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A new cultural festival will reach every county in Ireland this Easter Monday

March 24, 2017 |

On Easter Monday this year, a series of cultural events will take place across the country as part of a new national day of culture and creativity.

Cruinniú na Cásca – which directly translates as “A … Read More

Dublin City Council improves safety on fleet with ‘Sentinel Systems’

March 23, 2017 |

Dublin City Council has teamed up with Sentinel Systems – a specialist in vehicle safety and camera solutions – to install safety camera and recording devices onto its vehicles.

The move was prompted by Dublin City … Read More

Dublin joins new pan-European food waste reduction and sustainable eating initiative

March 22, 2017 |

It is estimated that close to one million tonnes of food are thrown out by consumers and businesses in Ireland every year – that’s roughly €700-worth of food per household. And on average, Irish households throw away one … Read More

Burren to host European Geopark Network event

March 21, 2017 |

Managers and geologists from over 60 European UNESCO Global Geoparks will gather in County Clare this week to attend an international meeting and to visit the Burren & Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark.

The Geopark, … Read More

Getting smarter on cycling in the Capital

March 15, 2017 |

Dublin City Council and Enterprise Ireland have announced €100k of innovation procurement funding to help scale up cycling in the capital.

Four technology companies have been awarded €100k to develop smart technology solutions to help promote the use … Read More

New campaign urges households to reduce food waste

March 9, 2017 |

On average, Irish households throw away one third of food every week.

A new campaign by the three Regional Waste Management Offices is urging householders to become more active in preventing food waste and managing their … Read More

Five pieces of litter for every step on Northern Ireland beaches

March 8, 2017 |

An average five pieces of marine litter can be found every step you take on Northern Ireland beaches – that’s according to a new report by Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful.

The recently published report by the … Read More

Enabling creativity in every community: Creative Ireland hosting open meetings nationwide

March 7, 2017 |

Enabling creativity in every community is a core pillar of the Creative Ireland Programme, an ambitious five-year initiative, from 2017 to 2022, which aims to place culture and creative communities at the centre of public policy.

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Dublin Start-up Commissioner duties move to Digital Hub and DCU

March 3, 2017 |

Dublin City Council has announced that the Office of the Dublin Commissioner for Startups will be restructured when current commissioner, Niamh Bushnell leaves the office next month.

The move by the council means that after a … Read More

Drones to be used in crackdown on illegal dumping

March 2, 2017 |

Littering and illegal dumping continues to be serious problem across Ireland.

In attempt to crackdown on fly-tipping across the country, a campaign of ‘smart enforcement’ is to be launched next month.

Covert surveillance including … Read More

7 Mobile App Development Tips for Local Government

March 1, 2017 |

Digital technology and apps can be used by local and city governments to improve citizen engagement and transparency and accordingly, digital government initiatives are popping up everywhere.

Is your city or county thinking about developing a … Read More

AT&T, IDA, & Dublin City Council to collaborate on Smart Cities IoT projects

February 28, 2017 |

In an announcement made yesterday, AT&T, Dublin City and IDA Ireland revealed their intentions explore a Smart Cities Development.

The agreement between AT&T, IDA Ireland and Dublin City Council will see the three parties collaborate and … Read More

Time to get tougher on litter?

February 27, 2017 |

Littering continues to be a serious problem across Ireland and litter levels are on the rise throughout the country, according to the latest IBAL (Irish Business Against Litter) survey.

The latest IBAL survey results found just … Read More

Cameras to be introduced to monitor green bin waste

February 24, 2017 |

A pilot scheme aimed at detecting people who persistently abuse free waste recycling by putting black bin rubbish, for which there is a charge, into their green bins is to be tested shortly on some 12,000 householders in … Read More

Get tooled up: The Edinburgh Tool Library offering an innovative solution to buying tools

February 23, 2017 |

Purchasing tools for DIY projects can be a costly exercise, and in reality, how often do we actually use them?

An Edinburgh charity is offering the community an innovative and cost effective solution; tool libraries.

The City of Galway to be launched as European Green Leaf 2017

February 22, 2017 |

The City of Galway will be officially launched as European Green Leaf 2017, an environmental designation awarded by the European Commission in “recognition of the city’s commitment to the environment”.

Galway was awarded the appointment in … Read More

One thing may be holding back Irish solar farms – and it’s not lack of sun

February 21, 2017 |

Planning applications for new solar farms are being lodged every two-and-a-half days but there is a lack of guidance put in place by Government to oversee their development.

Solar farms could be imperative in helping Ireland … Read More

Technology central to Kerry plan to tackle litter & dumping

February 15, 2017 |

Noted for its beautiful landscapes, coastal scenery, magnificent lakes, strong cultural heritage and flora and fauna, Kerry is getting tough on litter and dumping.

Technology will be central to a five-year plan adopted in Kerry to target “the persistent” problem … Read More

Irish Tourism Industry Awards celebrates excellence and innovation

February 14, 2017 |

Ireland’s tourism industry was celebrated at the Irish Tourism Industry Awards, where winners in 14 categories won awards for excellence and innovation at a gala event in the Clayton Hotel Burlington Road in Dublin.

The Irish … Read More

National Geographic MD visits ‘Cool’ Donegal to present official award

February 13, 2017 |

Donegal recently topped the ‘National Geographic’s Cool List for 2017’, the prestigious magazine’s annual roll call of places to visit in the coming year.

Compiled by a panel of National Geographic’s contributors, the list focuses on … Read More

The robots are coming

February 10, 2017 |

The future of work is always a hot topic, especially at the moment as AI and robotics are becoming more integrated into the workplace, and the first question on everyone’s mind is: is my job safe from being taken by … Read More

The CLEAN project has started in the North West region of Ireland

February 9, 2017 |

The CLEAN project – Technologies and Open Innovation for Low-Carbon Regions – has officially begun.

