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• Lord Mayor Opens over 80 New Homes across Cork City • Fingal County Council Awarded ISO 50001 Certification for Energy Management • Minister O’ Brien Officially Opens New Social Housing Schemes in Donegal


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CONTENTS Vol 39. No. 2

FEATURES

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ISSN NO. 1393-0394 LOCAL AUTHORITY NEWS is available FREE OF CHARGE and ON LINE to all Local and Central Government Bodies throughout Ireland. Published bi-monthly it is disseminated to Local Authority Managers, Assistant Managers, County Secretaries, Finance Officers, Principal Officers, Department Heads, County Engineers, City Engineers, Chief Quantity Surveyors, Senior Architects, Plant Superintendents, Senior Executive Engineers, Town Clerks, Purchasing Officers, Administrative Officers, Inspectors, Park Superintendents, County Librarians, etc. in all Government Departments, County Councils, Corporations, Office of Public Works, Urban District Councils, StateSponsored and Development Bodies and Agencies.

• RANDRIDGE TECHNOLOGIES POWERING OUR CLEAN FUTURE

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• CASHLESS PARKING PAYMENT SYSTEM INTRODUCED BY DONEGAL COUNTY COUNCIL

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• WHILE THE QUALITY OF DRINKING WATER IN PUBLIC SUPPLIES REMAINS HIGH, SAYS EPA DIRECTOR GENERAL 7 • IMPROVE YOUR PROPERTY’S SUSTAINABILITY WITH GRANT’S UFLEX UNDERFLOOR HEATING SYSTEM

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• MINISTER O’ BRIEN OFFICIALLY OPENS NEW SOCIAL HOUSING SCHEMES IN DONEGAL

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• EI ELECTRONICS LAUNCH THE SMARTLINK GATEWAY

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• DUBLIN CITY COUNCIL ANNOUNCES SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS ON HOUSING PROGRAMME

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• COVENANT OF MAYORS MOVEMENT

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• ISANBRA FYFFE ADD IMPERIAL 1/2”, 3/4” AND 1” SIZES TO INSTANTOR COPPER PRESS RANGE 20 • LORD MAYOR OPENS OVER 80 NEW HOMES ACROSS CORK CITY

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• FINGAL COUNTY COUNCIL AWARDED ISO 50001 CERTIFICATION FOR ENERGY MANAGEMENT 24

REGULARS IRISH WATER UPDATES

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PRODUCT INFO

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CLASSIFIEDS

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Cashless Parking Payment System introduced by Donegal County Council

The days of scrambling around for change to pay for parking across Donegal are now at an end with a new cashless payment system which was launched on Monday the 22nd of June 2020 by Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr Rena Donaghey. The phone app will operate in each of the five towns in Donegal that currently have pay and display in operation – Ballybofey, Buncrana, Bundoran, Donegal Town and Letterkenny. It can be used on any of the streets and car parks where pay and display parking currently operate. This new payment option is provided by ParkMagic and drivers who want to avail of the new service can simply search on the internet for “Donegal eParking” and it will bring them to the ParkMagic site OR if they go to www.donegalparking.ie it will bring them to our general parking website site where they then can get access to the eParking website. Once on the site you can directly pay for parking on your Computer, Tablet or Smartphone or download the APP which is free from the APPLE STORE and GOOGLE PLAY. If drivers register for an account either online or via the APP, there are is no monthly administration fee or other charges provided they top up the account by €40 or more at any one time and there is no time limit on using this credit, if they top up by less than €40 then there will be a €1 admin fee on top ups. This credit can also be used on TollTag.ie when using any of the country’s toll roads.

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Pictured launching the new eParking Service are Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Counci,l Cllr Rena Donaghey, John McLaughlin, Director of Service for Roads and Transportation, Donegal County Council, Sean Flanagan, Leona Curran, Donegal County Council Parking Section and Danny Dougherty, Traffic Warden.

Welcoming the initiative, the Cathoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr Rena Donaghey, stated that the new system would be very convenient for shoppers and visitors. “There will be no need to worry about having the right change for parking - you just download the Donegal eParking app, select the zone, the amount of time you want to pay for and pay from your pre purchased credit. You won’t have to rush back to the parking machine and put up a new ticket before the old one expires, you can extend your parking time from your phone without going back to your car so can finish your meeting or your cup of coffee at your convenience and ease”. Director of Service for Roads and Transportation John Mc Laughlin said "Donegal County Council is delighted to be in a position to provide this new additional service. We are constantly improving our services by providing more efficient, alternative and customer friendly services with the use of advancing technology; and parking is no different. This service will provide an alternative and more convenient way to pay for parking for everyone wishing to visit and do business in the larger towns in the county. He gave a special mention to Donal Walker, Senior Executive Engineer who headed up this initiative along with his dedicated office staff in the Parking Unit and the team of Traffic Wardens on the ground.” Paul Fitzgerald, CEO of ParkMagic said "We at ParkMagic are delighted to have had the opportunity to roll out our parking payment solution for Donegal. Donegal County Council has been very innovative in defining how they wanted their Donegal eParking solution to be offered to the customers and we worked quickly to get all the customisation done and ready for the recent launch. We are proud that our systems are now in use along the Wild Atlantic Way from Cork to Donegal offering locals and visitors a fast, convenient and safe way to pay for parking" The new service is being provided in conjunction with current pay at the meter method and Donegal County Council has emphasised that the current parking meters are not being decommissioned and drivers can pay at the meter as usual.

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While the quality of drinking water in public supplies remains high, supplies to over 1 million people are vulnerable to failure, says EPA Director General • • •

99.9% of samples complied with bacterial parameter limits and 99.6% complied with chemical parameter limits. 67 boil water notices were in place in 2019, affecting more than 650,000 people. 52 treatment plants suppling water to over one million people are vulnerable to failure.

