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• Village Green Project in Malahide will Showcase how to Refresh and Improve the Quality of Green Spaces in our Towns • Work Commences on €20m Infrastructure Upgrade at Adamstown SDZ • Lighting Systems Redesigned and Retrofitted at a number of Large Treatment Plants


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CONTENTS Vol 39. No. 3

FEATURES • VILLAGE GREEN PROJECT IN MALAHIDE WILL SHOWCASE HOW TO REFRESH AND IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF GREEN SPACES IN OUR TOWNS. 3

• THE GREEN - MALAHIDE (PETER O'BRIEN LANDSCAPING)

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• MEATH COUNTY COUNCIL BECOMES FIRST LOCAL AUTHORITY IN IRELAND TO LAUNCH THEIR EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT APP, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THRIVE 7 GILTRON LTD RIVERVIEW LODGE, DUBLIN ROAD, NAVAN, CO. MEATH.

• WORK COMMENCES ON €20M INFRASTRUCTURE UPGRADE AT ADAMSTOWN SDZ (SDCC)

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• FIREBIRD HEATING SOLUTIONS DESIGNS NEW ENVIROCYL QUICK PLUMB UNIT 11

• REGENERATION ST MARYS MANSIONS (DCC ) 12 • GRANT’S SUSTAINABLE HEATING TECHNOLOGIES ARE FUTURE-PROOFING IRISH PROPERTIES

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• ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS FOR IMPROVING MOBILE SIGNAL COVERAGE (NOVATEL)

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REGULARS IRISH WATER UPDATES

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Village Green project in Malahide will showcase how to refresh and improve the quality of green spaces in our towns. Significant work has been progressed on the Village Green Improvement Works project in Malahide which will see the current Village Green redeveloped into a new green public space which will re-invigorate and improve the quality of the village green and to enhance the open space as an area to visit and enjoy for all. These works have commenced over recent weeks and are expected to be completed by the end of the year. This will see a major aim of the Public Realm Strategy for Malahide 2014 accomplished even with the difficulties that have been brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Fingal County Council through out the year has striven to continue and complete major public realm projects in a safe manner despite the restrictions that Covid-19 places on our ways of working. The Council continues to deliver on key public space infrastructure which will provide new opportunities for the residents of Malahide. The project led by the Council’s Parks and Green Infrastructure Division is set to re-invigorate and improve the quality of the village green and to enhance the open space as an area to visit and enjoy for the residents of Malahide and tourists. The works have been undertaken by Malahide-based company Peter O’Brien & Sons Landscaping Ltd, which was awarded the contract following the conclusion of a competitive tender process. The plan for the Green seeks to reaffirm its place as a centre within the village and introduces historical ‘markers’ which hint and suggest historical uses on this particular space.

The Mayor of Fingal Cllr. David Healy spoke on the progress of the project: “The Village Green project was part of a larger overall Public Realm Strategy for Malahide which sought to improve the public space that is available to the community of the town. To see that substantial progress has been made on this project, notwithstanding the delays caused by Covid-19 restrictions, is a wonderful example of our continued hard

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work as a Council. The restrictions have delayed this project but the commitment to provide an improved amenity for Malahide has not changed and this green space will provide a needed break into nature in the middle of the town for the residents.” “The project will provide a wonderful new focal point for both residents and visitors to Malahide as it will link into the Fingal Coastal Way, a network of greenways that will allow for easier and safer walking and cycling opportunities in Fingal.

The Malahide-Broadmeadow greenway is just one of several greenways that will be a great way to link two of our regional parks for walkers and cyclists, and the Village Green will provide many opportunities to benefit from the increased footfall and cyclists that these greenways will provide. I look forward to seeing the project completed shortly.” The scheme forms part of the Public Realm Strategy for Malahide undertaken by Fingal County Council in 2014. The approved plan for the Village Green resulted from an extensive public consultation process and was designed by Murray and Associates Landscape Architecture and involves a series of public realm improvements, including the installation of new paving, street furniture, re-contouring the open space as well as planting. The Town Plaza to the Green will be enlarged, providing a new urban plaza at the transition space between the village and the Green. AnnMarie Farrelly, Chief Executive of Fingal County Council spoke about the benefits of the investment to the town and the opportunities that it will provide: “Fingal County Council’s significant investment in this project will greatly enhance the core village area, providing a new and improved space for both residents and visitors to relax and enjoy. The works will strengthen the link between The Green and Malahide village while creating a strong focal point and identity within the village and will also enhance the coastal views that can be enjoyed from the open space.”

“The Green will become a hub for the wider greenway network that is currently under construction. These greenways will provide new infrastructure for residents and visitors to travel around the county via a scenic route and the Village Green in Malahide can be a central point for these travellers.” The project reflects the important link between the built and natural environment, providing a wonderful redesigned space for people to enjoy both the village and the sea. The Village Green space in Malahide will help to complement the larger network of greenway walking and cycling infrastructure, such as the Portmarnock-Baldoyle Greenway and the larger Fingal Coastal Way, that is currently under way.

