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Our Seeds for Nature

The National Biodiversity Conference: New Horizons for Nature has announced its Conference Charter - ‘Our Seeds for Nature’.

The Charter was agreed at a meeting chaired by Minister Josepha Madigan in Dublin Castle on the first day of the conference, which took place on 20th & 21st February and was attended by Minister Bruton, Minister Doyle and other senior leaders from 14 Government Departments, state agencies, private sector and non-governmental organisations.

The ‘Our Seeds For Nature’ Conference Charter comprises a suite of commitments for nature and biodiversity that go beyond the respective organisations’ current work programmes to support, scale up and fast track the implementation of the National Biodiversity Action Plan.


Cork County Council exceeds Housing Construction Targets by 26%

Cork County Council welcomed the publication,  by Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy TD, of the housing delivery target outcomes for 2018, confirming that the Council over achieved its house building delivery target by 26%.

The published figures have confirmed the Council’s commitment to the delivery of social housing, particularly in the areas of construction and acquisition.

The Council’s construction target for 2018 was 235 units but overall delivery was 295, 26% over target.  This level of delivery has been achieved through a combination of approaches, including the construction of houses by the local authority on its own land, the acquisition of newly built schemes through a turnkey model in partnership with developers, the delivery of units through Part V of the Planning and Development Act 2000, and the construction of units by Approved Housing Bodies.


The Deadline for Completing the Surveys on the EPA Research Programme 2014-2020 – Mid-Term Review is 12th March 2019

Indecon International Research Economists have been appointed to complete the mid-term review of the EPA Research Programme 2014-2020. This review is important - it will help inform any adjustments to the current programme and contribute to the design of the next EPA Research Programme.

It is very important to obtain the views and inputs of individual researchers who:

    •    Have been successful in securing funding from the EPA Research Programme (Link to survey:https://www.research.net/r/EPAResearchers)
    •    Applied but were not successful in securing funding from the EPA Research Programme (Link to survey: https://www.research.net/r/EPAResearchProgramme)

The deadline for completing the surveys: 12th March 2019.



Ministers English and Daly launch policy statement “Housing Options for our Ageing Population”

Increased Options and More Choice for People as they Age 

Mr Damien English TD, Minister for Housing and Urban Renewal together with Mr Jim Daly TD, Minister for Mental Health and Older People have launched the Joint Policy Statement “Housing Options for our Ageing Population”

The Statement reaffirms the strong Government commitment to policies that support older people to live in their own homes and communities with dignity and independence for as long as possible.

Minister English welcomed the publication and stated his belief that the Statement “would make an invaluable contribution in helping to meet the demographic challenge we as a nation face in respect of the housing needs for our increasingly older population”.

The Minister was keen to emphasise that the Policy Statement was about increasing the options available to people as they grow older. It was he continued “fundamentally about creating more choice in the housing options available to them and recognising the intimate connection between healthcare supports and housing as we age”.


An Taoiseach and Minister Ross turn sod on N4 Collooney-Castlebaldwin Road and Western Distributor Road

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD, and the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD, today welcomed the construction start of two Project Ireland 2040 road improvement schemes serving Sligo and the North West region.

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said: “Today’s sod turning is yet another example of Project Ireland 2040 in action. This road has been promised for many years, but now it is finally being delivered. The Government has identified Sligo as a regional centre which can drive development across the North West. We are backing this up through significant investment in roads, education, healthcare, tourism projects and sporting facilities in Sligo, to name just a few.


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