The County and City Managers' 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
A report published by the CCMA identifies over 2,300 seperate activities undertaken by local authorities in 2012 to contribute towards job creation and economic development.
The Water Services (Amendment) Act 2012 requires water services authorities to maintain a register of domestic waste water treatment systems. Following a successful process of compiling this register, a Citizen Engagement Campaign around the health and environmental risks associated with septic tanks has been developed.
An international Public Lending Right (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.
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All through the autumn, contestants have been competing the length and breadth of the country passionately defending or attacking the idea that Citizens are at the Heart of the EU in the annual Europe Direct Soapbox Competition.
Phil Hogan, T.D. Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government to-day has welcomed the decision of the Local Authority Shared Services Payroll & Superannuation Evaluation Committee, after a competitive bidding process, to recommend that Laois County Council provide Shared Payroll and Superannuation services on behalf of all local authorities.
LGMA received over 420,000 registrations from owners of Domestic Waste Water Treatment Systems by the February 1st 2013 deadline, representing 85% of the estimated number of such systems.