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Transport Trends 2018

The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD, has today welcomed the Transport Trends 2018 document published by his Department, setting out the latest developments within the transport sector from available data and statistics.

Minister Ross said the report ‘Transport Trends – An Overview of Ireland’s Transport Sector’ demonstrates strong and continued growth across the various transport domains in Ireland, including public transport use, aviation and maritime traffic, and freight volumes.

“An additional 16 million public transport journeys last year, record numbers travelling through Irish airports, a 19% rise in cruise ship passengers and a 5% increase in goods handled by our ports are all signs of a thriving economy,” he said.

“We will continue investing in transport infrastructure to ensure that this growth continues and that workers can get to their jobs, tourists can get to every corner of the country, and goods can be shipped all over the world. Developing from the National Development Plan, our ambitious new investment plan, ‘Linking People and Places’ will deliver close to €25bn in investment in Ireland’s transport and tourism infrastructure over the next 10 years.”

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Tellus Embarks on Seventh Year of National Survey: First Flight Takes off over counties Limerick, Tipperary and Cork

The Tellus Survey – a nationwide programme of the Geological Survey Ireland, which collects geochemical and geophysical data on rocks, soil and water across Ireland – has officially embarked on its seventh year as its survey plane takes off this year over counties Limerick, Tipperary and Cork.

To collect this data, an aircraft equipped with state-of-the-art geophysical technology will be flying the skies at low heights over Counties Limerick, north Tipperary and west Cork from July until the end of 2018 (weather permitting). The aircraft is a white, twin propeller plane, which is easily identified by its red tail and black stripe as well as the word ‘SURVEY’ and registration number C-GSGF written across both sides of the plane.

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Time is running out to have your say on daylight savings

Remembering to set your alarm clock an hour later or earlier twice a year and the confusion that ensues could soon be a thing of the past as the European Commission has launched a public consultation on whether the daylights savings time should be kept or scrapped.

But time is not on your side - people only have until Thursday, August 16th to have their say in the consultation that was requested by citizens across the EU.

The practice of putting the clocks forward by an hour between March and October is decades old in the majority of EU member states, with the European body requiring that the clocks are changed twice per year to cater to the changing patterns of daylight and to take advantage of the available daylight in a given period.

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Supporting Ireland’s transition to a low-carbon, circular economy: Ireland’s National Waste Prevention Programme

Supporting Ireland’s transition to a low-carbon, circular economy: Ireland’s National Waste Prevention Programme



25 July 2018: “The National Waste Prevention Programme delivers initiatives and supports to promote Ireland’s transition to a low-carbon, circular economy and provide leadership on national priorities such as food waste prevention.  In 2017, €1.8 million was invested in resource efficiency and the sustainable use of resources in Ireland.”

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Minister Denis Naughten announces funding for local Environmental Initiatives

The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten, is pleased to announce the succesful projects which will receive funding from the 2018 Local Agenda 21 (LA21) Environmental Partnership Fund.  This fund supports local environmental initiatives by communities, individuals and not-for-profit groups. A total of 880 projects in every corner of Ireland will receive funding in the 2018 funding round.

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