All things Ireland

Our monthly round-up of everything you might have missed from LGIU’s support for local government in Ireland.

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Global Local Quarterly round-up

Catch up on everything you might have missed from the last three months of Global Local, from finance to tourism and abandoned properties to turnaround towns, we go in-depth and share leading practice from around the globe. Read it here.

Notable practice round-up

🟢 Everyone can read about inspirational practice and innovation in all four of our LGIU’s core countries, with links to resources that can help you make it real where you are. Read here.

Think tank review

🟢 This month our international think tank review is open for everyone! We cover the latest findings from leading think tanks around the globe with insights that are critical for local government. Read here.

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BRAND NEW TOPIC: 🍚 Food and community

In the latest issue of Global Local, we look at community food projects, the role they can play in getting people the right food and nutrition from diverse sources, and the sense of community shared foodways can help create. Read here.

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Each week, we bring you a deep dive into the issues with a new look at local solutions to global challenges. Our recent editions covered:

🇮🇪 Spotlight on Irish local government

A spotlight on all things Irish local government and the vital role they play in the social and economic spheres across this island state. Read here.

🔬 Citizen Science

In this week’s Global Local, we’re looking at the intersection between citizen science and local government. Read here.

💰 Local government finance

New research, key lessons and useful resources for sustainable local government finance. Read here.

🍻 Quarterly round-up July 2023

Our quarterly round-up edition of Global Local allows you to revisit your favourite topics – and gives our new readers a chance to catch up. Read here.

🚗 The council and the car

In this week’s Global Local, we look at the role of councils in facilitating and improving transportation within their communities. Read here.

More member resources

Each week, we bring LGIU members new resources on key topics and reduce complex information to actionable insights.

Other briefings you may find useful

🛥️ Closing the loop – lessons on making a circular economy work locally

This member-only briefing explores case study examples of circular economies from the UK, Europe and North America. it identifies the opportunities and challenges that circular economies pose for the local government sector and other key public policy areas.

🌳 Local government champions for locally-led New Green Deals

An accelerating ecological crisis is both a cause for the utmost concern and an opportunity for localism. This member briefing argues that now is the right time for local government to showcase and support facilitative, democratic leadership for sustainable change.

🏦 Pay to stay? The growth of tourist taxes around the world

Tourist taxes are increasingly common in parts of the world, but how much do they raise and what are they designed to achieve? Our new member briefing looks at the option of taxing visitors to a city or country and the role local government can potentially play in ensuring they are effective.

🏙️ Turnaround cities – research on seven cities for the Economy 2030 Commission

Many post-industrial cities around the world are trying to turn around long-term economic underperformance and forge a new future. This member-only briefing explores research for the Resolution Foundation’s Economy 2030 Commission asks what can be learnt from the experience of ‘turnaround cities’ – cities that have overcome economic shocks and turned their fortunes around

Key briefings:

Irish local government reform – Something done but more to do?

In this member briefing, Dr Sean O’Riordáin looks at the monitoring visit to Ireland by the Delegation for the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe. Given the common evaluation and monitoring templates of the Congress for all countries involved, these insights provide a rich comparison of local democracy across Europe – so how did Ireland fare?

 To be or not to be ‘taken in charge’

This member-only briefing explores the Irish local authority “taking in charge” policy and its legal ramifications in a recent High Court judgement. This will be of interest to elected members and staff of local authorities, as well as to Irish Water and other statutory undertakers who carry out works on, over or under public roads.

Housing market indicators update

This member-only briefing provides a concise overview of relevant statistics relating to key indicators in Ireland’s housing market.

Call for older people to reconnect through their Age Friendly programme structures following Covid

The following member-only briefing looks at one critical pillar of embedding age friendly thinking into our local policy processes and how this is making a substantive difference to how councils across Ireland approach the opportunities of having an ageing population.

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Something for everyone

At LGIU, we’re all about celebrating and showcasing the best of local government. Everyone can read, enjoy and share our open features and interviews. We also encourage anyone to reach out here if you’ve got an idea that you want us to cover or your own story to share with LGIU’s international community of local government.

Expanding digital access in rural areas – Digital Donegal

Rural areas often face barriers to accessing today’s digital society. LGIU Ireland hears from Brian Boyle, Head of Information Systems in Donegal County Council, to understand how local governments can provide the UN-recognised right to internet access. Read here.

How BladeBridges are repurposing wind turbines and active travel

Tackling the dilemma of growing wind energy adoption and no sustainable disposal solution, offers a way to repurpose blades into blade bridges, a cost-competitive option to traditional bridges with added environmental advantages. Read here.

May you live in exciting times: Looking at Irish Local Government

The vital work of local authority employees in Ireland and the role they are playing in our social and economic life is being highlighted for this year’s ‘Your Council Day’. Our Commissioning Editor, Dr. Seán Ó Riordáin provides an overview of Irish local government. Read it here.

20-minute neighbourhoods, USA experiences

Urban sprawl and the ongoing lack of adequate transport and service infrastructure is a huge challenge for urban communities across the US. This article highlights key examples of how several US cities are adopting the 20-minute neighbourhood concept to overcome the challenges. Read here.

Dublin City Council implements active travel network across the city

Dublin City Council aims to transform the way people walk, wheel and cycle in the capital. This LGIU article from Dublin City Council provides a background to the development and planning of Active Travel in Ireland’s capital. Read here.

Recent collections

Want to explore more? Our collections are a great way to look at an issue from all the angles. Check out some of our recent collections.

Spotlight on Irish local government

To mark the LGMA’s Your Council Day, we highlighted the services Irish local government provide for people and communities with some of our past content. In keeping with the theme of Your Council Day, we’ll be showcasing the range of work taking place across Irish local authorities, including the services not always associated with councils, such as arts and heritage, urban and village renewal, and tourism. Read it here.

Environmental governance

This collection showcases a range of LGIU work that explores all things environmental governance on a local level, including best environmental practice from local leaders around the world, the importance of community engagement, and adaptation and resilience strategies. From exclusive LGIU member content to our Global Local newsletters, plus articles which are free for anyone to read, this collection provides resources to support better policy and practice for your communities. Read it here.

Democracy and governance

A huge range of resources from voting, decision making to engaging with local communities. We highlight the best of our resources on making things happen together! Read it here.

Energy - powering local futures

This collection showcases a range of LGIU work that explores energy on a local level, including transitions in energy sources and powering future homes. It has plenty of key resources to offer for staff and councillors in public services that aspire to drive a sustainable energy transition in their areas. Read it here.

Local government finance

New international research and lessons on local government finance. What are the challenges? What are the potential solutions and how can we ensure a sustainable future for local government? Find out here.

The council and the car

Local government is often responsible for the last mile and the first. This collection of LGIU resources looks at how councils can manage our relationship with the car and its possible alternatives. Read here.