Local Government in Ireland: Inside Out is a valuable resource for anyone with an interest in local government, particularly students, practitioners and those who regularly interact with local authorities. With expert contributors from inside and outside the local government system, the book offers a thorough understanding of Irish local government.
The importance and potential of local government in Ireland is often understated. Members of the public - the citizens serviced by local government - may remain unaware of its impact on their daily lives until vital services such as water, waste collection or roads are negatively affected or a controversial planning decision is made; and may not realise that services such as public parks, libraries or the fire services are provided by the local authority.
Local Government in Ireland: Inside Out addresses this situation by providing a comprehensive treatment of all aspects of Irish local government including its back-ground, context, structures, functions, themes and developments. The book is largely descriptive, but also offers critique and considers the challenges facing the position and functions of local government in Ireland.