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STRONG NORTH-SOUTH COLLABORATION FOR BREXIT

Local authorities face a number of uncertainties due to Brexit but are focussed on building resilience in their areas to prepare for any eventuality, a recent conference in Dublin was told by Jackie Maguire, Chair of the County and City Management Association (CCMA).

BREXIT AND THE BORDER – MONAGHAN FIGHTS BACK

With Brexit due to present major challenges, Eamonn O’Sullivan, Chief Executive of Monaghan County Council, claims that the border county is exposed and businesses are experiencing a skills shortage. However, he told the AILG Autumn Seminar in Monaghan Town about his council's plans to address the issue.

AN ‘UPLIFTING’ BUSINESS PERSPECTIVE ON BREXIT

Having built his Monaghan business over the last 20 years that now exports to 85 countries worldwide, Martin McVicar, MD of Combilift, outlines his own business perspective on the Brexit challenges, and his commitment in providing apprenticeship programmes to recruit, train and retain young people in the border county.

CHALLENGES OF BREXIT FOR BORDER TOURISM INDUSTRY

Over the last number of years Castle Leslie Estate in Monaghan has proven its resilience and flexibility in responding to changing market circumstances, by delivering continual growth since 2009, according to estate manager Samantha Leslie. She outlined some challenges and opportunities presented by Brexit at the AILG Autumn Seminar. 

MINISTER PROVIDES UPDATE IN PLAIN ENGLISH!

Programmes in place to address the ongoing homelessness crisis, a baseline review of Local Property Tax, plus the proposed survey on the role and remuneration of councillors, were some of the many issues addressed by Damien English TD, Minister of State for Housing and Urban Development, at the AILG Autumn Seminar in Monaghan.

CASE STUDIES ON GREEN PUBLIC PROCUREMENT

Wexford County Council and the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE) hosted the GPP4Growth project partners in Wexford in late 2018 to showcase local and national case studies of green public procurement, and to learn how public money can improve our local environment.

LOCAL AUTHORITY OF THE YEAR IS A CLARE WINNER!

Nominated for a record 11 out of 16 categories at this year’s Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards, Clare County Council took home the ‘Local Authority of the Year 2018’ at the 15th Awards Ceremony, and also scooped three award categories on the night.

MAPPING OBSERVATIONS ON HOUSING IN DUBLIN

The Dublin Housing Observatory – a new research unit based in Dublin City Council and overseen by an independent advisory board – continues to strive to provide evidence to inform housing policy, leading to better practice.

U+I PROJECTS CAPITAL REGENERATION PARTNERSHIPS

UK development company U+I has a number of ambitious regeneration projects in Dublin, and it's new Dublin Development Director Arlene Van Bosch talks about bringing Public Private Partnership to the fore as part of their plans to work and engage with local authorities here.

AN OFFALY LOT DONE….FOR PEAT’S SAKE!

Bord na Mona and Offaly County Council have welcomed the prestigious award for Lough Boora Discovery Parklands, which has been crowned Ireland’s Best Place by the Royal Town Planning Institute.

CLÚID INTO PARTNERSHIP AND COLLABORATION ON PART V

Clúid Housing works in close partnership with local authorities to deliver housing units under Part V of the Planning and Development Act 2000. This approach was developed to ensure an adequate supply of housing for all sectors of current and future populations.

STRATEGIC SCHEME TO DEVELOP LAND BANKS IN FINGAL

The strategic development of major landbanks across Fingal, which have the potential to deliver more than 2,000 homes over the next five to ten years, is to be spearheaded by a new programme office established by Fingal County Council called ‘Project Talamh’.

SCHEME STIMULATES HOUSING SUPPLY IN SOUTH DUBLIN

South Dublin County Council has now agreed on the joint venture development of 975 homes on 72 acres of council lands at Kilcarbery in Clondalkin, following a detailed planning and competitive tender process.