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Flat-fee refuse charges scrapped in bid to increase recycling rates

June 28, 2017 |

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten has announced that the mandatory pay-by-weight scheme is to be abandoned and flat fee charges are to be scrapped.

The pay-by-weight scheme, which was due to come … Read More

IDA seeking new data centre locations across Ireland

June 27, 2017 |

Already home to at least 30 global data centres belonging to tech giants like Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon, Vodafone, Interxion and Equinix, to name a few; the IDA is on the hunt for suitable locations for the next … Read More

Fáilte Ireland report shows record year for tourism in 2016

June 22, 2017 |

More than one million North Americans visited Ireland in 2016, the first time the milestone has ever been broken.

The figures were revealed in this week’s preliminary Tourism Facts 2016 – a compilation of Irish tourism … Read More

Poll finds office staff feel meetings are not productive

June 20, 2017 |

We’re all a bit guilty of zoning out during meetings, equally management can be guilty of overkill on the meeting front too.

It can be difficult to concentrate the entirety and they can be viewed as … Read More

New wind energy development guidelines proposed

June 15, 2017 |

The Government has this week announced the initial outcome of a major revision of controversial guidelines for wind energy developments.

The amendments to the 2006 Wind Energy Development Guidelines were presented by the Minister for Housing, … Read More

New scheme to make it easier for artists to access social welfare

June 13, 2017 |

Artists and writers will have easier access social welfare payments under a new government pilot scheme launched this week.

The new initiative – which is being introduced on a pilot basis for 12 months – applies … Read More

Ireland’s largest wind farm opens in Donegal

June 12, 2017 |

The largest windfarm in Ireland officially opened at Meenadreen, Co Donegal, following a €145m investment by Energia.

The 95-megawatt wind farm has 38 turbines standing 115m high with 90m rotor diameter.

Renewable energy firm Energia developed … Read More

Trinity and UCD study calls for improved cycling infrastructure

June 7, 2017 |

Switching to a cycling commute may have enormous health benefits, but only if an individual can cycle in a safe environment a new study claims.

The behaviour of more than 50,000 commuters in Dublin (as documented … Read More

The Burren LIFE Project claims EU LIFE nature award

June 6, 2017 |

The Burren LIFE Project, which ensures the protection of the unique biodiversity of the Burren, has won an EU LIFE nature award.

A total of 15 projects were selected as finalists for the keenly contested awards … Read More

Extra funds and resources made available in crackdown on illegal dumping

June 1, 2017 |

Minister for Environment Denis Naughten is doubling the €650,000 announced in March to crack down on the growing scourge of illegal dumping.

The provision of extra funding to support the implementation of a second phase of … Read More

Smart rainfall sensors to be deployed in Dublin city to give an early-warning defence from flooding

May 30, 2017 |

Dublin City will be getting kitted with new ‘smart’ rainfall sensors to give it an early-warning system to protect against flooding.

The low-cost sensors are being deployed across the capital to monitor rainfall, weather conditions and … Read More

75% of Irish beaches ‘excellent’ for swimming – EPA

May 18, 2017 |

For a third year in a row 75 per cent of Ireland’s designated bathing waters have been classified as excellent by the Environmental Protection Agency in its annual report.

130 beaches were marked as excellent, good … Read More

Ireland has one of the worst records for food waste in the EU

May 17, 2017 |

Ireland is one of the worst performers in the EU when it comes to food waste, according to a new report from the European Commission.

Food waste contributes to a total annual bill of €143 billion … Read More

Researchers find way to filter water that uses 1,000 times less energy

May 11, 2017 |

A team led by a University of Limerick researcher has made a major breakthrough in water filtration that lets it use 1,000 times less energy than conventional methods.

With climate change expected to increase areas of … Read More

BurrenLIFE Programme nominated for EU Green Awards

May 9, 2017 |

Ireland’s BurrenLIFE project has been shortlisted as one of the top five Nature Conservation Projects in Europe, as part of a competition celebrating the impact of the EU LIFE funding programme.

Over 4,300 LIFE projects around … Read More

Latest phase of Dublin Bay cycle path opens in Clontarf

May 5, 2017 |

A key phase of the Dublin Bay cycle path on the northside of the capital was opened this morning.

The two kilometre stretch of the Sutton to Sandycove (S2S) Cycleway at Clontarf was officially opened by … Read More

ESB and Bord na Móna join forces for solar power initiative

May 2, 2017 |

ESB and Bord na Móna have announced a co-development agreement which will see them develop solar power in four locations in Roscommon, Offaly and Kildare.

Once completed, it is estimated that it will provide renewable energy … Read More

Dublin Seeks Smart Solutions to City-Region Challenges with €600k Funding

April 27, 2017 |

Smart Dublin and Enterprise Ireland have launched the Three Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) competitions, with up to €600k in funding.

