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# Local Authorities

This year
Local authorities can't have ‘a la carte’ relationship with Govt, Varadkar says after Mayo council vote
Fewer car park spaces and smaller gardens under new house building rules issued to local authorities
Last year
Bitten and broken: Dog attack victims say lax law enforcement leaves them without hope
Noteworthy investigation finds dog bite reports continue to rise across Ireland, with sheepdogs one of the most commonly reported for aggressive behaviour.
Dog attacks in some council areas have more than doubled in less than a year
Significant increase in incidents of aggressive behaviour, with one council's reports quadrupling
Experts warn owners need education, not tighter controls
People across Ireland raise litany of complaints with councils about dogs running off-lead
Local councillors to be given €2,500 allowance for personal security
They get more attention, but NIMBYs usually lose out in the end to YIMBYs
Water delivery service workers to strike across the country this week
Most local authorities didn't collect any of the Derelict Sites Levy in 2022
Contractors on public works projects to be better protected by state from inflation
Councils identify over 1,500 vacant and derelict properties to be bought up
Local authorities are not prepared for strikes by water and firefighting workers, Siptu warns
Government-backed mortgage offers are set to get bigger from March
All time
Councils to secure proportion of any land value increase arising from residential zoning decisions
Government criticised over €700 million capital underspend in housing budget
People with disabilities 'more likely to be homeless than the general population'
Councils that can deliver rapid-build houses on sites will have land debt paid off
New scheme to allow councillor appoint temporary substitute while on maternity leave
The Explainer x Noteworthy: How much weedkiller are councils using?
'It was sprayed in the playground': Widespread use of chemical weedkillers by councils
Over half of septic tanks failed inspections in 2021, EPA says
Councils identify 89 State-owned buildings to immediately house over 5,000 Ukrainian refugees
Concerns around HAP payment levels set to be raised at housing committee today
Over €1 million spent on diesel laundering cleanup in two border counties since 2018
A useful guide to Ireland's planning system and how to have your say on proposed developments
Councillors to be bypassed with transfer of local authority lands to State agency without council vote
Minister tells councils to buy up properties as social housing target 'will not be achieved'
Local authorities agree deferral of rates payments for businesses impacted by coronavirus outbreak
"We have no say on what happens in our town": The true extent of tree felling by local authorities
Strategy and specialists in short supply when it comes to saving public trees
The two 'most transparent' councils in Ireland are in Dublin
Local councils tasked with rolling out 1,000 on-street electric car charge points over the next 5 years
10 local authorities failed to draw down funding for Traveller accommodation last year
The myth of the free council house: 'We're not just handing them over, that would be crazy'
In Ireland, there is a 'widespread assumption' that your local TD or councillor can help you get a council house
Number of dogs being 'put down' by pounds falls by 40%
Councillors could be in store for pay increases as review considers their remuneration
Calls to reform 'outdated and cumbersome' electoral register system
Today's the final day for referendum posters to be removed
Pro-life groups secured access to the names and addresses of Irish voters ahead of the referendum
Galway City Council is the local authority with the most integrity