Local authorities publish statements outlining their duty and commitment to safeguard children in the delivery of local authority services by promoting the general welfare, health and safety of children, developing safe management and guidance procedures, and appointing Designated Child Protection Liaison Officers.
Local authorities provide up to date information to the public about services, activities and events through various media channels including websites, social media platforms, radio, press releases, and alert services.
Local authorities publish public notices to inform people about public consultations, road works and closures, the Register of Electors, compulsory purchase of lands, the setting of commercial rates, and other activities.
Local authorities support audit committees to review and monitor financial reporting processes, internal audit controls, risk management, the findings and recommendations of the National Oversight Audit Committee, and the local authority's response to these.
Local authorities publish reports to provide details of how they comply with the Public Spending Code to maintain proper standards and get value for money where public money is being spent or invested.
Local authorities maintain a public register which provides details of financial and other interests disclosed by councillors and relevant council employees to uphold standards of integrity, conduct and concern for the public interest.
You can comment or object to a local authority's proposal to create byelaws for certain service areas. These areas include burial grounds, parking, speed limits, casual trading, and the control of dogs and horses.
Local authorities publish guides outlining their standards for customer service delivery, how they will monitor and improve service, the responsibilities of customers when using local authority services, and how to you can make a complaint.
Local authorities publish charters outlining their commitment to provide high quality customer service, the responsibilities of customers when using services, and what you as a customer may do if you are unhappy with the standard of service provided to you.
Local authorities may provide online portals where you can take part in the public consultation process. You can do this by registering to view or search open or upcoming consultations, or submit an observation.
Local authorities support councillors in their role as elected representatives and policy makers by providing information about day to day local authority services, responding to questions and notices of motion, and supporting their work on council committees.
Local authorities set up policy committees where elected councillors and representatives from social, economic, cultural, environmental, community and voluntary groups may advise on, develop and review council policy.
You can send the local authority a request to access your personal data, to check if data about you exists, be told of the content and source of personal data, and update, correct or delete your personal data.
Local authorities publish schemes to outline their commitment to make information available to the public outside of information provided under Freedom of Information law. This includes information about the local authority structure and its management, the services it provides, decisions and financial information.
You can send the local authority a request to access official records. You can also ask that your personal records are amended or deleted if they are incorrect or misleading. You have the right to request reasons for decisions taken by the local authority which affect you and the right to appeal the decision.
Local authorities respond to the Office of the Ombudsman about complaints from the public relating to unresolved issues with the local authority such as an undue delay failing to take action on local authority matters.
Local authorities, together with other stakeholders, manage public health and safety by regularly inspecting local authority buildings and work activities, investigating accidents and incidents and taking appropriate action.
Local authorities may support community organisations to develop plans for Language Planning Areas and Irish Language Networks to promote the use of the Irish language in Gaeltacht these areas. Language Planning Areas (within and outside the Gaeltacht) are designated areas in the Gaeltacht.
Local authorities prepare plans to identify electoral areas, electoral divisions, polling districts and townlands for Dáil (national parliament) and local elections, and the appointed polling place for each polling district. You can have an input into the plans through consultation.
Local authorities publish details of electoral areas, electoral divisions, polling districts and townlands for Dáil (national parliament) and local elections, and the appointed polling place for each polling district.
You can apply to the local authority to be included in the Register of Electors and Supplement Register if you are eligible to vote in local, national and European elections and referenda. You can also ask for your personal information to be updated or corrected or ask for a special or postal vote.