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THE VAULTED HOUSE, DUBLIN WINS THE OVERALL AWARD AT THE IRISH CONCRETE SOCIETY’S 36TH ANNUAL AWARDS

Excellence in the design and construction in concrete was clearly evident again at this year’s Irish Concrete Society’s Awards Evening, which took place on the 24th of March in the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road, Dublin

This was the prestigious 36th Annual Awards Evening and the event is always one of the highlights in the construction industry’s calendar with some 340 of industry’s finest in attendance. The Awards recognise excellence in both design and construction in concrete and are adjudicated by a distinguished, independent jury of industry professionals. The main awards jury reviewed a total of twenty-seven projects nominated in three categories of main awards - Element, Infrastructure and Building. There were also eight projects nominated for the 6th International Award, which is sponsored by Enterprise Ireland. The winner of the annual Séan deCourcy Student Award and biennial Sculpture Award was also announced.

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World Water Day: exploring the solutions we find in nature

This year’s World Water Day theme is all about finding nature-based answers to the water challenges we face. At the JRC, our research shows how important natural solutions are in managing resources effectively, securing access to clean water and reducing floods, droughts and pollution.

The EU has 3.6% of the planet’s permanent surface water. Sweden and Finland alone account for 1.25% and 1% of all the world’s surface water.
Through our knowledge management expertise, we help to share best practice in water management and encourage the uptake of green solutions.
We also monitor water data and observe trends to provide advanced warning of floods and droughts.

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Minister opens three Digital Hubs in Clare

Three digital hub facilities developed by Clare County Council were officially opened in Kilrush, Miltown Malbay and Feakle today by Pat Breen, T.D., Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection.
 
The facilities, which are part of the Local Authority’s DigiClare.ie initiative and are among the actions identified in the Clare Rural Development Strategy 2026, will support rural social enterprises and the wider community by providing flexible, affordable hot-desks, co-working, conference and training facilities for residents, visitors and entrepreneurs for as little as €10 per day.

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Louth leads way for reusing empty buildings

Louth County Council is leading the way in reusing empty buildings for social housing and other local authorities should follow their example, Fr Peter McVerry has urged.

The anti-homelessness campaigner, who founded the Peter McVerry Trust, said Louth County Council had made 81 compulsory purchase orders over the last couple of years.

Just two cases were successfully challenged in courts by owners who claimed the action taken by the council was contrary to the right to private property.

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Grass cuttings could be used to power homes

Cork County Council may use grass cuttings from verges and its unused land stock as biofuel to provide power to houses.

The council’s environment special purposes committee is to examine the green energy drive after Sinn Féin councillor Eoghan Jeffers said a project carried out in Lincolnshire, England showed that using grass cuttings from that county’s 8,750km of roads provided enough electricity to power 4,500 homes a year and enough gas to power 1,100 homes.

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