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Air pollution: agriculture and transport emissions continue to pose problems in meeting agreed limits

The EEA briefing, ‘National Emission Ceilings (NEC) Directive reporting status 2018’ presents progress made by the EU and its Member States in meeting the emission ceilings that are applicable since 2010 set out in the NEC Directive (2016/2284/EU). The EU legislation restricts emissions for four key air pollutants from 2010 onward; nitrogen oxides (NOx), non-methane volatile organic compounds (NMVOCs), sulphur dioxide (SO2), and ammonia (NH3), and from 2020 also for fine particulate matter (PM2.5).

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Minister Murphy invites Proposals for €2 billion Urban Regeneration and Development Fund (URDF)

Mr Eoghan Murphy T.D. Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government has announced details of a €2 billion Urban Regeneration and Development Fund (URDF).
As a key part of Project Ireland 2040 - the Government’s National Planning Framework and National Development Plan - the fund is intended to drive regeneration and rejuvenation of strategic and underutilised areas within Ireland’s five cities, key regional drivers and other large towns.
The fund is one of four such funds established under the National Development Plan 2018-2027 and the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (DHPLG) has responsibility for implementing the fund, which has €100m available for expenditure in 2019 and an overall allocation of €550 million allocated to the fund up to the end of 2022.

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Pakman Awards 2018

The Pakman Awards are national awards that recognise excellence in waste management and recycling among businesses, organisations, community groups and initiatives in Ireland.

The Pakman Awards was launched in 2015 by Repak to replace the Repak Recycling Awards and allow more accessibility to the awards for all organisations who demonstrate their sustainability and environmental efforts.

The inaugural Pakman marked a significant change in the direction for Repak, whose awards were previously only open to its members and recovery operators. Now, all organisations who can demonstrate their environmental waste management practices and efforts can enter.

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Sculpture selected for IBAL Award

The Elected Members of the Ennis Municipal District have unanimously approved the commissioning of a permanent artwork in the centre of Ennis marking the Clare County Capital’s status as Ireland’s Cleanest Town.
 
The artwork, entitled Bláth na hInse, is being produced by Kilkee Forge and is expected to be unveiled in the Abbey Street Car Park in October 2018.
 
Ennis was named Ireland’s Cleanest Town in January 2018 by business group Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) following a survey of towns across Ireland. IBAL has made funding available to the winning town to mark the achievement by commissioning a permanent artwork.

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Two Architecture Awards for Dublin City Council’s 14 Henrietta Street

The Tenement Museum at 14 Henrietta Street was named Best Conservation and Restoration Project and Best overall project with a Special RIAI Jury Award at the annual Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) Architecture Awards.  

This project encompassed a 10-year phased programme of works with Shaffrey Architects, who were involved in the project from the outset. In 2008, Dublin City Council initiated emergency stabilisation works to prevent the imminent collapse of No. 14 and No.3 Henrietta Street. This work was followed in 2011 by a project to reinstate 136 windows and doors that had been largely replaced by ones of inferior quality in the 1970s.

With the support of a Centenaries Capital Grant from the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in 2016, Dublin City Council appointed Shaffreys Architects for this third phase of this project. Working on behalf of Dublin City Council and the Heritage Section, Shaffreys Architects led a multi-disciplinary design team to carefully conserve and adapt 14 Henrietta Street for this new cultural use.

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