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# Croke Park II
Explainer: What’s on the table in the Croke Park talks?
The government is seeking additional savings from the public sector, setting it on a collision course with unions. Here’s what it’s all about…
Column: Proposed local government reforms will lead to job losses and closures
Entrepreneurs, job-seekers, rural enterprises, tourism initiatives and community-based projects all rely on local development companies – which could be forced to close under new reforms, writes John Walsh.
# 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.
# community
Over 1.1 million have now paid the Household Charge - Hogan
Hogan thanked all those who had registered their properties and paid the charge, saying €113.35 million has been collected and reallocated to local authorities.
Column: Property tax risks worsening problems Ireland already has
A conventional property tax has many disadvantages against a site value tax, writes Judy Osbourne.
Column: Council reform will discourage women – and help the old boys
The changes to councils will reinforce the dominance of the three major parties, says Fine Gael councillor Mick Glynn.
# Transparency
Ireland failing to tackle corruption, claims report
Media plurality, a regulator for charities and transparency in how people are appointed to State bodies all issues highlighted by Transparency International Ireland.
# Lord Mayor of Dublin
Directly elected mayor still a possibility for Dublin - but not before 2014
Draft legislation that proposed a new type of mayor for Dublin had previously made it to the committee stage in late 2010 before being shelved.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you agree with the local government reforms?
Major reforms to the structure of local government in Ireland were announced yesterday, but what do you think about them?
# need to know
The Evening Fix... now with added tweets from ten years ago
Here are the things we learned, loved and shared today.
# local government
Mixed response to Hogan's plans for local council cull
Political parties criticise plans to do away with town councils, but the response of others is a little more enthusiastic.
# local government
Councils will be able to set their own rate of property tax
Under the plans to reform local government unveiled today, different councils will be able to set different rates.
# local government
Significant reforms will see planning powers of councillors curtailed
Minister Phil Hogan said he wanted to remove the possibility of councillors abusing their power.
# local government
Number of local authorities to be slashed from 114 to 31
That will see the number of council seats reduced from 1,627 to 950.
# Reform
Phil Hogan to bring local government reforms to Cabinet tomorrow
There are reports that the overhaul will include abolishing the power of councillors to overturn the decisions of planning officials.
# 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.
# councils
Councils face cull as Hogan reveals plans for local government reform
Phil Hogan says his reforms will see local services managed locally – with the number of councils being pulled back.
# Grave Situation
Michael Healy-Rae on toilets and graveyards
Michael Healy-Rae has asked the Government its views on installing toilets in graveyards in the interest of visitors.
# 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.
# One Year In’s progress report for the Government: Political reform
The government has promised major political reform – but has it fulfilled its promises, one year in?
# 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.
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.
# Town councils
New report finds that town councils should be enhanced, not scrapped
The McCarthy report recommended the abolishment of town councils and a consolidation of local government, but a new study has said that the councils are just an ‘easy target’.
# IMPACT Conference
Croke Park targets for local government staffing 'already met'
IMPACT’s national secretary tells its annual conference that local government staffing targets for this year have been met already.
# 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.