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Friday 27 January 2023 Dublin: 6°C

# Local Authorities

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# restaurant association of ireland
Authorities 'should offer compensation to restaurants' over water restrictions
The Restaurants Association of Ireland said that the restrictions are causing a loss to the restaurant industry of €400,000 per day.
# Water Restrictions
Council: water will take time to come back - and may look cloudy
People in Dublin have been warned that their water may look brown, orange or yellow when the supply is switched back on in the morning.
# local government
Council of Europe report criticises power of local government in Ireland
The European Council report says that Ireland has improved, but needs to devolve more power to local authorities.
# Let's talk
Over to you: Dubliners asked for their thoughts on a directly elected mayor
A plebiscite vote will be held next year asking Dubliners whether they want an elected mayor or not.
# First Citizen
Dublin authorities seek feedback on mayor plan
A recent poll suggests over 60 per cent of Dubs want an elected first citizen, but views are being sought on just what powers that mayor would have.
# Homelessness
New infographic shows extent of homeless problem in Dublin area
The stats have been compiled based on the ‘Pathway to Home’ system, which includes figures from groups like Focus Ireland and the Peter McVerry Trust.
# Dublin councillors
Dublin’s 53 extra councillors will cost €1.5 million every year
The addition of more councillors in Dublin’s four local authorities will cost more but Phil Hogan insists there will be overall savings of over €3.6 million under his reforms.
# Transport
Just 18 companies will now run the rural transport scheme
A major overhaul of the Rural Transport Programme was announced today with opposition TD saying it could mean a reduction in services.
# Border poll
Pearse Doherty: We'd have a better economy in a United Ireland
The Sinn Féin TD says that many of the arguments against uniting North and south are based on misinformation and argues that a border poll needs to happen before the end of the decade.
# Final Countdown
40 hours to go until property tax deadline
Around 1.1 million homeowners have so far paid the charge.
# Roads
New road maintenance scheme asks local communities to contribute funding
The government is investing €10.6 million in the scheme but communities will have to come up with the rest of the €14 million to repair the roads.
# dog control
Huge variations in payment of dog fines by local authorities
Figures from 2012 show payment rates varied from full compliance to just 3.6 per cent.
# dog control
88 convictions for dog control offences in 2012
A total of 3,540 on-the-spot fines were issued in 2012 for offences like dog fouling and failure to pay a dog licence.
# Developers
Property developers owe €750million in levies to local authorities
New figures released by Minister of State Jan O’Sullivan show that €312,483,594.87 is owed by long term debtors to local authorities.
Column: Social housing in Ireland has reached ground zero
Despite demand being at an all-time high, funding for social housing has almost disappeared. If we commence building and utilise NAMA properties we can reduce waiting lists and stimulate the construction industry, writes Donal McManus.
# road to baghdad
Open thread: Is your local road as bad as this one?
This is the road travelled by one reader every day is referred to locally as ‘The road to Baghdad’. Can you beat it?
# Euroleaks
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
Unpaid Household Charge will be automatically added to Property Tax
Michael Noonan says the system is an “important assurance for compliant tax payers” that non-payment is not an option.
Column: Let’s address Ireland’s problems this year, as well as our own
Our towns and cities are hamstrung by budget cuts – but a new initiative could help find solutions and save money, writes Barry Flinn.
Limerick City and County Councils to unite by mid-2014
Proposals to pave way for single local authority in Limerick published today by Minister Phil Hogan.
# Delayed
Committee to probe giant backlog in student grant applications
Around 48,000 students are still waiting for their grant applications to be processed. Ruairí Quinn has said the delay is “not satisfactory”.
# Interview
Dublin Lord Mayor: "I have a professional disregard for the legal classes"
The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Councillor Naoise Ó Muirí, reflects on his first four months in the position, and why he feels it’s his duty to say what’s on his mind.
# Rubbish
Date for Poolbeg waste plant postponed - again
More than five years after the first contract was signed, the deadline for recommencing work at the Poolbeg site has been pushed back again.
# Not the News
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.
# Fix Your STreet
'Fix Your Street' website to be rolled out nationally by end of year
The website allowing people to report graffiti, leaks, litter, dumping and more will be available in the coming months.
# Transport
Minister zooms ahead with 'car club' scheme
Deputy Eoghan Murphy is behind the idea, which will see local authorities looking after its implementation once Deputy Varadkar brings new laws into place.
# current affairs
Here is the week's news... skewed
BREAKING via The Mire wire: The GAA dismisses reports of vajazzling – and the Mars Curiosity rover faces a hostile reaction from the natives.
# It's A Long Way...
Merger of Tipperary councils 'to save €30m over five years'
Phil Hogan has welcomed a formal plan to join the councils by 2014 – but some local councillors question the figures.
# 986676
Council managers share 'disappointment' with Household Charge payments after budget cuts
The County and City Managers’ Association speaks out after Phil Hogan writes to them confirming cuts to their funding.
# Crime
Watch out: Gardaí warn public about bogus traders in Cork
People have been calling to homes saying that they’re checking gas or water supplies – before burgling the house.
# Planning
Opposition dismisses 'whitewash' report on councils' planning inquiries
Jan O’Sullivan’s report on irregularities in seven county councils came a day before a Dáil vote on resuming them.
# Planning
Planning review finds deficiencies but no evidence of wrongdoing
The Green Party, whose former leader John Gormley announced the review in 2010, said it “beggars belief” that all seven councils came out of the report “squeaky clean”.
# Local governent
Explainer: Does Dublin need a directly-elected mayor and how likely is it?
It has been suggested for years, it even came close to happening two years ago but what chance a Boris Johnson or a Micheal Bloomberg for Dublin and Ireland’s other cities. investigates…
# Local Authorities
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.
# water headache
Enda Kenny: We can't guarantee water will not be cut off
Taoiseach says that Government can’t send a message to people that they need not pay water charges. However, decision not yet made on how to tackle amount of water “lost” between production and tap – and who will pay for it.
# bad planning
Taisce: Absence of local tax saw councils approve too many developments
The national heritage organisation says councils allowed over-development in order to cash in on new commercial rates.
# map of the day
Ireland is Crap at Planning Map of the Day
The at-a-glance report card for local authorities’ planning departments. Not ONE scored an ‘A’ or a ‘B’.
# Daily Count
Updated: €62 million collected from Household Charge so far
Just one day before the deadline, the Department says figures are showing “momentum”.
# Scam
Homeowners warned over bogus household charge collectors
Con artists are reportedly using the household charge deadline as a way to extort money from residents in some areas.