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• TII - 2021 Grant Allocations to Local Authorities for National Roads • Significant structures progressed as part of N22 Baile Bhuirne to Macroom Road Development • Developer appointed to Affordable Housing Scheme in Fingal


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CONTENTS Vol 39. No. 5

FEATURES • SIGNIFICANT STRUCTURES PROGRESSED AS PART OF N22 BAILE BHUIRNE TO MACROOM ROAD DEVELOPMENT 3 • TII - 2021 GRANT ALLOCATIONS TO LOCAL AUTHORITIES FOR NATIONAL ROADS 5

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• KELLY BROS. SURVEY • MAPPING

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• MINISTERS ANNOUNCE REGIONAL AND LOCAL ROADS ALLOCATIONS FOR 2021

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• MAJOR RENEWABLE ENERGY UPGRADES TO MILFORD PUBLIC SERVICES CENTRE AND COMMUNITY LIBRARY (DCC) 15 GILTRON LTD RIVERVIEW LODGE, DUBLIN ROAD, NAVAN, CO. MEATH.

• GRANT EXPANDS RENEWABLE OFFERING WITH LAUNCH OF NEW AWAVE INTEGRATED UNIT 19

Tel: 00353 46 9072841 Email: info@localauthoritynews.ie Website: www.localauthoritynews.ie

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.

• DEVELOPER APPOINTED TO AFFORDABLE HOUSING SCHEME IN FINGAL 21 • FIREBIRD LEADING THE CHARGE ON RENEWABLE HOME HEATING

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• EI ELECTRONICS LAUNCH THE SMARTLINK GATEWAY

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• COUNCIL WELCOMES €25.4M IN URDF FUNDING FOR BALBRIGGAN REJUVENATION

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• MINISTER HUMPHREYS ANNOUNCES OVER €15.4 MILLION IN FUNDING FOR 147 RURAL TOWNS AND VILLAGES 28

REGULARS IRISH WATER UPDATES

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DEPARTMENT BRIEFS

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PRODUCT INFO

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CLASSFIEDS

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Significant structures progressed as part of N22 Baile Bhuirne to Macroom Road Development he N22 Baile Bhuirne to Macroom Road Development represents an investment of 280 million euro in County Cork and is progressing well since construction commenced in earnest in early 2020. Works on the 22km scheme are now well underway, with the dual carriageway and the associated structures being constructed largely offline through challenging terrain which varies through the development from hilly, remote land with rock outcrops at the western end, to low lying pasture lands to the east of Macroom.

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River Laney Bridge beams…. a major Irish engineering achievement A significant project milestone was achieved just before Christmas when seven beams each measuring 49.9 metres in length were placed successfully over the River Laney on the 15th and 16th of December 2020. The beams were the longest precast concrete bridge beams in Ireland and Britain to be place on a structure. The 155 tonne beams were manufactured in Birr, County Offaly and transported to Macroom, County Cork with the assistance of a Garda escort over 4 nights.

The beams had just 200mm height to spare traveling through the Jack Lynch Tunnel. However, one of the biggest challenges was slowly reversing the beams into position with only inches to spare at the existing stone arch “New Bridge” in Macroom. The development of these long beams was a collaboration by Transport Infrastructure Ireland’s bridge structures department, the manufacturer Banagher Precast Concrete, the designer Barry Transportation, Cork County Council and their engineers Mott MacDonald. Cork County Council and their Contractor, Jons Civil Engineering / John Cradock JV Limited, are proud to see the safe and successful delivery of this most recent unique engineering design and construction achievement on the N22 project. Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Mary Linehan Foley noted, “The placement of bridge beams over the River Laney represents great progress on the N22 Baile Bhuirne to Macroom road project, and huge credit is due to all involved for delivering this aspect safely and successfully. Installing the longest concrete bridge beams as part of the largest road scheme in the country during a global pandemic is truly a reflection of our resilience. This scheme has been many years in planning and when complete, will result in a significant improvement of the N22, in terms of road safety, journey time savings, removal of traffic congestion and enhanced connectivity between Cork and Kerry.”