The EPA Drinking Water Quality in Public Supplies Report 2019, released today, shows that the quality of drinking water in public supplies remains high with 99.9% compliance with bacterial limits and 99.6% compliance with chemical limits. The continued high levels of water quality being achieved are positive for consumers. However, increasing uncertainty in Irish Water’s planning and delivery of critical improvements to water treatment plants is making supplies vulnerable to failure, posing a risk to the health of a large portion of the population. The EPA’s Remedial Action List contained 52 supplies with significant issues to be addressed by Irish Water at the end of 2019. While this figure is down from 63 supplies in 2018, the population affected by these supplies has doubled in the same period to over 1.1 million. This is mainly due to the addition of the Leixlip water treatment plant to the List - following two boil water notices last year that affected more than 600,000 people. Launching the report, Laura Burke, EPA Director General said: "The supply of safe drinking water is of critical importance for our wellbeing and for social and economic prosperity. Delays in delivering public water improvements puts water quality and the public’s health at risk. While progress is being made, the multiple failures at the Leixlip water treatment plant last year highlight the serious lack of resilience in our water supplies. The growing uncertainty in Irish Water’s planning and delivery of critical improvements to water treatment plantsis undermining confidence in the security of supply of safe drinking water. Irish Water needs to urgently address the underlying causes for the delays and shortcomings highlighted in this report and prioritise investment to ensure that public supplies are safe and secure, and that public health is protected." The EPA has also seen delays in completing the national disinfection programme and a significant reduction in work planned to remove "lead" from supply connections. Andy Fanning, EPA Programme Manager, said: "Disinfection is the most important step in water treatment and makes our water safe by keeping water free of harmful bacteria, viruses and parasites. Lead presents a different problem where the only remedy is to remove the lead pipework. With the reduced programme for removing lead pipes the EPA estimates that it could take Irish Water up to 60 years to remove all public-side lead connections." The EPA Drinking Water Quality in Public Supplies 2019 Report and the complete list of public water supplies currently on the Remedial Action List - including details of the proposed remedial measures and associated timeframes - is available on the EPA website. Notes to Editor Some key findings of the 2019 report on public water supplies: • 99.9% of samples comply with microbiological parameter limits. • 99.6% of samples comply with chemical parameter limits. • 67 boil water notices and eight water restrictions were in place in 2019, affecting more than 700,000 people. • 59 of those boil water notices were in place for more than 30 days, meaning they are classed as long-term notices requiring investment in infrastructure to address • E. coli bacteria was detected at least once in eight supplies, compared to 12 supplies in 2018.

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Trihalomethanes limits were exceeded in 46 supplies, compared to 54 in 2018. Pesticides limits were exceeded in 27 supplies, compared to 34 in 2018. 52 supplies were on the EPA’s Remedial Action List at the end of 2019 compared to 63 at the end of 2018. The EPA conducted 57 audits of water treatment plants and three audits of Irish Water’s monitoring programmes in 2019 The EPA issued 20 Directions (legally binding instructions) to Irish Water in 2019.

The EPA has identified the following priorities for Irish Water to address on a national level to protect and improve public water supplies: • • • • • •

Progressing action programmes for all Remedial Action List schemes; Prevention of long-term boil water notices by providing robust disinfection systems; Minimising harmful disinfection by-products such as Trihalomethanes (THM) by providing treatment that adequately removes organic matter in the water; Eliminating lead from our drinking water networks; Preventing pesticides from entering our drinking water sources; Managing risks to our public water supplies by adopting Drinking Water Safety Plans for all supplies.

County

Name of Supply

Population Affected

Cork

Knockadoon

27

Kerry

Aughacasla PWS

42

Kerry

Central Regional - Lough Guitane

165

Limerick

Carrigmore PWS

370

Limerick

Fedamore PWS

492

Meath

Baltrasna

9

Meath

Longwood

6

Meath

Slane

3

Sligo

Lough Talt Regional Water Supply

12,576

Tipperary

Templetuohy

819

Tipperary

Clonmel Poulavanogue

96

Tipperary

Galtee Regional

307

Tipperary

Glenary

118

Waterford

Ballydermody

2

Wexford

Ballinavarry

10

Wicklow

Ballymorris Public Supply

17

Wicklow

Johnstown South (Arklow) Public Supply

6

TOTAL

15,065

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IMPROVE YOUR PROPERTY’S SUSTAINABILITY WITH GRANT’S UFLEX UNDERFLOOR HEATING SYSTEM As property developers throughout Ireland turn to sustainable heating technologies to ensure Nearly Zero Energy Building (NZEB) standards are met, Grant continues to lead the way with its underfloor heating system. The system combines Grant’s Uflex underfloor heating with the appropriate smart controls, designed to work together to optimise efficiency and deliver long-term savings for the property owner. Grant’s Uflex underfloor heating system is becoming increasingly popular with those working on new build or deep retrofit projects throughout the country due to its unobtrusive design and high efficiency levels. Carefully designed for individual rooms based on their specific requirements, the system has a stainless-steel manifold and is embedded within the floor construction. The pipework which can come in PERT and ALUPERT is positioned and clipped into place once the flooring’s insulation and membrane has been fitted. After this a flow screed is laid over the top and allowed to fully dry before heat is introduced. With a drying time of up to thirty days, Uflex can be fitted as part of the floor’s assembly process, therefore causing no delays in construction. When purchased, a full set of line drawings is provided for the Uflex system. The Grant Uflex underfloor heating system offers convenient and highly efficient heating and can help new build properties achieve NZEB standards and compliance with Part L building regulations, especially when paired with a heat source like the Grant A +++ Aerona3 R32 air source heat pump. This combination of technology improves the overall efficiency of a new build or retrofit property as both the Aerona3 heat pump and the Uflex system can run at lower temperatures, therefore enabling savings to be made on electricity bills. In addition to the Uflex system’s mechanical components such as pipework and manifolds, Grant also supplies the necessary controls to operate the underfloor heating system as efficiently as possible, creating a ‘smart’ system. The slim and stylish Heatmiser 230V controls can be set to provide different room temperatures and different time intervals on individual heating zones, with a wireless option also available. Working with the expertise of Grant’s technical team, property developers can help optimise their heating investment. It is this technical insight and careful combination of the Uflex system and smart controls by Grant which ensures that the heating solution is bespoke to the new-build or retrofit property, bringing it into a new class of efficiency. With over 40 years’ experience in the heating industry and a wide range of innovative heating products, Grant offers a one stop solution to achieve a comfortable, sustainable and cost-effective way to heat properties of all sizes. Grant Uflex Underfloor Heating • Offers an efficient heating solution • Suitable for both new builds and retrofits • Highly efficient when paired with a Grant Aerona³ R32 air source heat pump • Easy installation • Optimal control and comfort • Operates at lower flow temperatures • Can provide individual zone control • Can be paired with smart controls to create a ‘smart’ heating system • Increased hygiene due to reduced air circulation transferring dust particles

Visit www.grant.eu for more information on Grant’s range of innovative heating solutions, including the Uflex underfloor heating system and smart controls. You can also follow Grant on Facebook and Twitter @GrantIRL or Instagram @Grant_IRL

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Minister O’ Brien officially opens new social housing schemes in Donegal. Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage Darragh O’Brien TD visited Donegal on Thursday (06 August 2020) to officially open 2 new social housing schemes, turn the sod on a new housing development and visit two social housing projects sites currently under construction. These developments represent an overall investment of almost €18.7m in Social Housing provision in Donegal under the Rebuilding Ireland Programme.

Minister for Housing, Local Government & Heritage, Darragh O’Brien TD visits the social housing and voluntary housing construction site in Donegal Town with Cathaoirleach Cllr Rena Donaghey, Cathaoirleach of Donegal MD, Cllr. Michael Naughton, Junior Minister for State Charlie McConalogue, Senator Niall Blaney, Thomas Pringle TD, Joe Peoples, Director of Service, Michael McGarvey, Director of Service, elected members, Donegal County Council housing staff and Contractor - John O’Donnell Construction Ltd

Minister O’Brien started his visit in Donegal Town in the morning with a site visit to the social and voluntary housing construction site at Railway Park, Donegal Town which will see 34 new social housing units constructed representing an investment of €5.3m. This development will incorporate 24 social housing units and 10 voluntary accommodation units delivered in conjunction with Oaklee Housing Association.

