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New water filtration process uses 1,000 times less energy

A new process for water filtration using carbon dioxide consumes one thousand times less energy than conventional methods, scientific research published this week has shown.


Coveney publishes details of further progress on Social Housing Schemes, including a further 1,600 new Social Houses in the pipeline

During a visit to Mayfield Park, Clondalkin, a new Local Authority housing scheme, on which 18 homes at a cost of €4.1m are under construction, the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community & Local Government, Mr. Simon Coveney T.D. published an updated status list of social housing schemes that are advancing nationwide following on from the status list published on 20 February 2017.


EPA report - Bathing Water Quality in Ireland – A Report for the Year 2016

Three quarters of Ireland’s bathing waters are ‘Excellent’ quality for third year in a row; six beaches fail to make the grade. 

    •    93% of identified bathing waters (130 of 140) meeting minimum EU standards.

    •    Almost three quarters of all identified bathing waters (102 of 140) were classed as ‘Excellent’ – one more than 2015; a further 18 were classed as ‘Good’, five more than in 2015.

    •    Six coastal bathing waters failed to meet the minimum mandatory standard and were classified ‘Poor’.

    •    Duncannon, Youghal Front Strand, and Rush South Beach showed improved performance in 2016; all now meet the ‘Sufficient’ standard.

    •    Assessment of water quality in 2016 was undertaken using data covering the 2013-2016 bathing seasons.


Minister Denis Naughten announces increased funding for local environmental projects

Mr. Denis Naughten, T.D., Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment today, announced a large increase to the Local Agenda 21 (LA21) Environmental Partnership Fund. This fund, which has operated since 1997, supports local environmental initiatives by communities, individuals and not-for-profit groups. The Minister has allocated funding of €460,000 to this year’s scheme, an increase of 15% on funding in 2016.


Considerate Constructors Scheme launches in Ireland John Sisk & Son is the first contractor to register site

From left to right: Ken Lynch, Contracts Manager, The Exchange, Sisk; Paul Hackett, MD Ireland East, Sisk; Edward Hardy, Chief Executive of the Considerate Constructors Scheme; Brian Handcock, Head of Sustainability, Sisk.

Dublin - 17 May 2017: The Considerate Constructors Scheme - the organisation established to improve the image of the construction industry - is now international, having launched its first registered site in Ireland.


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