LOCAL GOVERNMENT IN BUSINESS NEWS: MUNSTER
INTERACTIVE PLANNING APP Waterford City and County Council has launched a new application finder that enables the public to find and view the details of current and historic planning applications. This was deployed using a responsive web design application so it can be accessed on any device at any time. The application has been deployed using Esri’s ArcGIS platform, the same platform that delivers many other business applications with the council such as internal data sharing and mobile data collection. In addition, Waterford has also launched an embedded map to show the locations of planning applications. Both apps can be accessed by visiting the Waterford City and County Council website www. waterfordcouncil.ie/en/Resident/Planning/ Online,Planning,Enquiries.
CLARE EMBRACES CULTURE Clare County Council will lead an initiative to promote County Clare as a county of culture during 2016 to coincide with the designation of Ennis as the host town for next year’s Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann. The initiative will incorporate the development of a year-long programme of cultural events, to be promoted nationally and internationally, around the prestigious annual event which is expected to attract up to 400,000 people to the Clare County Capital in August 2016.
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18TH – 19TH APRIL Taste the Wild Atlantic Way Street Food Festival Kinsale, Co Cork 26TH APRIL Clare Garden Festival Ennis Showgrounds, Co Clare 29TH MAY – 1ST JUNE Ireland Bike Fest 2015 Killarney, Co Kerry 12TH – 14TH JUNE Fastnet Maritime and Trad Fest Ballydehob, Co Cork
Limerick Real Estate Project Gets Green Light
Initiative to encourage more
female students into STEM careers A NEW INITIATIVE ENTITLED ‘I Wish’ is aiming to address the issues that face female students, their parents and teachers, when it comes to choosing subjects and making career choices in secondary school. The brainchild of a number of female business leaders in Cork, I Wish is being spearheaded by Gillian Keating, President of Cork Chamber, Caroline O’Driscoll, it@cork Vice Chair and Ruth Buckley, Head of IT at Cork City Council, and is supported by UCC, CIT and Cork County Council teams. InBUSINESS | Q1 2015
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Pictured at the launch of the I Wish initiative are Saoirse Terry from Coachford College, Tara McCarthy from St. Angela’s College and Maedbh Heaney from Scoil Mhuire.
The biggest city centre real estate project outside of Dublin over the next ten years has received the green light. The publication by Limerick City and County Council of an invitation for expressions of interest in the a80-a100 million strategic Opera Centre site has triggered the go ahead for the development, which is a key element of the 2030 Economic and Spatial Plan for Limerick creating a new economic hub for Limerick city centre. The re-developed 50,000sq metre area will result in 3,000 jobs and a further 300 employed during the construction stage.