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Minister Ross announces €483 million for regional and local roads

The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD, has announced details of a €483 million investment programme for 2019 for regional and local roads. 

Minister Ross said: “This announcement will see a further significant increase in grant funding for regional and local roads. Overall funding will increase by about 16% this year.” This increase in funding should allow approximately 2,400kms of regional and local roads to be maintained and 2,150kms to be strengthened this year.”

The Minister continued; “Building better roads can change lives, but investing in safer roads will save lives. The campaign to change attitudes to drink driving, speeding, phone use and seatbelt wearing must be accompanied by Government delivering major funding for quality road investment if our roads are to be safer for all, and I am glad to say we are doing that.

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Minister Ross gains approval from Government to award contract to replace “notoriously dangerous” section of road - N4 Collooney to Castlebaldwin Project

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross T.D. said:
 
“The Collooney to Castlebaldwin N4 route is a notoriously dangerous stretch of road.
 
Over the decades there have been many serious collisions and fatalities in this area. There are families and communities in the North West region who are still suffering the loss of loved ones who have died on this road. Many others have been seriously injured.   After a fatality in 2015, this section was described by the County Coroner as” possibly the worst road” in Ireland. This is not acceptable.
 

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Bluesky Aerial Photographs Reveal Hidden Irish Archaeological Sites

The National Monuments Service in Ireland is using high resolution aerial photography from Bluesky to map and investigate a giant 4,500 year old Henge. The circular structure, located the Brú na Bóinne UNESCO World Heritage Site, is evidence of prehistoric earthworks and was first observed by researchers with drones. Following the discovery, the National Monument Service of the Department of Culture, Heritage and Gaeltacht carried out extensive aerial reconnaissance including commissioning Bluesky Ireland to survey the cropmark enclosure at Newgrange.
 
“This new information is a graphic illustration of the extent and density of the ritual and ceremonial sites associated with the Newgrange Passage Tomb,” commented Joseph Madigan, T.D., Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. “This stunning new archaeological data provides fresh, spectacular and unique insights into the origins and development of the Neolithic landscape and society.”

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The Local Authority Waters Programme have announced the launch of an open call for applications under the Community Water Development Fund 2019.

This fund is open to all community and voluntary groups to assist in the protection and management of water quality, both locally and in the wider catchment.

Closing date for receipt of applications is Tuesday 12th February 2019 at 7.00pm.

The Community Water Development Fund aims to support communities in progressing water related projects and initiatives, delivering benefits locally whilst also helping to meet the objectives of the River Basin Management Plan for Ireland and the wider EU Water Framework Directive. This can include the development of a catchment partnership or River/Lake Trust, and delivery of local projects to protect and improve water quality in a local water body.

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Grant leads the way in Renewable Heating Technologies

Launched to the market just over two years ago, Grant’s range of highly efficient Aerona3 inverter driven air source heat pumps (ASHPs) has revolutionised the plumbing and heating industry, offering a fast and effective heating solution that can help reduce carbon emissions. As a key feature within Grant’s extensive portfolio of heating technologies, which has grown rapidly over the last four decades, the Aerona3 ASHP range is becoming an increasingly popular choice as the demand for more sustainable products continues to rise.

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