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#councils

# councils - Wednesday 16 May, 2018

Galway City Council is the local authority with the most integrity

Transparency International Ireland said even the highest ranking councils in its index have work to do.

# councils - Friday 4 May, 2018

A mixed bag for May and Corbyn while UKIP vote obliterated in English local elections

Both the Tories and Labour had lost a set of key councils, but had made gains in overall numbers.

# councils - Saturday 3 March, 2018

Why councils will soon be fining themselves for owning vacant housing sites

Why councils will soon be fining themselves for owning vacant housing sites

The vacant sites levy was introduced to free up land for homes.

# councils - Tuesday 4 April, 2017

Dublin County Council rejects planning permission for apartments as being "visually unacceptable"

Dublin County Council rejects planning permission for apartments as being "visually unacceptable"

The country’s biggest private landlord, Ires Reit, wanted to build the units at Sandyford in Dublin.

# councils - Tuesday 7 March, 2017

'Dr Seuss or a librarian in Cashel?': Council workers are having the craic on Twitter today

‘Our Council Day’ has been showcasing the work of firefighters, librarians and other behind-the-scenes employees.

# councils - Monday 25 July, 2016

Ireland's local authorities are over €4 billion in debt

Minister Simon Coveney says he doesn’t believe that any of the loans are unsustainable.

# councils - Wednesday 3 February, 2016

On the eve of election, government ploughs €10 million into making sure estates are looked after

The money will be used to streamline the ‘taking in charge’ process.

# councils - Tuesday 9 June, 2015

Polluted water kills "extensive" amount of fish in Limerick

The incident is thought to have killed an “extensive” number of fish.

# councils - Thursday 14 May, 2015

Only two of 32 councils are fully complying with laws to provide services in Irish

Donegal and Laois county councils were the only bodies fully compliant.

# councils - Wednesday 29 April, 2015

They can DNA test dog poo now, but you don't have to worry just yet...

The UK Council of Barking and Dagenham has become the first local authority in the UK to introduce the system.

# councils - Friday 20 March, 2015

Here's how much councils make from parking fines ... and which streets are the top earners

Were you caught in any of these locations?

# councils - Thursday 12 March, 2015

An English councillor says he can do his job from the USA

Telecommuting is all the rage, sure.

# councils - Friday 19 December, 2014

File sent to DPP over Donegal councillor’s expenses

Former councillor Dessie Larkin claimed he was at two meetings at the one time.

# councils - Wednesday 3 December, 2014

Here's how much money local authorities have given to Irish Water

The running of water services is being transferred from councils to Irish Water.

# councils - Wednesday 5 November, 2014

Irish Water is asking councils for information on their tenants

The company says it needs to have an up to date database.

# councils - Thursday 2 October, 2014

Where would you stay if you became homeless tomorrow?

Emergency accommodation beds across the nation’s capital are at 99% capacity. If you became homeless tomorrow, what could you expect to face?

# councils - Thursday 12 June, 2014

Retiring town councillors will be paid around €4.6 million

The payment will be offset by long-term savings says Phil Hogan.

# councils - Monday 9 June, 2014

Why don't some local authorities publish their minutes?

In short: because they don’t have to.

# councils - Sunday 8 June, 2014

Who is your new local councillor? Here's a list of everyone elected

A comprehensive list of everyone who has nabbed a seat.

# councils - Monday 2 June, 2014

Here's how to keep up with your newly-elected council

You elected them, now pay attention to what they do.

# councils - Sunday 1 June, 2014

From today there are just 31 local authorities in Ireland

New reforms in local government mean councils will have greater policy development powers and a clearer role in economic development.

# councils - Monday 5 May, 2014

What does a county councillor actually do?

They do a lot of work, walking and, no, they can’t repeal the water charges.

# councils - Sunday 30 March, 2014

Three Dublin councils vote on a directly-elected mayor tomorrow. Here’s how it’s looking..

Councillors are voting on whether to put the issue to the people on 23 May. Any of the three remaining councils can veto the move…

# councils - Monday 3 February, 2014

Dublin councils are owed €32 million in water charges

A South Dublin councillor says the figures raise questions over the transfer of Irish Water.

# councils - Wednesday 8 January, 2014

Donegal County Council on verge of collapse after failure to agree budget

The budget was defeated with 15 votes to 13.

# councils - Friday 3 January, 2014

Local government model and funding to "change considerably" this year

When Irish Water takes over water services, Minister Hogan said local authorities will have lower funding needs.

# councils - Tuesday 31 December, 2013

Flood warnings as high tides expected in Cork and Dublin

Sand bags are being put in place at locations prone to flooding.

# councils - Saturday 16 November, 2013

Local Government Fund expenditure estimated at €1.21bn this year

The General Purpose Grant that funds the day-to-day activities of local councils has been steadily falling for most councils for the last three years.

# councils - Thursday 17 October, 2013

Hogan unveils 'the most radical reform of local government in 100 years'

“With this bill we intend to to build a better, stronger, more efficient, more responsive and more accountable system of local government,” Hogan said today.

# councils - Saturday 17 August, 2013

Outgoing Sligo county manager will receive €270,000 severance package

A Sligo county councillor says that there is “no justification” for the payment, given the “shambles” the council’s finances are in.

# councils - Monday 22 July, 2013

Dublin’s 53 extra councillors will cost €1.5 million every year

The addition of more councillors in Dublin’s four local authorities will cost more but Phil Hogan insists there will be overall savings of over €3.6 million under his reforms.

# councils - Friday 21 June, 2013

Councils take €311 million hit as commercial rates are written off

Figures published by Phil Hogan reveal the extent of the financial hit taken by councils as local enterprise goes under.

# councils - Thursday 30 May, 2013

Proposals to overhaul Ireland’s councils criticised by... Ireland’s councils

The Association of Municipal Authorities of Ireland says the revised boundaries could leave rural areas without councillors.

# councils - Friday 11 January, 2013

Commission calls for legal rules requiring Councils to break even Exclusive

Right now councils only have an informal requirement to balance their books – something the Troika wants addressed.

# councils - Thursday 20 December, 2012

Household Charge: Councils granted access to rented accommodation database

Phil Hogan has cleared the way for the PRTB, which governs tenancies in Ireland, to share data with local councils.

# councils - Friday 7 December, 2012

Have an opinion on council reforms? Phil Hogan wants them

The Environment Minister has established a committee to review local electoral areas, and submissions on the proposed changes are now being sought.

# councils - Wednesday 17 October, 2012

Poll: Do you agree with the local government reforms? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Do you agree with the local government reforms?

Major reforms to the structure of local government in Ireland were announced yesterday, but what do you think about them?

# councils - Tuesday 16 October, 2012

Mixed response to Hogan's plans for local council cull

Political parties criticise plans to do away with town councils, but the response of others is a little more enthusiastic.

Number of local authorities to be slashed from 114 to 31

That will see the number of council seats reduced from 1,627 to 950.

# councils - Sunday 7 October, 2012

Councils use new service MapAlerter to spread information to public

The creator of the service said it could be a crucial tool for councils this winter during severe weather conditions.

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