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Minister Murphy announces additional €100m for housing and homelessness in 2017 and publishes details of 3,660 social homes now under construction

The Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy T.D., confirmed that the Government has approved an extra €100 million for housing and homelessness for 2017. This brings to €1.4 billion the funding that is being provided in 2017 by the Government for housing and will support the delivery of new homes, family hubs and emergency accommodation for those that need them. Of the €100 million, €92 million is being provided for the local authority capital programme and €8 million is being provided to deliver homes under the National Regeneration Programme.


South Dublin Winners in the IPB Pride of Place Awards 2017

The winners of the 15th annual IPB Pride of Place Awards in association with Co-operation Ireland were announced on Saturday 2nd December at a Gala Awards Ceremony in the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.


DIT teams up with Fingal County Council to transform waterways

The Environmental Sustainability & Health Institute (ESHI) in Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) and Fingal County Council have established a new research initiative to protect our natural waterways and deliver a healthy Ireland. The Fingal Water Project will tackle the challenges of pollution pressures in ponds and streams in this strategic local authority area of nearly 300,000 people in north County Dublin. Dr Alan Gilmer, the lead on the project for DIT, explains, “Water quality in many parts of Ireland is under threat, particularly in areas where industrial activity and population densities are high. What you do with water affects land, air quality and ultimately human health, it’s all inter-connected.”


Over 120 communities nationwide now working with SEAI

Number of Sustainable Energy Communities in Ireland doubles from 60 to 124 in last twelve months.
124 communities across Ireland are now part of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland’s (SEAI) Sustainable Energy Communities network, a rapidly expanding national movement towards a cleaner energy future. The communities have committed to developing long-term energy plans with the assistance of SEAI. The network has doubled in size in 2017, as momentum gathers in the move to more sustainable energy systems.


ESA – Sentinel-5P brings air pollution into focus

Launched on 13 October, the Sentinel-5P satellite has delivered its first images of air pollution. Even though the satellite is still being prepared for service, these first results have been hailed as exceptional and show how this latest Copernicus satellite is set to take the task of monitoring air quality into a new era.

Ozone from Sentinel – 5P
This new mission promises to image air pollutants in more detail than ever before. And, while these first results demonstrate the sophistication of the satellite’s instrument, they certainly bring the issue of air pollution sharply into focus.


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