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Politics and Policy

Re-Shaping Local Government: What we can Learn from International Cases

January 6, 2017 |

The proposed mergers of City and County Councils in both Cork and Galway have faced serious scrutiny as many see the move towards amalgamation as regressive, preferring to see city boundaries extended and City Councils maintained. Reports on either side … Read More

Background: Cork’s Proposed Council Amalgamation

November 1, 2016 |

Like Galway, Cork is also in the midst of an amalgamation conundrum, in the first of two articles we take a look at the background to the current situation.

Last year’s report, released in September 2015 by a working group … Read More

Creed & Doyle Conclude Highly Successful Asian Trade Mission

September 12, 2016 |

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Micheal Creed T.D. today concluded the agri food trade mission to Asia which included some 30 of Ireland’s leading agri-food and agri-service companies, after visiting Singapore. The last day of the visit featured … Read More

Dáil recalled to debate Apple ruling

September 7, 2016 |

TDs will return to the Dáil to debate the European Commission’s 150-page ruling that Ireland granted Apple illegal State aid. The Dáil was recalled early for the debate after the Government said it would the appeal the ruling, which is … Read More

Housing crisis solutions

June 20, 2016 |


A cross-party committee set-up by the government  to tackle the housing crisis in Ireland has published its report. Established in April, the report calls for “most ambitious social housing project in the history of the State”.

Solutions highlighted for … Read More


February 24, 2016 |

In Paris last November the leaders of all the world’s nations came together to set long term goals to tackle climate change. After almost two weeks of talks and negotiations an agreement was reached. It was the first climate deal to commit … Read More

Modular Housing Units to Act as Emergency Housing for Dublin’s Homeless

October 30, 2015 |

The Minister for the Environment, Alan Kelly, has announced that the 500 units of modular housing will be provided for homeless families in Dublin as emergency housing.

Twenty-two of the units will be available for Christmas; one of the most … Read More

Dublin Councils Offer Scheme to Landlords to Boost Social Housing.

May 26, 2015 |

Dublin city and county councils are offering generous schemes to existing and potential landlords, in the hope that such incentives might increase the provision of social housing for lower-income tenants in the city.  The scheme would allow potential … Read More

Unemployment Drops Below 10% For the First Time Since 2009.

May 21, 2015 |

Figures released by the Central Statistics Office today show unemployment dropping to 9.9% in the first quarter of 2015 – the first time the figure has fallen below ten per cent in seven years.  This shows an increase … Read More

Why Ireland Needs to Get With Engagement….

April 1, 2015 |

It’s due to become one of the major political hot potatoes over the next couple of years, but many people don’t yet realise that Ireland has signed up to massive carbon reductions by 2020. In the 2007 Government White Paper, … Read More

Minister English announces winners of Knowledge Transfer Ireland (KTI) Impact Awards

March 26, 2015 |

UCD and Waterford Institute of Technology swept the boards at the annual Knowledge Transfer Ireland Impact Awards presented by Damien English, T.D., Minister for Skills, Research & Innovation in Dublin on Wednesday 23rd March 2015.

UCD and its technology transfer … Read More

Public consultation days on flood risks in Donegal

March 23, 2015 |

Flood risks at eleven areas throughout Donegal will come under the spotlight this week as a major study will plan to manage both existing and potential future flood threats at these locations.

The work will rely on the public to … Read More

HSE report confirms scale of challenge for older patients “trapped” in delayed discharge beds

March 3, 2015 |

The scale of the challenge facing older people in delayed discharge hospital beds who are trying to either go home, move into a nursing home or receive other rehabilitation or respite service, is highlighted in a report published today.

Age … Read More

Sustainable And Competitive Tourism: EU Funding Guide For Tourism 2014-2020

January 8, 2015 |

In a recent guide compiled for the EU’s Committee of the Regions, the various funding opportunities for tourism available to local and regional authorities in the new programming period 2014-2020 were collated and outlined. As the third largest EU economic … Read More

“SI426: Finally EU Bureaucracy makes good business sense”

December 9, 2014 |

Most new laws receive little attention and Ireland’s adoption of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive (2012/27/EU) is no exception. On first viewing, the directive imposes yet more obligations on industry. However the intent should be seen as admirable and ultimately … Read More


September 15, 2014 |





The suddenness and depth of Ireland’s recent recession created immeasurable challenges for local authorities. Right across the country, councils have had to balance the need to operate more efficiently with the desire to deliver better services … Read More

Limerick County Council holds last meeting after 115 years

April 23, 2014 |

Limerick County Council held its last ever meeting yesterday nearly 115 years to the day since its first ever one was held in the grand jury room of Limerick County Court House, Merchants Quay, on April 22, 1899. There was … Read More

Clare county council angers billionaire Donald Trump over Doonbeg

April 23, 2014 |

Donald Trump has said that he will hold Clare County Council financially responsible for any income that is lost due to the ‘obstruction’ of his redevelopment of the Doonbeg golf resort. Donald Trump’s Doonbeg golf course has been hit by … Read More

New transport plan for the capital to cost €900 million

April 16, 2014 |

The National Transport Authority has published its final plans for its new scheme of public transport in Dublin. As part of the new scheme the disused Phoenix Park tunnel will be reopened for rail services to run. The plan will … Read More

Cork INC hopes to bring more business to the region

April 16, 2014 |

Cork INC (innovated, networked, connected) will be established in a joint venture between Cork City and County Council. It will comprise of three areas: Leisure Tourism, Strategic economic marketing and B to B Tourism. The venture will work towards economic … Read More