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Chief Executive of Cork County Council, Tim Lucey stated, “The scale of works involved in delivering such a major piece of strategic infrastructure is enormous, as we can see from this particular operation to place 49.9m precast beams spanning the River Laney. The construction phase involves some disruption and can only be achieved with the continued co-operation and support of the local community. Cork County Council is delighted to see such progression and would in particular like to thank the people of Macroom, Baile Mhic Íre and Baile Bhuirne for their continued understanding during the delivery and placing of these beams, and throughout the construction phase.” River Sullane Bridge Building on the success of the River Laney Structure, 14 further 49.9 metre beams are being delivered to site this month to ensure that the two span 100 metre long River Sullane Bridge located to the South of Macroom town will be completed to facilitate earthworks movements in Spring 2020. The beams are expected to be fully in place by end of January 2020. Paul Moran, Regional Manager for Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) commented, “It’s hard for people to see the enormity of the works going on behind the hedges and walls, and maybe people won’t until the road is finished and open, however it is fantastic to see the works and in particular, all the bridges that connect people and businesses, taking shape. TII wants to sincerely thank all the people on site doing a really great job, you are greatly appreciated. ” Bohill River Bridge … 120 m From Seville to the Gaeltacht Mhuscraí In the planning for months, it will take a total of twenty trucks to bring the structure to site, eight of which are abnormal loads that will require skilled drivers and Garda escorts. Beams for this bridge were manufactured by Tecade SA in Seville, Spain and are in the process of being shipped to the Port of Cork for onward delivery to the Bohill River. When on site the beams will be assembled to form a two-span 120-metrelong structure which will be “pushed launched” over the River Bohill in 80 and 40 metre sections. The beams are expected to be fully in place by April 2020. The Government announced additional measures within Level 5 of Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with COVID-19 for the control of COVID-19 in January 2020. As the N22 Baile Bhuirne to Macroom Road Development is a critical transport infrastructure project, it will be continuing to progress during these restrictions with the appropriate control measures in place. Jonathan Noonan Cork County Council Project Liaison Officer commented, “It’s inspiring to see progress on the largest road scheme in the country during a global pandemic. We would like to thank the local communities and N22 roads users but in particular local residents for their patience and support with scheme construction. Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann na daoine.”

Regular scheme updates may be found by visiting www.n22bbm.ie

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Kelly Bros. SURVEY • Kelly Bros. have invested heavily in the latest technology for asset and fault management systems. The MX-7 is a mobile 360 degree camera system designed for highway network management. It delivers street view data collection and visualization for office based decision making. Imagery is available on Kelly Bros. bespoke online portal were assets such as road lines, gullies, lamp posts, signs and more can be viewed in great detail.

These assets can be digitized, measured and given a management rating for future repair, replacement or maintenance. It builds on existing processes and tools to form a continuous improvement framework that complements and supplements existing practice.

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• MAPPING Kellys Bros. recently won the tender for Cork City Council for rating the entire new city boundary for all road markings including centre lines edge lines and junction markings.

With our modern technology to change the way authorities can manage their assets, on time

The location of gullies has also been performed and all results are viewable on the Kelly Bros. online portal. Cork City are now able to plan future works and allocate work sheets from the portal as well as building a strategic plan for the emptying of the city’s gullies.

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Ministers announce regional and local roads allocations for 2021

Minister Eamon Ryan T.D. and Minister of State Hildegarde Naughton TD have announced details of the 2021 investment programme for regional and local roads. This €555m euro funding package will allow approximately 3,100kms of roads to be maintained and 2,450kms to be strengthened. Commenting on the announcement Minister Ryan said: “Our main priority in 2021 is the maintenance and renewal of our existing regional and local road network. This type of routine maintenance is fundamental to safe guarding our road infrastructure and keeping the network in a good condition. We must also ensure that our roads are resilient against the deteriorating effects of climate change. Overall €23 million worth of funding is being earmarked for climate change adaptation and resilience works in 2021. This includes €15 million for new applications which continues the funding stream provided through the July 2020 stimulus programme. When improving our existing road network, it is vital that we take account of the needs of all road users, including cyclists and pedestrians. In this regard, all strategic road improvement investment schemes will include provisions for walking and cycling infrastructure.”

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Giving further detail on the allocations Minister of State Hildegarde Naughton said: “Maintaining our regional and local road network is not only important for connectivity, but crucial to ensuring safety on our roads, reducing road collisions and protecting lives. €19 million is being allocated to road safety schemes that target remedial measures to improve road safety for vulnerable road users and vehicular traffic. This funding will allow in excess of 300 safety projects to be carried out.

