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Commission calls on Ireland to finalise the designation of conservation areas

The European Commission is urging Ireland to respect obligations under the Habitats Directive (Council Directive 92/43/EEC) for the protection of natural habitats and species included in the Natura 2000 network.

Member States have to finalise the designation of Special Areas of Conservation (SACs). They also have to establish, for these areas, the conservation priorities, objectives and measures to maintain or restore the species and habitats present in these areas to a favourable condition.

These steps need to be carried out within a six-year deadline which, in the case of Ireland, expired on 12 December 2014. Thus, 255 areas out of 423 have not yet been designated.

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Low cost finance is key to energy saving upgrades in homes and business

The EIB-European Investment Advisory Hub, in conjunction with the European Commission, the SBCI and the government-funded Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), last week hosted an event in Dublin examining how energy efficiency is financed in Europe.

The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment, Richard Bruton TD attended the event, which highlighted the importance of providing low cost finance options for homeowners and businesses if ambitious targets for energy saving are to be met.

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Ross funds extra salt as he urges all to stay safe and seen this winter

The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross T.D. announced that he has secured additional funding for salt stocks as part of his Department’s preparation for winter 2018-19.

At the launch of the Partnership Governments 2018-19 be “Winter Ready” campaign at the National Emergency Coordination Centre in Dublin, Minister Ross said:

“Winter Ready” is all about keeping safe during difficult weather changes. As Minister for Transport I am very concerned about safety on our roads, especially in hazardous conditions. Studies show that the use of road salt reduces collisions by up to 85% during a winter event.

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Minister Murphy approves Irish Water Strategic Funding Plan 2019-2024

Eoghan Murphy, T.D., Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government has announced his approval of the Irish Water Strategic Funding Plan 2019-2024, without modification.

“I have approved the Irish Water Strategic Funding Plan 2019-2024, without modification, which sets out Irish Water’s multi-annual strategic funding requirement of €11bn to 2024, comprised of a €6.1bn investment in infrastructure and assets and €4.9bn in operating costs. This is a significant multi-billion euro investment programme which will ensure the continued operation, repair and upgrading of our country’s water and wastewater infrastructure to support social and economic development across the State and continued care of our water environment.”

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37TH IRISH CONCRETE SOCIETY ANNUAL AWARDS DEADLINE FOR ENTRY EXTENDED

The deadline for nominating projects for the 37th Annual Awards has now been extended.

Established in 1979, the awards recognise excellence in the use of concrete, irrespective of type, scale or complexity. A coveted award scheme, adjudicated by an distinguished independent jury, these awards acknowledge construction achievements in which concrete, in any form, contributes significantly to the build environment.

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