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National Consultation Workshop on EU Water Priorities

The WATER Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) has opened a public consultation to get your opinion on the next version of its Vision 2030 and Strategic Research & Innovation Agenda (SRIA 3.0).

As part of this consultation phase, your views are invited on the future of water-related research, development and innovation in Europe at the national workshop, which will take place on Thursday 14th February 2019, in The Gresham Hotel, Dublin.

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Clean Ocean Initiatives

Cork County Council has recently been involved in a number of net recycling and fishing industry generated waste management initiatives.

By providing segregated waste reception facilities, the Council aims to make it easier for fishermen to help turn their retired fishing equipment and other waste into a useful resource for recycling or up-cycling. This minimises both cost and any negative impact on the marine environment.

Cork County Council has worked on the innovative and award-winning Circular Ocean Project and is currently working in conjunction with Bord Iascaigh Mara (BIM) and the Cork Institute of Technology’s Clean Technology Centre in order to design and develop a sustainable waste reception system for fishing vessels.

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Research to help deliver a low carbon, sustainable and healthy future

The EPA has announced awards totalling €12.2 million to fund new environmental research projects. The EPA environmental research programme is a Government of Ireland initiative, funded by the Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment.

The new EPA research projects funded will address a wide range of topics, including:
    •    Implementation of the Climate National Mitigation Plan and Adaptation Framework;
    •    Implementation of the River Basin Management Plans;
    •    Implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals in Ireland;
    •    Antibiotic resistance;
    •    Plastics use;
    •    Natural capital accounting;
    •    Peatlands management;
    •    Habitats drone mapping.

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Fingal County Council invests €12m in housing stock over the past 12 months

Fingal County Council invested €12m maintaining its housing stock over the past 12 months and will continue to roll-out that important programme over the course of 2019.

Window replacement, electrical upgrades, painting and plumbing are some of the measures that fall under this programme to ensure that local authority provides good quality accommodation to its tenants.

Director of Housing Margaret Geraghty said the maintenance and upgrade of stock will continue in 2019, and will include a stronger emphasis on how the housing stock can be improved from a Climate Change perspective. “Fingal County Council has always been very strong in terms keeping that stock up to date and making sure we provide good quality accommodation. We spent €12m in 2018 on our asset management, and what that really means is we spent money on painting our stock, replacing old windows with high energy rating solutions, as well as providing electrical and plumbing upgrades.’

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Major planning report launched by Ibec

Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, has published - Better Planning: reforms for sustainable development - as part of its ongoing Better Lives, Better Business campaign to make Ireland a better place to live and work.

Ibec Head of Infrastructure, Dr Neil Walker, said: “As the Irish economy enters the mature phase of its business cycle, it is imperative that we insulate ourselves from future economic shocks and address the serious capacity constraints emerging. Addressing inadequate infrastructure is a key concern for Irish business. Efforts to address such areas are being hindered by a planning regime that is unnecessarily costly and cumbersome.

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