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Major planning report launched by Ibec

Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, has published - Better Planning: reforms for sustainable development - as part of its ongoing Better Lives, Better Business campaign to make Ireland a better place to live and work.

Ibec Head of Infrastructure, Dr Neil Walker, said: “As the Irish economy enters the mature phase of its business cycle, it is imperative that we insulate ourselves from future economic shocks and address the serious capacity constraints emerging. Addressing inadequate infrastructure is a key concern for Irish business. Efforts to address such areas are being hindered by a planning regime that is unnecessarily costly and cumbersome.


Minister Bruton calls on public sector to step up ambition at SEAI conference

Over 650 representatives from public bodies and government departments last week attended the annual Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) public sector conference at UCD to advance their energy efficiency.

This third national conference focused on driving the public sector beyond the Government’s energy efficiency target of 33% by 2020.

Opening the conference, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton TD said: “The public sector has made some significant improvements, but we need to do more. Since 2009, public sector bodies have avoided 3.6 million tonnes of CO2 emissions worth €1 billion in energy savings.


Upper Liffey Valley Sewerage Scheme progressing to support current and future development in east Kildare

The upgraded wastewater plant will bring it in line with EU best practices.

Project will increase capacity of wastewater network and support population and economic growth

Irish Water is progressing the Upper Liffey Valley Sewerage Scheme which includes the installation of over 18km of new gravity sewers and rising mains, and the upgrade of wastewater pumping stations at Clane, Sallins and Monread.

A notice has been published to confirm the granting of a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) to acquire the necessary lands for permanent way leaves, permanent right of way and temporary working areas for the project.

Once the proposed project is complete it will increase the capacity of the wastewater network and support future population and economic growth in east Kildare. It will also reduce the risk of flooding or storm overflows for Naas, Kill, Johnstown, Sallins, Clane and Prosperous.


Major construction report launched in Ireland shows industry set to grow by 20% in 2019, while fears grow over the looming talent shortage crisis

    •    AECOM anticipate construction industry output to grow by 20 per cent in 2019 totalling €24 billion
    •    Only 15% of industry feel equipped to deal with the looming talent shortage crisis
    •    77% of Irish construction sector feel positive about future business outlook of their industry
An all island Irish construction industry review, which was published today by AECOM, analyses the industry outlook and takes a long view to what will be required to sustain development into the coming decades to 2040

An industry survey was also carried out with senior professionals in the public and private sectors to gain insight into sentiment, what is driving and blocking development and to the challenges the industry will face into the future.

As well as developing a clearer picture on the outlook, AECOM presented a growth estimate of 20% for the Irish construction industry for 2019, totalling €24 billion. This is underpinned by the fact that over three quarters of the industry surveyed stated that they felt positive about their own individual business outlook for 2019.


Funding announced for 170 sports capital projects

Ministers Shane Ross and Brendan Griffin today announced €7m in grants to Sports Capital Programme (SCP) projects. The grants announced today represent the first set of allocations under the 2018 round of the SCP and relate to projects previously deemed invalid under the 2017 round of the programme which have now been corrected. 170 individual groups are receiving a grant offer.


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