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Better co-ordination in planning and development and Irish Water investment to be assured in new guidelines published by Minister Damien English TD

The Minister for Housing and Urban Development, Mr Damien English, T.D., today 18th January 2018, published draft Water Services - Guidelines for Planning Authorities for consultation.

Planning for future development in tandem with investment in our country’s water services is a national priority because water infrastructure is fundamentally and centrally enabling in meeting the needs of our growing economy across the regions, of our people and their health and the protection and enhancement of the quality of our environment and ensures public health.


Cork City Council is the first local authority in Ireland to ban single use coffee cups

From next week, disposable single-use cups will be no longer be available at Cork City Hall. It’s understood that Cork City Council is the first local authority in Ireland to take this initiative. As part of this coffee cup ban, Cork City Council staff are being encouraged to use environmentally friendly reusable cups instead.


Social Housing Delivery 2017 Minister's Statement

Today we are publishing our Report on Housing Delivery in 2017 under Rebuilding Ireland – providing the public with an update on Social Housing supports delivered in the past year, as well as our latest indicators on building more generally.

Before I begin, I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank all of the people who have been working so hard on the front line over the last few weeks, as part of the Cold Weather initiative and other homeless actions, to help rough sleepers in to safe accommodation.

From the available information, we know that the numbers in Dublin are dramatically down.

That’s thanks to the new facilities that we have opened with our partners in the local authorities and NGO sector late last year, as well as the many volunteers and others helping people every night and day of the week.

Ultimately, what each person in emergency accommodation, or a family in a hub, need, is a home.


ERI focuses on Ireland’s transition to zero carbon society with new strategic plan

The Environmental Research Institute has launched a €44 million investment in environmental research projects at University College Cork, focusing on a zero carbon, resource efficient and sustainable society.

Ireland faces significant challenges to meet EU targets and global agreements in relation to energy, climate change, biodiversity and sustainability. Many of these challenges also represent commercial opportunities for Irish businesses in the coming years to develop new technologies and services to help us transition to a zero carbon and resource efficient society. The Environmental Research Institute (ERI) at University College Cork has launched its new Strategic Plan 2018-2022 and has a commitment of over €44 million investment in environmental research projects in the coming 3 years.


Design Standards for New Apartments - Workshop January 2018

Design Standards for New Apartments - Guidelines for Planning Authorities – Draft Update: Workshop January 2018

Following from the publication of the draft updated Design Standards for New Apartments - Guidelines for Planning Authorities for public consultation, the Department has scheduled a half-day workshop to facilitate finalisation of the guidelines.


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