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Tuesday 26 September 2023 Dublin: 13°C

# County Councils

This year
Councils seek €40 million to help beef up staffing in planning departments nationwide
Local authorities have sought funding from the Government to recruit an additional 541 planning staff.
Last year
Report: Here are the counties performing the best and worst on local environment issues
The EPA has identified the highest and lowest-performing local authorities on issues like air and water quality and waste.
All time
What's happening with public transport in your county right now? Here's a rundown
From greenways to bus shelters, here are some of the key transport projects underway in each county.
We spoke to city and county councils around Ireland to find the latest details on transport infrastructure.
From greenways to bus shelters, here are some of the key transport projects underway in each county.
'The land that transport forgot': Locals say Donegal needs better buses and return of rail
Number of security officers on Luas temporarily increases by 30% after report on women’s safety
'Massive issue at the moment': Councils ask public to bin responsibly after recent litter increase
Cork County Council said it anticipates an increase in waste from day trips and staycations this summer.
Maternity leave for councillors to be examined by all-female group
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
A Female Councillor Caucus in Cork and a Migrant-Councillor Forum in Kilkenny are some of the projects that were supported.
Sink or swim: Ireland's public swimming pools need a lifeline - here's why
The ebb and flow of government funding is the core problem facing public pools.
Last remaining councils to meet to nominate their presidential candidate
Other than Michael D Higgins, there are five people on the ballot paper so far.
Local authorities have kept on just 27 JobBridge interns
That’s out of more than 1,200 who have completed placement with county councils.
Retiring town councillors will be paid around €4.6 million
The payment will be offset by long-term savings says Phil Hogan.
Here's how to keep up with your newly-elected council
You elected them, now pay attention to what they do.
Here's how many seats each party holds on your local council
What group is dominating local politics in your area?
The final stretch: Fewer than 40 council seats still to be filled
Counting is due to resume in most areas at 10am this morning.
What does a county councillor actually do?
They do a lot of work, walking and, no, they can’t repeal the water charges.
Poll: Should people living in areas with more businesses pay less property tax?
Reports today suggest that Fine Gael could be committing to this as part of their local elections manifesto.
Two councils fund women's refuge to stop it closing
Dundalk Women’s Aid has received €30,000 to remove the immediate threat of closure.
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.
Labour TD's bill would give public access to private land
The Dáil will today debate a bill from Robert Dowds, identifying privately-owned property to be used as recreational land.
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: 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.
Wicklow Co Co must find the money to pay property tax on council houses
Wicklow County Manager Eddie Sheehy said there was “no provision in the budget for any payment in relation to local authority houses”.
14 TDs could face sanction for not declaring council pay-offs
The Dáil’s committee on members interests says TDs failed to honour their obligations by leaving their former council jobs out of their annual Register of Members’ Interests.
Here is the week's news... skewed
Breaking via The Mire wire: Roscommon man jumps for space to advertise his CV; the Prophet Seán Quinn; Enda having fun in Brussels.
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?
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.
Dáil committee to discuss whether TDs are in breach of ethics laws
The public ethics watchdog believes TDs should declare council positions if they receive a severance pay-off – but of 22 TDs and Senators, only four did so.
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.
National Bike Week: how to get pedalling
Bling your bike, boil an egg with a bike, follow the rickshaw – some intriguing events lined up to get bums on saddles.
Government to block Bill allowing TDs to scrutinise council spending
The government says proposals by Fianna Fail’s John McGuinness would hamper the government’s own plan for reforms.
Bad planning contributing to Irish obesity levels - An Taisce
An Taisce’s comprehensive report suggests urban sprawl means more time in cars or transport – and less time physically active.
The 9 worst councils in Ireland's planning system
An Taisce has rated planning systems in 34 city and county councils. Nine of them got an ‘F’ grade.
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.
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.
Role of local authorities to be 'expanded', says Phil Hogan
Meanwhile, a committee is to explore whether Waterford City and County Councils should be merged.
Column: Abolish the Seanad? Here's a better idea to fix our political system
Parish-pump politics is crippling our democracy – so Simon Tuohy offers a radical new proposal to fix the system.
One in, all in: Seven up for 2011 Presidential contest
The nominations of Dana Rosemary Scallon and David Norris mean that the ballot paper next month will be the most crowded ever.
Martin McGuinness branded a 'consistent liar' by Gay Byrne
Byrne hit out at the Sinn Féin presidential candidate, saying he “lies all the time” using “weasel words”.
Davis will not follow Gallagher's lead of asking councils to drop support
Seán Gallagher has asked three councils to withdraw their support, so that they can nominate others – but Mary Davis won’t.
Mary Davis secures ten council nominations
The Special Olympics organiser has secured her place on the ballot with six more nominations than required for the October election.
New report finds that town councils should be enhanced, not scrapped
The McCarthy report recommended the abolishment of town councils and a consolidation of local government, but a new study has said that the councils are just an ‘easy target’.