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Consultation on the Code of Practice: Wastewater Treatment and Disposal Systems Serving Single Houses

A draft revision of the 2009 EPA Code of Practice: Wastewater Treatment and Disposal Systems Serving Single Houses (p.e.10) is now open for public consultation.

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    •    Code of Practice: Domestic Waste Water Treatment Systems (Population Equivalent ≤ 10 Draft 26 November 2018
    •    Site characterisation form
    •    Comment sheet for submssions on the Code of Practice

Please email your comments using the attached comment sheet to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The closing date for comments is 5.00pm on Friday 22nd March 2019.

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Minister English announces €71.25 million funding to Improve the Homes of Older People and People with a Disability

Minister for Housing and Urban Development, Mr Damien English, TD has announced the allocations for the €71.25 million made available in 2019 for Housing Adaptations Grants for Older People and People with a Disability living in private houses. The increased funding supports home adaptations for older people, people with a disability and people with mobility issues. It will enable older people and people with disabilities to remain living independently in their own homes for longer and will also facilitate early return from hospital.

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More than 10% of Ireland's total energy came from renewable sources in 2017

The Renewable Energy in Ireland 2019 report provides a detailed analysis of Ireland’s progress towards the 2020 renewable energy targets.

“We need to accelerate the pace of change. Collectively and individually, we need to take greater advantage of the renewable resources available to us here in Ireland,” that is according to Jim Gannon, CEO of SEAI.

The report is clear that Ireland will not meet these renewables targets, despite a strong performance in renewable electricity. In 2017, 30% of electricity was generated from renewable sources, largely due to increased generation from wind, which accounted for 84% of all renewable electricity.

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Our Seeds for Nature

The National Biodiversity Conference: New Horizons for Nature has announced its Conference Charter - ‘Our Seeds for Nature’.

The Charter was agreed at a meeting chaired by Minister Josepha Madigan in Dublin Castle on the first day of the conference, which took place on 20th & 21st February and was attended by Minister Bruton, Minister Doyle and other senior leaders from 14 Government Departments, state agencies, private sector and non-governmental organisations.

The ‘Our Seeds For Nature’ Conference Charter comprises a suite of commitments for nature and biodiversity that go beyond the respective organisations’ current work programmes to support, scale up and fast track the implementation of the National Biodiversity Action Plan.

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Cork County Council exceeds Housing Construction Targets by 26%

Cork County Council welcomed the publication,  by Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy TD, of the housing delivery target outcomes for 2018, confirming that the Council over achieved its house building delivery target by 26%.

The published figures have confirmed the Council’s commitment to the delivery of social housing, particularly in the areas of construction and acquisition.

The Council’s construction target for 2018 was 235 units but overall delivery was 295, 26% over target.  This level of delivery has been achieved through a combination of approaches, including the construction of houses by the local authority on its own land, the acquisition of newly built schemes through a turnkey model in partnership with developers, the delivery of units through Part V of the Planning and Development Act 2000, and the construction of units by Approved Housing Bodies.

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