The second annual Public Lecture Series of the CLRG takes place on Thursday 16 February, starting at 7:00pm in UCC’s Boole 1. The theme of the event is ‘The Challenge of Local Government Modernisation’. The first speaker is the leader of Fianna Fáil, Micheál Martin, who will present his vision for local government reform and issues such as local governance arrangements in Cork in the context of the current debate about whether the county council and city council should amalgamate. He will be followed by Dr Theresa Reidy of UCC’s Department of Government and she will discuss the expanding financial base of local government in Ireland and recent initiatives such as the Local Property Tax (LPT). Our third speaker is Rachel Wall from De Montfort University in Leicester and she will present her research on central/local relations and devolution. The final speaker is also from De Montfort University and the renowned Professor Colin Copus will make a strong case for directly elected mayors and outline the experiences to date from mayoral governance in England. As part of the public lecture series, an award will be presented to the top first year student studying local government as part of the BSc Government degree programme. The closing remarks will be delivered by the Lord Mayor of Cork, Councillor Des Cahill, and the event will be chaired by Dr Emmanuelle Schön-Quinlivan of UCC’s Department of Government. The public lecture series is free of charge and all are welcome to attend.