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Fingal County Council is delivering an ambitious programme of greenway infrastructure at present. The Fingal Development Plan 2017-2023 aims to promote and facilitate movement to, from and within Fingal, by integrating land use with a high quality, sustainable transport system that prioritises walking, cycling and public transport. The Village Green in Malahide will be the hub of a larger Greenway network in Fingal as new Greenway projects are set to join the already completed Portmarnock-Baldoyle Greenway. Planning permission was also granted in May to Fingal County Council for the €12 million Broadmeadow Greenway project which will see the creation of a new greenway that will link Malahide and Donabate across the Broadmeadow estuary. The Greenway will travel from Malahide Castle to Newbridge House through varied and scenic landscapes including demesne and parklands, estuarine landscapes, rural farmlands and village environments with the coastline a constant companion on the journey. It will become a destination greenway for local residents, tourists and day trippers while also playing a role in the developing network of sustainable transport routes in Fingal. These greenways will form part of the larger Fingal Coastal Way project which will see a 32km greenway built along the Fingal coastline from the Newbridge Demesne in Donabate to the county boundary, north of Balbriggan. Fingal Coastal Way will provide a high quality, safe and environmentally sympathetic coastal walking and cycle route that will connect Newbridge Demesne, Donabate, Rush, Loughshinny, Skerries and Balbriggan. The connection between the other greenways already completed or under works will see a complete greenway route going from the very north of the county into Dublin City itself. The Village Green can become a hub of economic activity and social gathering place for travellers using these new networks either commuting to work or visiting the county. The Town Plaza, one part of the new Village Green, will be a paved open space and can be used for various cultural and commercial events. This project will provide those possibilities to the residents of Malahide. Director of Planning and Strategic Infrastructure Matthew McAleese said: “The completion of this project with its improved layout and facilities will add to this popular amenity in the town for everyone to enjoy. This is wonderful new piece of public realm infrastructure will see part of the Public Realm Scheme Strategy for Malahide completed.” Senior Parks Superintendent Kevin Halpenny said: “The involvement of the local community in the planning and design process for the redevelopment of The Green is a great example of the benefits of local input into public realm projects. The reimagined new space will be a wonderful amenity for the local community to enjoy as well as taking advantage of the redeveloped public amenity for several occasions and events.”

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The Green - Malahide Sitting at the heart of Malahide village, at a busy junction which is criss-crossed by traffic and services, the redevelopment of the Green presented the challenges from the outset. Add a global pandemic into the mix and we had the recipe for some of the toughest tests we’ve ever faced. Thankfully, our professional team with the support of Fingal County Council, the design team at Murray and Associates and the community of Malahide, were able work together to successfully deliver the project.

Our company had been constructing landscapes for well over 50 years so there are few with the experience to take on such a project; Traffic management, civil engineering, coordination of utility and service providers, engagement with local business owners and several complex elements added additional complexity to what was already a significant undertaking. Of note in the project is the 3000M2 of natural stone paving, which required 70 loads of high strength concrete and a team of Ireland’s top paving specialists to install. The lockdown in March halted work and initially put our team, headed by Paddy Smyth and Raivis Linins on the back foot. Rising to the challenges, the team adapted to the new working restrictions and did what they do best: they made it work. We are very proud of our achievement on completing this project. For us, it represents a benchmark in collaboration, communication, professionalism and effective community engagement. Sincere thanks to everyone at Fingal County Council, Murray and Associates, our own team and to the people of Malahide. Peter O’Toole Company Director

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Meath County Council becomes first local authority in Ireland to launch their employee engagement app, in partnership with Thrive Meath County Council, a Local Authority in Ireland, has announced the full roll out of its employee engagement app, Thrive.App. Following a successful pilot last year, the Council’s ‘MCC Connect’ app is now available to all employees on both mobile and computer desktops. The Council has over 850 employees, working across multiple locations, in two main categories i.e. ‘indoor staff’ and ‘outdoor staff’. With 35% of employees having no regular access to work emails or a desktop along with the current challenges presented by Covid19, enhancing communication and promoting employee engagement is essential for the organisation. Meath County Council Chief Executive, Jackie Maguire said; “Before the app, we used paper-based communication to alert staff of important information. There was a communication barrier to outdoor staff who felt like they were the ‘last to know and hear information’. The deployment of the app enables everyone to receive weekly newsletters, policies, procedures, job vacancies, well-being information, video updates, Health and Safety information, Covid-19 updates and more; at the same time, in real time. It’s helping us to provide a supportive and healthy working environment which is especially important during these challenging times. We are empowering and enabling our employees, managers and supervisors with the right information at the right time to carry out their duties effectively and we continue to encourage a culture of learning and development. We have managed to bridge the gap between indoor and outdoor staff by ensuring everyone receives and contributes to the same information at the same time.” James Scott, CEO, Co-Founder of Thrive, adds; “As businesses continue to navigate these challenging times, effective employee engagement has never been so important. We look forward to continuing to help Meath County Council achieve this in the weeks and months ahead and are delighted to be working with them.

Our goal is to help as many organisations as we can in shifting their communications from traditional methods such as printed newsletters, notice boards and team briefings to instant, modern, secure, engaging mobile apps that their employees love.”

