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Minister Murphy announces increased supports for rural water servicese

The Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy, T.D., has announced a range of measures aimed at improving rural water services.  The changes will come into effect from January 1st 2018.  The Minister said that the package of measures will bring greater equity and fairness for rural water users and will ensure that domestic members of group water schemes get comparable benefits to those being served by the public supply through Irish Water. 

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Local Authority News Vol. 36 No. 5

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Exploring ways to Improve Gully Monitoring

Dublin City Council, in partnership with Enterprise Ireland, is working with six companies to improve monitoring and early warning systems for blocked gullies in high risk flooding areas in the city.

The aim is to use technology to maximise the use of limited resources by monitoring gullies, especially in high risk areas. Implementing a system that provides real time information during a flood event to provide the local authority an opportunity to deploy resources to the areas that need it most.

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EPA calls on local authorities to target inspections to improve air quality and management of waste tyres and food waste

  •         23 out of 31 local authorities improved their environmental performance between 2014 – 2016; 29 met the target standard.
  •         Local authorities need to target inspections to:
  •         control the burning of solid fuel, to lessen the 1,500 premature deaths associated with air pollution;
  •         improve management of key waste streams including waste tyres and waste food.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has today released a review of local authority environmental enforcement performance for 2014 – 2016. The review found evidence of improving local authority enforcement activity during this period.  The report recommends that local authorities now need to target inspections to improve air quality in towns and the recycling of food waste and to reduce the illegal dumping of tyres.

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Future Weather, Future Challenges: Making Ireland Weather and Climate Prepared

Former President Mary Robinson, whose tireless effort in raising awareness of climate change has been well documented, will address today the symposium organised by Met Éireann on the challenges of Future Weather. The event will take place in the Round Room of the Mansion House, Dublin from 9am to 4pm. It will encompass three Sessions covering Climate Change, The Future of Forecasting and Responses to Weather Emergencies.

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