Funding for the roll out of a signage programme relating to lower speed limits in housing areas as well as ‘safe passing’ signs for cyclists will also be provided for as part of today’s allocations.” The main features of the investment programme include: •

€260m for road pavement strengthening works

€72m for preventative surface dressing work

€84m for maintenance and strengthening works for which Local Authorities have discretion in the selection of roads

€24m Strategic Regional and Local Roads Projects

€18m for Bridge Rehabilitation works

€19m for Safety Improvement works

€20m for Drainage works

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€16m for Community Involvement Schemes as part of the 2 year work programme commenced in 2020

€13m for the completion of Active Travel projects (carryover from July 2020 Stimulus funding. (Note the primary responsibility for active travel funding lies with the NTA who recently announced 240m euro in allocations for 2021)

€23m for Climate Change Adaptation/Resilience Works

€4m for Minor Improvement Works

€12m approx. of miscellaneous grants including, training, salt purchase, velocity patching machines together with a number of pilot schemes

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Major Renewable Energy Upgrades to Milford Public Services Centre and Community Library Donegal County Council has undertaken a major energy upgrade to Milford Public Services Centre and Community Library. The Council has installed; • • • •

3 No. 42.6 kW air-source heat pumps to replace oil boilers 20 photo-voltaic solar panel to generate 6 kW of electricity pumped cavity bead insulation to 800m2 of external walls new efficient heating controls

The combined impact of these measures is expected to lead to a CO2 emissions reduction on site of more than 50%, and a reduction in primary energy of over 40%. In addition, the building has a new future-proof renewable energy facility and improved comfort conditions for the occupants and visitors. Peadar Espey, Facilities Manager and DCC Energy Team member notes “the aim of this project was to make a significant practical energy upgrade and bring one of the Council’s Public Service Centres to a ‘B’ energy rating. Donegal County Council was recently recertified to the International Standard for Energy Management – ISO 50001 and continues to deliver improvements in energy use, carbon emissions and cost using this framework. This helps the authority to deliver on its own internal energy savings targets as well as the national public sector targets of 50% savings by 2030”.

Contract Award Front (LtoR): James McCabe, FERM Engineering, Contractor, Peadar Espey, DCC Rear (LtoR): Emmett McCabe, DCC, Joe McCarron, Patrick McCaul Environmental Consulting Engineers

Upgrades Good practice would dictate that the heating load is first reduced before providing alternative means of heating. The improved wall insulation and heating controls were therefore applied to reduce the load. The use of the heat pumps removes oil from the site and the solar panels add a renewable energy generation. Heat Pumps 3 no. 42.6 kW air-source heat pumps have been installed to meet the heating needs of the building. Heat pumps use refrigeration technology to provide heat efficiently so that each kWh of electricity used delivers 3 to 4 kWh of heat. A separate smaller 5 kW heat pump has been installed to provide domestic hot water. As a result, two 200 kW oil boilers have been replaced by 133 kW capacity in heat pumps, a reduction of two thirds. These units have built-in variable speed control so that capacity can adjust continuously to suit loads, thus reducing energy waste. They also adjust to outdoor temperature and use even less kWh electricity for each kWh of heat delivered when conditions are milder. - Air-Source Heat Pumps

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Road Control Services Ltd. began operating in September 2018 and since then delivered an exemplary service on over 250 projects. Road Control Services Ltd. is an experienced team that, over the last two years, delivered an exemplary service on over 250 projects all over Ireland, always putting safety first, and adhere to the company mantra: “Always in control, always on time, always helpful.” The company is able to provide all forms of high-standard traffic control services from start to finish and document all stages, giving its customers confidence and assurance when using their services. Services provided: • Traffic management consultancy and design • Manual stop and go systems • Temporary traffic light operations • Single and multi-lane closures • Road closures and detours • Sale or rent a variety of traffic-related products Where necessary, the company also includes equipment delivery, setup, and maintenance, as well as removal at the end of the project. Road repair and maintenance can be a dangerous job, and it is down to companies like Road Control to keep workers safe. Road Control Services Ltd, A1 Grants Parade, Greenogue Business Park, Rathcoole, Co Dublin D24CD42 (Office: + 353 1 401 9612 (Mobile: + 353 87 182 7222 Email: dumitru@roadcontrol.ie Web: www.roadcontrol.ie

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Solar Panels An array of 20 photo-voltaic solar panels has been installed on the roof of the Public Services Centre. These can generate 6 kW of electricity at peak and would be expected to reduce the need for imported electricity by about 11% before the upgrades. Improved insulation NSAI Agrément certified pumped cavity bead insulation has been applied to over 800m2 of external walls to reduce the heat loss through the walls by almost 50%.

