Local government, 2017

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Another year, another minister, another renaming of the department! Changes to the cabinet in June 2017 included the appointment of Eoghan Murphy, TD, as Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, and John Paul Phelan, TD, as Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government with Special Responsibility for Local Government and Electoral Reform. Further functional realignment also took place: community functions were transferred to the newly created Department of Rural and Community Development and, at the end of 2017, responsibility for motor taxation was transferred to the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport. Thus, the centralisation of functions traditionally associated with local government continues.

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  • Government of Ireland. (2017). Housing delivery 2017: Social housing and new home indicators. Retrieved from http://www.housing.gov.ie/sites/default/files/publications/files/ri_report_housing_completions_2017.pdf [6 February 2018].

  • LGiU Ireland. (2017). Briefing: Local government grants and subsidies from central government. Retrieved from https://www.lgiuireland.ie/briefing/38268/ [20 December 2017].

  • National Oversight & Audit Commission. (2017a). A review of the management and maintenance of local authority housing [NOAC report no. 12]. Dublin: National Oversight & Audit Commission.

  • National Oversight & Audit Commission. (2017b). Performance indicators in local authorities 2016 [NOAC report no. 14]. Dublin: National Oversight & Audit Commission.

  • National Oversight & Audit Commission. (2017c). Public spending code: Local authority quality assurance report 2016 [NOAC report no. 13]. Dublin: National Oversight & Audit Commission.

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