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Work Commences on €20m Infrastructure Upgrade at Adamstown SDZ Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien TD joined the Mayor of South Dublin County, Cllr Ed O’Brien, and South Dublin County Council Chief Executive Daniel McLoughlin, as work commenced on three significant infrastructure projects at the Adamstown Strategic Development Zone (SDZ) in Dublin. The ambitious large-scale delivery of essential infrastructure in Adamstown consists of the construction of three separate projects: Airlie Park, Tandy’s Lane Park and the Celbridge Link Road. A combined €15 million was allocated for the three projects by the then Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government through the Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Funds (LIHAF) with South Dublin County Council providing the extra €5 million in funding. LIHAF is a key element of the Government’s drive to build more homes. The objective of the fund is to provide public off-site infrastructure to relieve critical infrastructure blockages. This enables the accelerated delivery of housing on key development sites in Dublin and urban areas of high demand for housing nationally. South Dublin County Council’s successful LIHAF funding bid for financial support was linked to the delivery of 2,000 new homes within the Adamstown SDZ. The delivery of these homes is currently underway with over 1,500 homes already completed or contracted and the remaining 500 homes under construction. Within the large-scale delivery of homes, there are 300 homes at or below a cost of €300,000 and a further 500 at or below €320,000. It is expected that work on all three projects will be completed in 2022. Minister O’Brien, said, “LIHAF funded infrastructure projects nationally are now beginning to deliver on the objective of the fund and yield the large scale housing supply. The projects in South County Dublin are at the forefront of this housing delivery. I commend South Dublin County Council for the work it has done using the LIHAF grant funding to drive the delivery of these much-needed homes and providing them to families at below-market price.

Whilst just one element of our response to ensure we build more homes, LIHAF will support the delivery of many thousands of homes nationally. These social, affordable and private homes will help create new and sustainable communities across the country“ Cllr Ed O’Brien, Mayor of South Dublin County, said, “This Council has used LIHAF funding very effectively to unlock lands for development of homes for the residents of South Dublin. It is another indication of the Council’s commitment to meeting its housing targets and the proactive approach which it is willing to take to ensure these targets are met. The Minister’s visit also spoke well of his commitment to dealing effectively with the housing crisis and in particular the need for affordable housing in areas like South Dublin County”

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Firebird Heating Solutions Designs New Envirocyl Quick Plumb Unit There is no denying that these are challenging times for our planet and that the choices we make when heating our homes will have an impact. At the forefront of technology, Firebird Heating Solutions have always been committed to providing cost-effective, energy efficient heating solutions for Irish homes that not only meet, but easily exceed today’s legislative requirements. All new buildings that are occupied after the 31st December 2020 will need to comply with the new Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB) requirement outlined in the Energy performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD). The nearly zero amount of energy required should be covered to a significant extent by energy from renewable sources. In Technical Guidance Document L (TGDL) 2011, Ireland had a renewables contribution of 10kWh/m2 whereas for TGDL 2019 Ireland must have a renewables contribution of 20% overall. Firebird have an extensive range of renewable energy products such as the Enviroair heat pump and solar thermal systems. New to Firebird is the fully pre-plumbed and pre-wired Envirocyl Quick Plumb Unit which is an indoor product developed by Firebird Heating Solutions and is unique in that it allows for the combination of different heat sources in an efficient, space saving and cost-effective manner. It is designed to support the mechanical and electrical contractor, leaving the homeowner stress free, with a contemporary kitchen-like finished product. Firebird Heating Solutions Envirocyl Quick Plumb Unit provides an easy solution when installing a Firebird Enviroair heat pump as a heat source and using our specifically designed low running cost PCB controller to manage your hot water and zoned heating system on gradient curved weather compensation. Priority hot water is enabled on all units, meaning that hot water is available on demand. The Quick Plumb Unit comes with wheels for easy movable access, a built-in drip tray for a quick drain down safe system and child safety in mind with a chain lockable door. Our single heat exchanger cylinder coil has a larger surface area for low temperature appliances, but it can also be manufactured with a twin coil adapted for solar and a heat pump. This now takes the emphasis off the higher side of energy demand in a BER which is for water heating and adds to the renewables contribution.

For further information on any Firebird products please visit www.firebird.ie or contact Firebird Heating Solutions: Tel: 026 45253 Email: info@firebird.ie

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St Marys Mansions Regeneration €23m Regeneration of St. Mary’s Mansions Completed Clúid Housing has welcomed the first residents back to St. Mary’s Mansions following the extensive redevelopment of the 70-year-old inner city flat complex. The project is the result of a 3-year regeneration delivered in partnership with Dublin City Council, the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Dublin’s North East Inner City (NEIC), the European Investment Bank (EIB), Ganson, the Housing Finance Agency (HFA) and Inner City Organisations Network (ICON). Speaking at the announcement, Clúid Housing’s New Business Director, Fiona Cormican said: “The regeneration of St. Mary’s Mansions represents the beginning of a new chapter in the story of this part of the city. I have been involved with the community in Dublin’s North East inner city for many, many years now and seeing our residents receive the keys to their new home here today is a truly incredible experience. The true significance of having our own place to call home, our own front door, has been highlighted during the recent COVID 19 emergency. To this end Clúid reaffirms its commitment to providing more homes to more people. We rely on partnerships to deliver quality housing and services to our residents. The regeneration of St. Mary’s Mansions is an excellent example of what can be achieved through partnerships between Clúid, the Department of Housing and Local Authorities like Dublin City Council. The regeneration of St. Mary’s is so much more than a redevelopment of a building, it is the reinstatement of the proud community that has lived here for many generations.” 80 high-quality homes for the local community St. Mary’s Mansions was built by Dublin Corporation over 70 years ago and has undergone a total refurbishment bringing it up to current standards. The extensive works included the addition of two new floors to create 80 well-sized, high quality modern apartments and duplexes. The new homes are configured as 1, 2, 3 and 4-bedroom homes. Having worked with Clúid on the redesign of the scheme, more than 20 families are today moving back into the scheme. The remainder of the new residents will come from Dublin City Council’s housing list. Speaking at the launch, Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien TD said: “The Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage is delighted to have worked in partnership with Clúid Housing and Dublin City Council on the regeneration of St. Mary’s Mansions. This project has seen significant investment by the Department, and I am delighted to be here today to witness people from the local community moving into their new home.

