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Sunday 5 February 2023 Dublin: 6°C

# Local Authorities

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# Severance
Retiring council bosses given €1.15 million in gratuity payments
Government figures show that of the 28 county council managers who have retired since 2000, 19 were given gratuity payments.
# Daily Fix
The Daily Fix: Wednesday
Your nightly news round-up of the day’s biggest stories…
Column: ‘Everything local authorities touch turns into a fiasco’
The performance of local councils ranges from incompetent to corrupt – and we need them out, writes William Campbell.
# Clamping
Oireachtas committee to wrap up clamping hearings with local authority reps
Representatives of local authority groups are set to present their views on clamping to the committee today.
Column: Don’t trust the government? Then let’s put local people in power
Call them gombeens if you want – but handing money and power to local councils would help fix our democracy, writes Aaron McKenna.
# Local Authorities
Role of local authorities to be 'expanded', says Phil Hogan
Meanwhile, a committee is to explore whether Waterford City and County Councils should be merged.
# Fracking
Donegal and Sligo become latest local authorities to ban fracking
Donegal and Sligo join Clare, Leitrim and Roscommon in clamping down on the controversial practice to extract shale gas.
# Social Housing
Two thousand new homes to help cut social housing wait
Nama has agreed to provide the houses, which were built during the boom but are now lying empty.
# Race for the Áras
Norris fails to secure South Dublin County Council support for Áras run
The independent senator still needs the support of two local authorities in order to get on the ballot paper. Dana Rosemary Scallon also needs to support of two more councils.
# Race for the Áras
Senator says requests for Norris support 'feel like harassment'
Jillian van Turnhout says some people asking her to nominate David Norris for the Presidency “have been abusive”.
# Race for the Áras
Davis will not follow Gallagher's lead of asking councils to drop support
Seán Gallagher has asked three councils to withdraw their support, so that they can nominate others – but Mary Davis won’t.
# Race for the Áras
Councils formally pledge support for Gallagher and Davis
The two independent presidential candidates need to secure at least four nominations each before the end of this month – and now have two apiece.
# Public Sector
Up to 9,000 public sector workers set to retire amid pension changes
Changes to pension calculations are likely to see an increasing number of public servants seek retirement this year.
# Daily Fix
The Daily Fix: Sunday
In your Sunday Fix: Joan Burton has strong words for the banks; the latest on the storms hitting the US east coast; John Halligan on the presidency; and glory for the Boys in Blue…
# Fire Services
Firefighters' lives at risk because of budget cutbacks - association
The Irish Fire & Emergency Service Associations calls for a nationalised fire service, saying the current system puts lives at risk.
# It's A Long Way...
Tipperary councils to be merged from 2014
The historical North and South Ridings will come to an end in 2014, when voters will elect a unified council.
# Job hunt
Former government minister uses LinkedIn to find jobs
Noel Dempsey has found work advising local authorities since leaving government.
# Electric Transport
Dublin and Cork to receive EU electric transport funding
The Republic’s two largest cities will benefit from a fund to help develop fully electric transport models across Europe.
# pothole ireland
Pothole politics not on the agenda after all...
There’s a deficit of over €4bn in local government coffers which are going to hit basic services if not addressed by next government.
# Poll
Poll: Has your local authority adequately informed you about water restrictions?
Have your say in today’s poll on restrictions to the provision of water supplies.
# Water
Water shortages to continue into the New Year
Water restrictions could hamper New Year’s Eve trade for pubs and restaurants.
# Water
Water restrictions continue after reservoir levels fall
Local authorities working to reverse damage caused by burst pipes and running taps have imposed restrictions on consumers.