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In Killybegs the Minister officially opened a new housing scheme at Emerald Drive, Killybegs. The development includes 5 two bedroom units and 4 three bedroom units totalling an investment of €1.75m. Minister for Housing, Local Government & Heritage, Darragh O’Brien TD officially opening the social housing development at Emerald Drive, Killybegs.

The Minister also turned the sod at Council owned lands at Raphoe which will see the construction of a social housing development of 18 units, consisting of 4 two bed, 6 three bed and 1 special needs dwelling at a cost of approximately €2.7m.

Minister for Housing, Local Government & Heritage, Darragh O’Brien TD turning the sod on the social housing scheme in Raphoe.

In Newtowncunningham the Minister officially opened a new turnkey housing scheme at Heathhill, Newtowncunningham. The development includes 19 social housing units comprising of 13 three bed and 6 four bed units representing an investment of approximately 4m. Minister for Housing, Local Government & Heritage, Darragh O’Brien cutting the ribbon to officially open the Heathhill estate in Newtowncunningham.

In Buncrana the Minister made a site visit to the social housing construction site at Rockytown, Buncrana which will see 21 social housing units constructed at a cost of approximately €4.9m The day concluded with the launch of Defective Concrete Blocks Grant Scheme at the Inishowen Gateway Hotel, Buncrana. Minister for Housing, Local Government & Heritage, Darragh O’Brien TD visits the construction site at the social housing scheme in Rockytown, Buncrana.

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Ei Electronics launch the SmartLINK Gateway Enabling the effective management of Fire & CO Alarm Installations In an era where Asset Management and Compliance are key issues, maintaining data for properties is complex and time-consuming. Gaining access to every property can be an issue. The reassurance of your alarms working to protect occupiers is vital. These are all important issues for Local Authorities, Housing Associations & Property Management Companies. With this in mind, Ei designed the ideal alarm management system to make life easier, improve efficiency and reduce costs - the Ei1000G SmartLINK Gateway. Using its built-in GSM data connection, the Ei1000G reports events including Fire/CO activations and alarm head removals to the SmartLINK cloud portal, for full visibility and remote monitoring. The Ei1000G SmartLINK Gateway utilises Ei’s next generation of wireless technology to enable real-time notifications via an online, cloud based SmartLINK portal system. The development of the Ei SmartLINK Gateway has been greatly influenced by Housing Maintenance teams within Local Authorities (LA) and Housing Associations (HA) and Property Management companies, through extensive feedback and rigorous trials that have significantly shaped the final product. As the pinnacle of Ei’s technology, this pioneering product facilitates the safety of occupants at all

times and aids with compliance across housing stock, ensuring ease of monitoring for LAs/HAs and clear, actionable intelligence. Some LAs served as a trial site for the SmartLINK Gateway, Project Managers commented: “In a building that relies on residents for access, we can monitor alarm systems remotely to make sure everything is working correctly, and the tenants are kept safe. The main benefit of this product would be saving time and money while getting an immediate response, rather than going through the normal procedures.” Ei have continuously been at the forefront of Radio Frequency (RF) technology and are now leading the

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way in revolutionising this technology. The foundation of RF technology simply enabled wireless interconnection between Ei alarms, allowing ease of installation. This technology has been expanded upon and has progressed to now having more capabilities than ever before. By using in-built GSM data connection and RF interconnection to interface the SmartLINK Gateway with Ei alarms and accessories, easy installation and reliable connection is assured, meaning full visibility of connected RF systems. The Ei1000G SmartLINK Gateway aims to improve efficiency, reduce costs, aid with replacement forecasting and maintenance and enable smart asset management. Events are reported directly as they happen via the online portal, which gives accessible intelligence that can be actioned, reported on and documented. This groundbreaking technology gives a proactive approach to fault-finding, defining any trends in alarm activations and maintenance requirements, while drastically minimising the issue of property access. The SmartLINK Gateway will revolutionise the way in which alarm systems are managed, paving the way to a solution-focused approach to asset management.


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Dublin City Council announces significant progress on Housing Programme Dublin City Council is delighted to announce that it has reached some key milestones in a number of projects that form part of its ongoing Housing Programme. Dublin City Council has received Stage 1 Approval from the Department of Housing for the comprehensive regeneration of the Constitution Hill Housing Complex in Dublin 7. This regeneration proposal involves 66 extended and retro fitted apartments, 64 new apartments, 1 commercial unit and a crèche. The existing complex originally had 90 apartments. The estimated cost of this project is €44.5 million. Dublin City Council has also received Departmental Stage 1 Approval for the construction of a new Housing Scheme on lands at Kildonan in Finglas. This proposal consists of 166 new Social Housing Units (mix of family and older persons). It includes provision for 15 units for the Tus Nua homeless project that is currently operating at this site. The estimated cost for this project is €28.5 million. Dublin City Council has received Departmental Stage 2 Approval for the re-development of the St Finbar’s Court Complex in Cabra. This proposal consists of 46 new housing units for older persons. The estimated cost for this project is ( 14.3 million). The now demolished complex originally had 29 bed-sit units.

“While there is still a good way to go on all these projects the approvals represent a key milestone and a strong momentum to bring them to fruition as soon as possible,” said Brendan Kenny, Deputy Chief Executive of Dublin City Council. Following an extensive Public Procurement process Dublin City Council has now also selected a full-integrated Design Team for the Emmet Road (formerly St Michael’s Estate) regeneration project. The Design Team is Bucholz McEvoy who have a strong international and national reputation. This project proposes the development of close to 500 new homes, 70% of which will be for a Cost Rental Scheme. The balance will be for social housing. It will also include commercial, retail, community facilities and open spaces.

“While all of the above represent key milestones in some key projects, they form only a relatively small part of Dublin City Council’s overall housing programme and pipeline over the next few months and years,” added Brendan Kenny.

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Covenant of Mayors movement As part of the Covenant of Mayors movement, cities and towns are taking climate and energy action to secure a better future for their citizens. Launched in 2018 in Europe, the Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy brings together thousands of local governments voluntarily committed to implementing EU climate and energy objectives. The initiative now gathers almost 10,000 local and regional authorities across 57 countries, drawing on the strengths of a worldwide multi-stakeholder movement and the technical and methodological support offered by dedicated regional offices. Signatories endorse a shared vision for 2050: accelerating the decarbonisation of their territories, strengthening their capacity to adapt to unavoidable climate change impacts, and allowing their citizens to access secure, sustainable and affordable energy. The Covenant of Mayors is open to all local authorities democratically constituted with/by elected representatives, whatever their size and whatever the stage of implementation of their energy and climate policies. For further information visit : https://www.eumayors.eu/join/join-as-a-signatory.html

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SAVE TIME AND MONEY AND INCREASE JOINTING RELIABILITY WITH THE BRAND NEW INSTANTOR® COPPER PRESS RANGE FROM SANBRA FYFFE, DESIGNED SPECIFICALLY FOR IRISH IMPERIAL COPPER PIPE...