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Throughout the redevelopment of this housing scheme, Clúid has worked in close collaboration with both the returning residents and Dublin City Council to ensure the project was a success. It is clear to see that these high-quality homes will continue to foster a strong sense of community for generations to come.” €23m Community Investment Financed through a combination of loans from the Housing Finance Agency (HFA), European Investment Bank (EIB) and financial support from the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Clúid invested a total of €23m in the redeveloped scheme. Inner City Regeneration The regeneration of St. Mary’s Mansions was conceived as the first major redevelopment in the area following the publication of the Mulvey report in 2016 which highlighted the need for action to make the North East inner city area a safe, attractive and vibrant living and working environment for the community and its families with opportunities for all to lead full lives. Local area TD and Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe commented: “Dublin’s North East inner city has always been home to an incredibly strong community and the regeneration of St. Mary’s Mansions is something the entire community can be proud of too. The residents returning to this complex have been actively involved in the redesign of these homes and the finished product is a welcoming, high quality housing development. I have no doubt that this will ensure the success of St. Mary’s Mansions for many years to come. I commend Clúid Housing, Dublin City Council and all those involved in the regeneration of this scheme. This is an excellent example of partnership.” Innovative Design Building on the strong sense of community in the area, the redesign of St. Mary’s Mansions has focused on the input of existing and new residents and a number of key features were specifically included to enhance overall quality of life. These include communal social and play areas, a community room and socially aware landscaping. At the heart of the regenerated St. Mary’s Mansions will be a central courtyard designed to support community activities. Charlene Howe, whose family has lived in St. Mary’s Mansions for many years viewed her new home for the first time today. Discussing the consultation between Clúid and the residents she said: “Growing up in St. Mary’s Mansions it was an open complex and it really had a good community spirit. Neighbours were close to each other so with the new development we wanted to keep the open balconies. It was really important being on board from day one.” The scheme is accessed through a newly developed entrance on Gloucester Place Lower, resulting in improved security by reanimating a formerly underused space. The introduction of a new lift and additional stairwells has improved access for all residents. The regeneration sees the introduction of more car and bike parking facilities and a secure, easily maintained bin store. Sustainability The BER (Building Energy Rating) in each apartment is now an impressive A. Combined with an affordable rent, the reduced fuel costs will help to combat fuel poverty among residents. Solar electricity which supplements demand across the development, further reduces living costs. The use of cutting-edge insulation technology eliminates heat loss while a high efficiency gas fired centralised heating system provides heating and hot water on demand via monitored heat-units in each home. Combined, the result is a super-efficient home with estimated total annual heating and hot water costs of around €300 per apartment. Lord Mayor of Dublin, Hazel Chu spoke while greeting residents as they received the keys to their new home today: “After an incredible redevelopment and significant investment, I am delighted to see this scheme completed and providing super-efficient homes to people on Dublin City Council’s housing list. Together with other local amenities here in the heart of the city, St. Mary’s Mansions is a shining example of collaboration and partnership. I wish all the residents the very best of luck in their new homes for many years to come.”

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Grant’s sustainable heating technologies are future-proofing Irish properties Leading heating technology manufacturer Grant’s wide range of heating solutions continue to answer the demand for sustainable, innovative heating from both those in the trade and homeowners throughout Ireland. Efficiency and reliability are key when choosing a heating system for a property to help keep heating bills low and ensure maximum comfort. Current and future heating requirements should also be considered along with room layout and any preference of radiators, underfloor heating, or both to heat the individual rooms. All of these aspects can affect the final choice of heat source that drives the heating system. To help on the journey of future-proofing properties throughout Ireland for changing heating needs, Grant offers a free of charge heating design service which helps architects, BERs, specifiers, engineers, installers, electricians, suppliers and builders to save time on projects. This service also provides peace of mind from knowing that the Grant technical specialists are designing a bespoke, highly efficient home heating solution for the property. (To avail of Grant’s free heating design process send house plans, a contact number and preferred choice of heat emitters to heatpump@grantengineering.ie)

In addition to designing and specifying the most efficient heating system for a property, the technical specialists at Grant can also help to ensure compliance on all heating requirements for a new build property, which in turn results in reduced carbon emissions and greater long-term savings for the property owner. Grant’s award-winning heating technologies are favoured by plumbers, installers and builders across the country due to their innovative yet simple to install designs and their ability to help on the journey to achieving a zero-carbon future. Continuing to grow in popularity for those working on new build projects is the Grant Aerona3 R32 air to water air source heat pump range. In recent years, the Grant Aerona3 has become a popular choice amongst those in the trade due to its cleaner, more environmentally friendly performance. The range has an ErP rating of A+++ and can help achieve Part L compliance as required under building regulations in the Republic of Ireland. Available in outputs of 6kW, 10kW, 13kW and 17kW, Grant’s Aerona3 R32 air to water air source heat pump range delivers discreet, high-efficiency heating.

