This publication is distributed to chief executives and senior personnel in each of Ireland's 31 local authorities, in addition to government ministers and department officials, business organisations, employer groups and public sector trade unions.
A key action of the Government’s 'Housing for All' strategy to tackle the housing crisis has directed all 31 local authorities to develop their own action plans in detailing social and affordable housing delivery over the next five years. So, how well are these plans currently progressing in councils across the country?
Colette Bennett, Economic and Social Analyst with Social Justice Ireland, points to an urgent need to build up social housing sector rather than subsidising a dysfunctional private rented sector. She claims that despite government commitments to increase the delivery of social housing units, a rising number of tenants are now forced into the private rental sector.
Under the new Croí Cónaithe (Towns) Fund scheme, first-time buyers will get up to €30,000 to refurbish a vacant property as their private residence, including extra funding of €20,000 to convert a derelict property which has not previously been used for residential purposes.
An international best practice report on Dublin City Council’s new initiative to accelerate the potential use of drones across the local government sector has predicted that thousands of such UAV flights will be in operation by 2030.
Dublin has been selected as one of four European capital cities to pilot the DigitalRights Governance Framework to develop a foundational educational module on digital rights, ethics and privacy targeted at young people and local authority workers across these cities, over the coming years.
Over €186m of Urban Regeneration and Development Funding (URDF) has been approved to support the €2.9bn regeneration programme at Clonburris SDZ in South Dublin, which will also enable the delivery of 8,700+ homes to accommodate 23,000 people up to 2030.