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Back to the Future: Social Housing Policy in Ireland

This briefing sets out the broad backdrop to the current housing environment in Ireland. It is evident that successive governments have placed a priority in addressing housing need since independence. It also critically notes the need for ambitious intervention in the current housing sector and explains, broadly, the strategic intent of current housing policy.

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The National Risk Assessment: Is Local Government at the table?

Although Ireland is situated in a relatively stable environment, this briefing explores the need for a local to national approach to confronting the challenges of meeting the risks the State and people have to confront, looking at the role local government plays and how this might develop over time.

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Global Local Government: A future in crisis?

LGiU’s Chief Executive Jonathan Carr-West looks at the futures for local government in this rapidly changing political landscape Are we living through a crisis of representative democracy? Around the world it is, at least, under pressure from various sorts of populism. This takes many different forms. In places as far apart as Hungary and Colombia…

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Towards a Walking World: The role of local government

A recent report declared that creating places people can walk around conveniently, safely and enjoyably is becoming a priority worldwide. This briefing will explore the ways in which local government can contribute to making cities more walkable.

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Local approaches to obesity

This briefing takes a closer look at the approaches that councils in Ireland, Scotland and England are taking to tackle obesity and inactivity in their local areas and will be of interest to Irish eyes given the similar challenges being confronted across the three nations.

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The State of Public Parks

There have been significant cuts to local authority budgets for the upkeep of Ireland's green spaces. The UK faces the same problem, and this briefing will examine the findings of a British report and explore alternative approaches that local authorities there are adopting for the management of parks.

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Culture as a catalyst for innovation and growth in a rural local authority

Local government systems around the world seek to nurture the voice of communities, focusing on improving quality of life of citizens and promoting economic and cultural development. This briefing explores the policy framework within which Culture and the Arts operate in Ireland and its links to economic growth.

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Social Housing in Scotland: A New Beginning?

Following on from a previous briefing about the role of the planning system in tackling Ireland’s housing crisis, this briefing looks at social housing innovations happening in Scotland, who have pursued a very different housing policy to the rest of the UK since devolution.

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Tackling Ireland’s housing crisis: The role of the planning system

Ireland is experiencing a shortage of new homes following the economic crash of 2007. The total number of new homes constructed in 2015 was about half of what is required. This briefing looks at the role of the planning system as part of the government’s housing action plan.

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Ireland’s ageing population: Local government centred innovation

Ireland‘s changing demographics have major implications for Irish society for the foreseeable future. This briefing explores how local authorities can pioneer innovative strategies to target issues that need to be addressed to promote positive ageing.

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