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A useful guide to Ireland's planning system and how to have your say on proposed developments
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A useful guide to Ireland's planning system and how to have your say on proposed developments

Oct 9th 2021, 7:00 PM 14,190 Views 11 Comments

News of two developments brought the system into focus again this week.

Michael Pidgeon: Why the left - including Sinn Féin - should support property taxes
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Michael Pidgeon: Why the left - including Sinn Féin - should support property taxes

Jun 2nd 2021, 1:46 PM 20,251 Views 68 Comments

The Green Party councillor says 90% of Ireland’s household wealth is tied up in property and that we should keep taxing it.

Government signs-off on plan for directly elected mayor for Limerick
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Government signs-off on plan for directly elected mayor for Limerick

Apr 20th 2021, 3:06 PM 6,039 Views 10 Comments

An election will be held later this year if the public health situation allows it.

Maternity leave for councillors to be examined by all-female group
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Maternity leave for councillors to be examined by all-female group

Mar 29th 2021, 12:49 PM 10,511 Views 33 Comments

Councillors, TDs and senators currently have no right to take maternity leave.

Over €140,000 given to 23 projects to help women and people from minority groups become councillors
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Over €140,000 given to 23 projects to help women and people from minority groups become councillors

Dec 14th 2020, 10:30 PM 10,647 Views 21 Comments

A Female Councillor Caucus in Cork and a Migrant-Councillor Forum in Kilkenny are some of the projects that were supported.

Amsterdam has banned tour groups from sex workers’ windows in red light district
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Amsterdam has banned tour groups from sex workers’ windows in red light district

Feb 13th 2020, 10:16 PM 51,106 Views 46 Comments

The move is an attempt to address over-tourism and protect workers.

Cabinet approve citizens' assemblies on gender equality and Dublin's local government
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Cabinet approve citizens' assemblies on gender equality and Dublin's local government

Jun 11th 2019, 8:55 PM 9,711 Views 31 Comments

The Assembly on gender equality will look at “the remaining barriers facilitating gender discrimination”.

Opinion: Directly elected mayors would be good for democracy
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Opinion: Directly elected mayors would be good for democracy

May 21st 2019, 7:00 AM 10,656 Views 36 Comments

Citizens of some cities will vote on Friday as to whether to introduce a directly elected mayor – the move would boost local government, writes Deiric Ó Broin .

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Varadkar backs London's directly elected mayor model for Dublin

Mar 6th 2019, 10:05 PM 9,552 Views 27 Comments

The Taoiseach has said that borough councils should be established directly under a Mayor’s office.

Call to tackle 'significant underrepresentation' of women in senior council roles
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Call to tackle 'significant underrepresentation' of women in senior council roles

Nov 29th 2018, 6:10 AM 10,192 Views 68 Comments

Just under three in 10 Chief Executive (28%) and Director of Services (26%) roles in local authorities nationally are held by women.

Opinion: Cutting constituency sizes will cut left wing councillors by 75% and women by 25%
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Opinion: Cutting constituency sizes will cut left wing councillors by 75% and women by 25%

Nov 7th 2017, 7:00 AM 11,367 Views 60 Comments

It’s well-known that the smaller the number of people elected in a constituency, the less likely the election result will reflect the actual vote, writes Oliver Moran.

Calls for homes on AirBnB to be registered with local councils
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Calls for homes on AirBnB to be registered with local councils

Oct 5th 2017, 6:11 PM 9,551 Views 30 Comments

The Housing Committee recommended that short term lettings of more than 90 days annually should require change-of-use planning permission.

Opinion: Ireland's weakness is a lack of indigenous businesses
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Opinion: Ireland's weakness is a lack of indigenous businesses

Sep 29th 2017, 6:30 AM 5,970 Views 42 Comments

We need to see decentralisation to Irish cities, towns and rural areas in order to promote bottom-up enterprise development, writes Professor Eoin O’Leary.

Councillors across the country are getting a pay rise (except for ones in Dublin, Cork and Galway)
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Councillors across the country are getting a pay rise (except for ones in Dublin, Cork and Galway)

Jan 24th 2017, 12:52 PM 12,783 Views 47 Comments

Municipal councillors will soon be entitled to €1,000 extra.

Plans to merge libraries criticised as 'wholly shoddy and unacceptable'
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Plans to merge libraries criticised as 'wholly shoddy and unacceptable'

Jan 25th 2015, 10:30 AM 13,208 Views 54 Comments

Will your county be affected?

Workers threaten to strike over Roscommon Council's 'bullyboy tactics'
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Workers threaten to strike over Roscommon Council's 'bullyboy tactics'

Jan 9th 2015, 4:38 PM 15,078 Views 24 Comments

Up to 150 employees are unhappy with measures being implemented by the local authority.

Advocacy service for deaf people closes after funding cut, leaves '5,000 at risk'
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Advocacy service for deaf people closes after funding cut, leaves '5,000 at risk'

Jul 1st 2014, 7:48 PM 8,508 Views 31 Comments

The Irish Deaf Society said its members now face “further social exclusion”.

From today there are just 31 local authorities in Ireland
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From today there are just 31 local authorities in Ireland

Jun 1st 2014, 7:30 AM 10,390 Views 29 Comments

New reforms in local government mean councils will have greater policy development powers and a clearer role in economic development.

Oversight and Audit Commission to scrutinise local government spending
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Oversight and Audit Commission to scrutinise local government spending

May 9th 2014, 1:46 PM 6,487 Views 23 Comments

Minister Phil Hogan is looking for expressions of interest from people suitable to sit on the Commission.

