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Supporting Ireland’s transition to a low-carbon, circular economy: Ireland’s National Waste Prevention Programme

Supporting Ireland’s transition to a low-carbon, circular economy: Ireland’s National Waste Prevention Programme



25 July 2018: “The National Waste Prevention Programme delivers initiatives and supports to promote Ireland’s transition to a low-carbon, circular economy and provide leadership on national priorities such as food waste prevention.  In 2017, €1.8 million was invested in resource efficiency and the sustainable use of resources in Ireland.”

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Minister Denis Naughten announces funding for local Environmental Initiatives

The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten, is pleased to announce the succesful projects which will receive funding from the 2018 Local Agenda 21 (LA21) Environmental Partnership Fund.  This fund supports local environmental initiatives by communities, individuals and not-for-profit groups. A total of 880 projects in every corner of Ireland will receive funding in the 2018 funding round.

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Irish Water investing €14m in upgrade of Bandon Wastewater Treatment Plant

Irish Water, in partnership with Cork County Council, is investing €14 million to upgrade the Bandon Wastewater Treatment Plant. This project will help improve water quality in the Bandon River and alleviate flooding in low lying parts of the town.

The Bandon Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade Project will provide enhanced treatment of wastewater from the town, ensuring that discharges from the plant comply with environmental legislation. This will result in improvements to water quality in the Bandon River, protecting aquatic life and bringing health and environmental benefits to the entire community.

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“Strategy for the future development of National and Regional Greenways”

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD and Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Brendan Griffin TD, have launched the “Strategy for the future development of National and Regional Greenways” on the Old Rail Trail in Moate, County Westmeath.

The Strategy sets out how National and Regional Greenways in Ireland should be planned and constructed and is backed by a fund of €53m for the years 2019 to 2021.

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Minister Murphy publishes Social Housing Construction Status Report and details of Social Housing Output for Quarter 1 2018

Minister Eoghan Murphy, T.D., Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government has published the Quarter 1 2018 Social Housing Construction Projects Status Report, which sets out the continuing progress being made in advancing the national Local Authority and Approved Housing Body new-build pipeline.

The Minister also published details in respect of overall social housing delivery across all programmes for Quarter 1 2018, broken down on a local authority basis and tracked against 2018 targets. Key points of note:

    •    At the end of Q1 2018, some 6,146 additional housing solutions had been provided across all local authorities in the quarter.
    •    On the construction side, 3,932, were under construction at end Q1 2018; and some 1,989 homes had been approved and were about to go on site.
    •    The full programme listed in the report now includes 930 schemes (or phases), delivering 14,813 homes – a very substantial increase on the 10,072 homes which were in the programme at the end of the same quarter last year.

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