Farm Hazardous Waste Collections

Farmers across Ireland will again have an opportunity to safely dispose of hazardous wastes from their farms at ten collection events during October and November. Hazardous wastes are generated through the normal running of a farm, from engine oils & filters to residues of pesticides; and out-of-date veterinary medicines. The removal of these potentially dangerous […]

FG proposal on local authority functions would halt the spread of economic recovery – IMPACT

“If local government continues to be picked apart, rural communities and smaller towns will be denied the opportunity to have a say in how their services are delivered as well as being denied the fruits of economic recovery” – Peter Nolan, national secretary, IMPACT     IMPACT trade union has criticised Fine Gael’s proposal to […]

LEADER Funding Must Not Be Hived Off To Local Authorities – IFA

IFA President Eddie Downey has said the funding allocated to the Leader programme in the CAP Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 must not be hived off to local authorities at the expense of local communities and promoters.   Mr Downey was responding to the announcement today by the Minister for the Environment and Local Government Phil […]

Restaurant Body Warns of Further Closures as Local Authorities Destroy Small Rural Restaurants

The Restaurants Association of Ireland has warned of inevitable job losses in rural communities as local authorities continue to increase rates and destroy small restaurants. Based on a recent business survey carried out by the Restaurants Association of Ireland, it was found that most participants have experienced an increase in their rate charges in the […]

Minister Encourages Local Authorities To Submit Funding Proposals For Unfinished Estates

Minister for Housing and Planning, Jan O’Sullivan, TD, today encouraged local authorities to submit proposals to resolve unfinished housing developments under a special €10m fund announced in Budget 2014.   According to Minister O’Sullivan, “there has been substantial progress in tackling unfinished estates since the Government came into office. Since 2010 there has been a […]

Local Property Tax Servicing €4.9 Billion of Local Authority Bank Debt

In response to parliamentary questions from the Minister for Environment, Reform Alliance TD Lucinda Creighton, the Minister revealed that the total amount of outstanding bank debt for all local authorities around the country is €4.9 billion. The total cumulative deficit of all local authorities is €74 million and over 40% of all local authority revenue […]

Local Authorities Must Prioritise Rural Roads Repair And Maintenance Works

IFA Deputy President Eddie Downey said the announcement by Transport Minister Leo Varadkar that funds from the Restoration Improvement Grant can be used for emergency repair work on roads is welcome. However rural dwellers will judge the effectiveness of this move when they see the long overdue repair and maintenance work completed, which must be […]

Local Authorities new role in Job Creation – Hogan

LAs to develop Local Strategies for Economic Development & Enterprise Support     As part of the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan’s Action Programme for Local Government Reform, Putting People First,   Local Authorities will have a new enhanced role in Local Economic Development. Launching the local government enterprise and jobs […]

Legislation to Provide for Reduction in State Agencies & LA Mergers – 43% Reduction in State Agencies from 21 to 12-

The Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Phil Hogan T.D, has announced that the Government had cleared for publication proposed legislation that will be a key facilitator in the Department’s Reform Programme in relation to  agency rationalisation and local authority mergers.   The Minister said “The Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2012 will allow my […]