Ibec aren't a political party, but if they were, this is what their local election manifesto would say
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# Cost Of Business

Ibec aren't a political party, but if they were, this is what their local election manifesto would say

Apr 21st 2014, 7:30 AM 8,699 Views 38 Comments

They want a cut in local Government charges for businesses.

Local authorities haven't collected over €355 million owed to them
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Local authorities haven't collected over €355 million owed to them

Mar 31st 2014, 6:30 AM 8,505 Views 19 Comments

In 2012, arrears increased by €33 million, or approximately 10 per cent, compared to 2011, where rates arrears came to €323 million.

Local authorities get cash to spruce up public spaces ahead of tourist season
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Local authorities get cash to spruce up public spaces ahead of tourist season

Mar 18th 2014, 8:31 PM 9,796 Views 67 Comments

Minister Hogan has announced a total of €2.975 million in funding.

Poll: Do you plan to vote in the local elections?
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Poll: Do you plan to vote in the local elections?

Jan 17th 2014, 9:47 AM 10,646 Views 142 Comments

The local elections will be held in May – will you head to the polling stations?

Donegal councillors have to agree a budget next Monday - or they'll be removed
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Donegal councillors have to agree a budget next Monday - or they'll be removed

Jan 8th 2014, 3:24 PM 9,180 Views 46 Comments

And Phil ‘Big Phil’ Hogan will be doing the removal…

Local authorities will outline priorities for storm repair funding
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Local authorities will outline priorities for storm repair funding

Jan 7th 2014, 7:31 PM 10,051 Views 12 Comments

The response to the storms will first be assessed by local authorities before a preliminary report is then brought to Government next week.

Windows in rented accommodation are not inspected for safety
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Windows in rented accommodation are not inspected for safety

Jan 7th 2014, 6:45 AM 8,068 Views 20 Comments

The Dublin City Coroner has called for mandatory safety catches, but local authorities don’t inspect windows, it has been revealed.

Local government model and funding to "change considerably" this year
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Local government model and funding to "change considerably" this year

Jan 3rd 2014, 8:00 AM 7,797 Views 39 Comments

When Irish Water takes over water services, Minister Hogan said local authorities will have lower funding needs.

Dáil debates bill to deal with 'crisis in Irish towns'
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Dáil debates bill to deal with 'crisis in Irish towns'

Nov 22nd 2013, 11:49 AM 5,371 Views 20 Comments

The government has declined to accept a private members’ bill put forward by Fianna Fáil in the Dáil today.

Local Government Fund expenditure estimated at €1.21bn this year
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Local Government Fund expenditure estimated at €1.21bn this year

Nov 16th 2013, 7:15 AM 3,997 Views 8 Comments

The General Purpose Grant that funds the day-to-day activities of local councils has been steadily falling for most councils for the last three years.

"Arrogant" Phil Hogan's visit to be greeted with protest by Letterkenny councillors
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"Arrogant" Phil Hogan's visit to be greeted with protest by Letterkenny councillors

Nov 6th 2013, 10:12 AM 7,711 Views 50 Comments

Councillors are up in arms over plans to scrap the local authority. The town’s mayor will mention the issue in a speech attended by Hogan on Friday.

Council of Europe report criticises power of local government in Ireland
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Council of Europe report criticises power of local government in Ireland

Oct 31st 2013, 7:30 AM 8,629 Views 35 Comments

The European Council report says that Ireland has improved, but needs to devolve more power to local authorities.

Hogan on Dublin mayor plan: 'I might be 6' 5'' but I'm not going to lean in any direction'
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Hogan on Dublin mayor plan: 'I might be 6' 5'' but I'm not going to lean in any direction'

Oct 18th 2013, 7:30 AM 6,625 Views 59 Comments

The Minister isn’t giving much away about whether or not he’d like a directly-elected mayor for the capital.

Hogan unveils 'the most radical reform of local government in 100 years'
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Hogan unveils 'the most radical reform of local government in 100 years'

Oct 17th 2013, 12:50 PM 7,508 Views 52 Comments

“With this bill we intend to to build a better, stronger, more efficient, more responsive and more accountable system of local government,” Hogan said today.

Parking charges contributes €100 million to the Exchequer every year
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Parking charges contributes €100 million to the Exchequer every year

Sep 11th 2013, 4:00 PM 5,156 Views 44 Comments

Parking is a big money-maker for local authorities who make €115 million on paid parking.

New app gives access to local mental health services
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New app gives access to local mental health services

Jul 7th 2013, 8:30 PM 11,219 Views 22 Comments

The initiative aims to remove the reluctance of some people to physically ask for help.

This man is the new Lord Mayor of Dublin
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This man is the new Lord Mayor of Dublin

Jun 24th 2013, 8:54 PM 11,866 Views 37 Comments

Labour’s Oisín Quinn – nephew of minister Ruairí – could be one of the last mayors not to be directly elected by the public.

Councils take €311 million hit as commercial rates are written off
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Councils take €311 million hit as commercial rates are written off

Jun 21st 2013, 7:15 AM 6,339 Views 25 Comments

Figures published by Phil Hogan reveal the extent of the financial hit taken by councils as local enterprise goes under.

Aaron McKenna: It's time for a conversation about how local government spends our money
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Aaron McKenna: It's time for a conversation about how local government spends our money

May 25th 2013, 8:00 AM 43 Views 20 Comments

The notion that cutting local government spending wouldn’t save the country or bring justice to bankers, and therefore it shouldn’t be touched at all, is a logical fallacy, writes Aaron McKenna.

Explainer: What’s on the table in the Croke Park talks?
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Explainer: What’s on the table in the Croke Park talks?

Feb 18th 2013, 2:45 PM 24,884 Views 75 Comments

The government is seeking additional savings from the public sector, setting it on a collision course with unions. Here’s what it’s all about…

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