Swift Read: Dog fouling – a blight on the pavement

August 23, 2018

Dog mess is one of the most common causes of complaints to local councils. What innovative solutions are out there that councils, both in the UK and in Ireland, are using? This Swift Read outlines ways of tackling dog fouling using examples of different solutions used by various local authorities.

Men’s Sheds – a safe haven

August 16, 2018

Men’s Sheds offer a community space for older (usually retired) men to work on projects, make new friends and get out of the house. This Swift Read outlines some case studies of the Men’s Sheds movement across Ireland and Scotland, and their associated benefits.

From housing practitioner to housing professional

August 14, 2018

Is there such a thing as a housing professional? In this briefing we look at the provision of education and training courses for housing practitioners in Ireland and ask how they fit into the bigger picture of career paths in housing management.

Local Authority Satisfaction Survey

August 7, 2018

The purpose of this briefing is to review some of the key findings from the latest report (no. 18) of the National Oversight and Audit Commission (NOAC) which involved a local authority satisfaction survey to establish the general public’s level of satisfaction with their experience of engaging with their local…

Cities on the Rise – Actions for Local Government (part 1)

August 2, 2018

LGiU attended the Academy of Urbanism's annual congress, this year titled “Cities on the Rise”, in the city of Cork, in an observational capacity to feed back the relevant learning to LGiU members. Here we explore three discussed issues: democratic placemaking, the drivierless future and the new urban crisis.

Local Government in Finland: an insight

July 31, 2018

This briefing is one of a series looking at local government across the world and offers an insight into the local government system in Finland, and the trends and issues affecting it.

Findings from the HaPAI Positive Ageing Survey

July 9, 2018

Last month the Healthy and Positive Ageing Initiative (HaPAI) launched their Local Indicators for Ireland. In this briefing we’ll give a bit of background to the research, and focus on some of the points and issues discussed in three key areas covered at the launch that are likely to be…