Enabling Community-Led Local Development

Brendan O’Keeffe (Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick) A reformed local government system in Ireland has a key role to play in promoting territorial development and competitiveness.  Earlier this year, Ireland’s LEADER Partnerships undertook extensive and in-depth consultation with citizens in several counties.  As a result, and following liaison with the European Commission, OECD and…

Debating Local Government Reform

Post by Chris van Egeraat (NUI, Maynooth) and Seán Ó Riordáin The Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government launched his reform proposals to generally underwhelming degrees of debate on the 12th October 2012 and a year later the Oireachtas is considering these reforms with the Local Government Bill 2013. (See here)

Looking to 2016 – How stands the Republic?

Post on behalf of Joe Mulholland The papers presented at the 2013 MacGill Summer School are now available to read (see here). For several years now, and especially since the sudden and brutal fall of the Celtic Tiger, the MacGill School has focussed on reform of the institutions of the state – political, social and…