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Heating Controls A new building management system together with modern efficient variable speed heating circuit pumps and controls was installed. This allows more responsive operation with resultant savings as equipment adjusts better to meet changing conditions such as weather conditions or building occupancy

Overall Benefits In summary the benefits of this project are; • Reduction in total primary energy for site of over 40% • Reduction in CO2 emissions on site of more than 50% • Reduction in energy costs • Reduced environmental management risk due to removal of oil from the site • Reduced maintenance of heat pumps compared to oil boilers • Renewed assets at start of expected operating life to support functioning of building and service • Improved building comfort • Experienced gained in upgrades can be applied to other Donegal County Council facilities to further decarbonise

Oil Tank Removal

Peadar Espey, Facilities Manager and DCC Energy Team member notes “the overall benefits are expected to be substantial and are anticipated to strongly support Donegal County Council’s energy and carbon reduction targets”. SMARTrenew This project was part funded by the Northern Periphery and Arctic (NPA) Interreg SMARTrenew programme which includes international experts sharing their experiences, insights and learning on how they have embraced smart renewable energy technology. Donegal County Council is one of the international partners and has benefitted from the experiences gained in such an exciting EU funded project. Air-Source Heat Pumps Installation

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Grant expands renewable offering with launch of new AWave Integrated Unit ith helping to achieve zero carbon emissions across Ireland a key priority, the R&D team at Grant is continuously finding new and innovative ways to maximise the sustainable attributes of all Grant heating technologies. This includes the most recent addition to the company’s diverse product range – the Grant AWave Integrated Unit - a new highly sustainable hot water storage unit which will be available later this year.

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This new 210 litre hot water storage unit stands at 1.8 metres high and with a footprint of 630 x 695mm can be installed neatly within domestic spaces of a property. Grant’s range of Wave hot water cylinders are manufactured from high grade duplex stainless steel and are indirect, mains water cylinders. The new high gain 210 litre capacity single coil AWave Integrated Unit has a solid, stainless steel coil which will lead to a much faster heating time and quicker recovery. In addition, the AWave Integrated Unit will save installers valuable installation time as it has been pre-plumbed and pre-wired.

Grant AWave Integrated Unit

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The Grant AWave Integrated Unit has been manufactured for a domestic hot water zone that allows hot water priority and a two-zone heating, with an option for a third heating zone. Both the heating and potable heating vessels are included within the unit. The AWave is also designed with the service engineer in mind when it comes to ease of maintenance and service. Like with other Grant heating technologies, the new AWave Integrated Unit has been developed to work seamlessly with other products within the Grant range to maximise efficiencies. When paired with any model from the Grant Aerona3 R32 air to water air source heat pump range, efficiency can be taken to new levels and homeowners can benefit from a complete heating solution featuring two highly sustainable heating technologies which they can depend on for many years to come. Grant’s A+++ Aerona3 R32 air to water air source heat pump is the manufacturer’s most sustainable main heat source and has risen in popularity in recent years due to its high efficiency levels. The Aerona3 is available in four outputs of 6kW, 10kW, 13kW and 17kW and benefits from a cleaner, more environmentally friendly performance. The Grant Aerona3 R32 air to water air source heat pump range is also capable of lowering a property’s overall carbon footprint, which will ultimately help to achieve NZEB building standards. All four models within the Grant Aerona3 R32 range also boast superior seasonal coefficient of performance (SCOP) and depending on climate conditions and demand on the heating system at the time, can deliver 4kW of heat energy for every 1kW of electricity used. Units within the range can also achieve an A+++ energy rating at low temperatures such as –20°C, which further demonstrates Grant’s commitment to providing market-leading heating solutions. When installing a Grant AWave Integrated Unit with a Grant Aerona3 R32 air to water air source heat pump, it’s very important that the unit has been correctly sized to ensure the hot water needs of the property are fulfilled. To ensure a heating system is sized correctly, those in the trade can avail of Grant’s free of charge heating design service which enables Grant’s technical specialists to size and specify the most efficient heating system for the individual property, helping to save vital time for those working on a new build or deep retrofit project.

