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Indaver Community Grant Scheme 2018

Indaver recognises the hard work, dedication and passion demonstrated by the local community. One of Indaver’s core values is concern for people, safety and the environment – 'we all want to help in the develop and improve the local area'.

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Department Publishes Quarter 3 Social Housing Data on a Council-by-Council basis

The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government has collated detailed social housing figures in relation to each local authority area.

The Spreadsheet below, Social Housing – Targets, output, pipeline by Local Authority, gives the following figures:

    •    Numbers on the Social housing list
    •    Social housing targets
    •    Social housing delivery (broken down by build, acquisition, leasing, HAP / RAS)
    •    Social housing construction pipeline

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Minister Ross welcomes €338m funding for National Roads

The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD, welcomed confirmation from Transport Infrastructure Ireland that, as a result of funding he secured in Budget 2019, it has approved national road schemes to a value of €338m. This will enable some of the key projects listed in the Capital Plan to now advance to construction phase such as Ballyvourney to Macroom and Westport to Turlough. The €338m includes for €319m for improvement works, and nearly €18m in maintenance. This is the first tranche of funding allocated by TII.

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Minister Bruton Publishes Report on Energy Efficiency of Public Sector Bodies

The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment, Mr. Richard Bruton T.D. has recently published a report by Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) on the energy efficiency of all public bodies.
 
The report evaluated 331 public bodies and 2,279 schools, representing an annual energy spend of €608 million. The report shows that public sector bodies collectively saved €191 million and 667,000 tonnes of avoided CO2 emissions in 2017.
 
Since 2009, public sector bodies have made over €1 billion in energy savings and avoided 3.6 million tonnes of CO2 emissions. These savings have made the public sector 24% more efficient in energy use overall since 2009, putting it on course to achieve the 33% energy efficiency target by 2020.

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Government appoint Ireland’s first Planning Regulator

Eoghan Murphy, T.D., Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, has recently announced that the Government have appointed Mr. Niall Cussen as Ireland’s first Planning Regulator, heading up the new Office of the Planning Regulator which the Minister intends to establish in January.  Mr. Cussen’s appointment was recommended following an open recruitment process conducted by the Public Appointments Service.

Mr. Cussen is currently the Chief Planner at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government and has been centrally involved in the development of a range of national planning policies, including the National Planning Framework published earlier this year as part of Project Ireland 2040.  He has also previously worked in An Bord Pleanála and in Dublin City Council and Meath, Clare and Roscommon County Councils.  He is an Economics and Geography graduate of NUI Maynooth and has also been awarded a Diploma in Environmental Engineering from Trinity College Dublin and a Masters of Regional and Urban Planning from UCD.

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