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THE ABCs OF IRELAND’S VOTING SYSTEM

Ireland’s system of listing candidates on ballot papers in alphabetical order is manifestly unfair and leads to perceived electoral discrimination, writes Anthony Moore. The Barrister who practises on the Dublin and Eastern Circuits argues that it’s time for a ballot paper for the 21st century.

REGIONAL OFFICES TAKE ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE

The four local authority Climate Action Regional Offices (CAROs) in Cork, Mayo, Kildare and Dublin  will now focus on the development of Local Authority Climate Change Adaptation Strategies, in addition to climate-related projects, research, funding, the development of regional specialisms and addressing mitigation.

BOUNDARY EXTENSION CHANGES LEESIDE’S POLITICAL LANDSCAPE

The local government landscape in Cork is changing significantly and hopefully for the better, writes Dr Aodh Quinlivan, Director of UCC’s Centre for Local and Regional Governance. With the city’s boundary extension deemed more preferable than maintaining the status quo, during the bedding down process he hopes the misguided view that a merger would be a better option does not resurface.

SO, WHO RUNS LOCAL GOVERNMENT?

The prospect of directly-elected mayors for certain local authorities may prompt more public debate about how services in their local areas are decided upon and funded. Keynote speakers who addressed the issue at a recent lecture hosted by Centre for Local & Regional Governance in UCC, spoke to Niall Murray about the future of local government in Ireland.

MAYOR NECESSITIES FOR CORK, LIMERICK & WATERFORD

With plebiscites to be held in Cork City, Limerick and Waterford for directly-elected mayors, in tandem with the Local and European Elections on 24 May, across these local authority areas, if voters back the change, it could potentially be a number of years before such mayoral elections would take place.

LIMERICK LANDS ‘COUNCIL OF THE YEAR’ AWARD 2019

Limerick City & County Council was named ‘Council of the Year’ award and also was the winner in the ‘Best Business Working with the Community’ category, at the 2019 All Ireland Community & Council Awards, presented by IPB Insurance and LAMA.

IRELAND NEEDS #MOREWOMEN IN POLITICS!

If enough women are elected, they will change politics, and Ciairín de Buis, CEO of Women for Election says change is needed. Her organisation has spent the past year training and working with women across Ireland's political spectrum to get more women elected in the Local Elections in May.

STRATEGIES FOR REGIONAL SPATIAL ECONOMIC GROWTH

An ambitious vision is being set out by Ireland’s three Regional Assemblies (namely Eastern & Midland, Northern & Western and Southern) for their respective regions up to 2031 and beyond within the Regional Spatial Economic Strategies.

LOCAL AUTHORITY CASE STUDIES SHOWCASE INNOVATION

A number of local authority case studies around the country on collaborating nationally to improve services locally were showcased at this year's Good Practice in Local Government’ conference, organised by the National Oversight and Audit Commission (NOAC), in association with the County and City Management Association (CCMA) and Local Government Management Agency (LGMA) in February.

RENEWABLE WIND ENERGY AWARDS POWER AHEAD

More than 300 people from Ireland’s leading renewable energy companies attended the first annual Irish Wind Industry Awards, presented to individuals in recognition of their excellence and innovation in renewable energy by leading the way to a carbon-free energy future.

SLIGO – ECONOMIC DRIVER OF THE NORTHWEST

An investment of over €220m is transforming and underpinning Sligo's status as the regional capital and economic driver of the northwest, according to Ciarán Hayes, Chief Executive of Sligo County Council. He points to a current unprecedented level of capital investment in Sligo being the catalyst for a sustained period of growth for the region.

CARNIVAL OF SCIENCE IS A FIRST FOR CORK

The first Cork Carnival of Science takes centre stage at Fitzgerald Park on 22-23 June to entertain and engage the public in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).

MAJOR GROWTH OF HOUSING ASSOCIATIONS IN IRELAND

Working in partnership with local authorities and other key stakeholders in the public and private sectors, ICSH member housing associations now manage in the region of 35,000 homes throughout the country, accommodating over 90,000 people and serving 600 communities.

LONGFORD MOVES INVESTMENT IN THE MIDLANDS

Longford County Council’s Dedicated Regeneration Team has partnered with local communities to drive a number of initiatives forward this year such as Innovation Hubs in Longford Town and Edgeworthstown, a Norman Village Tourism attraction in Granard, a new library in Edgeworthstown in addition to a range of streetscape and enhancement projects across the county.

CARLOW CELEBRATES PRIDE IN TOWN PREMISES

Six enterprises have been celebrated for their pride in Carlow Town’s streets by receiving the inaugural ‘Pride of Carlow Premises’ awards presented recently in the Waterfront Building by Carlow Town Development Forum.

EUROPEAN ACCREDITATION FOR HOMELESS SERVICE

Alice Simington, Dublin Simon Community’s Senior Manager for Supported Housing, discusses the importance of providing high quality housing and homeless services, following its recent European accreditation in recognition of the standard of service provided by the charity.

SOCIAL HOUSING SECTOR CAN BANK ON AIB

AIB Corporate Banking wants to increase its involvement in the social housing sector, and they are delighted to work with iCare Housing, which was set up to provide a solution for those eligible for mortgage to rent policies and to buy properties from banks and funds for this purpose, according to senior manager Eoghan O’Neill.

CITY NETWORKS TO PROMOTE LIFE-LONG LEARNING

An initiative spearheaded by five universities and colleges across Dublin under the aegis of the Programme for Access to Higher Education (PATH), hosted the second meeting of the Irish Learning City Network recently. The ‘Ireland Learning City’ initiative will see festivals taking place in Dublin, Cork and Limerick in April to promote lifelong learning.

OFFALY CHIEF IN TUNE WITH MUSIC GENERATION

The Board of Music Generation has announced the appointment of its most recent member, Chief Executive of Offaly County Council, Anna Marie Delaney, who takes up the role as nominee of the County and City Management Association, succeeding Jackie Maguire (Chief Executive, Meath County Council).

IRISH CITIZENS DESERVE EQUAL SOCIAL JUSTICE

Something is fundamentally wrong with the development path Ireland has been taking, and due to the current housing situation and other factors, many Irish citizens are facing the prospect that their children’s standard of living will not equal that of their own, writes Dr Seán Healy, CEO of Social Justice Ireland.

ROSY OPPORTUNITIES IN GARDEN COUNTY!

As part of its ongoing commitment to drive further economic development and increase employment opportunities in the Garden County, Wicklow County Council outlined its latest plans at the 2019 Breakfast Briefing ‘Making Wicklow Great for Business’.

€770M CAPITAL PROGRAMME ROLLED OUT

Under a three-year Capital Expenditure Programme (2019-2021), Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council will invest €770m to deliver infrastructural and housing projects of strategic importance to the county.

WASTE MANAGEMENT IN EUROPE GOES UNDERGROUND

On considering the underground waste management systems across several EU countries, as well as how different EU states practice waste management, Natalie Heritage, LGiU Associate, claims such systems could present a way forward for local authorities.