Grant Aerona³ R32 10kW air to water air source heat pump

When carrying out the heating design process, the Grant technical team will also ensure that compliance the EPC (energy performance co efficient) and the CPC (carbon performance co efficient) - are met for the BER assessor, engineer or architect.

Visit www.grant.eu for more information on Grant’s range of innovative heating solutions and to read more about Grant’s heating design service. You can also follow Grant on Facebook and Twitter @GrantIRL or Instagram @Grant_IRL

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Developer appointed to Affordable Housing Scheme in Fingal ingal County Council has appointed a developer to deliver the first affordable housing scheme in the county in 11 years at Dun Emer, Lusk. Ó Cualann Cohousing Alliance will oversee the construction of 51 homes, of which 39 will be affordable and 12 will be social housing.

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The affordable homes will be available to eligible first-time purchases at prices that will be around 25% below their market value. The 39 units will be a mixture of twobedroom apartments, three-bedroom duplexes, three-bedroom terraced and three-bedroom semi-detached. Prices will start from €166,000 for the two-bedroom apartments; from €206,000 for the three-bedroom duplexes; from €250,000 for the three-bedroom terraced; and from €258,000 for the three bedroom semidetached homes. To be eligible for the scheme a purchaser must be a first-time buyer, although certain exceptions will apply. The property must be suited to the applicant’s household needs and they must have been resident in Fingal for more than 12 months. The income eligibility criteria are aligned to those of the existing Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan so eligible purchasers can earn up to a maximum of €50,000 gross income in a year for single adult households or up to a maximum of €75,000 gross income in a year for households where two or more qualifying adults will own the home. They must also have the right to reside indefinitely in Ireland. An Equity Charge will protect the public interest against equity speculation. One of the conditions of sale under this Scheme is that the purchaser will remain liable to repay the percentage discount below market value that they benefited from when buying the property. They can pay this off at any time or if the property is sold. The Mayor of Fingal, Cllr David Healy, said: “Councillors approved the Dun Emer Purchase Scheme last November, so I welcome the appointment of a developer which is the next step in the process. I hope that the process will continue to move quickly as councillors are very supportive of this scheme and are keen to introduce affordable housing into the county.” Fingal County Council’s Director of Housing and Community Development, Margaret Geraghty, said: “Now that the contracts are formally signed, details of the homes for sale in Dun Emer will be on the Council’s website and we will invite applications from eligible purchasers in about six to eight weeks’ time. This will give all prospective applicants an opportunity to familiarise themselves with the application process and gather the necessary documentation.” The Chief Executive of Fingal County Council, AnnMarie Farrelly, said: “The appointment of Ó Cualann is a welcome step towards the realisation of our affordable housing scheme at Dun Emer in Lusk. They bring some welcome experience on the delivery of affordable homes and understand the importance of this project in terms of overall housing delivery within Fingal. We are continuing to work on our plans to develop more affordable housing in Church Fields in Dublin 15, Cappagh in Dublin 11, Ballymastone in Donabate, and Hacketstown in Skerries where we are working with the Land Development Agency. “

Further information on the Dun Emer Purchase Scheme is available from https://www.fingal.ie/affordablehousing

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Firebird Leading the Charge on Renewable Home Heating Firebird’s expertise and reputation in the area of renewables has given it the edge in the home heating market with many clients choosing Firebird to take the lead and project manage the design and implementation of renewable home heating solutions. With a clear focus on renewables and sustainability, Firebird has dedicated significant resources and invested heavily in developing products with increased fuel efficiency, reduced emissions and products that use more renewable and sustainable fuel sources. Firebird has worked closely with Westmeath building contractor Mike Maloney, in recent years to deliver renewable NZEB compliance projects.

“For us as developers and building contractors, it can be challenging to ensure we comply with new regulations, particularly in relation to new builds, which is why it has made my life so much easier to work with Firebird,” Mr Maloney stated. “I know and trust Firebird to deliver the expertise and the quality products that are required to meet today’s standards.” An example of Firebird’s recent work in renewables for home heating was the completion of 16 new builds in a public development in Athlone, Co. Westmeath. Firebird secured the contract to provide the full heating systems ensuring the properties comply with NZEB standards and regulations. Firebird’s team brought the properties to the near-zero energy efficiency of A2 using the full range of Firebird products from the installation of Firebird’s Enviroair Air Source Heat Pumps with a smart weather compensator controller and high-tech intelligent heating controls as well as Firebird’s supporting products, including its mechanical ventilation systems, Envirocyl Quick Plumb cylinder units, underfloor heating and radiators. Firebird also provided its own in-house engineer who was on site and project managed the heating system installation from start to finish working closely with the developer and its contractor and installer to ensure maximum efficiency.