Announced earlier this week, the challenges aim to source smart and low cost innovative solutions … Read More

Local Government Apps from Around the World

April 25, 2017 |

Apps have an amazing ability to put local government services at the fingertips of citizens, yet, so many fail due to poor design or limited functionality. Looking around the world, we’ve found some of the best examples of successful government … Read More

New Partnership Drives Sustainability Agenda in Irish Fisheries

April 25, 2017 |

Inland Fisheries Ireland recently signed up to the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland’s (SEAI) Partnership Programme which aims to integrate energy management into public sector organisations. As an environmental agency, Inland Fisheries has a set range of progressive environmental targets to meet, and this new partnership … Read More

Ireland way off its EU greenhouse gas emissions targets

April 25, 2017 |

Ireland is showing little sign of meeting its 2020 emissions targets, according to a damning new report from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The worrying report predicts that Ireland will miss its EU greenhouse gas emissions … Read More

7 Mobile App Development Tips for Local Government

April 24, 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

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

April 20, 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

Oil Pollution exercise to take place at Spanish Point, Co. Clare

April 19, 2017 |

A training exercise testing the response capabilities of Shannon Foynes Port Company, local authorities and other organisations who operate in the vicinity of the Shannon Estuary will take place at Spanish Point, County Clare, on Wednesday and Thursday … Read More

Drones to be used in crackdown on illegal dumping

April 18, 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.

Covert surveillance including the use … Read More

Burren hosts European Geopark Network event

April 16, 2017 |

Managers and geologists from over 60 European UNESCO Global Geoparks gathered in County Clare last month to attend an international meeting and to visit the Burren & Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark.

The Geopark, managed … Read More

Cyber-Attack Prevention Must Begin with Staff Training

April 3, 2017 |

The biggest vulnerability any organisation has to cyber-attacks comes from neglecting to create efficient protocols at staff level. A few simple precautions could have prevented many of the “hacks” we saw in 2016.

The year 2016 ended on a very … Read More

Decluttering Ireland’s Towns and Cities

April 3, 2017 |

The proliferation of traffic signs on the streets of Ireland’s towns and cities seems to only multiply each year. But are these signs servicing any purpose beyond pleasing regulators? Urban Planner Stephen Coyne, discusses why less is often … Read More

Is ‘Remote Working’ Right For Your Organisation?

April 3, 2017 |

Enabled by ubiquitous connectivity and highly efficient communications systems, remote working is facing less and less resistance. In fact, for organisations who believe in it, remote working is proving to increase performance. But is it right for everyone? And what … Read More

Brexit & Irish Waterways

April 3, 2017 |

With the flow of EU funding set to dry up, and the possibility of a hard border, Irish Waterways navigate uncharted territory.

There is considerable uncertainty regarding all matters surrounding Brexit; which in itself presents its own set of challenges. … Read More

All Aboard the Self-Driving Bus: Is Full Automation in Public Transport Feasible?

April 3, 2017 |

 As cities expand and the pressure to create environmentally friendly transport systems increase there is a mounting urgency for our urban transport to adapt. But is it changing fast enough? Jonathan Wilkins discusses the potential benefits of automated public transport.

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The Creative Ireland Programme:“We Can Deliver Something Truly Significant”

April 3, 2017 |

The Creative Ireland Programme is an ambitious five year initiative that brings culture and community to the heart of public policy. The programme is headed by Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys.

Enabling creativity in … Read More

Shhh! We Need to Talk About Libraries

April 3, 2017 |

The ‘open’ or ‘staffless’ library has completed its pilot stage and is now being rolled out in many libraries across the country. Yet, anger still rages amongst librarians who feel they are being viewed as obsolete, as well as the … Read More

Brexit Tightens Tap on €3.39 Billion Funding for Ireland’s Border Region

April 3, 2017 |

As the shadow of a hard Brexit continues to spread political and economic uncertainty across the UK, a deeper concern is growing in Northern Ireland and the cross-border region where EU funding has been the economic lifeblood for … Read More

Minister launches new local tourism strategy “Collaborate Locally to Compete Globally”

March 31, 2017 |

The Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan T.D., officially launched the Local Authorities Tourism Conference “Collaborate Locally to Compete Globally” in Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford.

The conference heard from a number of key speakers, … Read More

Kildare County Council establishes New Cycling Forum

March 28, 2017 |

Kildare County Council has established the Kildare Cycling Forum, the purpose of which is to support the development of cycling infrastructure within the County, promote recreational cycling and encourage commuters to adopt cycling.

The Cycling Forum … Read More

Vodafone & SIRO National Gigabit Hub Initiative launched by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation

March 27, 2017 |

Vodafone and SIRO’s national Gigabit Hub Initiative has been launched today by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor.

The new initiative aims to spark a digital transformation in 15 towns across Ireland.

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 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

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