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Cigarettes account for more than half of the litter on our streets

Minister Denis Naughten publishes the 2017 National Litter Pollution Report

Cigarette butts account for more than half the litter on our streets according to the Minister for Environment Denis Naughten who has published the 2017 National Litter Pollution Report.

The Report by the Department's Litter Monitoring Body reveals the extent, causes and composition of litter across the country.

The main findings show that nationwide cigarette related litter accounts for over 56% of litter in our towns and communities. This is mainly made up of cigarette ends.  The Report shows an increase in the prevalence of cigarette litter on the previous year.


South Dublin County Council Carbon Monoxide Scheme 2018 Opens 14th June 2018

South Dublin County Council (SDCC) is introducing a new scheme in 2018 to provide Carbon Monoxide alarms free to residents in the SDCC administrative area providing they meet certain criteria.   This scheme is specifically for residents of the SDCC area aged 55 plus. The scheme is also available to residents who are under the age of 55 if they are living alone or deemed vulnerable for the purpose of this scheme.
Carbon Monoxide (also known as CO) is a colourless, odourless poisonous gas and is a common yet preventable cause of death from poisoning worldwide.  Carbon Monoxide has no smell, taste or colour. This is why it is sometimes called the "Silent Killer".


Desludging Rates and Mechanisms for Domestic Wastewater Treatment System Sludges in Ireland

This study has produced a set of guidelines for owners of septic tanks and packaged treatment systems to help to address the lack of understanding among homeowners of how their domestic wastewater treatment systems operate and to encourage responsible operation and maintenance.

Identifying Pressures

The domestic wastewater of approximately one-third of the population in Ireland (489,069 dwellings) is treated on site by domestic wastewater treatment systems (DWWTSs), of which approximately 90% are septic tanks. The recent introduction of the National Inspection Plan (under the Water Services (Amendment) Act, 2012) means that records now need to be kept to prove that tanks have been desludged at the recommended frequency. This study has identified major gaps in capacity for both the transport of DWWTS sludge and treatment of sludge at wastewater treatment facilities. Current levels of collection and treatment are between 10% and 18% of the expected load if all DWWTS were to be desludged every 3 to 5 years.


Eoghan Murphy publishes Report of Fire Safety Task Force “Fire Safety in Ireland”

Following the meeting of Cabinet on Wednesday, 06 June, Mr Eoghan Murphy T.D., Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, and Mr Damien English T.D., Minister for Housing and Urban Development, has published the report “Fire Safety in Ireland - Report of Fire Safety Task Force”.

The Task Force was convened following the Grenfell Tower tragedy of 14 June 2017 when Minister Murphy, in recognition of fears expressed for fire safety, tasked his Department’s National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management with convening and coordinating a high-level Task Force to lead a re-appraisal of fire safety in Ireland.


We need to move away from fossil fuels, EPA emissions projections show

    •    Greenhouse gas emissions are projected to increase from most sectors, given strong economic growth and an expansion of the agriculture sector.
    •    These figures show that, at best, Ireland will only achieve a 1% reduction by 2020 compared to a target of 20%.
    •    Fossil fuels such as coal and peat are expected to continue to be significant contributors to emissions from power generation.
    •    Agriculture emissions are projected to increase with an expansion of animal numbers, particularly for the dairy herd.
    •    Further growth in emissions from the transport sector is projected in line with a growth in fuel consumption in diesel cars and freight up to 2025.


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