The developer was so impressed with the ‘one stop shop’ service that Firebird delivered from the system; to the technical support and warranty that further business is already in the pipeline for Firebird as a result. “The developer really valued Firebird’s service to have our expertise on hand, on site each day,” Nick Phelan Renewables Manager with Firebird stated. “You cannot underestimate the importance of having that technical support there as a backup. Our engineer provided technical advice and was there to provide the answers to any queries that the installer or contractor had, minimising any downtime. Projects like this where we help deliver homes with future-proof heating systems while building trusted relationships working in partnership with the contractor and developer are really rewarding.” This innovative and personable approach is just one of the reasons why Firebird is a market leader in home heating; always adapting, always developing practical world class solutions with a mission to set new standards of sustainability for the home heating market. To learn more about Firebird home heating solutions visit www.firebird.ie or contact Firebird Heating Solutions: Tel: 026 45253 Email: info@firebird.ie

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Council welcomes €25.4m in URDF funding for Balbriggan rejuvenation Fingal County Council has welcomed today’s announcement by the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien TD, that €25.4m has been awarded under the Urban Regeneration Development Fund (URDF) for projects associated with the rejuvenation of Balbriggan.

The funding will help realise eight projects under the Our Balbriggan Rejuvenation Plan by 2027. The overall cost of the projects is anticipated to be €33.9m with Fingal County Council providing €8.5m to complete the planned public realm improvements. The eight projects are: • • • • • • • •

Quay Street Harbour 2/4 Dublin Street Bridge Street Railway Street Millpond Park Promenade & Coastal Improvements Castle to Castle Cycleway

The Mayor of Fingal, Cllr David Healy, said: “The Balbriggan Rejuvenation Plan is a key project for Fingal County Council and this funding will support the efforts to transform Balbriggan town centre. The infrastructure and public realm improvements which can now proceed will support a number of connected purposes.

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Improvements to public space will support quality of life and community life in Balbriggan. In doing so they will underpin the development of the local economy as well as the transition to a decarbonised economy and society which is at the core of both national and Fingal policies. I want to pay tribute to the Council officials, community representatives and local Councillors whose imagination and commitment is reflected in the Rejuvenation Plan, and to thank Minister O'Brien, on behalf of the Council and community, for the URDF funding which will help to realise the Plan.” The Chief Executive of Fingal County Council, AnnMarie Farrelly, said: “We are delighted that our application for funding under the Urban Regeneration Development Fund has been successful and it will assist the Council in delivering a transformed town centre and harbour area. Our aim is to ensure Balbriggan continues to be a great place to live, invest, to work and do business. We have planned the investment with extensive collaboration with the local community and I want to thank the Balbriggan Leadership Group for their work on the ambitious plan that is Our Balbriggan.” Professor Brian MacCraith, Chair of the Balbriggan Leadership Group, said: “On behalf of the Balbriggan Leadership Group, I welcome this announcement wholeheartedly. With significant funding now secured and detailed plans in place, the rejuvenation and regeneration of Balbriggan can now take a major step forward and by 2027 the heart of the town will be transformed. This investment in the public realm of Balbriggan will create the conditions for private investment, leading to the repurposing of existing vacant buildings and infill developments. This will create a more attractive place to live, work and visit. The re-development of buildings and disused areas will expand the available space in the town centre for community and commercial uses providing new amenities, green spaces and an improved public realm.” With funding now secured, Fingal County Council plans to deliver the eight projects in phases. The first phase, which is scheduled for completion by 2023, will involve the reimaging of the public realm at Quay Street, the upgrading of the Harbour area and the development of Artists’ Studios and a Digital Innovation/Maker Space at 2/4 Dublin Street. The development of Bremore Regional Park, the Fingal Coastal Way and Bridge Street is expected to be finished by 2026. These projects will involve improvements to the promenade and coastal areas as well as a cycleway between Bremore Castle and Ardgillan Castle which will form part of the Fingal Coastal Way. It also includes the redevelopment of buildings on Bridge Street which have recently been acquired by the Council. The final phase will be completed by 2027 and will see the rejuvenation of Railway Street and Millpond Park. This will be a key part of the rejuvenation plan focusing on the town’s urban core and opening up its green corridor, the River Bracken, through Millpond Park. Fingal County Council is now progressing to the procurement of design teams for the public realm improvement projects. They will prepare plans for the redevelopment of the buildings and public realm areas for public consultation before construction commences.

