The Association of Irish Local Government held their annual conference in March, hosting councillors from across Ireland for a packed programme covering key issues facing the sector. This year, focus was on climate action, and the first annual Women’s Network meeting was held. LGIU’s Jennifer Glover attended the event and brings you the highlights.
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Cancelling local elections was undoubtedly the right call but it’s not without consequences. Jonathan Carr-West looks at the impact on governance and democratic legitimacy.
While the nation and the world grapples with implications of and response to the fast-moving Covid-19 crisis, many councillors are asking how they can help their communities stay safe. We have brought together a few tips that may help elected members to shape their local response and protect their residents.
Finally the problem of flooding has reached the top of the agenda, but where will the solutions come from? LGIU’s Chief Operating Officer, Dr Andy Johnston reports from the recent National Flood Forum Conference.
Jennifer Lothian, Sustainable Energy & Climate Change Officer at East Lothian Council, provides insight into East Lothian Council’s successful reductions in carbon footprint over the past 5 years, in addition to outlining ambitious future plans to meet net-zero targets.