Sanbra Fyffe add Imperial 1/2”, 3/4” and 1” sizes to Instantor Copper Press Range anbra Fyffe has been supplying and supporting the Irish plumbing trade for over 80 years with their extensive product range including Instantor Compression Fittings, the Instantor Press System (for Pex- Al-Pex) and more recently Instantor metric copper press fittings, deliver on the company’s promise of reliability and absolute quality. It’s why their original ‘Irish Instantor’ compression fitting remains the first choice for many Irish plumbers. Sanbra Fyffe has listened to the Irish Mechanical and Electrical contractors call for Copper Press fittings for Irish pipe. The answer is Instantor Copper Press fittings, offering a high-quality modern solution with flame-free jointing for faster and safer installation in five simple steps – CUT, CALIBRATE, CHECK, MARK and PRESS. Instantor Copper Press gives installers many other game-changing advantages over conventional jointing connections - specifically in cost, time and reliability.

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COST AND TIME ‘Flame-free jointing’ connections eliminate the requirement for a flame-based Health and Safety risk assessment, a Hot Works Permit or a Fire Watch. The need for fire and fumes suppression equipment and flammability gas and Hot Works tools is also redundant. Instantor Copper Press is also quick to install, which means significant savings in labour costs and time: • • • • •

No welding or soldering is required. It’s a quick and simple five step installation: Cut, Calibrate, Check, Mark and Press. Repairs can be made quickly and installed on a ‘live system’ saving system downtime. There is no requirement to flush/cleanse as no jointing compound or flux is used to complete the joint. Note: a flush may be required for other dust/debris. Instantor Copper Press eliminates the need for expensive and heavy equipment such as threading machines and welding bottles, which can be difficult and time-consuming to transport.

RELIABILITY - PEACE OF MIND The ‘3-Point Press’ connection uses a newly developed ‘VI’ profile press in cooperation with REMS for use with the Instantor Copper Press fittings. There is one mechanical press either side of the bead and one hydraulic press on the O-ring, which gives a sound and secure joint every time. A ‘Leak- Before-Press’ feature allows you to quickly identify if a press connection is incomplete or unpressed. The O-ring has four reduced sections allowing water to pass when unpressed. It’s a uniform process which reduces the risk of any potential leaks. A neater, cleaner finish is the result thanks to the flux and heat-free connection without the need of cutting oil.

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APPROVALS AND TRAINING Instantor Copper Press fittings have WRAS and KIWA approval and have been designed and manufactured to IS EN 1254-7 (DC) so are perfectly suitable for potable water installations. Sanbra Fyffe are happy to facilitate on-site training for installers new to Copper Press. SYSTEMS AND OPERATING CONDITIONS The Instantor Copper Press system is optimised to work in a variety of systems and operating conditions. The fittings contain a Black EPDM O-ring, which is designed for use in hot and cold water applications, heating systems (excludes solar heating & solid fuel primary pipeline applications), chilled water and oil-free compressed air systems. The Instantor Copper Press has been designed to be used with Hard(R290) or Half Hard(R250) copper tube conforming with I.S.EN1057:2006. Operating conditions are 16 Bar @ 30°C and 10 Bar @ 95°C and with a maximum permitted temperature of 110°C. Minimum spacing between fittings is recommended as follows: 15mm / ½” - 10mm space 22mm / ¾” - 20mm space 28mm / 1” - 20mm space

Sanbra Fyffe has partnered with REMS to develop a unique jaw for the Irish market to use with Irish copper tube. The selected jaw is a ‘VI’ profile, which is used in conjunction with the REMS mini-press tool. ‘VI’ will be ‘imprinted’ on the completed press joint for identification purposes which is used in conjunction with the REMS mini-press tool. ‘VI’ will be ‘imprinted’ on the completed press joint for identification purposes.

“Sanbra Fyffe have partnered with REMS in developing a set of compatible ‘VI’ profile jaws in ½”, ¾”, and 1.” Instantor Copper Press key features •

Brand new Irish Imperial ‘VI’ profile jaw

Also available in metric using ‘M’ profile jaw

Flame-free jointing. No hot works permit required. Flame-free installation makes for a safer job and shortened project times.

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WRAS Approved. Instantor Copper Press fittings are WRAS approved. Approval # 1903373 & # 2003301.

EPDM O-Rings with Leak-Before-Press feature designed to identify un-pressed joints during system testing.

Operating Pressure/temperatures –16bar @ 30°C, 10bar @ 95°C. Max 110°C, Min -25°C.

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Lord Mayor opens over 80 new homes across Cork City The Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. John Sheehan today officially opened 81 new homes across the city while also unveiling plaques to mark the laying of foundation stones for a further 220 homes which are being constructed at three sites over the coming months. Seventy one new homes were opened at Cork City Council’s Northwest Quarter Regeneration at Knocknaheeny and at another Cork City Council project at Blarney Street. Another 10 more homes, which were developed by the Respond Housing Association, were officially opened by the Lord Mayor on Dublin Street in Blackpool. In addition, the Lord Mayor unveiled plaques marking the foundation stones for two more Respond Housing Association developments at Redforge Road and Thomas Davis Street in Blackpool. A third plaque was unveiled on a Thomas Davis Street scheme to mark the foundation stone for a 112-unit scheme to be developed by Clúid in partnership with Cork City Council.

The Lord Mayor said: “It gives me great pleasure and pride as Lord Mayor of Cork City to be able to open so many new homes and mark the commencement of so many more right across the City, especially at this defining time in our history and for the first year of our expanded City. I wish to thank everybody involved for their support in getting these critical projects off the ground and may all the families involved enjoy their new homes and communities. This is a great day”.

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Cork City Council Assistant Chief Executive, Brian Geaney said: “Housing has always been at the forefront of the City Council’s objectives but particularly now as we experience unprecedented growth in the City which is quickly becoming the go-to destination. So, despite the recent difficulties of the pandemic and necessary restrictions our housing delivery programme under Rebuilding Ireland is still very much on track. I would like to acknowledge the efforts of all stakeholders involved and look forward to more busy times ahead”. • The 47 new homes at Harbour View Road in Knocknaheeny are part of the Northwest Quarter Regeneration Phase 2a. Built by Murnane and O’Shea for Cork City Council, they provide 32 houses and 15 apartments for the regeneration programme.

• The 24 new homes at Blarney Street were acquired by Cork City Council under its award-winning Competitive Dialogue procurement process for social housing. They were built by Unique Fitout and KPH Construction in partnership with Cork City Council.

• 10 apartments for older people were also officially opened at 27-29 Dublin Street. Developed by Respond Housing Association, the scheme involved the removal of three derelict properties from the Blackpool streetscape and therefore it is an important regeneration of a derelict site in the city. The scheme consists of 5 two-bedroom apartments and 5 one-bedroom apartments in a four storey building. This project was developed in partnership with Cork City Council and Department of Housing and funded through the Capital Assistance Scheme. The building was completed in March 2019.

