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Summertime, and the living is easy… There is nothing like an impromptu weekend trip to the countryside to relax and unwind during the summer. With Irish weather a daily guessing game, wouldn’t it be great to jump into the family wagon and spin to leafy pastures for a few hours to revitalise? But steer clear […]
Kilcoyne Tree Surgery is a fully licensed and insured Tree Surgery company based in Boyle, Co. Roscommon, and currently provide arborist services almost nationwide. Its catchment area is approximately 150 miles. Here, founder of the business Darren Kilcoyne shares some advice for any consumer in the market for an arborist, and says that when it […]
It’s officially summer since the 20th of June and with children up and down the country nearly finished school until September many parents will be paying money to keep their children occupied during the holidays. On family farms it’s different however because from a certain age all youngsters growing up on farms become an extra […]
Five people have died in farming accidents between January and May of 2016 according to a recent report from The Agriculture and Food Development Authority, Teagasc. For the same period last year the number of deaths was 6 while in 2015 it was 12. The fatal accident data states that 80% of deaths in the […]
Financial Housing
  A cross-party committee set-up by the government  to tackle the housing crisis in Ireland has published its report. Established in April, the report calls for “most ambitious social housing project in the history of the State”. Solutions highlighted for Minister for housing Simon Coveney to implement include increasing the  rent supplement rate, rapid investment
  The fifth Flavours Of Fingal County Show will take place at Newbridge House, Donabate, North Dublin on the 25th and 26th of June this year. The festival, organised by Fingal County Council,  Fingal Farmers, Fingal Tourism and Newbridge House and Farm promotes the county’s fresh farming produce, an area that grows one third of […]
The latest edition of Council Journal – the bumper Summer Yearbook 2016 – will be available in July. For additional information on content and advertising queries, mailing list inclusion, or news and events updates please contact us on 01 9055200 or email donal@council.ie
Ireland is making progress in road safety. Countless lives have been saved through widespread changes in driver behaviour. Figures show that 165 people lost their lives in 2015, compared to 193 in 2014, the second lowest number of road deaths since records began in 1959. Despite the good progress, it is hard to say that 2015 was a […]
The order legally establishing the Climate Change Advisory Council was signed by the Minister for the Environment, Alan Kelly, TD, on the 18th of January. The important work of the Council commenced, on an interim basis, in June 2015 and it has already held two preliminary meetings. The Council is an independent advisory body which will act to assess and […]
Financial News
The Arts Council recently announced its investment plan for 2016, which will see it invest €60.1 million in bringing the arts to people and communities across Ireland. The annual investment strategy will see the Arts Council introduce its new 10-year strategy, Making Great Art Work, which sets out the direction the Council will take in leading the arts in Ireland […]
The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Pascal Donohoe TD, announced that €106 million is being earmarked to repair damages done to the transport infrastructure. The amount was agreed with by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin TD. The money will be used  to fix roads and bridges, along with rail networks that have been damaged by the […]
On the 22nd January, a cyber-attack hit a number of Irish websites. Central Statistics Office, the Oireachtas, the Department of Justice, the Department of Defence, the Courts Services of Ireland and The National Lottery were all hit. Daft and Boards were also brought down. Each of them went offline one after the other in quick succession. As of yet, […]
The business world has traditionally functioned on the principal of companies producing products or providing specific services. In recent years, however, the development of the Internet and the proliferation of smart-phone and mobile device technology has established a new business model which is not based on supply and demand in the traditional sense, but rather on
At the beginning of November 2014 a small group of representatives from Norse Corp, a “threat- intelligence” firm in Silicon Valley arrived at Sony Pictures Entertainment in the Los Angeles suburb of Culver City. After a quick security check at the front gate the group walked straight into the unlocked first­floor offices of the information security department. […]
Athlone, Cork, Galway, Wexford, Kilkenny, Limerick, Roscommon. The list of flooded regions goes on. Equally as long is the list of storms that have hit Ireland this winter season, in what has been one of the worst years of flooding on record. Estimated costs of damages is already set to reach €100 million and this is before a […]
Great news for Irish tourism following the Travel Weekly annual Readers Choice Awards in New York as the country was named ‘Best Destination: Europe’. Travel Weekly is the biggest weekly newspaper for American travel agents and travel professionals, meaning that Irish tourism should see an increase in footfall coming from North America in the coming […]
Ireland’s National Broadband Plan, which aims to deliver high-speed broadband to rural homes and businesses by 2020, is set to begin its procurement process next week. The ambitious plan will cost between €300m – €500m, and is being spearheaded by Communications Minister Alex White TD. The funds will be allocated to operators that pledge to […]