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# local-government - Thursday 13 February, 2020

Amsterdam has banned tour groups from sex workers’ windows in red light district

The move is an attempt to address over-tourism and protect workers.

# local-government - Tuesday 11 June, 2019

Cabinet approve citizens' assemblies on gender equality and Dublin's local government

The Assembly on gender equality will look at “the remaining barriers facilitating gender discrimination”.

# local-government - Tuesday 21 May, 2019

Opinion: Directly elected mayors would be good for democracy

Citizens of some cities will vote on Friday as to whether to introduce a directly elected mayor – the move would boost local government, writes Deiric Ó Broin .

# local-government - Wednesday 6 March, 2019

Varadkar backs London's directly elected mayor model for Dublin

Varadkar backs London's directly elected mayor model for Dublin

The Taoiseach has said that borough councils should be established directly under a Mayor’s office.

# local-government - 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.

# local-government - Tuesday 7 November, 2017

Opinion: Cutting constituency sizes will cut left wing councillors by 75% and women by 25%

It’s well-known that the smaller the number of people elected in a constituency, the less likely the election result will reflect the actual vote, writes Oliver Moran.

# local-government - Thursday 5 October, 2017

Calls for homes on AirBnB to be registered with local councils

The Housing Committee recommended that short term lettings of more than 90 days annually should require change-of-use planning permission.

# local-government - Friday 29 September, 2017

Opinion: Ireland's weakness is a lack of indigenous businesses

We need to see decentralisation to Irish cities, towns and rural areas in order to promote bottom-up enterprise development, writes Professor Eoin O’Leary.

# local-government - Tuesday 24 January, 2017

Councillors across the country are getting a pay rise (except for ones in Dublin, Cork and Galway)

Municipal councillors will soon be entitled to €1,000 extra.

# local-government - Sunday 25 January, 2015

Plans to merge libraries criticised as 'wholly shoddy and unacceptable'

Will your county be affected?

# local-government - Friday 9 January, 2015

Workers threaten to strike over Roscommon Council's 'bullyboy tactics'

Up to 150 employees are unhappy with measures being implemented by the local authority.

# local-government - Tuesday 1 July, 2014

Advocacy service for deaf people closes after funding cut, leaves '5,000 at risk'

The Irish Deaf Society said its members now face “further social exclusion”.

# local-government - 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.

# local-government - Friday 9 May, 2014

Oversight and Audit Commission to scrutinise local government spending

Minister Phil Hogan is looking for expressions of interest from people suitable to sit on the Commission.

# local-government - Monday 21 April, 2014

Ibec aren't a political party, but if they were, this is what their local election manifesto would say

They want a cut in local Government charges for businesses.

# local-government - Monday 31 March, 2014

Local authorities haven't collected over €355 million owed to them

In 2012, arrears increased by €33 million, or approximately 10 per cent, compared to 2011, where rates arrears came to €323 million.

# local-government - Tuesday 18 March, 2014

Local authorities get cash to spruce up public spaces ahead of tourist season

Minister Hogan has announced a total of €2.975 million in funding.

# local-government - Friday 17 January, 2014

Poll: Do you plan to vote in the local elections? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Do you plan to vote in the local elections?

The local elections will be held in May – will you head to the polling stations?

# local-government - Wednesday 8 January, 2014

Donegal councillors have to agree a budget next Monday - or they'll be removed

And Phil ‘Big Phil’ Hogan will be doing the removal…

# local-government - Tuesday 7 January, 2014

Local authorities will outline priorities for storm repair funding

The response to the storms will first be assessed by local authorities before a preliminary report is then brought to Government next week.

Windows in rented accommodation are not inspected for safety

The Dublin City Coroner has called for mandatory safety catches, but local authorities don’t inspect windows, it has been revealed.

# local-government - 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.

# local-government - Friday 22 November, 2013

Dáil debates bill to deal with 'crisis in Irish towns'

The government has declined to accept a private members’ bill put forward by Fianna Fáil in the Dáil today.

# local-government - 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.

# local-government - Wednesday 6 November, 2013

"Arrogant" Phil Hogan's visit to be greeted with protest by Letterkenny councillors

Councillors are up in arms over plans to scrap the local authority. The town’s mayor will mention the issue in a speech attended by Hogan on Friday.

# local-government - Thursday 31 October, 2013

Council of Europe report criticises power of local government in Ireland

The European Council report says that Ireland has improved, but needs to devolve more power to local authorities.

# local-government - Friday 18 October, 2013

Hogan on Dublin mayor plan: 'I might be 6' 5'' but I'm not going to lean in any direction'

The Minister isn’t giving much away about whether or not he’d like a directly-elected mayor for the capital.

# local-government - 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.

The 9 at 9: Thursday

Good morning. Here are the nine things you need to know as you start your Thursday…

# local-government - Wednesday 11 September, 2013

Parking charges contributes €100 million to the Exchequer every year

Parking is a big money-maker for local authorities who make €115 million on paid parking.

# local-government - Sunday 7 July, 2013

New app gives access to local mental health services

The initiative aims to remove the reluctance of some people to physically ask for help.

# local-government - Monday 24 June, 2013

This man is the new Lord Mayor of Dublin

Labour’s Oisín Quinn – nephew of minister Ruairí – could be one of the last mayors not to be directly elected by the public.

# local-government - 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.

# local-government - Saturday 25 May, 2013

Aaron McKenna: It's time for a conversation about how local government spends our money

The notion that cutting local government spending wouldn’t save the country or bring justice to bankers, and therefore it shouldn’t be touched at all, is a logical fallacy, writes Aaron McKenna.

# local-government - Monday 18 February, 2013

Explainer: What’s on the table in the Croke Park talks?

The government is seeking additional savings from the public sector, setting it on a collision course with unions. Here’s what it’s all about…

# local-government - Wednesday 23 January, 2013

Column: Proposed local government reforms will lead to job losses and closures

Entrepreneurs, job-seekers, rural enterprises, tourism initiatives and community-based projects all rely on local development companies – which could be forced to close under new reforms, writes John Walsh.

# local-government - 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.

# local-government - Thursday 27 December, 2012

Over 1.1 million have now paid the Household Charge - Hogan

Hogan thanked all those who had registered their properties and paid the charge, saying €113.35 million has been collected and reallocated to local authorities.

# local-government - Wednesday 5 December, 2012

Column: Property tax risks worsening problems Ireland already has

A conventional property tax has many disadvantages against a site value tax, writes Judy Osbourne.

# local-government - Friday 26 October, 2012

Column: Council reform will discourage women – and help the old boys

The changes to councils will reinforce the dominance of the three major parties, says Fine Gael councillor Mick Glynn.

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