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#Local Authorities

# local-authorities - Saturday 29 December, 2012

Limerick City and County Councils to unite by mid-2014

Proposals to pave way for single local authority in Limerick published today by Minister Phil Hogan.

# local-authorities - Tuesday 13 November, 2012

Committee to probe giant backlog in student grant applications

Around 48,000 students are still waiting for their grant applications to be processed. Ruairí Quinn has said the delay is “not satisfactory”.

# local-authorities - Sunday 11 November, 2012

Dublin Lord Mayor: "I have a professional disregard for the legal classes"

The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Councillor Naoise Ó Muirí, reflects on his first four months in the position, and why he feels it’s his duty to say what’s on his mind.

# local-authorities - Friday 2 November, 2012

Date for Poolbeg waste plant postponed - again

More than five years after the first contract was signed, the deadline for recommencing work at the Poolbeg site has been pushed back again.

# local-authorities - Saturday 20 October, 2012

From The Daily Edge Here is the week's news... skewed Not The News

Here is the week's news... skewed

Breaking via The Mire wire: Roscommon man jumps for space to advertise his CV; the Prophet Seán Quinn; Enda having fun in Brussels.

# local-authorities - Tuesday 16 October, 2012

'Fix Your Street' website to be rolled out nationally by end of year

The website allowing people to report graffiti, leaks, litter, dumping and more will be available in the coming months.

# local-authorities - Monday 27 August, 2012

Minister zooms ahead with 'car club' scheme

Deputy Eoghan Murphy is behind the idea, which will see local authorities looking after its implementation once Deputy Varadkar brings new laws into place.

# local-authorities - Saturday 18 August, 2012

From The Daily Edge Here is the week's news... skewed Current Affairs

Here is the week's news... skewed

BREAKING via The Mire wire: The GAA dismisses reports of vajazzling – and the Mars Curiosity rover faces a hostile reaction from the natives.

# local-authorities - Wednesday 1 August, 2012

Merger of Tipperary councils 'to save €30m over five years'

Phil Hogan has welcomed a formal plan to join the councils by 2014 – but some local councillors question the figures.

# local-authorities - Thursday 19 July, 2012

Council managers share 'disappointment' with Household Charge payments after budget cuts

The County and City Managers’ Association speaks out after Phil Hogan writes to them confirming cuts to their funding.

# local-authorities - Thursday 5 July, 2012

The 9 at 9: Thursday

Nine things to know this morning…

# local-authorities - Wednesday 4 July, 2012

Watch out: Gardaí warn public about bogus traders in Cork

People have been calling to homes saying that they’re checking gas or water supplies – before burgling the house.

# local-authorities - Wednesday 13 June, 2012

Opposition dismisses 'whitewash' report on councils' planning inquiries

Jan O’Sullivan’s report on irregularities in seven county councils came a day before a Dáil vote on resuming them.

# local-authorities - Tuesday 12 June, 2012

Planning review finds deficiencies but no evidence of wrongdoing

The Green Party, whose former leader John Gormley announced the review in 2010, said it “beggars belief” that all seven councils came out of the report “squeaky clean”.

# local-authorities - Sunday 20 May, 2012

Explainer: Does Dublin need a directly-elected mayor and how likely is it? Local Governent This post contains a poll

Explainer: Does Dublin need a directly-elected mayor and how likely is it?

It has been suggested for years, it even came close to happening two years ago but what chance a Boris Johnson or a Micheal Bloomberg for Dublin and Ireland’s other cities. TheJournal.ie investigates…

# local-authorities - Friday 11 May, 2012

Government to block Bill allowing TDs to scrutinise council spending

The government says proposals by Fianna Fail’s John McGuinness would hamper the government’s own plan for reforms.

# local-authorities - Thursday 26 April, 2012

Enda Kenny: We can't guarantee water will not be cut off

Taoiseach says that Government can’t send a message to people that they need not pay water charges. However, decision not yet made on how to tackle amount of water “lost” between production and tap – and who will pay for it.

# local-authorities - Monday 16 April, 2012

Taisce: Absence of local tax saw councils approve too many developments

The national heritage organisation says councils allowed over-development in order to cash in on new commercial rates.

