New councillor? LGIU is here for you

Whether you’re a brand new councillor or an old hand, LGIU is here to support you to deliver for your local residents. LGIU Chief Executive Jonathan Carr-West explains how new councillors can start benefitting from LGIU now.

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Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s innovative Beaufort energy retrofit project

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s Beaufort housing energy retrofit project received the ‘Local Authority Innovation Award’ at the 2023 Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards. This article delves into the delivery of this innovative project and shares the overall benefits it’s had on the Beaufort residents


Bridging the digital divide: Wicklow County Council’s One-to-One Digital project

This article unpacks Wicklow County Council’s award-winning One-to-One Digital project, which addresses digital literacy challenges by pairing adult learners with trained student tutors. The program’s success in fostering digital skills and community connection underscores its potential for replication in other councils.


Donegal Local Enterprise Office’s ambition business accelerator for women

Despite the challenges of systemic barriers, gender biases and a global pandemic, Ireland’s woman-led entrepreneurship has skyrocketed – but theres a lot left to do. In this article, Donegal County Council, reflects on the success of their AMBITION programme and shares insights on how other councils can take women-led entrepreneurship to the next level.


An Ireland of the regions: But what of local government?

In this think piece, LGIU’s Ireland Commissioner, Dr Seán O Riordáin, carries on his discussion on the current governance of the island of Ireland, exploring what the future of local government might look like under a regional framework.

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Ireland 2040: An island of regions?

In this think piece, LGIU’s Ireland Commissioner, Dr Seán O Riordáin, discusses the current governance of the island of Ireland and delves into considerations around a possible new governance model for the region.

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The 21st Century Councillor in Irish Local Government – AILG 2024 Conference

In this short article, LGIU’s Head of International Operations, Hannah Muirhead, shares some key highlights from the 2024 Association of Irish Local Government annual training conference. The event focused on the 21st Century Councillor in Irish Local Government and delved into some key developments in Irish local government in the year of local elections.

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A post-conflict role for local government in Northern Ireland

In a region where ethno-nationalist conflict continues to dominate society, culture and governance, this article explores the role of Northern Ireland’s local government in peacebuilding efforts. Highlighting three areas which exemplify the importance of local government’s role in reconciliation.

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