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Advanced technology solutions for improving mobile signal coverage ovatel make mobile phone signal problems and mobile data problems a thing of the past with Stelladoradus Mobile Phone Repeater systems that enhance signal coverage no matter where you areif you are in a well-insulated energy efficient building, in a rural area, an underground Car Park, or whatever the situation, you can rest easy knowing that we will have the perfect Mobile Phone Repeater System solution for you.

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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.

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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.”

Minister Darragh O’Brien visits the Blanchardstown Regional Drainage Scheme Significant progress on the project located in Waterville Park in the Tolka Valley Irish Water’s Managing Director, Niall Gleeson, welcomed Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien, to the Blanchardstown Regional Drainage Scheme site to see first-hand this strategically important €88 million wastewater infrastructural project. Irish Water, working in partnership with Fingal County Council, is making significant progress on the project located in Waterville Park in the Tolka Valley. The delivery of this substantial wastewater project will support existing and future residential and commercial development and will safeguard the environment in Blanchardstown and surrounding areas.

Minister Darragh O'Brien visits the Irish Water site in the Tolka Valley for the Blanchardstown Regional Drainage Scheme

Progress The existing wastewater network was constructed in the 1970s and since then the area it serves has expanded considerably. The wastewater network in Mulhuddart and Castleknock, as well as a number of towns in Meath including Dunboyne, Clonee, Ashbourne and Ratoath are all being upgraded as part of the project. The primary works are contained within an area of Waterville Park. The construction of the underground storm water management facility and pumping station is progressing on schedule. Along Tolka

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Valley Park, the first of three kilometres of new wastewater network has been constructed using innovative tunneling methods, ensuring that the impact on the park and its users is being kept to a minimum. The works, being carried out by Ward and Burke Construction Limited on behalf of Irish Water, are scheduled to be completed by 2023. Minister O'Brien Speaking from the site, Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage Darragh O’Brien said, “The Irish Water Managing Director Niall Gleeson discusses aspects of the Blanchardstown Regional Drainage Blanchardstown Regional Drainage Scheme with Minister Darragh O'Brien. Scheme project demonstrates how Irish Water, working in partnership with Fingal County Council, is delivering infrastructure that is critical for our communities and our economy. The delivery of this project will support existing and future residential and commercial development in Blanchardstown and surrounding areas and is one of a number of wastewater projects being delivered in the Greater Dublin Area.” Niall Gleeson Niall Gleeson, Managing Director of Irish Water said, “Irish Water is working to support social and economic growth in Ireland through the delivery of essential water and wastewater services. The size and scale of the task to deliver efficient wastewater services for a modern growing economy while safeguarding the environment shouldn’t be underestimated. We have made significant progress but there is work still to do as we continue to build world class wastewater infrastructure through our multi-billion programme of Aerial view of the massive storm water management facility in the Tolka Valley investment. This particular project will provide Blanchardstown and the surrounding areas with the infrastructure needed to support the building of houses and schools; to attract new industry and to allow companies to expand and grow.” 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 wastewater services. For further information regarding this project check out the Blanchardstown Regional Drainage Scheme project page.

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Works are progressing for the next phase of the Upper Liffey Valley Sewerage Scheme Works involve the construction of new wastewater network in several locations Irish Water, working in partnership with Kildare County Council, is progressing with the next phase of the Upper Liffey Valley Sewerage Scheme with works scheduled to start in Naas and Newbridge on 17 August, 2020. Improvements to the sewer network in Naas and Newbridge will safeguard the environment and support the economic and social development of the town. Clane, Johnstown, Kill, Prosperous and Sallins will also benefit from the Upper Liffey Valley Sewage scheme. These works involve the construction of new wastewater network in several locations across Naas and Newbridge. To minimise disruption, the works will be completed in phases and traffic management will be in place. Diversion routes will be clearly signposted and, where possible, emergency and restricted local access will be maintained. Access to all businesses in the impacted areas will also be maintained. In Newbridge, works will start in Pairc Mhuire, Bars Alley and Moorefield Road on Monday 17 August and are scheduled to be completed in October. Details of further works and locations will be provided as they are scheduled. Works to be delivered in phases In Naas, works will be delivered on a phased basis. •

