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From TheJournal.ie Cabinet approve citizens' assemblies on gender equality and Dublin's local government Cabinet

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Directly elected mayors would be good for democracy Opinion

Opinion: Directly elected mayors would be good for democracy

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 .

From TheJournal.ie Varadkar backs London's directly elected mayor model for Dublin

Varadkar backs London's directly elected mayor model for Dublin

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

From TheJournal.ie Call to tackle 'significant underrepresentation' of women in senior council roles Gender Quotas

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Cutting constituency sizes will cut left wing councillors by 75% and women by 25% Local Government

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

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.

From TheJournal.ie Calls for homes on AirBnB to be registered with local councils Housing

Calls for homes on AirBnB to be registered with local councils

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

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Ireland's weakness is a lack of indigenous businesses Decentralisation

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

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.

From TheJournal.ie Councillors across the country are getting a pay rise (except for ones in Dublin, Cork and Galway) Local Government

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Plans to merge libraries criticised as 'wholly shoddy and unacceptable' Read All About It

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

Will your county be affected?

From TheJournal.ie Workers threaten to strike over Roscommon Council's 'bullyboy tactics' Engineers

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Advocacy service for deaf people closes after funding cut, leaves '5,000 at risk' Irish Deaf Society

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

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

From TheJournal.ie From today there are just 31 local authorities in Ireland Reform

From today there are just 31 local authorities in Ireland

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

From TheJournal.ie Oversight and Audit Commission to scrutinise local government spending Jobswatch

Oversight and Audit Commission to scrutinise local government spending

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

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

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

They want a cut in local Government charges for businesses.

From TheJournal.ie Local authorities haven't collected over €355 million owed to them COMMERCIAL RATES

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Local authorities get cash to spruce up public spaces ahead of tourist season Phil Hogan

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Poll: Do you plan to vote in the local elections? Your Say This post contains a poll

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Donegal councillors have to agree a budget next Monday - or they'll be removed Dissolution Threat

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Local authorities will outline priorities for storm repair funding Clean Up

Local authorities will outline priorities for storm repair funding

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

From TheJournal.ie Windows in rented accommodation are not inspected for safety INspections

Windows in rented accommodation are not inspected for safety

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

From TheJournal.ie Local government model and funding to "change considerably" this year Local Government

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Dáil debates bill to deal with 'crisis in Irish towns' Town Centres

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Local Government Fund expenditure estimated at €1.21bn this year Local Government

Local Government Fund expenditure estimated at €1.21bn this year

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.

From TheJournal.ie "Arrogant" Phil Hogan's visit to be greeted with protest by Letterkenny councillors Local Government

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

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.

From TheJournal.ie Council of Europe report criticises power of local government in Ireland Local Government

Council of Europe report criticises power of local government in Ireland

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

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

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Hogan unveils 'the most radical reform of local government in 100 years' Local Government Reform

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

“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.

From TheJournal.ie The 9 at 9: Thursday 9 At 9

The 9 at 9: Thursday

Good morning. Here are the nine things you need to know as you start your Thursday…

From TheJournal.ie Parking charges contributes €100 million to the Exchequer every year Conference

Parking charges contributes €100 million to the Exchequer every year

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

From TheJournal.ie New app gives access to local mental health services Reaching Out

New app gives access to local mental health services

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

From TheJournal.ie This man is the new Lord Mayor of Dublin Dublin City Council

This man is the new Lord Mayor of Dublin

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

From TheJournal.ie Councils take €311 million hit as commercial rates are written off COMMERCIAL RATES

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Aaron McKenna: It's time for a conversation about how local government spends our money Opinion

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

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.

From TheJournal.ie Explainer: What’s on the table in the Croke Park talks? Croke Park II

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

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…

From TheJournal.ie Column: Proposed local government reforms will lead to job losses and closures Entrepreneurs

Column: Proposed local government reforms will lead to job losses and closures

Entrepreneurs, job-seekers, rural enterprises, tourism initiatives and community-based projects all rely on local development companies – which could be forced to close under new reforms, writes John Walsh.

From TheJournal.ie Commission calls for legal rules requiring Councils to break even Euroleaks

Commission calls for legal rules requiring Councils to break even Exclusive

Right now councils only have an informal requirement to balance their books – something the Troika wants addressed.

From TheJournal.ie Over 1.1 million have now paid the Household Charge - Hogan Community

Over 1.1 million have now paid the Household Charge - Hogan

Hogan thanked all those who had registered their properties and paid the charge, saying €113.35 million has been collected and reallocated to local authorities.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Property tax risks worsening problems Ireland already has Opinion

Column: Property tax risks worsening problems Ireland already has

A conventional property tax has many disadvantages against a site value tax, writes Judy Osbourne.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Council reform will discourage women – and help the old boys Opinion

Column: Council reform will discourage women – and help the old boys

The changes to councils will reinforce the dominance of the three major parties, says Fine Gael councillor Mick Glynn.

From TheJournal.ie Ireland failing to tackle corruption, claims report Transparency

Ireland failing to tackle corruption, claims report

Media plurality, a regulator for charities and transparency in how people are appointed to State bodies all issues highlighted by Transparency International Ireland.

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