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Rebuilding Ireland exceeds targets for the delivery of new social housing homes in 2018

    •    27,103 – the number of new households that had their housing need met under Rebuilding Ireland in 2018.
    •    8,422 new homes were brought into the active social housing stock through build, acquisitions, voids and leasing programmes in 2018. (4,251 build; 560 renovated voids; 2,610 acquisitions & 1,001 long-term leased).
    •    There was an 85% increase in new build social homes in 2018 when compared to 2017 (excluding voids).
    •    The number of new social housing homes built in 2018 was eight times greater than the number built in 2015, the year before Rebuilding Ireland (excluding voids).
    •    Construction figures from December 2018 show almost 5,000 new social housing homes currently being built across 291 sites and this is being added to on a weekly basis.
    •    38% delivered by AHB’s in partnership with Local Authorities.
    •    New build and long term leasing is helping us move away from HAP solutions as demonstrated by the fact that new HAP solutions did not increase significantly in 2018, but all other delivery streams did.


Have your Say on the EPA Research Programme 2014-2020 – Mid-Term Review

Indecon International Research Economists have been appointed to complete the mid-term review of the EPA Research Programme 2014-2020. This review is important - it will help inform any adjustments to the current programme and contribute to the design of the next EPA Research Programme.

It is very important to obtain the views and inputs of individual researchers who:
    •    Have been successful in securing funding from the EPA Research Programme (Link to survey:https://www.research.net/r/EPAResearchers)
    •    Applied but were not successful in securing funding from the EPA Research Programme (Link to survey: https://www.research.net/r/EPAResearchProgramme)

The deadline for completing the surveys: 12th March 2019.


Discover Innovative Energy Solutions at SEAI's Energy Show this March

Ireland's leading energy event returns to the RDS on Wednesday, 27 March and Thursday, 28 March 2019. The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) Energy Show features 150 exhibitors of energy saving and renewable energy technologies and services. There are also over 20 expert seminars and workshops.

The annual 2-day event is a must for businesses who want to learn about the latest technologies that can help reduce their energy bills, and for consultants and specifiers who want to stay up to date with developments in the energy sector. Last year, almost 4,500 people attended the SEAI Energy Show and, according to exhibitors, over €90m worth of business was won at the 2018 show.


Consultation to begin on the Dublin Local Authorities’ Climate Change Action Plans

Public consultation on the Dublin Local Authorities’ Draft Climate Change Action Plans 2019-2024 will begin today, Monday 11th February 2019.
The four Dublin Local Authorities have joined with Dublin’s Energy Agency Codema to develop the Plans, which set out the actions each council will take to improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in its buildings and operations, while making the Dublin Region more adaptive to the effects of climate change.

Members of the public are invited to make submissions on the Plans throughout the public consultation period, which opens from today and runs until the 25th March 2019.


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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