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Minister Naughten responds to the results of the 2017 Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) survey

Denis Naughten, the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment has welcomed the Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) 2017 survey results and congratulated the communities and Councils across Ireland for their hard work during the past year.

Minister Naughten highlighted the special effort made by the people and businesses of Ennis and Clare County Council which has borne fruit as Ennis was named Ireland's cleanest town.

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Cork County Council is first local authority to receive award from Council of Europe

Cork County Council has been awarded the ‘European Label of Governance Excellence’ from the Council of Europe for its standards in managing services across the county. This prestigious award was conferred on the Council following an extensive pilot evaluation and assessment process which took place during 2017.

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Minister Ross welcomes over €136m funding for multiple road safety schemes and road projects

The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross welcomed confirmation from Transport Infrastructure Ireland that, as a result of funding he secured in Budget 2018, it has approved road safety schemes to a value of over €136m. Minister Ross was delighted that approval has been confirmed to progress a number of long-awaited road projects, including the Ardee Bypass which will begin construction in 2018.

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NSAI Briefing Note on BIM (Building Information Modelling) Standards

The NSAI acknowledges the recent publication of the National BIM Council’s:
        Roadmap to Digital Transition for Ireland’s Construction Industry 2018-2021
        as well as the Irish Government’s Announcement to Increase use of Digital Technology in Key Public Works Projects.

The NSAI welcomes the recognition in these strategy documents, of the key role that “Standards” and “Certification” will play, to drive consistency, efficiency and productivity in the Irish construction industry. This has raised some enquiries about what standards are currently available for use, and what the NSAI are doing in relation to BIM. This information paper aims to provide some interim guidance on BIM standards for organisations, while the government strategy is implemented.

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New online portal for logging noise complaints in the Republic of Ireland

A new website [Noise Complaints Ireland] has just been launched to collect data on noise complaints in Ireland. To date, any of the information that is collected is done so by local authorities or country councils, making it sporadic and inconsistent when it comes to understanding noise ‘hot-sots’ and the main causes of noise disturbances within the nation as a whole.

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