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Louth leads way for reusing empty buildings

Louth County Council is leading the way in reusing empty buildings for social housing and other local authorities should follow their example, Fr Peter McVerry has urged.

The anti-homelessness campaigner, who founded the Peter McVerry Trust, said Louth County Council had made 81 compulsory purchase orders over the last couple of years.

Just two cases were successfully challenged in courts by owners who claimed the action taken by the council was contrary to the right to private property.


Grass cuttings could be used to power homes

Cork County Council may use grass cuttings from verges and its unused land stock as biofuel to provide power to houses.

The council’s environment special purposes committee is to examine the green energy drive after Sinn Féin councillor Eoghan Jeffers said a project carried out in Lincolnshire, England showed that using grass cuttings from that county’s 8,750km of roads provided enough electricity to power 4,500 homes a year and enough gas to power 1,100 homes.


The SEAI Energy Show 2018 – Less than seven weeks to go

Last week we opened registrations for the SEAI Energy Show 2018. The event takes place on Wednesday and Thursday April 18th and 19th at the RDS, Dublin. With less than seven weeks to go, preparations are well under way and even a little hectic at times, but we love it! Most of our exhibition space is already booked, with just a few slots remaining. So, if you are considering joining us, get in touch soon. It’s a great opportunity to showcase your products/services to the right audience. Don’t just take our word for it though, hear it straight from some of our past exhibitors .


Minister Sean Kyne launches new Tellus Data for Mayo & Donegal and updates on geological heritage audit for Co. Galway

More geological secrets of Ireland's west and northwest revealed in latest phase of Tellus survey by Geological Survey Ireland.
    •    Airborne geophysical surveys show the ancient building blocks that formed Ireland
    •    New data will be used to help redraw geological maps for the region
    •    Survey results will be useful for natural resource management
    •    Geological heritage audit for County Galway outlined.


Environment ministers discussed the Circular Economy and the Plastics Strategy

At today’s Environment Council, ministers exchanged views on the package presented by the Commission on 16 January 2018, which aims at delivering on the circular economy action plan. The package consists of the following elements:

  •         European strategy for plastics in a circular economy
  •         a Monitoring framework for the circular economy
  •         Implementation of the Circular Economy package: options to address the interface between chemical, product and waste legislatiion


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