Features in the latest issue…

MEATH COUNCIL STAFF THRIVE ON GREATER ENGAGEMENT!

Meath County Council’s user-friendly employee engagement app is now available for both indoor and outdoor staff on mobile and computer desktops, with the full roll out of Thrive.App, following the council’s successful pilot project last year.

KEY DEVELOPMENTS IN PIPELINE FOR WATERFORD NORTH QUAYS

A sense of excitement and anticipation is building in Waterford and the south east region following the grant of planning permission by Waterford City and County Council for the North Quays SDZ.

LOCAL AUTHORITIES SET TO LEAD ON CLIMATE ACTION

The CCMA is collaborating with the Climate Action Regional Offices (CAROs) to develop a strategy to meet the scale and ambition of the Local Authority Climate Action Charter, writes David Mellett, CARO Co-ordinator for the Atlantic Seaboard North.

METROPOLITAN PLAN SETS FRAMEWORK FOR WATERFORD’S GROWTH

Waterford’s Metropolitan Area Strategic Plan provides a high level framework for the sustainable development of the overall Metropolitan Area. It became effective on 31 January 2020 as part of the Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy for the Southern Regi

RESPONSE BY HOUSING ASSOCIATIONS TO COVID-19 CHALLENGE

Irish Council for Social Housing (ICSH) members have had to adapt rapidly to the changing demands due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Donal McManus, ICSH Chief Executive, outlines their measures to meet the challenges over the last few months.

MINISTER CALLS ON PROPERTY OWNERS AND DEVELOPERS TO ACT

Darragh O’Brien TD, Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, has issued a national call to property owners and developers to make vacant properties available for use as social housing.

BLUEPRINT FOR EFFECTIVE RESPONSE TO COVID-19 CRISIS

Local authorities can make use of a ready-made blueprint for an equal and effective community response to Covid-19 under the Public Sector Equality and Human Rights Duty, which forms a key part of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Act 2014, says Sinéad Gibney, newly appointed Chief Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission.

‘REIMAGINED’ CORK CITY RAPIDLY RESPONDS TO COVID-19

With 14 people-friendly places now rolled out by Cork City Council, its ‘Reimagining of Cork City’ plan has enabled changes to the configuration of city streets, traffic, modes of transport and quality of life. The main focus is support local business while creating a more liveable safer city.

OFFSHORE WIND PARK TO DOCK IN ARKLOW HARBOUR

Arklow Harbour has been chosen by SSE Renewables as its preferred base for an offshore wind park, which will help County Wicklow to achieve its goal of becoming a Centre of Excellence for the Offshore Renewable Energy sector.

COMPETITION OPEN TO FIND EUROPE’S GREENEST CITIES

With the competition now open to find the EU's greenest cities, applications for the 2023 European Green Capital and 2022 European Green Leaf Awards need to be submitted by 28 October 2020.  

THE ELECTED VOICE FOR CITY AND COUNTY COUNCILLORS

Cllr Mick Cahill’s time at the helm of Association of Irish Local Government (AILG) has seen a progressive vision take hold, linking both local and national politics. The Longford Councillor outlines his presidential priorities for a national organisation that represents the elected members of Ireland’s 31 local authorities.

EU GREEN DEAL POINTS TO GROWTH IN GREEN ECONOMY

The European Commission’s Green Deal aims to reach climate neutrality across Europe by 2050, and the Irish Green Building Council is leading projects to support local authorities and industry during this transition, according to Pat Barry, IGBC's CEO and Co-Founder.

HOUSING FIRST MODEL ROLLED OUT IN THE MID-EAST REGION

Peter McVerry Trust will work closely with county councils in Kildare, Meath and Wicklow to deliver the latest Housing First initiative in the mid-east region, where the immediate focus will be on an active settlement approach to help people with complex needs.

TIME TO ‘THINK SMART’ ABOUT THE FUTURE!

Kilkenny LEADER Partnership has funding available for planning, training, capital and marketing to make rural communities more sustainable for generations to come. Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform Malcolm Noonan told a ‘Smart Villages’ workshop that KLP’s initiative could be duplicated elsewhere to help communities in rural Ireland.

KILDARE ROLLS OUT SOCIAL HOUSING IN RATHANGAN

Kildare County Council’s latest social housing scheme, under Rebuilding Ireland’s Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness, has seen the delivery of 18 new properties to families and individuals in Rathangan who are on the council’s social housing list, with one unit allocated using the Choice-Based Letting Scheme.

CLANN’S AGE-FRIENDLY HOUSING AT YOUR SERVICE

With over 700 properties in management, Clann has the largest age-friendly social housing development programme in Ireland. Clann aims to address the growing demand for innovative housing for older people by delivering over 800 new homes before the end of 2022.

MORE COMMUNITIES SET THEIR SITES ON CONSERVATION!

Since 2016, the Heritage Council has encouraged communities around Ireland to take a more active role in maintaining monuments in their area through the ‘Adopt A Monument’ scheme, which will be reviewed next year to measure how well it is meeting the needs of the community, best conservation practice and the aims of the Council. 

LATEST PLANS SET TO BLOOM IN GARDEN COUNTY

Wicklow’s County Development Plan for 2021-2027, which incorporates economic development, settlement strategy, tourism and retail strategy, climate change, green infrastructure, sustainable transport and town planning, was announced at the Wicklow County Council Business Briefing for 2020.  

€7.7M NETTED FOR TALLAGHT STADIUM UPGRADE

South Dublin County Council has invested €7.7m to upgrade Tallaght Stadium that includes the building of a new North Stand and the development of the West Stand to a high-quality corporate area.

HAT TRICK OF ELG AWARDS IN 2019 FOR FINGAL

With this year's Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards to be presented on 26 November, ‘Council Review’ looks back at the ‘Local Authority of the Year’ Award winner for 2019 – Fingal County Council – who also scooped the ‘Best Practice in Citizen Engagement’ and ‘Festival of the Year’ category awards.