• The Lord Mayor unveiled a plaque to mark the foundation stone for an 80-unit Respond Housing Association Scheme at Redforge Rd in Blackpool. This development, which includes 2 communal facilities is located to the north of the recently built up district centre at Blackpool Shopping Centre and Blackpool Retail Park. The scheme comprises of 6 one-bed, 38 two-bed, and 36 three-bed houses to accommodate different needs and requirements. Respond is working in partnership with Cork City Council and Department of Housing, and funded through the Capital Advanced Leasing Facility, and private finance from the Housing Finance Agency.

• The Mayor also unveiled a second foundation stone plaque to mark a 112-apartment scheme by Cluid at Thomas Davis Street which will remove a large derelict site and further contribute to the regeneration of Blackpool village. The apartments will be built in five blocks, one of which is dedicated to sheltered accommodation for older people.

• A third foundation stone plaque was unveiled at Thomas Davis Street for a 28 apartment Respond scheme for older people and is located within a close proximity to a range of amenities including Blackpool Shopping Centre and Blackpool Retail Park. The scheme comprises of 5 one-bedroom apartments and 23 twobedroom apartments to accommodate different needs and requirements. Respond is working in partnership with Cork City Council and Department of Housing and funded through the Capital Assistance Scheme. Works commenced on site in December 2019.

For further information please contact communications@corkcity.ie

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Fingal County Council awarded ISO 50001 certification for Energy Management Fingal County Council has been awarded ISO 50001 certification for its Energy Management System by Certification Europe. The award was made after a thorough assessment of the Council’s Energy Management System found that it complies with the extensive requirements of ISO 50001:2018 which is the international standard for energy management. The initial certification is valid for three years and the Council Energy Management System will be subject to an on-going surveillance programme by Certification Europe to ensure that it continues to adequately meet the requirements of the standard. All energy use under the control of the Council is covered by the certificate and the Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Eoghan O’Brien, said it was significant achievement for The Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Eoghan O’Brien, and the Chief Executive of Fingal County Council, the organisation. AnnMarie Farrelly, pictured with the ISO50001 Certificate which the Council has received from Certification Europe for its Energy Management System.

“Because of climate change, energy management has become very important and achieving the international standard is an indication of how seriously Fingal County Council is taking its responsibilities in this area,” said Mayor O’Brien. In 2018, Fingal County Council set up an Energy Management Team, under the leadership of the Council’s Energy Performance Officer, John Quinlivan, to bring the different energy users within the organisation together to work alongside Codema, Dublin’s Energy Agency, on a co-ordinated plan to reduce energy consumption. Working within the framework of policies of the elected Council, particularly the Climate Change Action Plan, and the ISO Certification criteria, the Energy Team produced an Energy Policy and Management Plan for the operation and management of energy usage in Council Facilities. The Chief Executive of Fingal County Council, AnnMarie Farrelly, said: “Energy management is an allencompassing process that should include every aspect of an organisation from finance, human resources and public relations to maintenance, purchasing and planning. Our Energy Management Team have done excellent work over the last two years to identify and co-ordinate all our energy users by bringing them into a single energy management system.” John Quinlivan, Director of Service and Energy Performance Officer for Fingal County Council, said: “Our objective is to drive a culture of continuous improvement in energy performance each year so that we can continue to meet and surpass the energy saving targets set for us by Government. The ISO50001 international standard for energy management is the framework within which we can do this and the Team have worked hard over the past two years to achieve this certification. Our next objective is to retain it and to continue the improvement in energy performance that we have already achieved.”

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Planning Application for Ramelton, Milford and Rathmullan Sewerage Scheme to be lodged

Working to develop a sewerage scheme for Ramelton, Milford and Rathmullan Irish Water is working to end the unacceptable practice of discharging untreated wastewater into Leannan Estuary, Lough Swilly and Maggy’s Burn by developing a sewerage scheme for Ramelton, Milford and Rathmullan. Irish Water intends to lodge a planning application to Donegal County Council in the coming weeks for the construction and operation of a new wastewater treatment plant at Tirroddy and associated infrastructure.

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What is involved? The project involves the construction of a number of elements including a new wastewater treatment plant at Tirroddy that will serve a population equivalent of approximately 5,500. The works will also include the decommissioning of the current underperforming plant in Milford, construction of a new pumping station at Milford and rising main to bring wastewater to the new plant. The construction of two pumping stations at Ramelton and Rathmullan will also be required, along with a rising mains that will transfer wastewater to the new plant. Decommissioning of two septic tanks in Rathmullan will also be undertaken. Finally construction of a new outfall pipe will also be necessary, which will facilitate the safe discharge of treated wastewater into Leannan Estuary. Irish Water recognises that the benefits to the wider community and the natural environment will be far reaching. Speaking on behalf of Irish Water Patrick Greene said: ''We are seeking planning permission from Donegal County Council for the construction of the Ramelton, Milford and Rathmullan Sewerage Scheme. We intend to lodge this planning application in the coming weeks and we will notify the public once the planning application has been lodged with advertisements in the local papers.

''Our primary concern is to stop the discharge of inadequately treated sewage into Maggy’s Burn, which will in turn improve the water quality. The project will ensure that the water quality standards set down by regulatory bodies such as the Environmental Protection Agency will be achieved. The new pumping stations and wastewater treatment plant will also support future growth in each of the three towns.'' Project to improve water quality Patrick added ''The Ramelton, Milford and Rathmullan Sewerage Scheme will remove the risk to water quality in the downstream catchment of Lough Fern and the Leannan Estuary. The project will also remove the risk to the protected areas within Lough Swilly, including the special areas of conservation, special protection area, shellfish waters and designated bathing waters, including Rathmullan Beach. Having cleaner water will also enhance the areas’ amenity value, particularly in Rathmullan which will contribute towards restoring the Blue Flag status of Rathmullan Beach. The project will improve water quality and potentially salmon spawning in Maggy’s Burn which is a designated Salmonid Water.'' Irish Water urges the public to support this planning application in an effort to end the unacceptable practice of discharging raw sewage into Leannan Estuary, Lough Swilly and Maggy’s Burn. Investment plan These works form part of Irish Water’s investment plan where works have been prioritised to address the most critical issues. Delivery of the investment plan will involve a multi-billion euro investment programme on drinking water and wastewater projects for years to come.

