This year's European Innovation in Politics Awards initiative offers a great opportunity for Ireland's local authorities to showcase their work and gain national and international recognition. You can nominate political projects, become one of 1,000 European jurors or submit your own project for the 2018 awards scheme.
Despite the introduction of a gender quota during the 2016 General Election, there are still only 35 female TDs in the Dáil. And at a local level the situation is somewhat similar, with fewer female councillors than their male counterparts elected to city and county councils. However, will the 2019 local elections finally bridge this gender gap?
A range of support services, including an increase in pay scales, for councillors will be reviewed to ensure that they’re sustainable and appropriate into the future, John Paul Phelan TD, Minister for State for Local Government and Electoral Reform, told delegates at this year’s AILG Conference.
Sport Ireland is investing over €6m in local sports partnerships nationwide, and its chief executive John Treacy told councillors at this year's AILG Conference they have a key role to play in developing more sports clubs and training programmes, particularly in disadvantaged communities.
Michael Carey has spent most of his working career in the food industry, and the Housing Agency’s new chairman believes his outsider’s perspective will be an advantage in making a meaningful contribution to the challenges ahead.
Clare County Council has become the first local authority in Ireland to achieve gold certification to the NSAI's Excellence Through People standard, and joins private, public and SME sector agencies to become certified to world-class standards.
Clúid Housing is working closely with Kerry County Council to deliver 120 new social housing units in Killarney, which will see the development of new houses and the completion of an unfinished apartment complex in the town.
8Circle VHA has assembled a multi-disciplinary team of housing and property professionals, who have many years’ experience in delivering social housing and other commercial developments through various mechanisms and funding streams. The team will assist with the delivery of an additional 1,100 homes by the end of 2020.
Fold Ireland recently turned the sod on a new 43-unit purpose-built development for older people in Dublin 8. Scheduled to be ready in early 2019, the New Dolphin’s Park site is being delivered in partnership with DCC and the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government.
Ireland is the second worst performing country after Poland in relation to climate change, in terms of national action and support for greater ambition at EU level, according to a recent report by Climate Action Network Europe.
With a 50 per cent increase in personal injury cases lodged in the High Court and Circuit Court (2007 to 2016), €387m was paid by local authorities in compensation claims from 2012-2017.
Whirlpool research at IT Sligo is set to change the way rail, flood and sewerage systems are built in the future, following the findings of a study by researchers from IT Sligo and one of Switzerland’s leading universities.
Could city councils here develop a model of prevention and early intervention to steer disadvantaged young people on the right path, similar to Nottingham City Council, which has funded projects to trial and target address specific issues?
A number of town centres are set to become free public Wi-Fi zones, with free high-speed broadband installed in Sligo, Westport, Monaghan, Knock and Carrick-On-Shannon, and two further locations to be announced in Kerry and Donegal.
More than €700 million is currently being invested in Cork’s city centre, through a number of private and public developments, which include multi-functional sites encompassing retail, office, education, culture and tourism.
There was a significant increase in the number of complaints about local authorities made to Ireland’s Ombudsman Peter Tyndall. Dublin City Council received the highest number of complaints (109), followed by Cork County Council with 72, according to the findings of his annual report for 2017.