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Minister Murphy announces new three-year investment programme for water services in rural areas

Mr. Eoghan Murphy, T.D., Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government has announced a new investment programme for water services in rural areas.  The Multi-Annual Rural Water Programme is to run from 2019 to 2021.

Capital funding of €23 million has been provided in 2019, an increase of €3 million from the existing programme which finished in 2018.  A total of €75 million has been committed under the National Development Plan to 2021.

The announcement follows the review the Minister put in place to examine the wider investment needs relating to rural water services.  In 2018 the Minister appointed a high level Working Group which has now made recommendations for changes and improvements, which the Minister has accepted.

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Minister Murphy’s statement on CSO figures for house completions in 2018

Mr Eoghan Murphy TD, Minister for Housing, Planning & Local Government, has welcomed the publication of the CSO data in respect of housing completions in 2018.

“This is very positive news from the CSO regarding the number of new homes built last year. There was a 25% increase on 2017, with over 18,000 new homes being built.

In addition, more than 2,500 homes were brought out of long term vacancy, and almost 800 dwellings in unfinished housing developments were completed meaning the number of new homes available for use increased by almost 21,500 last year. This does not include the 3,742 bed spaces completed in the student sector in 2018.

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FIREBIRD’S NEW ENVIROGREEN LOW NOx BOILER RANGE

Industry frontrunners Firebird have launched an exciting new range of Low NOx oil-fired boilers ahead of the second phase of the Ecodesign Directive. The Envirogreen range features a cutting-edge low NOx burner designed in conjunction with European burner experts Elco, which is easily installed, commissioned and serviced using a single allen key. Boasting technological superiority, the incorporation of the Firebird by Elco burner solves the many operational problems that are currently being experienced within the industry.

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Minister Ross announces €483 million for regional and local roads

The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD, has announced details of a €483 million investment programme for 2019 for regional and local roads. 

Minister Ross said: “This announcement will see a further significant increase in grant funding for regional and local roads. Overall funding will increase by about 16% this year.” This increase in funding should allow approximately 2,400kms of regional and local roads to be maintained and 2,150kms to be strengthened this year.”

The Minister continued; “Building better roads can change lives, but investing in safer roads will save lives. The campaign to change attitudes to drink driving, speeding, phone use and seatbelt wearing must be accompanied by Government delivering major funding for quality road investment if our roads are to be safer for all, and I am glad to say we are doing that.

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Minister Ross gains approval from Government to award contract to replace “notoriously dangerous” section of road - N4 Collooney to Castlebaldwin Project

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross T.D. said:
 
“The Collooney to Castlebaldwin N4 route is a notoriously dangerous stretch of road.
 
Over the decades there have been many serious collisions and fatalities in this area. There are families and communities in the North West region who are still suffering the loss of loved ones who have died on this road. Many others have been seriously injured.   After a fatality in 2015, this section was described by the County Coroner as” possibly the worst road” in Ireland. This is not acceptable.
 

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