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Essential upgrade works to safeguard the wastewater network in Newbridge

Works to upgrade wastewater infrastructure in Newbridge part of Upper Liffey Valley Sewerage Scheme Irish Water is working in partnership with Kildare County Council to upgrade the wastewater infrastructure in Newbridge as part of the Upper Liffey Valley Sewerage Scheme. These works are part of a project to upgrade and replace the sewers in several locations in Newbridge safeguarding the wastewater network and to support current and future development. To minimise disruption, the work will be completed in phases and traffic management will be in place. In order to safely facilitate the works a temporary road closure will be necessary from Monday 6 July until Sunday 19 July on the Athgarvan Road, Kilbelin. The diversion routes will be clearly signposted and emergency access and local access will be maintained. Access to all businesses in the impacted areas will also be maintained. Irish Water and Kildare County Council regrets any inconvenience caused by these works and thanks customers for their patience while we complete these essential works. Irish Water is working at this time, with our local authority partners, contractors and others to safeguard the health and well-being of staff and the public and to ensure the continuity of drinking water and wastewater services. Investment plan The works in Newbridge form part of a significant €38 million investment in the wastewater infrastructure in Kildare that involves laying 18km of new sewers to improve the wastewater network and safeguard the environment. This project is essential as the current wastewater infrastructure is unable to support the needs of the area and it is not compliant with Urban Wastewater Treatment Regulations 2001 and conditions as set out in the Environmental Protection Agencies Wastewater Discharge Licence. Speaking about this vital project, Olive Marshall, Irish Water, said “This project will safeguard the environment by improving the wastewater system. It will ensure that there is capacity for future growth in Newbridge as well as other towns in Kildare. The works in Newbridge form part of a larger €38 million project called the Upper Liffey Valley Sewerage Scheme that is needed to provide Clane, Sallins, Prosperous, Naas, Kill and Johnstown with the infrastructure needed to support the building of houses, schools, attract new industry and allow companies to expand and grow."

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Lighting systems redesigned and retrofitted at a number of large treatment plants

Irish Water working in partnership with Dublin City Council, Fingal County Council and Meath County Council has recently completed energy efficiency lighting redesign and retrofit projects at a number of large treatment plants. Inefficient lighting systems at Leixlip, Ballymore Eustace, Swords, Malahide and Navan plants have been upgraded to more energy efficient lighting systems. Energy efficiency is an integral part of Irish Water’s business as usual activities. We are already implementing energy efficient design for all projects and we are implementing energy efficiency measures into the operation of our treatment plants where possible. The energy efficiency lighting project is one such initiative.

Speaking about the size and scale of the project, Stephen Seymour, Irish Water said, “In total, almost 1,400 energy efficient light fittings have been installed reducing energy consumption by more than half a GWh per year. This is equivalent to the electricity required to power 131 houses a year and represents a carbon emissions reduction of 240 tonnes per year. There are significant operational benefits also. The reduction of energy consumption will reduce operational costs, while the LED fittings have a lifetime of 100,000 operating hours and it is estimated that these will continue to provide energy savings for two decades.” Treating and safeguarding drinking water and treating and returning wastewater to the sea are very energy intensive activities. Irish Water accounts for 21% of public sector electricity consumption and is one of the largest consumers of electricity in the public sector. Irish Water is committed to improving energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions and meeting a 33% energy efficiency target by 2020. Commenting on the completion of this project Charlie Coakley, Irish Water Sustainability Lead, said, “By the end of 2019, we achieved over a 30% improvement in our energy efficiency performance with a corresponding saving of over 90,000 tonnes of carbon. We are on track to meet our target of 33% energy efficiency improvement, putting us in a strong position to meet our new target of 50% by 2030. The delivery of energy efficiency projects such as this lighting project is vital to helping us achieve our targets.”

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Upgrade of Lee Road Water Treatment Plant reaches mid way point

Project to support growing population and ongoing economic development of Cork City ˇToday marks the mid way point of a project to upgrade Lee Road Water Treatment Plant. Irish Water is working in partnership with Cork City Council to deliver this project, which will ensure the plant at Lee Road meets the needs of a growing population and supports the ongoing economic development of Cork City. The upgraded plant will supply water to over 70% of the population of Cork, ensuring a safe and secure water supply for the rapidly growing city. Water is taken from the River Lee and treated at the plant. Treated water is then pumped to reservoirs in the North West of the city through a system of rising mains. Drinking water treatment at the Lee Road site began in 1879. Since then, there have been several upgrades to the facility, but no major upgrades since the 1950s. What is involved? The existing plant is being replaced with a largely new plant that will include sludge treatment facilities within the existing site. The project will provide a more robust treatment plant and a safe and secure water supply. A Sod Turning Ceremony to mark the start of the works was performed by the Minister for Housing Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy TD, Deputy Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Fergal Dennehy, and representatives from Irish Water and Cork City Council in November 2019.

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Project investment Irish Water is delivering this important project in partnership with Cork City Council. An investment of €40 million is being made in the city’s water treatment infrastructure and will ensure a safe, secure and sustainable water supply for many years to come. Sean Twohig, Water Infrastructure Regional Lead in Irish Water, commented “This major upgrade of the Lee Road Water Treatment Plant is a key project for Irish Water. We are delighted to have now reached the mid way point of this important project for Cork City and look forward to completing the project over the coming year.” Irish Water has recently reached the mid way point in a two-year contract with J. Murphy & Sons Ltd., to deliver this project. The works are expected to be completed in just over a year.

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Essential works progressing to upgrade the wastewater infrastructure in Kildare

Upgrade works in Clane part of the Upper Liffey Valley Sewerage Scheme Irish Water is working in partnership with Kildare County Council to upgrade the wastewater infrastructure in Clane as part of the Upper Liffey Valley Sewerage Scheme. Improvements to the sewer network in Clane will safeguard the environment and support the economic and social development of the town. Sallins, Prosperous, Naas, Kill, Newbridge and Johnstown will also benefit from the Upper Liffey Valley Sewage scheme. Construction begins today, Wednesday 8 July The construction of 3km of new sewer pipe between Clane and Sallins will start today, Wednesday 8 July and is scheduled to be completed on Tuesday, 15 September. In addition, 500m of new sewers have been constructed from L1023 Balinagappa Road to the R403 and along Central Park and a further 400m of new sewers are currently being constructed on Prosperous Road. To minimise disruption, the work will be completed in phases and traffic management will be in place. In order to safely facilitate the works a stop/go system will be necessary on the R407. Local access and access to all businesses in the impacted areas will be unaffected. Irish Water and Kildare County Council regrets any inconvenience caused by these works and thanks customers for their patience while we complete these essential works. Irish Water is working at this time, with our local authority partners, contractors and others to safeguard the health and well-being of staff and the public and to ensure the continuity of drinking water and wastewater services. Investment plan The works in Clane form part of a significant €38 million investment in the wastewater infrastructure in Kildare that involves laying 18km of new sewers to improve the wastewater network and safeguard the environment. This project is essential as the current wastewater infrastructure is unable to support the needs of the area and it is not compliant with Urban Wastewater Treatment Regulations 2001 and conditions as set out in the Environmental Protection Agencies Wastewater Discharge Licence. Speaking about this vital project, Olive Marshall, Irish Water, said “This project will safeguard the environment by improving the wastewater system. It will ensure that there is capacity for future growth in Clane as well as other towns in Kildare. The works in Clane form part of a larger €38 million project called the Upper Liffey Valley Sewerage Scheme that is needed to provide Newbridge, Sallins, Prosperous, Naas, Kill and Johnstown with the infrastructure needed to support the building of houses, schools, attract new industry and allow companies to expand and grow." 32


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Wastewater improvement works safeguarding the environment in Ardee have been completed

