Dr Aodh Quinlivan  adresses the meeting at the Clayton Hotel in Cork City. Photograph: Gerard McCarthy

A move towards directly-elected mayors in Irish cities needs to be accompanied by local government reform if it is to make any appreciable difference (...)

Eoghan Murphy said he expects the issue of local government reform in Cork to be finalised within weeks. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy has defended his department officials over their handling of proposed local governme(...)

Dr Aodh Quinlivan, of University College Cork, told the committee hearing at the House of Commons that Brexit could have a major impact on local Government on the island of Ireland. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Brexit could lead to differing standards on either side of the Border as local authorities in Northern Ireland could move away from various EU directi(...)

‘The majority report is poorly written and disappointing in that it leaves us with more questions than answers.’ Photograph: Getty Images

As an undergraduate student in University College Cork in the early 1990s I loved my public administration lectures delivered by Richard Haslam and Ed(...)

A view of Cork city’s skyline. Dr Aodh Quinlivan of UCC said the task set for the Smiddy Review Group to examine local government reform in Cork might require more time than the September deadline set by Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly. Photograph: Ian Gethings/Getty.

A review group set up to examine local government reform in Cork and whether Cork city should get a boundary extension may not have time to carry out(...)

Extending Cork City Council’s boundary simply to include suburbs currently under the control of Cork County Council will do little to address the planning needs of the city over the next 50 years, a seminar on local government reform in Cork has heard. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

Extending Cork City Council’s boundary simply to include suburbs now under the control of Cork County Council will do little to address the city’s pla(...)