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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.

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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.

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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.


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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.

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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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