With Cork in the midst of yet another increasingly bitter Civil War about where the boundary line should be drawn between the jurisdictions of both city and county councils, at least one positive from the latest battle is that the ‘merger madness’ has been discredited, writes Dr Aodh Quinlivan, Director of UCC’s Centre for Local and Regional Governance (CLRG).
As Sligo’s year-long tenure as European Volunteering Capital (EVC) 2017 draws to a close, Dorothy Clarke, Director of Services at Sligo County Council, reflects on what this high-profile EU award has meant for the northwest county.
Following the raft of new measures to solve Ireland’s burgeoning housing crisis, highlighted by Minister Eoghan Murphy at the Housing Summit, Council Review asked the Minister about his action plans and working with both local authorities and the agencies to accommodate Ireland’s increasing numbers of homeless individuals and families.
Our new section reports on the latest news, EU funding projects, programmes and events from the Southern Regional Assembly (SRA), the Northern and Western Regional Assembly (NWRA) and the Eastern and Midlands Regional Assembly (EMRA).
With a new board appointed to the Western Development Commission, ‘Council Review’ takes a closer look at how the only regional development authority in the country has helped to shape policy in the west of the country for close to 20 years.
An Irish software start-up has teamed up with Clare County Council to boost life-guarding operations by trialing the use of drone technology, which will be deployed as automated beach patrols for the first time ever in Ireland.
Despite a national litter survey showing improvements in cleanliness across Ireland over the past year, a new enforcement initiative involving local authorities and voluntary agencies aims to clear away fly-tipping and illegal dumping.
Proposals contained in the draft approach to update the Wind Energy Development Guidelines, which make community engagement compulsory on wind projects, will significantly cut down on planning delays, according to leading consulting engineering and environmental scientists.