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Tuesday 28 March 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# councils

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# 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.
# for local people
What does a county councillor actually do?
They do a lot of work, walking and, no, they can’t repeal the water charges.
# total mayor
Three Dublin councils vote on a directly-elected mayor tomorrow. Here's how it's looking..
Councillors are voting on whether to put the issue to the people on 23 May. Any of the three remaining councils can veto the move…
# Tapped Out
Dublin councils are owed €32 million in water charges
A South Dublin councillor says the figures raise questions over the transfer of Irish Water.
# Donegal
Donegal County Council on verge of collapse after failure to agree budget
The budget was defeated with 15 votes to 13.
# 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.
# sand bags
Flood warnings as high tides expected in Cork and Dublin
Sand bags are being put in place at locations prone to flooding.
# 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.
# 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.
# Severance Pay
Outgoing Sligo county manager will receive €270,000 severance package
A Sligo county councillor says that there is “no justification” for the payment, given the “shambles” the council’s finances are in.
# Dublin councillors
Dublin’s 53 extra councillors will cost €1.5 million every year
The addition of more councillors in Dublin’s four local authorities will cost more but Phil Hogan insists there will be overall savings of over €3.6 million under his reforms.
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.
# councils
Proposals to overhaul Ireland’s councils criticised by... Ireland’s councils
The Association of Municipal Authorities of Ireland says the revised boundaries could leave rural areas without councillors.
# Euroleaks
Commission calls for legal rules requiring Councils to break even
Right now councils only have an informal requirement to balance their books – something the Troika wants addressed.
# Household charge
Household Charge: Councils granted access to rented accommodation database
Phil Hogan has cleared the way for the PRTB, which governs tenancies in Ireland, to share data with local councils.
# councils
Have an opinion on council reforms? Phil Hogan wants them
The Environment Minister has established a committee to review local electoral areas, and submissions on the proposed changes are now being sought.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you agree with the local government reforms?
Major reforms to the structure of local government in Ireland were announced yesterday, but what do you think about them?
# local government
Mixed response to Hogan's plans for local council cull
Political parties criticise plans to do away with town councils, but the response of others is a little more enthusiastic.
# local government
Number of local authorities to be slashed from 114 to 31
That will see the number of council seats reduced from 1,627 to 950.
# alerts
Councils use new service MapAlerter to spread information to public
The creator of the service said it could be a crucial tool for councils this winter during severe weather conditions.
# Poll
Poll: Do charity ‘chuggers’ bother you?
As the UK levels strict regulations on charity street fundraisers, we ask: How do you feel about so-called ‘chuggers’?
# councils
Councils face cull as Hogan reveals plans for local government reform
Phil Hogan says his reforms will see local services managed locally – with the number of councils being pulled back.
# Planning
Opposition dismisses 'whitewash' report on councils' planning inquiries
Jan O’Sullivan’s report on irregularities in seven county councils came a day before a Dáil vote on resuming them.
# Water Meters
No deal to give tender for water meters to O'Brien firm, insists minister
Pat Rabbitte says reports that SiteServ has won the tender to install water meters in Irish homes are incorrect.
# water headache
Enda Kenny: We can't guarantee water will not be cut off
Taoiseach says that Government can’t send a message to people that they need not pay water charges. However, decision not yet made on how to tackle amount of water “lost” between production and tap – and who will pay for it.
# bad planning
Taisce: Absence of local tax saw councils approve too many developments
The national heritage organisation says councils allowed over-development in order to cash in on new commercial rates.
# map of the day
Ireland is Crap at Planning Map of the Day
The at-a-glance report card for local authorities’ planning departments. Not ONE scored an ‘A’ or a ‘B’.
# Daily Fix
The Daily Fix: Wednesday
Your nightly news round-up of the day’s biggest stories…
Column: ‘Everything local authorities touch turns into a fiasco’
The performance of local councils ranges from incompetent to corrupt – and we need them out, writes William Campbell.
# Clamping
Oireachtas committee to wrap up clamping hearings with local authority reps
Representatives of local authority groups are set to present their views on clamping to the committee today.
# Email
Government 'could save €10million' by using webmail
Fine Gael Senator Catherine Noone said a cloud-based email system like Gmail would save money and increase flexibility.
Column: Don’t trust the government? Then let’s put local people in power
Call them gombeens if you want – but handing money and power to local councils would help fix our democracy, writes Aaron McKenna.
# recycling
Christmas is over: time for the decorations dump
City and county councils have opened Christmas tree recycling depots across the country so you can be kind to your tree (and the environment).
# pothole ireland
Pothole politics not on the agenda after all...
There’s a deficit of over €4bn in local government coffers which are going to hit basic services if not addressed by next government.