Local and regional government

Local government
The provision for local government is set down in law. How the process of government at local level works and what it consists of.

Local authorities
Local Government consists of a range of local authorities. Find out more

Functions of local authorities
Local authorities provide an extensive range of public services in your area. Information on their responsibilities and services.

Powers of local authorities
Your local authority has some important powers that are necessary to carry out its responsibilities.

Chief Executive of the council
Chief Executives are appointed to manage local authorities. Information on their appointment, role and functions.

Local community development committees
Local community development committees are established to develop, co-ordinate and implement a coherent and integrated approach to local and community development.

Membership of local authorities
Members of local authorities are called 'councillors'. Role, responsibilities and appointments.

Cathaoirleach of the council
Every local authority elects a Cathaoirleach (or Chairman/Mayor.

Local authority committees
Local authorities can establish committees to carry out some of the Council's functions.

Local authority meetings
The law sets down how meetings of local authorities must be conducted, how frequently they may take place and whom may attend. Find out more.

Regional assemblies
The aim of the regional assemblies is to co-ordinate, promote or support strategic planning and sustainable development.