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Mayor Paul Gogarty turns sod on South Stand at Tallaght Stadium

L to R Stephen Deegan, Economic Development SDCC, Brendan Kennedy Site Manager ABM, Philip Weinmann, General Manager ABM, Mayor Paul Gogarty, Colm Ward, Head of Enterprise SDCC, Nicola Coffey, Tallaght Stadium Manager, Des English, Economic Development SDCC.

Mayor of South Dublin County Council, Cllr. Paul Gogarty, on 22nd March 2018, has turned the sod at the start of the construction of the new South Stand at Tallaght Stadium, with the building contractor, ABM Ltd. now on site.

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EPA Report – Emissions of three important air pollutants increased in 2016

Emissions of three important air pollutants increased in 2016 – Ireland’s emissions going in the wrong direction for people to benefit from cleaner air

– EPA reports 2016 emission levels for the five main air pollutants.

– The figures show that emissions of three of the five air pollutants increased – ammonia, nitrogen oxides and non-methane volatile organic compounds.


– Emissions of ammonia have been increasing since 2011 and were above the specified EU emission limit in 2016 for the first time.


– Emissions of two of the other air pollutants, nitrogen oxides and non-methane volatile organic compounds, while in compliance with EU limits for now, are increasing.


– Emissions of sulphur dioxide continue to decrease. These were well below the required EU emission limits, substantially due to the use of lower sulphur content fuels in electricity generation and transport.


– Particulate matter emissions declined in 2016. Future emissions will depend largely on the quantity and quality of solid fuel used in the residential and commercial sectors.

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Water to be sampled on a weekly basis for MCPA

Water supplies will be tested once a week for MCPA as part of a new industry-led product stewardship scheme.

According to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, the scheme will monitor and sample water in four priority catchments from March to October 2018.

During busy spraying periods (April and May) sampling for MCPA in water supplies will be carried out on a weekly basis. Sampling will be carried out every two weeks outside of this time.

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New Solar Farm Opened at Dublin Airport

Dublin airport operator daa in partnership with energy company ESB has installed 268 solar panels on top of the airport’s reservoir system, which will provide more than half of the reservoir’s annual energy requirements.

The solar panels are connected directly to the airport’s reservoir system which provides 500 million litres of water – the equivalent of 200 Olympic sized swimming pools – to both passenger terminals, as well as servicing all the offices and businesses on the airport campus. The solar farm is part of an energy agreement between daa and ESB to achieve an overall target of 33% reduction energy consumption at the airport by 2020.

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Minister Murphy publishes details of signed LIHAF projects

Mr. Eoghan Murphy, T.D., Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, has published details in respect of 30 major public infrastructure projects which have received final approval under the Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Fund (LIHAF), and which will enable and activate the delivery of almost 20,000 new homes across public and private sites by 2021. These projects were part of 34 projects originally given preliminary approval in March, 2017 to negotiate agreements to construct infrastructure in return for the accelerated development of housing on sites which were dormant. The first tranche of projects received final sign off in late 2017 and the final tranche in February 2018.

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