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

Time to re-consider environmental impact assessment?

September 6, 2012

The publication of draft revised Guidelines on Environmental Impact Assessment for Planning Authorities and an Bord Pleanála brings to mind the on-going development of impact analysis at both national and international level. Some might argue that it is regrettable that … Continue reading

Saving our small towns….

July 8, 2012

The challenge of dealing with retarded development, dwindling commercial activity, crumbling infrastructure in small towns is not something that is unique to Ireland but it is a relatively common feature for many towns with populations of less than 15,000 right … Continue reading

Reform in the air in Scotland?

June 4, 2012

Scotland has over the past decade confronted the challenge of creating a devolved administration in Edinburgh. Recent political announcements suggest that this devolved system may well move towards at least a totally devolved system with full tax raising or maybe … Continue reading

Moving towards a single authority in Perth?

June 4, 2012

The momentum towards consolidation of local government in city regions is gaining ground. City regions such as Portland, Oregon, Auckland in New Zealand and others suggest a model which focuses on the capacity of the city region to compete internationally … Continue reading

City Region Government across the Globe

June 4, 2012

In some of the more unusual commentary in the media of recent months has been the suggestion that local government in Manchester might be an appropriate model for Ireland. Well Greater Manchester does have a population of 2.6 million people … Continue reading