City/County Development Boards
CDBs were established in each county and city in Ireland in 2000 on foot of the Report of the Task Force on the Integration of Local Government and Local Development Systems (August 1998). The CDBs are led by local government and are representative of local development bodies together with the State agencies and social partners operating locally.
The main function of the Boards has been to bring about the more coordinated delivery of publicly funded services at local level in the areas of economic, social and cultural development. They have acted as the key co-ordinating body at local level in bringing together the relevant local stakeholders, providing joined-up services and opportunities for collaborative projects.
- Carlow (external link)
- Cavan (external link)
- Clare (external link)
- Cork County (external link)
- Cork City (external link)
- Donegal (external link)
- Dublin City (external link)
- Dun Laoghaire / Rathdown (external link)
- Fingal (external link)
- South Dublin (external link)
- Galway County ( external link)
- Galway City (external link)
- Kerry (external link)
- Kildare (external link)
- Kilkenny (external link)
- Laois (external link)
- Leitrim (external link)
- Limerick City (external link)
- Limerick County (external link)
- Longford (external link)
- Louth (external link)
- Mayo (external link)
- Meath (external link)
- Monaghan (external link)
- Offaly (external link)
- Roscommon (external link)
- Sligo (external link)
- Tipperary North (external link)
- Tipperary South (external link)
- Waterford County (external link)
- Waterford City (external link)
- Westmeath (external link)
- Wexford (external link)
- Wicklow (external link)
Local Government Reform
Putting People First- An Action Programme for Effective Local Government was published on 16 October 2012 following Government approval and sets out Government policy for reforms across all the main areas of local government.
The Action Programme will implement the most far-reaching changes since the present system of local government began in the 1890s. It sets out the reforms the Government has approved in all of the main areas of local government–its structures, functions, resources, operational arrangements and governance.
The Introduction of Socio-Economic Committees (SEC) with responsibility for the planning and oversight of local/community development actions at local level and the increased responsibility for enterprise support through the Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) of the local authorities will impact on CDB roles and functions.
With particular reference to the role of the City/County Development Boards the Action Plan states “Involvement of local government in enterprise support and the local and community development programmes, gives local authorities a much stronger direct co-ordination capacity. The City/County Development Boards, which were established primarily to provide a linkage between local government, the local development sector and economic development agencies, will, therefore, be phased out, consistent with the reduction in public service structures generally’.
The phasing out of CDBs will commence with the establishment of the first phase of SECs in early 2013. Further information on the rationale for the phasing out of CDBs in the context of the establishment of both the Local Enterprise Offices and Socio-Economic Committees is contained in the Final Report of the Alignment Steering Group below.
Final Report of the Alignment Steering Group
In their Final Report the Steering Group makes recommendations aimed at enhancing the role of local government in local and community development, achieving greater efficiency and effectiveness, and improving the delivery of services for the citizen.
The alignment of local government and local development will be pursued on a phased basis over the period 2012-2014, in a way that will secure optimum value from available resources and enhance service delivery for local communities.
The Department of Environment, Community and Local Government has established an Alignment Implementation Group including representatives of local government, local development and other relevant actors, to advise the Department on implementation of the Alignment recommendations.
- Final Report of the Local Government/Local Development Alignment Steering Group (pdf, 1,979kb)
- Broader Local Government Reform Proposals Published 16 October 2012
Local Government/Local Development Alignment Section
Department of Environment, Community and Local Government
- Mid-Term Review of the Local and Community Development Programme (pdf, 1,176 kb)
- Review of the Producer Responsibility Initiative Model in Ireland - Annex - A Packaging Levy for Ireland (pdf, 438 kb)
- Domestic Wastewater Treatment Systems Information Leaflet (pdf, 49 kb)
- more publications
- 30/09/13: Gold and Silver for Ireland in the prestigious European Entente Florale Competition
- 03/05/12: Reintroduction of the €500,000 maximum grant for community projects under the RDP.
- 30/09/11: Hogan visits Carlow Volunteer Centre on National Day of Volunteering