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EASI facility provides new space for artists

The Director of the Arts Council of Ireland has said she hopes other local authorities throughout the country will follow Clare County Council’s lead in delivering studio space for artists.
Ms. Orlaith McBride was speaking at the official opening of a new Ennis-based artists’ studio facility, initiated by the Arts Office of Clare County Council.
The development of the EASI (Ennis Access to Spaces Initiative) facility was one of the actions identified in the Clare Arts Development Plan and will support artists in the Ennis area by providing flexible and affordable studio facilities across a variety of artistic disciplines.
According to Ms. McBride, “The Arts Council’s current strategy identifies the two key policy areas of The Artist and Public Engagement. In respect of our commitment to artists we specify advancing the living and working conditions of artists and ensuring a supportive working environment for them throughout the creative cycle of their careers.”
“The opening of these studios in Ennis compliment these ambitions, providing spaces where artists can not only produce work, but can do that in a supportive environment that recognises the value of their career to local communities,” she added. “I commend Clare Arts Office for delivering these studios and we hope that local authorities throughout the country will continue to develop these essential supports for working artists.”


€3 million Government funding for smart lighting now available from SEAI

Local Businesses Can Save up to 90% on Lighting Costs. Smart Lighting Grant – the closing date for applications is Thursday, 31 May.

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) is now accepting applications from businesses for €3 million in government-funded smart lighting grants. The grant will cover approximately one third of the cost of energy efficient lighting upgrades helping small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) save up to 90% on their lighting costs. These smart lighting upgrades will typically pay for themselves in two to three years. The grant is open to all SMEs sectors including retail, hospitality, tourism, private education, health facilities, and manufacturing. Applications can be submitted by individual businesses or by co-ordinators who group applications and are in a position to apply and deliver lighting upgrades for a number of businesses.


Chainsaw Training – A continuation of Service through a Reputable Provider

Pictured left to right are Eugene Doyle, FRS Training Business Development Manager, Geraldine Carroll, FRS Training Operations Manager and Jim Dockery, FRS Training Manager and Tutor.

FRS Training are delighted to announce the official launch of their Essential Chainsaw Training courses to continue and expand the services that you have grown accustomed to in previous years.

Spear headed by Eugene Doyle – Business Development Manager with 25 years’ experience as former head of Coillte Training & Safety Services, the range of courses will provide a choice of certification from City and Guilds, LANTRA and QQI.

FRS Training have announced that in response to the more frequent inclement weather conditions now prevailing in Ireland, which is resulting in the increase in incidents of individual windblown trees down on public roads throughout the country, that it can now offer customers Emergency Tree Works Courses tailored specifically towards operatives who must deal with these type of incidents.  


Irish Firms get GDPR-ready with Information Security Standard

With three weeks to go until the Europe-wide General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force, two Irish companies are making sure they are compliant by using a globally-recognised standard for information security.
Dun Laoghaire-based consultancy firm RPS Group and Cork cloud solutions company vCloud.ie were presented with their certificates to the ISO 27001 standard during a special ceremony at the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) headquarters in Dublin this morning.
A key international business standard, ISO 27001 provides organisations with a robust framework to manage their information – both on and offline.
“While the GDPR is the largest overhaul of data privacy in decades, it is important that businesses do not fear it,” said Pat Breen TD, Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection.


Minister Damien English announces €15million for Housing with Support Demonstrator Project at St Michael’s Estate, Inchicore.

The Minister for Housing and Urban Development, Mr. Damien English, T.D., announced approval in principle of €15million funding for a ‘Housing with Support’ scheme for older people in Inchicore in Dublin. Speaking at the launch in the Mansion House of the report and evaluation of phase 1 of the project, Minister English said:

“Part of the St. Michael’s Estate site in Inchicore has been identified as a “Housing with Support” demonstrator model under Rebuilding Ireland and will deliver 52 homes, due for completion in 2020. The ‘Housing with Support’ model is intended to set a new standard for the future of housing provision for older people and to act as an exemplar for others to follow.  The project has been approved for funding of €14,934,528 under my Department’s Capital Assistance Scheme with a contribution of €450,000 from the HSE/Department of Health towards additional communal facilities for the residents.


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