Report on Citizens Engagement with Local Government

The Working Group on Citizen Engagement appointed by Phil Hogan TD, Minister for the Environment Community and Local Government has recently published its report (PDF).

You may be aware that the Minister set up the Working Group (of which The Wheel’s CEO, Deirdre Garvey was a member) in September 2013 to propose a mechanism to enable citizens and community and voluntary organisations to take an active role in the policy making and oversight activities of local government, against the background of the reforms set out in the Government’s Action Programme for Effective Local Government, Putting People First (PDF).

The Wheel believes that the structures proposed in the Working Group’s report provide a great opportunity for community and voluntary groups to participate in local government, and we would encourage you to engage with the new arrangements when they come into effect after the elections in May.

To help prepare our members, we will be hosting special information session in the near future. Keep an eye on our events calendar for details, or contact  ivan@wheel.ie to register your interest.