Phase 1 will start in Devoy Road, Newbridge Road and Pacelli Road on 17 August 2020 and is scheduled to be completed on 28 August. • Phase 2 will start on John Devoy Road on 31 August, with a scheduled completion date of 2 October; • Phase 3 will start on R445 Newbridge Road on 6 October with a scheduled completion date of 18 October; • Phase 4 will start on R445 Newbridge Road on 20 October with a scheduled completion date of 13 November; • Phase 5 will start on R409 Jigginstown and R445 Newbridge Road on 18 November with a scheduled completion date of 27 November; • Phase 6 will start on St Martin’s Ave & Pacelli Road on 30 November with a completion date of 4 December; • Phase 7 will start on Sarto Road & Pacelli Road on 4 December and is scheduled to be completed on 10 December. Irish Water and Kildare County Council apologise for any inconvenience these works may cause. Investment plan These works 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 the Urban Wastewater Treatment Regulations 2001 and conditions as set out in the Environmental Protection Agencies Wastewater Discharge Licence. Speaking about the project, Olive Marshall Regional Lead with Irish Water, said “Irish Water is committed to investing in the wastewater treatment infrastructure in Kildare to support the needs of the growing population and to safeguard the environment. These works are part of the Upper Liffey Valley Sewerage Scheme, a €38 million project that is needed to provide East Kildare and the surrounding areas 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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Kilkenny sludge management project wins at UK Water Industry Awards

Kilkenny Project awarded Asset Optimisation Initiative of the Year Irish Water’s Kilkenny Sludge Project has been recognised at the prestigious Water Industry Awards, which recognises excellence in the water industry across the UK and Ireland. The Kilkenny Project was awarded Asset Optimisation Initiative of the Year at a digital award ceremony on 30 July 2020. Projects financial svaings 25


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The Kilkenny Sludge Project involved taking a combined approach to sludge management across the Troyswood Water Treatment Plant and the Purcellsinch Wastewater Treatment Plant. The project has resulted in financial savings of over €140,000 per annum, as well as significantly reducing energy consumption, chemical use and the amount of sludge going to landfill. The project was a result of collaboration between Irish Water’s Process Optimisation and Regional Operations teams and Kilkenny County Council. Sludge is a natural by-product of the water treatment process which is typically sent to landfill. Under the new approach, the sludge was transferred to the Purcellsinch wastewater treatment plant, where it can be used as part of the wastewater treatment process. Martin Dunne, Irish Water Process Optimisation Specialist, said “We are delighted with the outcome of this project. As well as improving the cost-effectiveness and sustainability of the service we provide in Kilkenny, it was also very valuable to Irish Water as a proof-of-concept and proof-of-benefit pilot project. It provides a clear template which we can apply to our facilities around the country.” Speaking about the award, the Water Industry Awards judges described the project as a great example of resource recovery to produce operational benefits. Benefit to local environment John Ormond, Senior Executive Engineer at Kilkenny County Council, said “Kilkenny County Council is honoured to be part of the recent success at the UK Water Industry Awards in the Asset Optimisation Initiative category. This success reflects the positive collaboration with Irish Water and the significant input by Kilkenny County Council staff at both the wastewater treatment plant in Purcellsinch and the water treatment plant in Troyswood. The most pleasing outcome of the project is the overall benefit to the local environment resulting from the elimination of sludge disposal to landfill, the reduction in overall sludge produced at both treatment plants, reduced chemical usage and reduced energy consumption.” The Water Industry Awards recognise excellence in innovation, best practice and customer service across UK and Irish water companies and their supply chain. While the awards are in their fourteenth year, Irish Water is the first winner of the Asset Optimisation Initiative of the Year category.

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. 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

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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."

Works commencing on Loughshinny wastewater project Improvements to the sewer network in Loughshinny will safeguard the environment Irish Water, working in partnership with Fingal County Council, is starting work on the Loughshinny wastewater project next week. Improvements to the sewer network in Loughshinny will safeguard the environment by stopping the discharge of inadequately treated wastewater into the Irish Sea. The delivery of this project will provide wastewater services that meet the needs of both domestic and commercial customers in Loughshinny and the surrounding area while also providing some capacity for future growth of the village in line with the Fingal Development Plan 2017-2023. About the works The works involve the decommissioning of the overloaded septic tank, the construction of a new wastewater pumping station at Loughshinny beach carpark and the construction of 2.5km of new wastewater pipeline from the pumping station to the Skerries wastewater collection network via Harbour Road, Mine Road and the R128. Wastewater from Loughshinny will be transferred for treatment at the Wastewater Treatment Plant in Balbriggan. In order to safely facilitate the works, a section of the Loughshinny beach carpark will be closed until January 2021. Access will be maintained to both the car park and the beach for the duration of the works. As part of the project, the entire car park will be resurfaced. The project is scheduled to be completed in September 2021. Speaking about this vital project, Peter Kehoe, Irish Water, said, “This project represents an investment of €4.5million by Irish Water and is essential as the current wastewater infrastructure is unable to support the needs of the area. The Loughshinny wastewater project will safeguard the environment by ending the discharge of inadequately treated wastewater into the Irish Sea. It will ensure that the wastewater infrastructure meets the needs of homes and businesses in Loughshinny whilst also providing some capacity for future growth.” 27


