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Lights switched off at motorway junctions in bid to cut electricity bill by €1m a year

Lighting has been dimmed, or turned off at many of the State’s motorway junctions by Transport Infrastructure Ireland in a move that will cut electricity bills by €1 million a year.
The changes, which began to be introduced in September, follows the fitting of new lighting systems, along with the replacement of existing lamp-posts and older-style bulbs.

Cost was not was the overriding reason, said TII, though the changes were spurred by the need to comply with a 2012 EU energy policy that requires Ireland to cut greenhouse gas emissions.


Minister Canney Launches Guidelines to Help Local Authorities Plan for Impacts of Climate Change

The Minister of State for Community Development, Natural Resources and Digital Development Sean Canney T.D. has launched guidelines to help local authorities prepare for the impacts of climate change.
The government are developing an all of government plan to make Ireland a leader in responding to climate change. Local authorities, as the level of government closest to communities, have a key role to play in this.
The announcement fulfils a key action under the National Adaptation Framework. All local authorities will be required to adopt a local adaptation strategy in line with the published "Local Authority Adaptation Strategy Development Guidelines". This approach will ensure consistency and coherency across all local authorities. The Department will review these local strategies once completed, with a view to mainstreaming effective initiatives and sharing learnings both locally and regionally.


Minister Murphy publishes Social Housing Construction Status Report and details of Social Housing Output for Quarter 3 2018

Minister Eoghan Murphy, T.D., Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government today published the Quarter 3 2018 Social Housing Construction Projects Status Report, which sets out the continuing progress being made in advancing the national Local Authority and Approved Housing Body new-build construction projects.

The Minister also published details in respect of overall social housing delivery across all programmes for Quarter 3 2018, broken down on a local authority basis and tracked against 2018 targets.


Minister Murphy issues Guidelines on Urban Development and Building Heights for Local Authorities

Mr Eoghan Murphy, T.D., Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government has issued Urban Development and Building Heights Guidelines for Planning Authorities under Section 28 of the Planning and Development Act (2000), as amended.

Draft Guidelines were on display from the 9th August until 24th September (inclusive), as part of a public consultation process, along with accompanying environmental reports. Following the consultation phase the many submissions which were received were considered and the finalised Guidelines take account of them, where appropriate.


Work begins on Ennistymon Multi-Service Innovation Centre

Pictured at the contract signing for a new Multi-Service Innovation Centre in Ennistymon L-R Cllr. Richard Nagle; Aldo Andreucetti, Clerk of Works, General Design, Clare County Council; Urban McMahon, Head of Information Systems & Clare Broadband Officer, Clare County Council; John Moylan, Chief Technician, General Design, Clare County Council; Cllr. Bill Slattery; Leonard Cleary, Director of Services, Rural Development, Clare County Council; Michael Begley, Mayor of Clare; David McInerney, Jada Projects Ltd.; Pat Dowling, Chief Executive of Clare County Council.
Construction work on a new Multi-Service Innovation Centre located in the heart of Ennistymon will commence this coming Monday (10 December 2018).
Clare County Council has signed a contract with Jada Projects Ltd. for the development which involves the conversion of an existing building, located on Parliament Street.
The Multi-Service Innovation Centre comprises hotdesks with business broadband, incubation units for small businesses, meeting rooms, training rooms and full audio visual facilities. The first floor of the shared services building will be occupied by North-West Clare Family Resource Centre. Mol an Óige Steiner National School is also an existing tenant within the building complex.


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