launch of London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone, this briefing looks at what is happening in Scotland to improve air quality. By 2022, it is expected that LEZs will be in full operation in Aberdeen, Glasgow, Dundee and Edinburgh.


Housing Review: May 2019

June 18, 2019

Here we highlight a number of issues that suggest, despite the gradual expansion in residential output, the market is still not functioning properly. We also look at some recently published books on housing in Ireland and report on the most important piece of housing legislation passed so far this year.


The Public Spending Code 2017 Local Authority Review

June 13, 2019

The purpose of this briefing is to briefly examine the 20th national report produced by NOAC which was entitled The Public Spending Code. It relates to the 2017 public spending code composite Local Authority report.


Swift Read: Directly Elected Mayors – What Next?

June 12, 2019

At the plebiscites in May, Limerick was the only city to vote in favour of creating the position of directly elected mayor, but what happens next? This briefing explores what Limerick might face on its road to electing a mayor, and what the No-voting cities might expect going forward.


Swift Read: Removing barriers for the seldom heard

June 11, 2019

This Swift Read looks at how local authorities can include as wide a range of people as possible in engagement and consultation. It will be of interest to officers and elected members with an interest in community engagement and empowerment.


Local Elections 2019 Results

June 6, 2019

In this briefing we outline the results of the local elections as well as the mayoral plebiscites, and what this means for the future of local government in Ireland.



Climate change adaptation actions in UK cities – what can we learn in Ireland?

May 30, 2019

Global temperatures have already increased by 1.0°C compared to pre-industrial levels. Adaptation is becoming increasingly important, but most local authorities do not have comprehensive adaptation plans in place. Monitoring and evaluation of adaptation is a useful tool to demonstrate progress, communicate with stakeholders, motivate internal stakeholders and increase funding allocations.


Public Service Performance 2018

May 28, 2019

In this briefing the performance of Irish public services is examined though the evidence provided by three recently published reports, in comparison with the rest of the OECD.


Housing Review: April 2019 – Prospects for Home Ownership

May 23, 2019

In the review this month we have a look at some recent developments and updated figures relating to how a change in home ownership patterns is taking hold in Ireland. We also explore some other related themes that have been reported on including the growth of ‘Buy to Rent’ investment,…