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#Local Authorities

# local-authorities - This week 4th December 2022 - 9th December 2022

Government criticised over €700 million capital underspend in housing budget
# Leaders' Questions
# Leaders' Questions

Government criticised over €700 million capital underspend in housing budget

Tue 4:33 PM 6,874 Views 8 Comments

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'
# Housing Needs
# Housing Needs

People with disabilities 'more likely to be homeless than the general population'

Tue 12:18 PM 4,672 Views 3 Comments

‘Inadequate funding and resources’ are also creating barriers for people with disabilities when trying to find a suitable place to live.

# local-authorities - Last month November 2022

Councils that can deliver rapid-build houses on sites will have land debt paid off
# Housing Crisis
# Housing Crisis

Councils that can deliver rapid-build houses on sites will have land debt paid off

Nov 23rd 2022, 7:57 AM 14,067 Views 16 Comments

Local authorities are currently carrying around €309 million of land legacy debt.

New scheme to allow councillor appoint temporary substitute while on maternity leave
# Maternity Leave
# Maternity Leave

New scheme to allow councillor appoint temporary substitute while on maternity leave

Nov 22nd 2022, 1:57 PM 7,246 Views 1 Comment

Currently, female councillors are office-holders rather than employees and are not covered by the statutory framework for maternity leave.

# local-authorities - This year 2022

The Explainer x Noteworthy: How much weedkiller are councils using?
# In The Weeds
# In The Weeds

The Explainer x Noteworthy: How much weedkiller are councils using?

Updated Sep 20th 2022, 7:45 PM 5,718 Views 0 Comments

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
# In The Weeds
# In The Weeds

'It was sprayed in the playground': Widespread use of chemical weedkillers by councils

Sep 20th 2022, 12:05 AM 27,209 Views 18 Comments
  • 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"
Over half of septic tanks failed inspections in 2021, EPA says
# EPA
# EPA

Over half of septic tanks failed inspections in 2021, EPA says

Jun 30th 2022, 8:17 AM 13,341 Views 14 Comments

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
# Housing
# Housing

Councils identify 89 State-owned buildings to immediately house over 5,000 Ukrainian refugees

Apr 26th 2022, 7:45 PM 35,017 Views 61 Comments

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
# Hap
# Hap

Concerns around HAP payment levels set to be raised at housing committee today

Feb 8th 2022, 1:58 PM 12,472 Views 10 Comments

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
# Diesel Sludge
# Diesel Sludge

Over €1 million spent on diesel laundering cleanup in two border counties since 2018

Jan 24th 2022, 6:30 AM 14,154 Views 18 Comments

Over half of the cost is being incurred in Louth, with over €700,000 being spent on cleanup of diesel sludge.

# local-authorities - Last year 2021

A useful guide to Ireland's planning system and how to have your say on proposed developments
# Explainer
# Explainer

A useful guide to Ireland's planning system and how to have your say on proposed developments

Oct 9th 2021, 7:00 PM 14,354 Views 11 Comments

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
# Affordable Homes
# Affordable Homes

Councillors to be bypassed with transfer of local authority lands to State agency without council vote

Feb 5th 2021, 5:32 PM 22,691 Views 37 Comments

The State agency is tasked to fully utilise state lands to build affordable homes.

# local-authorities - All time

Minister tells councils to buy up properties as social housing target 'will not be achieved'
# Darragh O'Brien
# Darragh O'Brien

Minister tells councils to buy up properties as social housing target 'will not be achieved'

Jul 21st 2020, 12:35 PM 39,407 Views 53 Comments

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
# Local Councils
# Local Councils

Local authorities agree deferral of rates payments for businesses impacted by coronavirus outbreak

Mar 20th 2020, 1:43 PM 9,019 Views 8 Comments

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
# Cut Down To Size
# Cut Down To Size

"We have no say on what happens in our town": The true extent of tree felling by local authorities

Jan 20th 2020, 12:06 AM 42,870 Views 54 Comments

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
# Cut Down To Size
# Cut Down To Size

Strategy and specialists in short supply when it comes to saving public trees

Jan 20th 2020, 12:05 AM 12,193 Views 5 Comments

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
# Anti-corruption
# Anti-corruption

The two 'most transparent' councils in Ireland are in Dublin

Dec 9th 2019, 7:43 AM 19,261 Views 8 Comments

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
# Electric Cars
# Electric Cars

Local councils tasked with rolling out 1,000 on-street electric car charge points over the next 5 years

Aug 26th 2019, 6:10 AM 13,916 Views 80 Comments

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
# Department Of Housing
# Department Of Housing

10 local authorities failed to draw down funding for Traveller accommodation last year

Feb 21st 2019, 6:10 AM 24,153 Views 52 Comments

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'
# Social Housing
# Social Housing

The myth of the free council house: 'We're not just handing them over, that would be crazy'

Dec 22nd 2018, 12:05 AM 101,344 Views 90 Comments

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
# Waiting Lists
# Waiting Lists

In Ireland, there is a 'widespread assumption' that your local TD or councillor can help you get a council house

Dec 14th 2018, 12:08 PM 35,226 Views 67 Comments

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%
# Euthanisation
# Euthanisation

Number of dogs being 'put down' by pounds falls by 40%

Jul 8th 2018, 7:00 AM 13,046 Views 15 Comments

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
# Local Authorities
# Local Authorities

Councillors could be in store for pay increases as review considers their remuneration

Jun 21st 2018, 10:25 PM 14,564 Views 43 Comments

A review of the role of elected members of local authorities is being commissioned.