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Plans progressing to upgrade wastewater infrastructure in Buncrana and Ballybofey-Stranorlar Planning proposals will include upgrades to the sewer network and pumping stations Irish Water will shortly submit planning applications to Donegal County Council for upgrades to two separate wastewater treatment schemes in the county. The planning proposals for both Buncrana Sewerage Scheme and Ballybofey-Stranorlar Sewerage Scheme will include upgrades to the sewer network and pumping stations. These upgrades will address capacity deficiencies and also reduce the risk of sewer flooding and storm overflows. The completed project will also allow for social and economic growth in the surrounding areas, and ensure the treatment of wastewater is fully compliant with current legislation. Submission of planning application The planning application for Buncrana which will be submitted shortly, will include provision of storm water storage at the Westbrook Pumping Station and an upgrade to parts of the sewer network to increase its capacity and reduce overflows. Works will take place in the following locations: Cahir O‘Doherty Avenue, Aileach Road, Railway Road, Cockhill Road and Westbrook Pumping Station. Proposed upgrades for the Ballybofey-Stranorlar Sewerage Scheme will include replacement of the existing pumping station at Navenny and flood alleviation measures to protect the site from flooding. The proposed upgrade works will resolve ongoing overflows and flooding from the St Joseph’s Pumping Station. There is also a proposal to upgrade parts of the sewer network to increase its capacity and eliminate overflows. Where will works take place? As part of this project works will take place in the following locations: Mill Brae Road, Chapel Lane, Chapel Close, Stranorlar Main Street, Navenny Street, Chestnut Road, St Joseph’s Pumping Station and Navenny Pumping Station. Speaking about the planning proposal Eunan Canavan, Irish Water commented “Both areas will hugely benefit from these wastewater scheme improvements. Sewer flooding during heavy rainfall will be significantly reduced which will improve water quality in the receiving environment. The upgrades will increase capacity of the current sewer networks and will allow for population growth and development in Buncrana and in the twin towns of Ballybofey and Stranorlar and in their surrounding areas.” Investment plan The two schemes are part of the Irish Water’s Donegal Towns & Villages Sewerage Schemes project which is part of Irish Water’s investment plan. Works in the investment plan have been prioritised to address the most critical issues in line with commitments outlined in Irish Water’s Business Plan. Delivery of the business plan will involve a €5.5 billion investment in capital spending on drinking water and wastewater quality and capacity and new infrastructure up to 2021. These works are vital to ensuring a clean, safe and reliable public water supply and fit for purpose wastewater system to support our growing population and economy.

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Minister O’Brien welcomes response to 2020 Voids Stimulus Programme The Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien TD, has welcomed the response to the 2020 Voids Stimulus Programme which will see up to 2,500 social housing units refurbished and re-let to individuals and families, struggling with homelessness or on the social housing list. As part of the July Stimulus Programme Minister O’Brien announced over €40 million for the refurbishment of voids, the largest single amount ever announced under the voids programme. Nationally 2,398 applica-tions from Local Authorities across Ireland have been approved at a cost of €39.8 million, with further applications anticipated. All 31 Local Authorities have made applications which are categorised into three funding streams: standard voids at an average cost of ap-proximately €11,500, homeless voids at an average cost of €17,300 and long-term voids at an average cost of €47,000. Commenting Minister O’Brien said, “I am very glad to see such an up-take in the scheme and at such a swift pace. The Department is now in a position to approve applications and Local Authorities can get to work in bringing vacant social housing units back into use.

“I have made it very clear that I want to see works carried out and all units allocated by the end of this year and local authorities will be provid-ing status updates to the Department. “We know that COVID-19 has had an impact on housing delivery targets this year so the refurbishment and re-letting of voids is vitally important. I would like to thank local authorities for their engagement with this pro-gramme and urge them to refurbish and re-let their units as soon as possible,” he concluded.

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Minister O’Brien approves some €18 million in funding for the Disabled Persons Grant Scheme and the Improvement Works in Lieu of Local Authority Housing Scheme Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien TD has approved funding of approximately €18 million for the Disabled Persons Grant scheme (DPG) and Improvement Works In Lieu of social housing scheme (IWILs). The DPG scheme provides funding for extensions and adaptations to existing social housing stock for older people and people with a disability such as grab rails, disabled access ramps, wet rooms, downstairs bedrooms etc. The scheme also provides extensions in cases of overcrowding. The Improvement Works in Lieu of social housing scheme (IWILs) allows local authorities to improve or extend privately owned accommodation, where the applicant has been approved for social housing. It allows those who are otherwise eligible for social hous-ing to remain in private housing and for enhancements to that housing. Welcoming the funding Minister O’Brien said, “This will greatly improve the housing conditions for our older tenants and those living with disabilities. It will also address issues of overcrowding in existing social housing stock, while improvement works on private homes in lieu of social housing also provides an alternative for those currently experiencing overcrowding in private accommodation.

“These grants have 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. “Funding has been increasing year on year under this scheme and this year’s allocation is a 19% increase on 2019 levels. It is a clear demonstration of the Government’s commitment to improving the lives of older people and people with a disability,” the Minister con-cluded. •

The Disabled Persons Grant scheme (DPG) and Improvement Works In Lieu of social housing scheme (IWILs) are adminis-tered directly by Local Authorities.

Exchequer funding meets 90% of the cost of the works in each property, with the local authority providing the remaining 10%.