Ireland is Crap at Planning Map of the Day

The at-a-glance report card for local authorities’ planning departments. Not ONE scored an ‘A’ or a ‘B’.

# local-authorities - Friday 30 March, 2012

Updated: €62 million collected from Household Charge so far

Just one day before the deadline, the Department says figures are showing “momentum”.

# local-authorities - Wednesday 28 March, 2012

Homeowners warned over bogus household charge collectors

Con artists are reportedly using the household charge deadline as a way to extort money from residents in some areas.

# local-authorities - Monday 27 February, 2012

Retiring council bosses given €1.15 million in gratuity payments

Government figures show that of the 28 county council managers who have retired since 2000, 19 were given gratuity payments.

# local-authorities - Wednesday 22 February, 2012

The Daily Fix: Wednesday Daily Fix This post contains videos

The Daily Fix: Wednesday

Your nightly news round-up of the day’s biggest stories…

Column: ‘Everything local authorities touch turns into a fiasco’

The performance of local councils ranges from incompetent to corrupt – and we need them out, writes William Campbell.

# local-authorities - Tuesday 21 February, 2012

Oireachtas committee to wrap up clamping hearings with local authority reps

Representatives of local authority groups are set to present their views on clamping to the committee today.

# local-authorities - Tuesday 14 February, 2012

Column: Don’t trust the government? Then let’s put local people in power

Call them gombeens if you want – but handing money and power to local councils would help fix our democracy, writes Aaron McKenna.

# local-authorities - Saturday 11 February, 2012

Role of local authorities to be 'expanded', says Phil Hogan

Meanwhile, a committee is to explore whether Waterford City and County Councils should be merged.

# local-authorities - Tuesday 17 January, 2012

Donegal and Sligo become latest local authorities to ban fracking

Donegal and Sligo join Clare, Leitrim and Roscommon in clamping down on the controversial practice to extract shale gas.

# local-authorities - Wednesday 21 December, 2011

Two thousand new homes to help cut social housing wait

Nama has agreed to provide the houses, which were built during the boom but are now lying empty.

# local-authorities - Monday 26 September, 2011

Norris fails to secure South Dublin County Council support for Áras run

The independent senator still needs the support of two local authorities in order to get on the ballot paper. Dana Rosemary Scallon also needs to support of two more councils.

# local-authorities - Friday 23 September, 2011

# local-authorities - Tuesday 13 September, 2011

Davis will not follow Gallagher's lead of asking councils to drop support

Seán Gallagher has asked three councils to withdraw their support, so that they can nominate others – but Mary Davis won’t.

# local-authorities - Monday 5 September, 2011

Councils formally pledge support for Gallagher and Davis

The two independent presidential candidates need to secure at least four nominations each before the end of this month – and now have two apiece.

# local-authorities - Sunday 4 September, 2011

Up to 9,000 public sector workers set to retire amid pension changes

Changes to pension calculations are likely to see an increasing number of public servants seek retirement this year.

# local-authorities - Sunday 28 August, 2011

The Daily Fix: Sunday

In your Sunday Fix: Joan Burton has strong words for the banks; the latest on the storms hitting the US east coast; John Halligan on the presidency; and glory for the Boys in Blue…

# local-authorities - Tuesday 9 August, 2011

Firefighters' lives at risk because of budget cutbacks - association

The Irish Fire & Emergency Service Associations calls for a nationalised fire service, saying the current system puts lives at risk.

# local-authorities - Tuesday 26 July, 2011

Tipperary councils to be merged from 2014

The historical North and South Ridings will come to an end in 2014, when voters will elect a unified council.

# local-authorities - Sunday 19 June, 2011

Former government minister uses LinkedIn to find jobs

Noel Dempsey has found work advising local authorities since leaving government.

# local-authorities - Thursday 31 March, 2011

Dublin and Cork to receive EU electric transport funding

The Republic’s two largest cities will benefit from a fund to help develop fully electric transport models across Europe.

# local-authorities - Monday 21 February, 2011

Pothole politics not on the agenda after all...

There’s a deficit of over €4bn in local government coffers which are going to hit basic services if not addressed by next government.