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Monday 30 January 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# Local Authorities

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# taking in charge
On the eve of election, government ploughs €10 million into making sure estates are looked after
The money will be used to streamline the ‘taking in charge’ process.
# return to sender
Fifty Dublin City Council JobBridge interns not employed at the end of placement
The Department of Social Protection say this is down to the public sector recruitment embargo.
# County Councils
Local authorities have kept on just 27 JobBridge interns
That’s out of more than 1,200 who have completed placement with county councils.
# Bord Gais
KPMG to check if €500k was misappropriated from Bord Gáis Eireann
A whistleblower has reportedly come forward with the information.
# Thirsty Work
Here's how much money local authorities have given to Irish Water
The running of water services is being transferred from councils to Irish Water.
# i'm all arr-ears
Council tenants could have water charges taken from their rent by local authorities
One TD says it means councils will be “doing the dirty work” of Irish Water.
# shovel ready
The Viewing: Your vital round-up of property news from the week
Everything you need to know in one quick guided tour.
# Illegal dumping
Did you add to last night's Halloween litter? This Senator wants you to be fined...a LOT
“Everybody is fed up with littering on our streets and at Halloween it happens on an industrial scale.”
# Road Safety
Speed limits in housing estates to be reviewed after tragic death of Jake Brennan
Jake’s Legacy Campaign was set up to promote increased safety on roads for cyclists and pedestrians.
# homeless ireland
'Emergency accommodation is just that - for emergencies, not long term'
The Simon Community says ideas such as using prefabs to house homeless people is worrying.
# put to the vote
Cork City Council to cut property tax by 10%
Louth councillors also voted to reduce the tax – by 1.5%.
# Show Me The Money
How much does your local council chief earn every year?
New figures show that 216 local authority staff earn over €100,000 a year…
# Homelessness
Housing Crisis: 1,008 vacant properties to be 'transformed into family homes'
Dublin City Council received €3.96 million to work on 236 local authority units.
# Local Authorities
Asbestos dumped on halting site was not removed for over four months
The National Traveller Partnership has said that Local Authorities have a “poor track record” in helping Travellers and should not be in charge of their finances.
# They're county
Here's how much your county manager earned between 2008 and 2011
The county manager position is now known as the Chief Executive.
# pro light
People warned that tall trees may cause 'distress' to neighbours
Terence Flanagan said that planning laws needed to be updated to include tree height.
# In A Council Minute
Why don't some local authorities publish their minutes?
In short: because they don’t have to.
# 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.
# Shake Up
Here's how many seats each party holds on your local council
What group is dominating local politics in your area?
# waste not
Controversial Poolbeg plan gets green light from EU
But TD Kevin Humphreys still thinks the plans should be scrapped, saying today it is a waste of taxpayers’ money.
# Your Say
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.
# dog control
Over 3,500 dogs were put down by pounds last year
That’s a fall of 28 per cent compared to 2012.
# COMMERCIAL RATES
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.
Voices
Column: Gerrymandering accusations pale in comparison to new plan for regional authorities
Fine Gael stand to wield an inordinate and undemocratic level of influence under the new system being introduced by Minister Hogan, writes Green Party leader Eamon Ryan.
# Phil Hogan
Local authorities get cash to spruce up public spaces ahead of tourist season
Minister Hogan has announced a total of €2.975 million in funding.
# a place to call home
€373m spent in three years on private rental properties for social housing
A further €66.9 million has already been spent this year on another leasing initiative that involving private rental property.
# fix it
Storm repair funding announced for 11 more counties
A total of €70 million has been allocated to help local authorities repair roads and restore coastal protection.
# Arrears
€20m fund to assist distressed local authority mortgage holders
The new fund will move people onto the mortgage to rent scheme for those who have unsustainable mortgages.
# Not over yet
Emergency services and local authorities remain on high alert over flooding
The orange weather alert has been lifted but more stormy weather is expected over the next week.
# 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.
# discretion
Gilmore would support councils cutting property tax by 15 per cent
The Tánaiste said this option for local authorities was already part of the legislation and can be used in areas where property values are high and so revenue collected is higher.
# Ghost Estates
Councils get ten million euro to spend on ghost estates
Families are still living in 992 ghost estates in Ireland.
# Floods
Clare coast worst hit by storms with repair works to cost over €23m
Local authorities across the country are in the midst of a clean up following the recent severe storms.
# Dissolution threat
Donegal councillors have to agree a budget next Monday - or they'll be removed
And Phil ‘Big Phil’ Hogan will be doing the removal…
# clean up
Local authorities will outline priorities for storm repair funding
The response to the storms will first be assessed by local authorities before a preliminary report is then brought to Government next week.
# 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.
# Back to Life
Department spent over €50m in two years on making vacant homes habitable
While local authorities are responsible for repairs and maintenances on their housing stock, the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government has been funding retrofitting of vacant homes.
# coroners
Over €815,000 paid to coroners by local authorities in one year
The largest retainers – amounting to more than €44,000 – paid by a local authority was in Cork.
# Fidelma Healy-Eames
Horse owners 'should get financial help' to tackle unwanted equine problems
Senator Fidelma Healy-Eames has said that local authorities have spent millions on disposing unwanted horses.
# Dublin Mayor
Revealed: Here are the powers a directly-elected Dublin mayor could have
A directly-elected mayor would appoint a cabinet of politicians and non-politicians to administer the Dublin Metropolitan Region with responsibility for a wide range of areas, according to a draft report.