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# Local Authorities

Last month
September 2023
Local councillors to be given €2,500 allowance for personal security
Eligible expenses will include intruder alarms, CCTV and panic buttons.
This year
They get more attention, but NIMBYs usually lose out in the end to YIMBYs
The Journal found a lot of objections against housing projects across Ireland – but most developments were cleared to go ahead anyway.
Water delivery service workers to strike across the country this week
Unite the union is calling for a date to be set for a referendum on enshrining public ownership of Ireland’s water system in the constitution.
Most local authorities didn't collect any of the Derelict Sites Levy in 2022
A report by
Jamie McCarron
14 local authorities didn’t impose any levy on the owners of over 300 derelict sites across the country.
Contractors on public works projects to be better protected by state from inflation
Announcing the measure, Paschal Donohoe said that the construction industry had faced significant challenges in the past two years.
Councils identify over 1,500 vacant and derelict properties to be bought up
The price tag of the properties comes in at €437 million.
Local authorities are not prepared for strikes by water and firefighting workers, Siptu warns
Staff in local firefighting and water divisions are to stage separate strikes starting next week.
Government-backed mortgage offers are set to get bigger from March
Houses valued up to €360,000 in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown, South Dublin, Dublin City, Fingal, Wicklow and Kildare will soon be eligible for the loan.
Last year
Councils to secure proportion of any land value increase arising from residential zoning decisions
Land value increases when planning decisions are made to zone land, with the uplift going to the landowners or developers, but not to the State.
Government criticised over €700 million capital underspend in housing budget
The Dáil heard that local authorities currently have 2,000 homes under construction on various sites.
People with disabilities 'more likely to be homeless than the general population'
‘Inadequate funding and resources’ are also creating barriers for people with disabilities when trying to find a suitable place to live.
Councils that can deliver rapid-build houses on sites will have land debt paid off
Local authorities are currently carrying around €309 million of land legacy debt.
New scheme to allow councillor appoint temporary substitute while on maternity leave
Currently, female councillors are office-holders rather than employees and are not covered by the statutory framework for maternity leave.
The Explainer x Noteworthy: How much weedkiller are councils using?
Reporter Anthea Lacchia and campaigner James Walsh tell Susan Daly about how almost all councils are still using pesticides.
'It was sprayed in the playground': Widespread use of chemical weedkillers by councils
A report by
Anthea Lacchia
The amount spent by local authorities on pesticides varies from less than €1,000 to about €300,000 a year.
At least 28 councils applying chemical herbicide, with 19 confirmed as using glyphosate products in 2022
Local authorities' spend on pesticides varies from less than €1,000 to about €300,000 a year, reports Anthea Lacchia for Noteworthy
Campaigner: "Alternatives have to be prioritised... spraying should not be done in public areas"
The Explainer x Noteworthy: How much weedkiller are councils using?
Inspections found issues in how nine out of 10 vendors handled deadly pesticides
Over half of septic tanks failed inspections in 2021, EPA says
Under a third of septic tanks were also considered a risk to human health and the environment by the EPA.
Councils identify 89 State-owned buildings to immediately house over 5,000 Ukrainian refugees
A total of 25,383 refugees have arrived in the country as of last night.
Concerns around HAP payment levels set to be raised at housing committee today
The Oireachtas Joint Committee on Housing will receive an update on its interim homelessness report today.
Over €1 million spent on diesel laundering cleanup in two border counties since 2018
Over half of the cost is being incurred in Louth, with over €700,000 being spent on cleanup of diesel sludge.
All time
A useful guide to Ireland's planning system and how to have your say on proposed developments
News of two developments brought the system into focus again this week.
Councillors to be bypassed with transfer of local authority lands to State agency without council vote
The State agency is tasked to fully utilise state lands to build affordable homes.
Minister tells councils to buy up properties as social housing target 'will not be achieved'
Minister Darragh O’Brien said Covid-related construction delays has seriously impacted on new build construction.
Local authorities agree deferral of rates payments for businesses impacted by coronavirus outbreak
Each authority will manage repayment schedules with businesses into the future.
"We have no say on what happens in our town": The true extent of tree felling by local authorities
The first part of Noteworthy’s in-depth investigation reveals that over 10,000 trees have been cut down by councils since 2015 with many having incomplete records.
Strategy and specialists in short supply when it comes to saving public trees
The second part of Noteworthy’s in-depth investigation explores the reasons behind tree cutting including a lack of policy and expertise.
The two 'most transparent' councils in Ireland are in Dublin
Fingal County Council and South Dublin County Council have topped a new index of the country’s 31 local authorities.
Local councils tasked with rolling out 1,000 on-street electric car charge points over the next 5 years
There are currently almost 1,100 public charge points available across the island of Ireland.
10 local authorities failed to draw down funding for Traveller accommodation last year
Of €12 million allocated to local authorities in 2018, only €6.2 million was drawn down.
The myth of the free council house: 'We're not just handing them over, that would be crazy'
Dublin City Council tenants paid a total of €78.3 million in rent last year.
In Ireland, there is a 'widespread assumption' that your local TD or councillor can help you get a council house
A new report outlines a number of issues with local authority housing waiting lists in Ireland.
Number of dogs being 'put down' by pounds falls by 40%
The numbers of dogs being euthanised has fallen significantly since 2002 when 21,000 were put down.
Councillors could be in store for pay increases as review considers their remuneration
A review of the role of elected members of local authorities is being commissioned.
Calls to reform 'outdated and cumbersome' electoral register system
Politicians have said there are significant inaccuracies on the register.
Today's the final day for referendum posters to be removed
Any referendum posters in place after today are deemed to be in breach of the legislation and are subject to an on-the-spot litter fine of €150.
Pro-life groups secured access to the names and addresses of Irish voters ahead of the referendum
An investigation by and OpenDemocracy has found that at least two pro-life groups have applied for copies of the register for different local authorities.
Galway City Council is the local authority with the most integrity
Transparency International Ireland said even the highest ranking councils in its index have work to do.
'Slight delay' in publishing Ireland's latest homeless numbers shows new form of reporting is needed, says minister
Some local authorities appear to be better than others in terms of sending their numbers to the Department of Housing.
Siptu calls for remuneration for members who 'worked tirelessly' during Storm Emma
The trade union wants “a uniform response by local authorities to extreme weather events”.
It begins - German court rules that cities can ban diesel cars to combat air pollution
The move paves the way for the phasing out of diesel vehicles in a country with a huge automotive industry.
Elderly people can't leave hospital due to council taking up to 18 months to fit walk-in showers and ramps
The Housing Department has also confirmed that the waiting list for home ramps is up to 10 months.