Calls to reform 'outdated and cumbersome' electoral register system
# Electoral Reform
# Electoral Reform

Calls to reform 'outdated and cumbersome' electoral register system

Jun 10th 2018, 6:30 AM 7,819 Views 29 Comments

Politicians have said there are significant inaccuracies on the register.

Today's the final day for referendum posters to be removed
# End Of The Sign
# End Of The Sign

Today's the final day for referendum posters to be removed

Jun 1st 2018, 6:00 AM 11,437 Views 36 Comments

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
# Voter Data
# Voter Data

Pro-life groups secured access to the names and addresses of Irish voters ahead of the referendum

May 23rd 2018, 7:00 PM 64,657 Views 117 Comments

An investigation by TheJournal.ie 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
# Corruption
# Corruption

Galway City Council is the local authority with the most integrity

May 16th 2018, 7:01 AM 17,305 Views 24 Comments

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
# Hold Up
# Hold Up

'Slight delay' in publishing Ireland's latest homeless numbers shows new form of reporting is needed, says minister

Apr 27th 2018, 12:37 PM 9,019 Views 50 Comments

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
# Emergency Services
# Emergency Services

Siptu calls for remuneration for members who 'worked tirelessly' during Storm Emma

Mar 14th 2018, 6:44 PM 16,328 Views 34 Comments

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
# Not Suckin' Diesel
# Not Suckin' Diesel

It begins - German court rules that cities can ban diesel cars to combat air pollution

Feb 27th 2018, 10:56 PM 21,378 Views 42 Comments

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
# Delayed Discharges
# Delayed Discharges

Elderly people can't leave hospital due to council taking up to 18 months to fit walk-in showers and ramps

Feb 12th 2018, 6:20 AM 11,815 Views 23 Comments

The Housing Department has also confirmed that the waiting list for home ramps is up to 10 months.

Over €7 million paid out to cover cost of Storm Ophelia damage
# Clean-up Costs
# Clean-up Costs

Over €7 million paid out to cover cost of Storm Ophelia damage

Jan 2nd 2018, 1:39 PM 8,045 Views 5 Comments

Local authorities in Cork received €3 million to repair the damage done by the ex-hurricane Ophelia.

'A blight on the countryside': Minister pledges money to clean up thousands of tyres dumped around Ireland
# Illegal Dumping
# Illegal Dumping

'A blight on the countryside': Minister pledges money to clean up thousands of tyres dumped around Ireland

Aug 9th 2017, 6:10 AM 9,552 Views 26 Comments

Latest estimates from local authorities suggest there are more than 750,000 tyres dumped around the country.

By 2018, transport fleets like Bus Éireann will have green energy buses
# Green Light
# Green Light

By 2018, transport fleets like Bus Éireann will have green energy buses

May 28th 2017, 12:05 AM 15,214 Views 30 Comments

Dublin Bus, Bus Éireann and school buses will have sustainable-energy buses in their fleet by 2018.

Dealz planning violations: Dublin council refuses to issue enforcement notice
# Planning Permission
# Planning Permission

Dealz planning violations: Dublin council refuses to issue enforcement notice

Sep 20th 2016, 6:15 AM 40,493 Views 70 Comments

Documents seen by TheJournal.ie show there are planning issues around a third Dealz store, this time near the Liffey Valley Shopping Centre.

Ireland's local authorities are over €4 billion in debt
# In The Red
# In The Red

Ireland's local authorities are over €4 billion in debt

Jul 25th 2016, 6:15 AM 13,355 Views 31 Comments

Minister Simon Coveney says he doesn’t believe that any of the loans are unsustainable.

'Unacceptable' - Ireland's 2,751 vacant social housing units
# Homelessness
# Homelessness

'Unacceptable' - Ireland's 2,751 vacant social housing units

Jul 11th 2016, 9:22 AM 23,942 Views 44 Comments

Local authority figures released to Fianna Fáil show that, as of April, there were 372 vacant housing units in Dublin City alone.

Only 75 local authority houses were built in 2015 - the worst year on record
# Housing Crisis
# Housing Crisis

Only 75 local authority houses were built in 2015 - the worst year on record

May 6th 2016, 6:01 AM 18,032 Views 104 Comments

Last November, Alan Kelly vowed there would 200 council houses built by the end of the year.

Number of people on housing waiting lists up nearly 4,000 in last THREE MONTHS
# Housing Crisis
# Housing Crisis

Number of people on housing waiting lists up nearly 4,000 in last THREE MONTHS

Feb 4th 2016, 10:02 PM 15,154 Views 104 Comments

Ireland’s housing problem is set to be one of the hottest topics in the coming election.

On the eve of election, government ploughs €10 million into making sure estates are looked after
# Taking In Charge
# Taking In Charge

On the eve of election, government ploughs €10 million into making sure estates are looked after

Feb 3rd 2016, 10:51 AM 14,427 Views 69 Comments

The money will be used to streamline the ‘taking in charge’ process.

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