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Public Service Performance 2018

28 May 2019 in Briefings

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.




Tipperary County Council: A Month in the Life

3 May 2019 in Briefings

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


Keeping the lights on: Robin Hood Energy

2 May 2019 in Briefings

Robin Hood Energy (RHE) was established in 2015 when it became the UK’s first local authority owned gas and electricity supplier. This briefing outlines what was done, how it worked and what could have been done better.



Fingal County Council: A Month in the Life

2 Apr 2019 in Briefings

In the third instalment in our new series of monthly briefings on local government activities, we’re looking at the achievements and innovations of Fingal County Council, drawing from the February edition of their Chief Executive’s Monthly Report.


Oireachtas Review: February 2019

26 Mar 2019 in Briefings

February was a Brexit-focused month in the Dáil, with the passing of the Brexit Omnibus Bill. This summary also covers the Judicial Appointments Bill and the implications of recent Supreme Court Decisions on the workings of the Oireachtas.


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

20 Mar 2019 in Briefings

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.