The project aims to improve low-carbon policies and increase energy efficiency with nine EU regions coming together to address a common challenge: how to meet … Read More

National Community and Council Awards 2017 winners anounnced

February 8, 2017 |

The winners for National Community and Council Awards 2017 were announced at a gala awards ceremony held over the weekend.

The awards, now in their eleventh year, recognise and celebrate community and councils working together. They provide an opportunity to highlight and … Read More

Cork City Joins the National Network of Healthy Cities in Ireland

February 7, 2017 |

Cork City has joined the National Network of Healthy Cities in Ireland.

To recognise Cork City Council’s involvement in the World Health Organisation Healthy Cities Project over the past five years, Minister of State for Health … Read More

North Bull Island Volunteer Programme launches

February 6, 2017 |

Would you like to help promote and protect this area of outstanding beauty? Dublin City Council is seeking volunteers to help with management of North Bull Island.

A unique attraction within Dublin City centre, North Bull Island (NBI) … Read More

Minister Ross Announces €324 Million for Regional and Local Roads

January 25, 2017 |

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD, recently announced details of the €324 million investment programme for 2017 for regional and local roads.

Speaking about the investment, Minister Ross said: “I am announcing the 2017 grant allocations for … Read More

Ministers Host Dialogues on Brexit and Implications for Transport and Tourism

January 25, 2017 |

The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross T.D. and Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Patrick O’Donovan TD, hosted All-Island Sectoral Dialogues on Monday 23 January 2017 in the Crowne Plaza, Dundalk.

The morning dialogue was themed … Read More

New National Cycle Standard Launched

January 17, 2017 |

The Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, Shane Ross T.D. has announced funding for a new national cycle training standard – Cycle Right.

Cycle Right was developed by a partnership steering committee consisting of a wide-range of stakeholders including the … Read More

EPA Urges Owners to Ensure End-of-Life Vehicles are Disposed of Correctly

January 12, 2017 |

The EPA has released waste data about end-of-life vehicles and waste tyres managed by Authorised Treatment Facilities or other waste management organisations in Ireland in 2014.

In 2014, 82 per cent of end-of-life vehicle material was reused and recycled, meeting … Read More

Donegal Drivers Urged to Use Gritting Routes Map

January 11, 2017 |

Following Status Yellow weather warnings issued from Met Eireann, Donegal County Council are reminding road users to check their Winter Gritting map which is an interactive map that is linked to the Council’s social media platforms and provides information on … Read More

Institutes of Technology should be lightning rods for entrepreneurs

January 9, 2017 |

Undermined by financial problems, Ireland’s Institutes of Technology have a powerful role yet to play in the country’s entrepreneurial journey, writes John Kennedy.

by John Kennedy

At the end of the working week, I had time for one more phone … Read More

Re-Shaping Local Government: What we can Learn from International Cases

January 6, 2017 |

The proposed mergers of City and County Councils in both Cork and Galway have faced serious scrutiny as many see the move towards amalgamation as regressive, preferring to see city boundaries extended and City Councils maintained. Reports on either side … Read More

Gripping Stuff: The benefits and specifications of High Friction Surfacing

January 5, 2017 |

John Cagney and Paul McBride examine the use of high-friction surfacing on Irish roads; outlining its cost, its effectiveness, and drawing attention to recent examples.

High Friction Surfacing (HFS), commonly termed Anti-skid, refers to a surface treatment approximately 3-5mm thick … Read More

Creating Playful Urban Environments

January 5, 2017 |

New urban developments can easily be identified by their glassy exteriors and cold utilitarian spaces. However, gains in practical functionality of space can often be to the detriment of play and spontaneity.

By Ekaterina Tikhoniouk

When we think of … Read More

Limerick sees off stiff competition to host World BBQ Championship

January 4, 2017 |

Fáilte Ireland today welcomed a €500k revenue boost for Limerick as it was announced that Ireland will play host to the World BBQ Association World Championship 2017, the largest international BBQ competition. 100 teams from across the globe will compete … Read More

Generation Why? Making the Most of a ‘Milennial’ Workforce

December 19, 2016 |

Today’s workplace is constantly changing, and that means challenges and opportunities for managers, administrators and employees. The millennial generation will soon make up 75% of the global workforce. Let’s take a look at these changing demographics and what challenges and … Read More

A New Solution to Dublin’s Rat Problem

December 19, 2016 |

With rat infestations becoming an increasingly serious problem across Dublin’s north inner city and Clondalkin area, a radical new solution may be needed – an experimental new product on the market might be that solution.

A shop owner in Monkstown Crescent reported … Read More

Water Systems and Services Innovation Centre

December 19, 2016 |

The Innovation hub to address Ireland’s water infrastructure is located in the Nimbus Centre, Cork Institute of Technology. 

The Water Systems and Services Innovation Centre (WSSIC) is a joint venture between Cork City Council, Cork County Council and the Nimbus … Read More

Ireland failed to justify selective treatment of Apple – EU Commission

December 19, 2016 |

Ireland failed to justify the selective treatment of Apple with regard to tax rulings, according to the European Commission.

The full ruling on the finding that Ireland granted the US tech giant up to €13 billion in illegal State aid … Read More

Hospital overcrowding worsens as HSE to publish 2017 plan

December 14, 2016 |

The Health Service Executive will publish its €14 billion service plan for 2017 today.

The plan is expected to commit to improvements in emergency department overcrowding, as well as increased hospital funding.

HSE Service Plans have been forced to deal … Read More