The Communications Office provides information services to the Elected Members, staff, media and general public, as well as providing administrative support to the Cathaoirleach. The office also administers Freedom of Information requests and Access to Information on the Environment requests on behalf of the Sligo Local Authorities.
Information is compiled and relayed to the general public through a variety of means, including press releases and features, posting information on our websites, and publication of an e-newsletter.
e-Contact is Sligo Local Authorities’ two-monthly e-newsletter and features news and information from the various service areas. This publication allows us to keep the public informed on recent developments, planned initiatives, contact details, diary of events etc. A feature of the newsletter is the ‘Area Focus’ section which will contain news from the Council’s electoral areas and news from area meetings.
Sligo Local Authorities’ podcast ‘Council Focus’ is available on both the County & Borough websites or by following the link below.
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Every week details of road works throughout county Sligo are prepared and circulated to local media and posted on the Council’s websites. The information is also transmitted to locals groups and individuals who have registered their contact details. Details of major works in the county are also broadcast by AA Roadwatch.
Many of the main service areas, including Finance and Motor Tax, enable customers to transact their business online. The Communications Office works with the Information Technology Section to monitor, review and update the Sligo Local Authority websites on a regular basis. On-line customers can subscribe to a menu of information services, and can register for our e-magazine, monthly diary of events or weekly roads report.
In June 2009 the Sligo County Development Board established a working group to develop a public relations proposal. One of the objectives identified for this proposal was the creation of a new website with the aim of providing targeted on-line information on services and events in Sligo. In the last year work on the site has been progressed a Public Relations Sub-Group of the CDB.
There are numerous local websites offering a wealth of information on Sligo, and the new sligo.ie website, which was launched in June 2010, enables the Council to streamline this information on one host site by providing a ‘one-stop-shop’ to channel on-line enquiries. The home page of the site will provide people with an option to access information in the following areas:
The site also offers an ‘events’ diary and will contain an index of local services.
Sligo Local Authorities have introduced ‘Text Alert’ facility to enable people to report traffic management problems around the streets of Sligo. The text messages are relayed via the Communications Office to the Authorities’ Traffic Wardens who respond immediately to the scene of the alert.
Following a successful ‘piloting’ of the initiative in conjunction with the Sligo Branch of the People with Disabilities Ireland (PWDI), the system was extended to the wider community, and any member of the public is now be able to report traffic management problems for immediate attention. This facility is a ‘First’ for Local Authorities in Ireland in terms of traffic management and enables our Traffic Wardens to respond instantly to the public’s concerns on traffic issues.
It is intended to further broaden the system to advise people of water outages and road disruptions in their area.
Local Authorities are encouraged to devise programmes to inform the general public of their functions, aims and objectives. While the Communications Office hosts a number of visits from local schools under our ‘Open Local Government Programme, which has been extended to include visits from local Disability Groups. County Hall has hosted open days for local disability groups in recent years as part of the International Day for People with Disabilities.
Kevin Colreavy, Communications Officer
Marian McGovern, Clerical Officer
Brid Keaveney, Clerical Officer
Telephone: 071 9111016
Fax: 071 9141119
Mobile: 087 9083878
Our opening hours are 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday
Tel: 071 9111111
Fax: 071 9141119