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Bluesky Takes to the Air to Complete Aerial Mapping of Ireland

Cork, Ireland 30 May 2018 – Aerial mapping specialist Bluesky Ireland has announced plans to capture around 30,000 square kilometres of digital imagery. The Bluesky 2018 flying programme will complete nationwide coverage of the Republic of Ireland with the capture and creation of high resolution aerial photography, colour infrared imagery and digital height models. Bluesky has also revealed that it will begin flying Northern Ireland, offering for the first time, 4 seamless digital dataset layers depicting land use, vegetation and elevation for the whole of Ireland. 
 
“As we start the 2018 flying season we currently have around 50,000 square kilometres of data in use by government departments, local councils, utility companies, engineers and environment consultants,” commented Rachel Tidmarsh, Managing Director of Bluesky International. “However, by the end of 2018 we hope to have completed flying in the Republic of Ireland and weather depending may have already started flying in Northern Ireland.

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Minister Denis Naughten welcomes EU action on plastic litter

The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten has welcomed a proposal from the European Commission for new laws to tackle the impact of single-use plastic items on the marine environment.

The proposal, which comes five months after publication of the Commission’s Plastics’ Strategy, focuses on the 10 most common single-use plastic items and fishing gear. 70% of all marine litter items found on Europe’s beaches are made up of single-use plastic items and fishing gear.

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Minister Murphy launches Water Services Policy Statement 2018-2025

The Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy T.D., has launched the Water Services Policy Statement 2018-2025, following its approval by Government last week.

This is the first Water Services Policy Statement prepared under the reformed Water Services Acts. The Policy Statement gives clear direction to strategic planning and decision making on water and wastewater services in Ireland.  It is an integral element of the broader reforms following from the cross-party political deliberations on water policy that took place in 2016 and 2017 which have seen the ending of domestic water charges and confirmation of Irish Water as a publicly-owned national water services authority.

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International conference on building great cities to take place in Cork next month

Hundreds of international delegates interested in the opportunities and challenges facing ‘cities on the rise’ will travel  to Cork next month, June 27-30 for the  annual congress of the international Academy of Urbanism.

The controversial US ‘ godfather of gentrification’ , Richard Florida, who has been derided by some for  espousing a development philosophy that forced working classes out of city centres, is to travel to Cork to speak at the Congress.

This conference will ask how mid-sized cities can provide a strong economy for growing populations while ensuring a quality of life for residents and retaining the place’s distinct sense of identity.

The congress, which is being held in collaboration with Cork City Council,  comes at a time when Cork is projected to become the fastest growing city in the country over the next 20 years with the population of the city set to almost treble under the National Planning Framework and planned boundary extension. Up to €375 million worth of development is also underway or recently completed in the city with a significant amount more development in the pipeline.

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Nearly three quarters of Ireland's bathing waters are "Excellent" but some urban beaches are under pressure

    •    Nearly three quarters of Ireland’s bathing waters are of ‘Excellent’ quality.  Seven beaches failed to make the grade.
    ◦    93 per cent of identified bathing waters (132 of 142) met minimum EU standards.
    ◦    Almost three quarters of bathing waters (102 of 142) were classified as ‘Excellent’.  A further 18 were classified as ‘Good’.
    ◦    Seven coastal bathing waters failed to meet the minimum mandatory standard and were classified as ‘Poor’. Five of these are in the Dublin area (Sandymount and Merrion Strands, Loughshinny, Portrane and Rush South).  The other two are Ballyloughane in Galway City and Clifden Co. Galway.

    •    Trá na BhForbacha improved and moved from ‘Poor’ to ‘Sufficient’ quality in 2017.  Three other beaches also showed improved performance in 2017.

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