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AILG-Maynooth University Research Project – “The 21st Century Councillor in Irish Local Government”

The AILG have undertaken a two-year Strategic Partnership with Maynooth University and their International Centre for Local and Regional Development (ICLRD) to advance AILG’s Professional Policy, Research and Advocacy Programme.  As part of the strategic partnership, an independent research study on “The 21st Century Councillor in Irish Local Government” is currently underway by Maynooth University, with support and collaboration from AILG.

The purpose of the study is to gain first-hand insights into the changing roles of the councillor, so that AILG can better respond to members’ needs.

As part of the research project, you are invited to complete a questionnaire – please contact for further details on how to complete survey.

*We strongly encourage each of our 949 Local Elected Members to complete the questionnaire – your experience and knowledge as public representatives will help to inform this piece of research and deliver first-hand insights into the changing roles of the councillor.

The questionnaire deals with five topics:

  1. The role of councillors;
    2. Challenges facing councillors;
    3. Implications of reforms and reconfigurations;
    4. Possible Innovations; and
    5. Tools and skills.

This questionnaire will ask you about your experiences and perspectives, as a councillor, in relation to these five topics.

All responses are confidential and anonymous. Only the Maynooth University Research Team, and not the AILG, will have access to the survey database. The research team members’ computers are password protected, and data files they generate will be encrypted. All survey data will be retained and hosted on a third-party (Online Surveys) server and not on a MU server.

For further information on this research study, Elected members can contact Ms Caroline Creamer, Maynooth University –

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