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# councils - Thursday 21 May, 2020

The tax to try prevent property owners from hoarding land was only collected by 1 in 8 councils last year

There was over €2 million outstanding due to councils under the vacant site levy at the beginning of this year.

# councils - Monday 9 December, 2019

The two 'most transparent' councils in Ireland are in Dublin

Fingal County Council and South Dublin County Council have topped a new index of the country’s 31 local authorities.

# councils - Friday 31 May, 2019

Women represent less than 6% of seats on some councils - how does your council fare on gender?

Sinn Féin and Solidarity-People Before Profit were the only parties to see a decrease in the number of female elected candidates.

# councils - Monday 27 May, 2019

As it happened: All to play for as first European election counts announced

Stick with us as we bring you the latest updates all evening and into the night.

# councils - Saturday 9 March, 2019

Petition accusing councils of cutting down too many trees reaches over 5,500 signatures

The petition wants councils to stop cutting down trees in public spaces without informing the public.

# councils - Saturday 22 December, 2018

The myth of the free council house: 'We're not just handing them over, that would be crazy'

Dublin City Council tenants paid a total of €78.3 million in rent last year.

# councils - Thursday 29 November, 2018

Call to tackle 'significant underrepresentation' of women in senior council roles

Just under three in 10 Chief Executive (28%) and Director of Services (26%) roles in local authorities nationally are held by women.

# councils - Sunday 4 November, 2018

Dublin councils plan to install public water fountains to reduce use of plastic bottles

Dublin City Council has said it aims to install water refill stations at areas of “high pedestrian footfall”.

# councils - Monday 10 September, 2018

Number of councils to vote on who they endorse for the presidential election

Presidential hopefuls must secure the support of four local authorities, or 20 TDs and senators to stand in the election.

# councils - Thursday 24 May, 2018

Council by council: An extra 118,000 people have registered to vote ahead of tomorrow's referendum

More than 3.2 million people are now registered to vote in tomorrow’s referendum.

# councils - Wednesday 23 May, 2018

Pro-life groups secured access to the names and addresses of Irish voters ahead of the referendum Exclusive

An investigation by and OpenDemocracy has found that at least two pro-life groups have applied for copies of the register for different local authorities.

# 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.

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