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# local government

This week
29th January 2023 - 4th February 2023
# livestreaming
FG councillor taking legal advice as she claims council is 'blocking' broadcasting meetings
A vote taken in 2021 saw Laois County Council approve providing finances for livestreaming its meetings.
All time
# Explainer
A useful guide to Ireland's planning system and how to have your say on proposed developments
News of two developments brought the system into focus again this week.
Voices
Michael Pidgeon: Why the left - including Sinn Féin - should support property taxes
The Green Party councillor says 90% of Ireland’s household wealth is tied up in property and that we should keep taxing it.
# local government
Government signs-off on plan for directly elected mayor for Limerick
An election will be held later this year if the public health situation allows it.
# local government
Maternity leave for councillors to be examined by all-female group
Councillors, TDs and senators currently have no right to take maternity leave.
# local government
Over €140,000 given to 23 projects to help women and people from minority groups become councillors
A Female Councillor Caucus in Cork and a Migrant-Councillor Forum in Kilkenny are some of the projects that were supported.
# New Rules
Amsterdam has banned tour groups from sex workers’ windows in red light district
The move is an attempt to address over-tourism and protect workers.
# Cabinet
Cabinet approve citizens' assemblies on gender equality and Dublin's local government
The Assembly on gender equality will look at “the remaining barriers facilitating gender discrimination”.
Voices
Opinion: Directly elected mayors would be good for democracy
Citizens of some cities will vote on Friday as to whether to introduce a directly elected mayor – the move would boost local government, writes Deiric Ó Broin .
Varadkar backs London's directly elected mayor model for Dublin
The Taoiseach has said that borough councils should be established directly under a Mayor’s office.
# Gender Quotas
Call to tackle 'significant underrepresentation' of women in senior council roles
Just under three in 10 Chief Executive (28%) and Director of Services (26%) roles in local authorities nationally are held by women.
Voices
Opinion: Cutting constituency sizes will cut left wing councillors by 75% and women by 25%
It’s well-known that the smaller the number of people elected in a constituency, the less likely the election result will reflect the actual vote, writes Oliver Moran.
# Housing
Calls for homes on AirBnB to be registered with local councils
The Housing Committee recommended that short term lettings of more than 90 days annually should require change-of-use planning permission.
Voices
Opinion: Ireland's weakness is a lack of indigenous businesses
We need to see decentralisation to Irish cities, towns and rural areas in order to promote bottom-up enterprise development, writes Professor Eoin O’Leary.
# local government
Councillors across the country are getting a pay rise (except for ones in Dublin, Cork and Galway)
Municipal councillors will soon be entitled to €1,000 extra.
# Read all about it
Plans to merge libraries criticised as 'wholly shoddy and unacceptable'
Will your county be affected?
# engineers
Workers threaten to strike over Roscommon Council's 'bullyboy tactics'
Up to 150 employees are unhappy with measures being implemented by the local authority.
# irish deaf society
Advocacy service for deaf people closes after funding cut, leaves '5,000 at risk'
The Irish Deaf Society said its members now face “further social exclusion”.
# 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.
# Jobswatch
Oversight and Audit Commission to scrutinise local government spending
Minister Phil Hogan is looking for expressions of interest from people suitable to sit on the Commission.
# Cost of business
Ibec aren't a political party, but if they were, this is what their local election manifesto would say
They want a cut in local Government charges for businesses.
# 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.
# 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.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you plan to vote in the local elections?
The local elections will be held in May – will you head to the polling stations?
# 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.
# INspections
Windows in rented accommodation are not inspected for safety
The Dublin City Coroner has called for mandatory safety catches, but local authorities don’t inspect windows, it has been revealed.
# 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.
# Town centres
Dáil debates bill to deal with 'crisis in Irish towns'
The government has declined to accept a private members’ bill put forward by Fianna Fáil in the Dáil today.
# local government
Local Government Fund expenditure estimated at €1.21bn this year
The General Purpose Grant that funds the day-to-day activities of local councils has been steadily falling for most councils for the last three years.
# local government
"Arrogant" Phil Hogan's visit to be greeted with protest by Letterkenny councillors
Councillors are up in arms over plans to scrap the local authority. The town’s mayor will mention the issue in a speech attended by Hogan on Friday.
# 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.
# Dublin Mayor
Hogan on Dublin mayor plan: 'I might be 6' 5'' but I'm not going to lean in any direction'
The Minister isn’t giving much away about whether or not he’d like a directly-elected mayor for the capital.
# Local government reform
Hogan unveils 'the most radical reform of local government in 100 years'
“With this bill we intend to to build a better, stronger, more efficient, more responsive and more accountable system of local government,” Hogan said today.
# Conference
Parking charges contributes €100 million to the Exchequer every year
Parking is a big money-maker for local authorities who make €115 million on paid parking.
# reaching out
New app gives access to local mental health services
The initiative aims to remove the reluctance of some people to physically ask for help.
# Dublin City Council
This man is the new Lord Mayor of Dublin
Labour’s Oisín Quinn – nephew of minister Ruairí – could be one of the last mayors not to be directly elected by the public.
# COMMERCIAL RATES
Councils take €311 million hit as commercial rates are written off
Figures published by Phil Hogan reveal the extent of the financial hit taken by councils as local enterprise goes under.
Voices
Aaron McKenna: It's time for a conversation about how local government spends our money
The notion that cutting local government spending wouldn’t save the country or bring justice to bankers, and therefore it shouldn’t be touched at all, is a logical fallacy, writes Aaron McKenna.