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Naughten increases funds to fight scourge of illegal dumping

Describing illegal dumping as 'economic and environmental treason' the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten TD is allocating €2 million this year for a targeted crackdown on illegal dumping black spots across the country.
Minister Naughten and the Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring TD has launched the 2018 Anti-Illegal Dumping Initiative.
Covert surveillance and smart technology including aerial imagery from drones and satellites as well as the installation of CCTV cameras and better enforcement and prosecution actions will form a central part of this year's crackdown, confirmed Minister Naughten.  It builds on the success of last year's Anti-Dumping Initiative where €1.3 million was spent on 230 clean-up and restorative projects (list attached) led by community, environmental and sporting groups across the country.  Over 2.8 thousand tonnes of waste was removed from public and private lands, beaches, walking routes and residential areas.
Minister Naughten and Minister Ring are announcing that applications are now open for Local Authorities and community groups to apply under the 2018 Anti-Dumping Initiative with an increased funding allocation of €2 million.


Minister announces €27.9m in funding for Capital projects at Irelands six Fishery Harbour Centres and Publically owned Harbour Network

In announcing the initiative the Minister said “The €27.9m I am allocating for the 2018 Fishery Harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Capital Programme is a substantial capital investment in our six Fishery Harbour Centres and other fisheries related marine infrastructure. It builds on previous successful Capital Programmes, and is testament not only to this Governments ongoing commitment to the Seafood sector, but also to the success of the sector in terms of increased activity levels”


New EU GPP Criteria for paints, varnishes and road markings

The Commission has just published new voluntary EU GPP criteria for paints, varnishes and road markings. They cover both the purchase of products and of works in this area. The use of the draft criteria has the potential to considerably reduce environmental impacts from these products and their costs.


Developing the next River Basin Management Plan: a collaborative approach involving communities, stakeholders and public bodies

A River Basin Management Plan (RBMP) requires a clear understanding of what is happening in the rivers, lakes, groundwater, estuaries and beaches of the river basin district in question. The next Plan for Ireland will cover the entire country and set out plans and objectives for a four-year period of 2018 – 2021.

Under Article 14 of the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) Member States are required ‘to encourage the active involvement of all interested parties in the production, review and updating of river basin management plans’, in six year cycles up to 2027. Such participation in Ireland is evident through the involvement of local communities and public agencies in the development of the current River Basin Management Plan for Ireland 2018 – 2021.


National Development Plan to receive €115bn investment

It is understood the National Development Plan will see an investment of €115 billion in the country's infrastructure over the next ten years.

The plan was discussed in detail at a Cabinet meeting last week.

It will be backed by Exchequer funding to the tune of €90bn and a further €25bn will come from commercial State-owned enterprises.
The projects set to benefit include a second runway at Dublin Airport, the building of the M20 motorway to connect Cork and Limerick and the expansion of the DART.


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