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NEW FRAMEWORK ADAPTS TO IRELAND’S CHANGING CLIMATE

A new National Adaptation Framework, including €10m in funding to set up four Local Authority Regional Climate Action Offices, has been rolled out in response to rising sea levels, increases in average temperatures and weather extremes.

ARE COUNCILLORS GETTING A FAIR DEAL?

Fair deals, training seminars and improved support services for councillors are high on the agenda for Cllr Damien Geoghegan, President of the Association of Irish Local Government (AILG), who also plans to deepen the channels of communication with the Customs House, now that a Minister of State has been appointed with a specific local government mandate.

MAYO SCORES AWARDS TREBLE IN CROKE PARK

Mayo County Council scored a treble at LAMA’s 12th All Ireland Community & Council Awards for 2018, including the coveted ‘Council of the Year’ title.

HELPING THE ENVIRONMENT ONE TENDER AT A TIME

Local government spending is a key focus of a new European green public procurement project that has been designed to improve environmental outcomes, climate action targets, drive innovation and job creation.

LOCAL ENTERPRISE SUPPORT IS JUST THE JOB

Delegates attending the recent Local Authority Forum in Athlone were told that companies will need to be ready for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which becomes law on Friday 25 May.

OFFALY LOT DONE ON PUBLIC REALM PLAN IN BIRR

Offaly County Council recently received the Excellence in Local Government Award in the ‘Enhancing the Urban Environment’ category for its seven-year Public Realm Plan to revitalise the historic town of Birr.

THREE COUNTIES FORM NEW ENERGY AGENCY

Agencies in Carlow, Kilkenny and Wexford have joined forces to create a low carbon, energy-efficient ecosystem to be “a unique magnet” for internationally-trading companies looking for a near zero emissions, a European base and access to a major talent pool.  

SOUTH DUBLIN ROLLS OUT ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN

Dublin’s emergency services have joined forces with South Dublin County Council and the Road Safety Authority in a combined road safety campaign, to outline the causes, the consequences and injuries of road collisions.

DCC SOUTH CAMPSHIRE FLOOD PROTECTION ON STREAM

A review of the capacity of coastal flood defences to provide protection for urban areas has been undertaken by Dublin City Council as part of the Dublin Coastal Flood Protection Project.

TOP TIPS TO TACKLE THE CHALLENGES OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Keeping up with the live news cycle is an ongoing challenge for local authorities without full-time on-call press officers. Neasa Kane-Fine, Director of Project Communications at RPS, offers some tips on the best social media strategies.

SUMMIT TO SAY ON CLIMATE INNOVATION!

A major EU Climate Innovation Summit in Dublin, taking place during ‘Climate Week’ in November, is one of the main key events during the Year of Sustainable Business.

€1.6M ENTERPRISE FUND TO BUILD SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES

A new €1.6m fund, launched by Social Innovation Fund Ireland (SIFI) in partnership with local authorities, is being supported by the Department of Community and Rural Development and IPB Insurance, writes Deirdre Mortell, SIFI’s Chief Executive Officer.

AN INFORMATION SERVICE FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT

LGIU Ireland, which has provided not-for-profit information services for local authorities and regional assemblies during its first year in operation, plans to recruit more experts from around the country, according to director Dr Andy Johnston.

PLANNING AGAINST THE CYBER ATTACKS

Security intelligence consultant Michael Murphy outlines why it’s so important for councils to ensure they have necessary resilience in their systems against cyber attacks to maintain services.

INCREASED FUNDING TO FIGHT ILLEGAL DUMPING

Applications are open for local authorities and community groups to apply for a share of the €2m funding allocated this year, under the 2018 Anti-Dumping Initiative, to crack down on illegal dumping black spots across the country.