Completion of upgrade works to the wastewater infrastructure in Ardee Irish Water is delighted to mark the completion of upgrade works to the wastewater infrastructure in Ardee, County Louth. Upgrades at the wastewater treatment plant, improvements to the sewer network and the construction of a new wastewater pumping station in Ardee will safeguard the environment and support the economic and social development of the town and surrounding areas. The works were carried out by Wills Brothers Ltd and EPS Group on behalf of Irish Water and will ensure that the wastewater treatment facilities are fully compliant with EU Urban Wastewater Directives. The upgrade works involved modernising and improving the performance of the wastewater treatment plant to meet the current needs of the area and to allow for social and economic growth in Ardee. Irish Water has also constructed or replaced almost 1km of sewers and built a new wastewater pumping station to reduce potential sewer flooding, odour issues and sewer overflows into the River Dee improving local water quality. Investment in wastewater infrastructure Commenting on the completion of this vital project, John Joyce, Irish Water said “This project represents an investment of €7.5 million by Irish Water and will safeguard the environment by improving the wastewater system, ensuring that there is capacity for future growth in Ardee. Irish Water is investing in wastewater infrastructure right across the country. We are building new wastewater treatment plants, upgrading old plants and laying new sewers, with other projects in Louth including Carlingford and Blackrock wastewater treatment plant upgrades which are almost complete. However, it is still really important that people recognise the impact of what they flush so the network can function efficiently and effectively. We all have a role in safeguarding our wastewater network and the environment and we are reminding the public to “Think Before You Flush.” Flushing inappropriate items like wet wipes, face masks, latex gloves have a negative impact on the wastewater network and our marine environment.” Irish Water continues to work at this time, with our Local Authority partners, contractors and others to safeguard the health and well-being of both staff and the public and to ensure the continuity of critical drinking water and wastewater services. 33


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Local Authority discretionary funding to increase from €2m to €6m for social housing projects -Key commitment in Programme for Government approved by cabinet-Will result in accelerated delivery of social housingMinister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage Darragh O’Brien has welcomed the approval at Cabinet of one of the key commitments in the Programme for Government. The Programme for Government proposed that appropriate controls be put in place to allow local authority discretionary funding to increase from €2m to €6m for social housing projects. Minister O’Brien said that Cabinet approval for the introduction of a single stage approval process for capital expenditure on social housing construction projects up to €6m meant that local authorities would have greater autonomy in constructing social housing leading to accelerated delivery. It will be operational from September 2020. He explained, “This single stage approvals process strikes a balance between appropriate oversight and the need to deliver on a core Government policy of local authorities building more social housing at greater pace.

“By streamlining the approvals process further, the pre-construction programme can be shortened thus accelerating the delivery of much needed social housing construction projects. “Having listened to local authorities across the country I know that they are anxious to get on with building social housing. For our part, the Government has put the funding and framework in place to support that accelerated delivery by local authorities. Importantly, this will mean that those most in need of social housing will be able to get it quicker. “The Department will work with local authorities in relation to the new process and detailed guidance will be provided to ensure the accelerated delivery of quality homes consistent with the principles of value for money and cost certainty,” he concluded. 34


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Minister O’Brien announces allocation of funds which will see over 2,500 vacant social housing units returned to use Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien has announced the allocation of funding of €40 million for the return of approximately 2,500 vacant local authority properties to productive use. Minister O’Brien said “As part of the July Stimulus I secured an extra €40 million in funding for the refurbishment of social housing stock.

“This funding will be used to target 2,500 social housing units across the country so that they can be re-let to individuals and fami-lies struggling with homelessness or on the social housing list. “I have asked local authorities to take immediate steps to ensure that work on refurbishing vacant homes begins straight away. “The funding will make extra social housing stock available quickly and will have a knock on economic benefit by generating further employment to local builders, carpenters, painters, plumbers and electricians etc,” he concluded.

Allocation of funding is as follows: VOIDS JULY STIMULUS FUNDING

Local Authority

Preliminary Funding Allocations €40m Allocationbut Assign €30m initially (hold €10m for reassignment post receipt of submissions)

Overall Stock Per-centage NOAC 2018

Carlow

1.26

€379,448

Cavan

1.50

€451,290

Clare

1.84

€552,936

Cork City

6.66

€1,996,886

Cork County

5.69

€1,707,073

Donegal

3.55

€1,065,391

19.01

€5,702,847

DLR

3.26

€976,868

Fingal

3.86

€1,159,030

Galway City

1.73

€519,351

Galway County

1.77

€530,027

Kerry

3.12

€935,276

Kildare

3.03

€909,030

Kilkenny

1.76

€528,025

Laois

1.59

€477,313

Dublin City

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Leitrim

0.71

€211,744

Limerick

3.91

€1,174,377

Longford

1.44

€433,274

Louth

2.83

€847,865

Mayo

1.54

€463,078

Meath

2.31

€693,060

Monaghan

1.14

€342,749

Offaly

1.34

€403,247

Roscommon

1.00

€298,932

Sligo

1.58

€473,532

South Dublin

7.06

€2,118,772

Tipperary

3.70

€1,110,765

Waterford

3.78

€1,133,452

Westmeath

1.41

€424,377

Wexford

3.33

€999,110

Wicklow

3.27

€980,872

100

€30,000,00

To achieve the maximum impact across all local authorities there will be a three-pronged approach to the Voids stimulus programme: 1. Standard Refurbishment: This is a fast-tracked standard refurbishment programme with a maximum funding level of €12,500 per unit. The Department is tar-geting 2,000 social housing units to be refurbished and re-let to in-dividuals and families on the social housing list this year. 2. Homelessness Refurbishment: Under the homeless category, the Department will be seeking pro-posals for the refurbishment of local authority housing targeted to-wards long-term homeless households. The maximum funding pro-vision is €20,000 per unit to cover extra works/supports as required. The target is for 300 social housing units to be refurbished and re-let to house long-term homeless individuals and families. 3. Long-Term Vacant Refurbishment: Under this category the Department is seeking proposals for the re-furbishment of local authority housing targeted at long-term vacant units (greater than 12 months) which require extensive works. There will be no upper limit set and individual submissions will be assessed on a case by case basis. It is hoped that funding can be provided for 200 units under this category (a capped work schedule is not applicable).

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Minister O’Brien announces over €73 million for Housing Adaptation Grant -Funding will assist older people and people with a disabilityMinister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage Darragh O’Brien, has today (6 August, 2020) announced the national allocations for the €73.75 million made available in 2020 for Housing Adaptation Grants for Older People and People with a Disability living in private houses. The increased funding continues to support home adaptations for older people, people with a disability and people with mobility issues. It will enable older people and people with disabilities to remain living independently in their own homes for longer should they wish and will also facilitate early return from hospital. Announcing the allocations, Minister O’Brien said “I am pleased to be in a position to increase the funding again for this important scheme in 2020, with all local authorities receiving an increase in funding compared to their 2019 allocation.

