Alignment of local government and local development

November 15, 2012

One of the long-standing challenges confronting successive governments over the past twenty years was that of aligning local government and local development. Various initiatives, from the Task Force on Local Development and Local Government through to the Cohesion Process under … Continue reading

Changes to the regional structures

November 15, 2012

The local government policy reforms published recently suggest a significant reconfiguration of regional government in Ireland. Currently 8 regional authorities and 2 regional assemblies are responsible for the implementation of regional planning guidelines, the implementation of regional EU programmes and … Continue reading

The changing focus of the Planning function

November 15, 2012

The local government reforms announced by the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government on the 16th October received relatively limited coverage in the national media. The coverage primarily focused on the abolishment of the 80 town councils, missing, … Continue reading

A new model for Ireland?

October 16, 2012

One of the long-standing views of local government is that it is neither local nor government but rather a form of administration answerable directly to the national government. The policy statement seems to acknowledge this perspective and to address this … Continue reading

Key fundamentals in local government reform

October 16, 2012

The Reform Programme sets out its rationale for undertaking comprehensive reform of local government. It is based upon factors that include: • recognition that local democracy is an essential feature of a robust system of representative democracy which can bring … Continue reading

Building the role of local government

October 16, 2012

The Action Programme declares that a clear and fundamental purpose of local government “…is to give effect to the right of local self-government and the right of citizens to have a say in the conduct of public affairs”. It goes … Continue reading

Jury still out on local government amalgamations

September 6, 2012

The recent publication of the reports on the amalgamation of the Two Tipperary County Councils and the City and County Councils of Limerick once again brings some focus on the challenges of delivering 21st century public services through 19th century … Continue reading