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Representatives from across Public Sector Gather to Progress Energy Saving Strategies

This is the second national conference focussed specifically on driving the public sector towards the Government’s energy efficiency target of 33% by 2020. The most recent annual report on the energy efficiency performance of public bodies published by SEAI last year showed that the public sector saved €133 million through improved energy efficiency in 2016 and is now 20% more energy efficient.

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Statement By Minister Eoghan Murphy TD on Affordable Homes Initiative

Affordable Homes
When I was appointed as Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, I made a commitment that housing affordability would be a central focus of my work.

We are determined as a Government to increase the stock of social housing by 50,000 homes by 2021 under Rebuilding Ireland, with money securely ring-fenced to do this. After our first 18 months of work, we are ahead of target. Yet there are people in our communities who are not eligible for social housing, but who also cannot afford to rent or buy their own home.

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Better co-ordination in planning and development and Irish Water investment to be assured in new guidelines published by Minister Damien English TD

The Minister for Housing and Urban Development, Mr Damien English, T.D., today 18th January 2018, published draft Water Services - Guidelines for Planning Authorities for consultation.

Planning for future development in tandem with investment in our country’s water services is a national priority because water infrastructure is fundamentally and centrally enabling in meeting the needs of our growing economy across the regions, of our people and their health and the protection and enhancement of the quality of our environment and ensures public health.

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Cork City Council is the first local authority in Ireland to ban single use coffee cups

From next week, disposable single-use cups will be no longer be available at Cork City Hall. It’s understood that Cork City Council is the first local authority in Ireland to take this initiative. As part of this coffee cup ban, Cork City Council staff are being encouraged to use environmentally friendly reusable cups instead.

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Social Housing Delivery 2017 Minister's Statement

Today we are publishing our Report on Housing Delivery in 2017 under Rebuilding Ireland – providing the public with an update on Social Housing supports delivered in the past year, as well as our latest indicators on building more generally.

Before I begin, I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank all of the people who have been working so hard on the front line over the last few weeks, as part of the Cold Weather initiative and other homeless actions, to help rough sleepers in to safe accommodation.

From the available information, we know that the numbers in Dublin are dramatically down.

That’s thanks to the new facilities that we have opened with our partners in the local authorities and NGO sector late last year, as well as the many volunteers and others helping people every night and day of the week.

Ultimately, what each person in emergency accommodation, or a family in a hub, need, is a home.

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