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Minister Humphreys announces over €15.4 million in funding for 147 rural towns and villages Funding aimed at helping communities respond to COVID-19 Focus on developing outdoor amenities and enhancing public spaces Emphasis on supporting Remote Working in rural communities Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, has announced over €15.4 million under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme. The funding will assist towns and villages to implement measures that can help them to respond to the challenges associated with COVID-19. The funding will benefit 147 towns and villages and will fund a wide and diverse range of projects nationwide including walkways, community parks, outdoor cinemas, cycleways as well as the regeneration of derelict buildings and enhancement works at tourism attractions and other important local amenities. Funding has also been provided for the development of a number of remote working facilities in rural towns and villages. Successful projects will see the renovation and conversion of vacant buildings into digital hubs as well as adaptions to local community centres to provide for remote working and eLearning facilities. Announcing the successful projects, Minister Humphreys said:

“Our rural towns and villages are a vital part of the fabric of our lives. The past year has shown us, more than ever, how much we rely on our local communities and has rekindled our sense of pride in where we live." "The funding I am announcing is about helping communities get back on their feet and adapt to the ongoing challenges COVID-19 presents – it will help make our towns and villages safer places to live, work and do business." "The pandemic has made us all appreciate the importance of getting outdoors for a little exercise and fresh air. I am delighted that a wide range of projects being funded will support the development of recreational amenities such as walkways, cycleways, dog parks, community parks, playgrounds and more." "There is also significant investment to regenerate old buildings and enhancement works at areas of natural beauty - helping make our towns and villages more attractive places to visit and enjoy.” Examples of successful projects include: • • •

Stradbally, Co Waterford: €88,615 - Development of a biodiversity park, including natural paving, seating, bespoke bike stands and interpretative wildlife signage Ballinalee, Co Longford: €97,451 - Develop an autism friendly community park with enhancments to playground facilities and the provision of a walking/cycling track Carrick on Shannon, Co Leitrim: €200,000 - The creation of a town centre community venue with

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capacity to host community and charity events including festivals, fun runs and cycles in line with public health guidelines Bailieborough, Co. Cavan: €100,000 - Develop an education facility, nature reserve, public amenity and recreation space at Bailieborough Lake, Co Cavan Lecarrow, Co Roscommon: €100,000 - Village enhancement, including the provision of a footpath from the marina to the village centre; provision of outdoor benches, picnic tables and public lighting

Remote Working COVID-19 has highlighted the huge opportunities that remote working presents for regional development. A wide range of projects approved for funding will see the development of remote working facilities in rural towns and villages. Minister Humphreys continued: “I am particularly delighted that a number of the projects approved will support Remote Working - enabling people to work from their own local community into the future."

"While Remote Working was just a concept a year ago, it has now become an everyday working reality for tens of thousands of people as a result of COVID-19. I am pleased to see so many communities embrace this new reality as they seek to develop Remote Working facilities, eHubs and co-working spaces." Examples of successful remote working projects include: • Newmarket-on-Fergus, Co Clare: €200,000 - The regeneration of a derelict building into an Enterprise Hub with remote working / hot desk facilities • Clohamon, Co. Wexford: €100,000 - To restore the old school into a multi-purpose community centre with a digital hub and playground • Claregalway, Co Galway: €200,000 - The development of a 10-desk digital innovation hub • Dysart, Co Roscommon: €100,000 - To develop a community study and digital hub at the local Community Centre • Rathdowney, Co. Laois: €79,303 - The development of a community café, remote working and training facility • Doon, Co Limerick - €89,550 - The development of a Community Services and eHub facility, with 8 PC stations, tea/coffee room, toilets, an office, and conference room Minister Humphreys added: “I hope to see even more remote working hubs coming on line in 2021 and I am pleased to say that I have secured an additional €5 million in funding for the Town and Village Renewal Scheme in Budget 2021 specifically for the development of more remote working hubs in our rural towns and villages.” Over 500 projects supported in 2020 The funding announced is in addition to €10.4 million allocated by Minister Humphreys to 363 towns and villages since August 2020 for immediate COVID-19 response measures under the 2020 Town and Village Renewal Scheme. In total, over 500 projects are now being supported with funding of more than €25 million under the 2020 Town and Village Renewal Scheme. Minister Humphreys concluded:

“Since August, more than €25 million has been provided to over 500 projects nationwide under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme. These projects will make a real and lasting difference and demonstrates this Government’s strong commitment to supporting our rural communities.”

