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Minister Bruton Opens Consultation on a new National Cyber Security Strategy

Minister sets out to protect national infrastructure from hacking and cyber-crime
The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Mr. Richard Bruton T.D. is consulting on a new strategy to protect individuals, businesses and Ireland's national security from cyber-attacks.
The new strategy will set out how best to ensure the resilient, safe and secure operation of computer networks and associated infrastructure used by the State, Irish citizens and business. It will set out the framework to protect against such threats as hacking, cyber-crime, cryptojacking, hacktivism and cyber espionage.
Encouraging interested parties to have their say on what a new National Cyber Security Strategy should look like, Minister Bruton said,
"We have seen the risks that cyber-attacks can pose to a state's security. We must ensure that our hospitals, schools, personal data and state infrastructure are protected and that Ireland is not vulnerable to such threats. We also need to make sure that individuals and businesses have the necessary safeguards in place to protect themselves."


PPP contract award for 534 social housing units

    •    Construction to start immediately in Dublin, Louth, Kildare and Wicklow
    •    Ireland’s first-ever PPP contract for social housing
    •    Europe’s first-ever European Investment Bank-financed PPP social housing scheme
    •    First time five Local Authorities have collaborated on a major social housing project

On behalf of the Department of Housing the National Development Finance Agency (NDFA), part of the National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA), today announced contract award of the Social Housing Bundle 1 PPP project to the Comhar consortium.

Construction of 534 homes, across five Local Authorities in Dublin City, South Dublin, Louth, Kildare and Wicklow County Council’s, will start immediately.

The NDFA acted as agent for the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (the Sanctioning Authority) and Dublin City Council (the Sponsoring Agency on behalf of all local authorities involved).


South Dublin County Council marks European Action Week Against Racism

Week runs from Saturday 16 March to Sunday 24 March 2019
Since the early 1990s UNITED for Intercultural Action, against nationalism and racism, has coordinated the European-wide Action Week Against Racism.  Activists,  NGO’s, universities, schools, local authorities and a wide variety of different organisations carry out hundreds of activities all across Europe in order to bring an end to racism, discrimination and intolerance.

To mark European Week Against Racism 16 March – 24 March 2019, the Social Inclusion Unit in South Dublin County Council’s Community Services Department held a children and adults art competition asking entrants to respond to the theme “Time to be United” through poetry, prose, art or photography. The competition aimed to combat racism, celebrate diversity and promote the social inclusion of people living in Ireland today.


EPA National Conference on Climate Change

Ireland as a Leader in Climate Action - Rising to the Challenge

Hold the Date: 15th May 2019

This conference will explore the scale and complexity of transformational changes needed across society and the economy to respond to climate change. We will hear from international speakers on climate action in other countries and discuss the implementation challenges and opportunities here in Ireland. We will explore how to move from aspiration to concrete, measurable and achievable actions to radically reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and create a climate resilient, flourishing and engaged society and economy. This conference, which is to be repeated annually, will become an important part of the knowledge landscape for national climate change transition.


Vast majority of female workers would recommend construction industry as a career option – International Women’s Day 2019

Fiona Cunningham (left) with Eimear O’Reily, Natalie Ryan, Paula Voiseux, Alison Xu, Oxana Novikova, Rebecca Hughes, Marci Bonham, Suzanne Cooper, Michaela Courtney and Shauna McDermot (right), pictured at the Construction Industry Federation’s (CIF) #BuildingEquality International Women’s Day Breakfast Seminar held in the Morrison Hotel, Dublin. Pic. Robbie Reynolds

Over 84% of women working in the construction industry feel they have been supported by their male colleagues in their career progression to date, with the majority (73%) reporting that there has been a significant, positive change in attitudes across the industry towards female workers in recent times.

According to a survey carried out by the Construction Industry Federation, 85% of women currently working in the industry would recommend that younger female relatives or friends explore construction as a career option.


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