The Arts Council and Local Government held a major joint conference on January 12th in Dublin Castle, exploring how public investment in the arts can help to build sustainable and cohesive local communities.
The National Oversight and Audit Commission (NOAC) has published the Local Government Performance Indicators for 2015. The figures for 2015 are evidence of improved performance in areas such as housing, environment initiatives, online facilities and community-based services.
at the National Tourism Conference sharing local authority experiences and contributions to local ecomonies.
Paul Reid, Chief Executive Fingal County Council; Pat Dowling, Chief Executive Clare County Council; Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan TD; Joe MacGrath, Chief Executive Tipperary County Council; Anne Marie Delaney, Chief Executive Offaly County Council.
Minister English, T.D., Minister of State for Housing and Urban Renewal launched the ‘Spring into Story-time’, the latest initiative from the Public Library Service’s ‘Right to Read’ programme, on the 5th of April. Spring into Story-time will deliver a range of story-time events for children of all ages in the 332 libraries throughout Ireland in April.
Mr Damien English, T.D. Minister for Housing and Urban Renewal launched the Libraries Ireland: makes every library your local library service on May 29th in Navan Library.
Pictured: Mr Ciaran Mangan, County Librarian, Meath County Council; Ms Jackie Maguire, Chief Executive, Meath County Council; Mr Damien English, T.D. Minister for Housing and Urban Renewal; CLLR Maria Murphy, Meath County Council; Mr Tom Enright, Wexford County Council.
The County and City Management Association (CCMA) have produced an animated video to promote the wide-ranging services that are provided by local authorities and increase awareness around their role within communities. This video also highlights many recent savings and efficiencies within the sector. Link to YouTube Video
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National Conference highlighting the partnership approach of local authorities in the tourism sector.
Minister for Small Business and Employment, Pat Breen TD announced (24th Jan) an additional €4m in funding for the Local Enterprise Offices to stimulate new start-ups and jobs across the country and to help micro businesses to cope with challenges in the year ahead. This Additional funding will drive job creation around the country.
The Building Control Management System (BCMS) was developed by LGMA and Fingal County County and implemented in March 2014. It allows property owners, builders, developers, architects and engineers to submit notifications, applications and compliance certificates online. It provides an internal management system for the processing of notices received online and over the counter in local authorities.