This is the latest in a series of briefings looking at local government around the world. Local councils in Australia are under financial strain like many of their counterparts in Ireland, but the federal system in which they operate means that responsibilities for local authorities differ by state.
By exploring the legislative and structural elements that shape municipal (local) level government in Canada and local government in Ireland and the UK, this paper will seek to provide a detailed analysis of the most accessible layer of government in each state.
The NPF's Issues Paper, precursor of the draft NPF which will be published later in the year, is open for public consultation until mid-March. This Briefing sets the Issues Paper in context, outlines and assesses its contents, and describes where the NPF process goes from here.
The Government has just published a new national plan on rural development. Entitled 'Realising our Rural Potential: Action Plan for Rural Development', the Plan sets out some 270 actions with identified action owners across the public sector and over the three levels of government in the State.
Brexit continues to dominate the news and parliament and must be always be in the minds of nearly everyone in local government. This briefing summarises the next legislative steps, the outlook for the economy and the response to the current situation in the UK, Scotland and Ireland.
How can community councils improve local accountability and deliver effective devolved services? Can lessons be learned from the Scottish and English models? We look here at the legislation affecting them and how there are many examples of innovative practice around service devolution and development.
The National Planning Framework Consultative Policy Statement will shortly be published by the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, and is without doubt one of the most important policy statements any government in the history of the State has published.
This Briefing provides an overview of the revenue budgets for Irish local authorities for 2017, looking at areas of expenditure that are incurred by local authorities, examining the various sources of funding available to each local authority, and drawing comparisons between the budgets of 2016 and 2017.
Throughout the developed world, people are living longer, healthier lives. Life expectancy is increasing at a rapid rate. For the first time in human history, there will shortly be more people in the world over 60 than there are children under the age of 5. This briefing gives an overview of the age friendly progress…
Characterised by short term lets and amateur landlords, the rental sector in Ireland has not been an attractive investment for institutions or major property companies. Is this about to change?