These grants have had a huge impact on the quality of life of the many beneficiaries and play a vitally important role in helping people with a disability and people who are reaching an age in life when they are less mobile, to continue to live independently in their own homes.” Grants of up to €30,000 are available to assist people with a disability in carrying out necessary works to make a house more suitable for their needs, up to €8,000 to assist older people living in poor housing conditions to have necessary repairs or improvements carried out and up to €6,000 for mobility aids to address mobility problems for a member of the household. The grants are 80% funded from the exchequer by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, with 20% funding from the relevant local authority. The grants also create employment opportunities for builders and local businesses and help reduce the dependency on our health services by supporting independent living for as long as possible. Minister O’Brien continued, “I am confident that today’s allocation will demonstrate the Government’s continued commitment to older people and people with a disability and is in line with commitments made in the Programme for Government,” he concluded.

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Breakdown of Funding by Local Authority

Authority

EXCHEQUER FUNDING (80%)

LA FUNDING (20%)

COMBINED TOTAL

Carlow

€1,278,068

€319,517

€1,597,585

Cavan

€1,206,584

€301,646

€1,508,230

Clare

€1,778,004

€444,501

€2,222,505

Cork City

€1,747,783

€€436,946

€2,184,729

Cork County

€4,698,206

€1,174,552

€5,872,758

Donegal

€1,340,100

€335,025

€1,675,125

Dublin City

€6,817,442

€1,704,361

€8,521,803

Dun Laoghaire /Rathdown

€2,079,292

€519,823

€2,599,115

Fingal

€2,722,672

€680,668

€3,403,340

Galway City

€917,069

€229,267

€1,146,336

Galway County

€2,275,421

€568,855

€2,844,276

Kerry

€2,054,692

€513,673

€2,568,365

Kildare

€2,511,280

€627,820

€3,139,100

Kilkenny

€1,549,061

€387,265

€1,936,326

Laois

€985,382

€246,346

€1,231,728

Leitrim

€439,498

€109,875

€549,373

Limerick

€2,708,100

€677,025

€3,385,125

Longford

€658,881

€164,720

€823,601

Louth

€1,469,895

€367,474

€1,837,369

Mayo

€2,568,483

€642,121

€3,210,604

Meath

€1,982,240

€495,560

€2,477,800

Monaghan

€1,021,980

€255,495

€1,277,475

Offaly

€1,066,585

€266,646

€1,333,231

Roscommon

€926,251

€231,563

€1,157,814

Sligo

€1,132,338

€283,085

€1,415,423

South Dublin

€2,264,484

€566,121

€2,830,605

Tipperary

€2,596,936

€649,234

€3,246,170

Waterford

€1,634,300

€408,575

€2,042,875

Westmeath

€1,105,898

€276,475

€1,382,373

Wexford

€1,943,305

€485,826

€2,429,131

Wicklow

€1,519,771

€379,943

€1,899,714

Total:

€59,000,000

€14,750,000

€73,750,000

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Composite Access Covers and EN 124:2015. Raising the standard for Traffic Systems Infrastructure In recent years, the arrival of composite access covers to the market has delivered new advantages and a new level of choice for project managers of utilities and municipalities, engineers and specifiers. A substantial revision of the performance standard from the EU in the shape of EN 124:2015 has provided a clear framework for composite manufacturers like EJ to adhere to and confirms that composites are here to stay. The advantages of using composite access covers Composite materials are used today for a wide range of applications from construction to the aerospace industry. When it comes to manhole covers and access solutions, high quality composite products now offer many benefits. Composite access covers.. Are easy to handle and install, due to their low weight. Have no resale value to the scrap market, therefore eliminating theft. Are corrosion-resistant -composite products will remain unchanged, even in the most aggressive environments. This can apply to areas with exposure to sewers, petrochemicals, diesel, de-icing solutions, and salt water Exhibit no signal interference with wireless communication devices which makes them particularly suitable for applications associated with water metering automation or electrical switching for smart grid technology. Do not conduct stray voltage nor heat and can shield pedestrians from the underground environment. Can be colour-customised to display a personalised logo or service identification. While composite products offer many advantages, how composite products are made and what standards they are produced to, can vary widely - and this is the primary reason why the European standard was expanded. Meeting the new standards – the EJ approach In Ireland the standard EN 124 : 1994 has been superseded by EN 124 : 2015 (please refer to www.nsai.ie for more details). The revised standard moves to standardise the design and manufacture of composite covers to ensure good quality, durable products are brought to market as there was no specific composite testing in EN124:1994. There are now extensive test requirements for load and fatigue testing, fuel absorption, water absorption, UV protection, etc; all specified to ensure there are no future issues with the product, offering peace of mind to the contractor, client and public.

To find out more about the EJ range of composite access covers manufactured in Birr, Co Offaly please contact Caroline O’Brien on 057 91 23100.

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Red Card for Microplastics Surface water flowing off artificial playing pitches will be contaminated with microplastics from both the infill material and the artificial grass itself. Sportfix Clean is a filter substrate channel to treat surface water runoff from artificial pitches. Whether for football, hockey or rugby, pitches where artificial turf sports facilities are used will require drainage systems. Surface water flowing off artificial playing pitches will be contaminated with microplastics from both the infill material and the artificial grass itself. Larger microplastic particles that are transported to the edge of the field during play are safely collected along the pitch. By using a channel drain with a filter substrate included around the pitch, it is possible to collect the water and filter it in the channel preventing these microplastic particles from being released into the local water course. In this system particles as small as 0.45 µm (0.00045 mm) are reliably filtered out by the filter substrate Carbotec 60. The filter substrate consists of natural, inorganic components. Effectiveness of the system The rainfall is intercepted via the Sportfix Clean drainage channel and is filtered through the specially designed substrate before being discharged via a collection and overflow shaft in the trash box. In the trash box there is a special particle trap bucket which is lined with geotextile. This also cleans the water that enters the trash box unfiltered in the event of heavy rainfall. The system also works to prevent flooding during heavy rain events and runs dry naturally. This means that the channel filter is not permanently filled with an accumulation of water, thus preventing the residue of pollutants and germs. The water purified by Sportfix Clean can be used to irrigate playing fields or green areas, therefore saving valuable drinking water. During the renovation of the former school and club sports field in the Baden town of Bühl, the existing hard pitch was converted into an artificial turf pitch offering athletes a comfortable and weather-independent surface for their regular training. During the reconstruction more than 200 meters of the filter system Sportfix Clean were installed in order to retain microplastics and at the same time to provide surface drainage of the sports field. This allows large quantities of solids to be absorbed and retained. Function is guaranteed even during heavy rainfall events. Sportfix Clean particle trap Part of the granulate and the broken plastic fibres get stuck on the clothes and shoes of the athletes. The Sportfix Clean particle trap element was specially developed for this purpose: Ideally, it is installed at the player's exit where it collects and retains microplastic from the shoes and clothing. This also means that less microplastic gets into changing rooms and washing machines. Functions of Sportfix Clean: • Continuous retention and filtering of particulate pollutants. • Large filter surface for the absorption of particle loads. • Safe linear drainage surrounding the artificial turf surface. • The filter system can also be retrofitted to existing installations.

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Profile for Giltron

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