The €18 million in funding being allocated today, comprises almost €2 million in accrued commitments from 2019, prelimi-nary allocations of €13.5 million towards the 2020 funding re-quests based on percentage of housing stock in local authority ownership, while a contingency of €2.5 million has been set aside. It is acknowledged that some local authorities may have contractual commitments which will give rise to financial com-mitments in 2020 that will exceed the allocation now being no-tified to them.

The contingency therefore, will ensure that those local authorities are not placed in a difficult financial situation and it will be open to them to apply for additional funding in re-spect of contractual commitments

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Funding Allocations Local Authority

2020 Preliminary Departmental Allocation - Exchequer Funding (90%)

Local Author -ity funding (10%)

COM -BINED TOTAL

Carlow County Council

€164,427.64

€18,270

€182,697.38

Cavan County Council

€195,559.02

€21,729

€217,287.80

Clare County Council

€239,605.58

€26,623

€266,228.42

€1,300,000.00

€144,444

€1,444,444.44

Cork County Council

€739,731.61

€82,192

€821,924.01

Donegal County Council

€461,669.63

€51,297

€512,966.26

€2,106,408.00

€234,045

€2,340,453.33

County Council

€409,461.00

€45,496

€454,956.67

Fingal County Council

€502,246.60

€55,805

€558,051.78

Galway City Council

€309,033.09

€34,337

€343,370.10

Galway County Council

€246,593.59

€27,399

€273,992.88

Kerry County Council

€405,286.18

€45,032

€450,317.98

Kildare County Council

€393,913.11

€43,768

€437,681.23

Kilkenny County Council

€228,810.79

€25,423

€254,234.21

Laois County Council

€206,835.71

€22,982

€229,817.46

Leitrim County Council

€120,535.26

€13,393

€133,928.07

Limerick City & County Council

€828,750.00

€92,083

€920,833.33

Longford County Council

€187,752.08

€20,861

€208,613.42

Louth County Council

€367,408.07

€40,823

€408,231.19

Mayo County Council

€200,667.26

€22,296

€222,963.62

Meath County Council

€260,363.00

€28,929

€289,292.22

Monaghan County Council

€148,524.61

€16,503

€165,027.34

Offaly County Council

€174,740.51

€19,416

€194,156.12

Roscommon County Council

€142,810.07

€15,868

€158,677.86

Sligo County Council

€226,349.80

€25,150

€251,499.78

South Dublin County Council

€918,134.64

€102,015

€1,020,149.60

Tipperary County Council

€481,331.55

€53,481

€534,812.83

Waterford City & County Council

€491,162.51

€54,574

€545,736.12

Westmeath County Council

€183,896.80

€20,433

€204,329.78

Wexford County Council

€432,947.81

€48,105

€481,053.12

Wicklow County Council

€425,044.48

€47,227

€472,271.64

€13,500,000.00

€1,500,000.00

€15,000,000.00

Cork City Council

Dublin City Council Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown

TOTALS

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Solving the Microplastics problem in artificial playing surfaces Regular usage of artificial playing surfaces results in 250-300 kgs of microplastics ending up in the surrounding environment and water courses every year. Galco and their international drainage partner, Hauraton, are overcoming this challenge with a safe and effective solution for filtering and retaining microplastic particles. Artificial playing surfaces use synthetic blades of grass as well as plastic and rubber granulates as infill material. But use and drainage of this result in microplastics being flushed out into the surface waters. To prevent water pollution, the plastic particles must be filtered out of the collected surface water before it is passed on. The Sportfix Clean drainage system has a simple but effective filter substrate that can trap particles as small as 0.45 µm (0.00045 mm). The patented filter substratum Carbotec 60 consists of crushed mineral stone and all captured particles are kept safely at the filter surface while still allowing permanent permeability. This particle size includes microplastics from the infill material and broken grass blades as well as potentially harmful heavy metals like copper and tin. The performance of the filter leaves the outgoing water clear enough for direct filtration into an open water body or infiltration elements under the pitch. Testing and performance This substrate has been developed for over 10 years and monitored in statefunded research projects in Germany. This shows a 98.5% efficiency in keeping microplastics out of the outflow while allowing the captured infill material to be available for re-use. This system has received the Blue Angel certification as an environmentally friendly product as well as winning the Environment Technology Award from Baden-Wurttemberg for „Emission Reduction, Treatment and Separation“ in 2019. Increased maintenance intervals The system has been proven to work reliably over very long periods. Long maintenance intervals and simple cleaning represent additional benefits. The filter buckets should be inspected every 6 months and the filter cake that develops should be removed approx. every 3-5 years. Then you simply refill the quantity of substrate removed. After many years of use, filter cake forms on the surface of the filter. This is stripped off during maintenance and then only the filter substrate that was removed is replenished. The removed filter cake can be cleaned and reused using reprocessing equipment i.e. machines with washing and cyclone filters. Circular economy This has important implications for complying with the EU’s principles for a Circular Economy. These require that a ‘take back’ and ‘product as a service’ must exist or be created for used products and materials. • • • •

The recovered infill material can be cleaned and reused The outflow of cleaned water can be stored in tanks for re-use It is also fit to be irrigated directly This allows a Sustainable use and re-use of water resources

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