International Public Lending Right (PLR) Conference

An international PLR conference, hosted for the first time in Ireland took place in Farmleigh House on September 26 and 27. The 10th international PLR conference brought together international representatives from PLR offices, authors’ organisations and other agencies from Western and Eastern Europe, Canada, USA, South Africa and Taiwan under the aegis of the International PLR Network.

International Digitisation Conference

‘Digital technology has fundamentally reshaped the way in which people of every age connect with society.’
Lord Puttnam, Digital Champion for Ireland and renowned film producer, addressed a large international audience in Dublin Castle yesterday which included representatives from key European cultural institutions in all 27 EU Member States, the creative industries and all the main cultural institutions in Ireland, North and South.

Local Enterprise Offices to Support Micro and Small Business at Local Level

The County and City Managers’ Association (CCMA) today welcomed the publication of the Framework Service Level Agreement (SLA) between local authorities and Enterprise Ireland for the new Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs). The SLA along with the new branding for the LEO offices were revealed today by Minister for Jobs and Innovation, Mr Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government, Mr Phil Hogan TD and Minister of State for Small Business John Perry TD. Read more...

CCMA Report on Local Authority Support to Economic Development

The report ‘Supporting Enterprise, Local Development and Economic Growth-Analysis of Local Authority Activities for 2012’ was published today by the County and City Managers’ Association (CCMA). The report which was welcomed by Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government, Mr. Phil Hogan T.D., highlights over 2,300 separate actions, projects and promotional activities undertaken by local authorities in 2012 to support job creation and economic development. Read more...

Registration of all domestic wastewater treatment systems required by 1st of February 2013

The Protect Our Water website ( has been operational since the 26th June 2012. The registration fee has increased to €50 (from €5) since the 28th September. To date, the LGMA have received approximately 340,000 registrations. All owners of premises connected to a domestic wastewater treatment system are required to register their systems by midnight on the 1st of February 2013.

Final Day for registrations of DOMESTIC waste water treatment systems

Today (28th September) is the last day for registration of the Domestic Waste Water Treatment Systems (including septic tanks) for the reduced fee of €5. An estimated 186,331 registrations have been submitted as of this morning and it is estimated this figure will reach 200,000 by the end of the day. Owners are reminded that they have until midnight tonight to register and pay the reduced €5 fee online at Payment can also be made at local authority offices throughout the day. Read more...


The Local Government Management Agency (LGMA) confirmed today that over €100 million has been received to date from 990,459 households in payment of the Household Charge.  In addition to this, there were 19,490 waivers received, with a further 6,000 registrations currently being queried. Thus, there is a grand total of 1,015,949 properties registered at this time. Read more...