In conversation with Paddy Mahon, Chief Executive of Longford County Council

Next in our interview series of local government Chief Executives, Thomas and Hannah from LGIU Ireland spoke with Paddy Mahon, Chief Executive of Longford County Council. Covering the opportunities and challenges facing Longford County Council and the role of local government in climate action, make sure you read more about one of Ireland’s innovative local…


Winners of the Chambers Ireland 2023 Excellence in Local Government Awards

An awards ceremony which showcases the high level of best practice in Irish local government, LGIU Ireland was pleased to participate in the judging and coverage of Chambers Ireland 2023 Excellence in Local Government Awards. In this LGIU Ireland article, we bring you the winners of Chambers Ireland Excellence Local Government Awards 15 categories to…

Ireland, Northern Ireland

HOUSE! – Sustaining the Arts Winner in Chambers Ireland 2022

Saving the best till last in our series on the winners of the Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards 2022, this article from Galway County Council details the background to “HOUSE”, a fun-filled aerial spectacle with circus, theatre and drive-in bingo.

Ireland With case study

Housing is key to tackling poverty in the travelling community

LGIU associate Jill Morgan discusses the connection between poverty and traveller communities. She argues that local government has a truly critical role to play in alleviating the issue – and this begins with a serious revamp of the current approach to accommodation for Travelling communities.

England & Wales, Global, Ireland

The good, bad and ugly of site provisions for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people

This Q&A with Barry Winchester from the UK charity Friends, Families and Travellers discusses their latest report reviewing the available site provisions for the needs of Gypsy and Traveller people. It is a must-read, as the findings have significant implications and lessons for local government.

England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland

A blooming international success for Ennis

While any local authority aims for the highly-coveted Tidy Towns Award, this article looks at how Clare County Council’s capital town of Ennis recently achieved international success in the 2023 Communities in Bloom awards ceremony in Canada.


Arts Council in Northern Ireland

In this article, the Chair of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Liam Hannaway, emphasises the importance of investment in the arts and the risks posed by a continual under-funding of the arts in Northern Ireland, urging caution against further cuts.

Ireland, Northern Ireland

Sexism in Irish local politics – time to wake up!

In recent years, the local to national political systems of Ireland have had low levels of women and Minority Ethnic Community representation. In this article, LGIU’s Ireland Commissioner, Dr. Seán Ó’Riordáin, discusses this trend in light of the recent Women’s Collective Ireland Limerick paper on sexism in politics.