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€1.4 million announced for Tidy Towns Committees around country to mark 60th anniversary of event

Listowel, Co. Kerry was today (24thSeptember) named as Ireland’s Tidiest Town for 2018.  In this, the 60th Anniversary year of the TidyTowns competition, Listowel was best of a record number of 883 entries from towns and villages throughout the country in the SuperValu National TidyTowns competition.  The announcement was greeted with great jubilation at today’s awards ceremony at The Helix in Dublin.


Minister Damien English Launches St Teresa’s Gardens Strategic Plan

Damien English T.D., Minister of State for Housing and Urban Development, has launched the St. Teresa’s Gardens Regeneration Board Strategic Plan 2018-2021.

Commissioned in 2017, the 3 year Strategic Plan outlines how the Regeneration Board and the staff team will work to ensure the progression of the regeneration project for St. Teresa’s Gardens in a timely and positive manner. Construction of the first new 54 social homes at the location is due to commence in the coming months.


Minister Eoghan Murphy announces €20 million in funding for 2018 for water services in rural Ireland

    •    Funding will support works on group water schemes, group sewerage schemes and grants for private wells and septic tanks under the Multi-annual Rural Water Programme
    •    Funding in 2019 will rise to €25 million

Eoghan Murphy, T.D., the Minister for the Housing, Planning and Local Government, has announced grant supports totalling €20 million for 2018 for water services in rural areas. The funding will enable development and improvement work to be undertaken on group water schemes and group sewerage schemes in rural areas, and will provide grants for households to upgrade private wells and septic tanks.   The funding is being provided by the Minister to local authorities under the ‘Multi-annual Rural Water Programme’, which supports capital infrastructure works on water services in rural areas.


Minister Naughten announces new mandatory security requirements for Ireland’s critical national infrastructure providers to defend against cyber-attacks

Speaking at the Data Summit Denis Naughten, TD, Minister for Communications, Climate Action & Environment announced important new security requirements that will apply to the network and information systems of critical national infrastructure providers in Ireland in areas such as energy, digital communications, transport, drinking water supply and healthcare. The requirements are mandatory principles that all Operators of Essential Services (OES) will have to meet within their organisations.


Government Launches €1.25bn Land Development Agency to build 150,000 New Homes

The Government has launched the Land Development Agency to build 150,000 new homes over the next 20 years, the next step of Project Ireland 2040.

The new Agency has an immediate focus on managing the State’s own lands to develop new homes, and regenerate under-utilised sites. In the longer-term it will assemble strategic landbanks from a mix of public and private lands, making these available for housing in a controlled manner which brings essential long-term stability to the Irish housing market.


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