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Irish Water continues to make progress on the Athlone wastewater project to safeguard the environment and provide for future growth and development rish Water, working in partnership with Westmeath County Council, is progressing the Athlone Main Drainage Sewer Network Upgrade project to safeguard the environment and provide for future growth and development in the town. When completed, the project will reduce the risk of sewer flooding in Athlone and reduce sewer overflows to the River Shannon. It will also improve the capacity of the sewer network, allowing for current and future population growth and economic development.

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The project involves the construction of new pumping stations in Golden Island and Coosan West, and the construction of almost 3km of sewer network. It will also involve the removal of six existing overflows and the construction of two new overflows designed to Irish Water standards as well as connecting the new and existing sewer networks together. Irish Water will issue a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) for the lands and wayleaves necessary to complete the works. The CPO, which is essential for the delivery of the project, will be published in the coming months, subject to COVID-19 restrictions. It is expected that works will begin in the second half of 2022 and information events for businesses, residents and elected representatives will be held prior to the commencement of works. Speaking about this vital project, Eunan Canavan, Irish Water, said, “Irish Water is continuing to progress this project to upgrade Athlone’s wastewater infrastructure. The Athlone Main Drainage Sewer Network Upgrade project will safeguard the environment by reducing sewer overflows to the River Shannon. It will ensure that the wastewater infrastructure meets the needs of homes and businesses in Athlone and surrounding areas whilst also providing capacity for future growth and development.” Irish Water has already invested €5.6 million to increase the capacity of the Athlone Wastewater Treatment Plant from 30,000 to 36,000 Population Equivalent (PE).

For more information on this project, visit the Projects and Plans section of our website.

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Works get underway on new Castletownbere Sewerage Scheme Irish Water is delighted to announce the commencement of the Castletownbere Sewerage Scheme. The new wastewater treatment plant and sewerage infrastructure to be constructed as part of this scheme will eliminate the discharge of untreated wastewater from Castletownbere into Bantry Bay. Irish Water, working in partnership with Cork County Council, will invest over €13 million in this project. Once operational, the new plant and associated infrastructure will ensure compliance with wastewater discharge regulations. It will also improve water quality in Bantry Bay and protect recreational waters for swimming, surfing, fishing, boating and sightseeing, as well as protecting the integrity of the local marine environment. Glan Agua MEIC Ltd. is working on behalf of Irish Water to deliver this essential project, which will be delivered in compliance with stringent Covid-19 controls. Works on the project are expected to commence towards the end of February 2021 and will take 16 months to complete. Anthony Kavanagh, Regional Infrastructure Lead with Irish Water, commented on the project, “We are looking forward to delivering this important project on behalf of the local community in Castletownbere. All new infrastructure has been sized to accommodate future population growth and the project will enhance the local environment and provide a platform for social and economic development of the area well into the future.”

“The project will involve construction of a new wastewater treatment plant at Drom South, as well as a long marine outfall pipeline that will safely discharge treated wastewater near Doctor’s Rock to the south of Castletownbere town. Construction of new sewer pipelines, rising mains and pumping stations will also be required to transport wastewater to and from the new treatment plant in Castletownbere.” “We look forward to working with the local community to deliver this essential project in conjunction with our partners Cork County Council and Glan Agua MEIC Ltd. and eliminating the discharge of untreated wastewater into Bantry Bay.” Irish Water and our appointed Contractor, Glan Agua MEIC Ltd., will be in contact with the local community in Castletownbere in the coming weeks regarding the upcoming works as well as throughout the project. For more details on the project, please check out our Castletownbere Sewerage Scheme project page.

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Clarecastle to benefit from works to end the discharge of untreated sewage Irish Water, working in partnership with Clare County Council, is progressing with works to upgrade the sewerage infrastructure in Clarecastle, Co. Clare. This will help eliminate the discharge of untreated wastewater into the River Fergus and the greater Shannon Estuary, bringing significant environmental, social and economic benefits to the area. This project involves the construction of 2.1km of new wastewater pipelines and upgrades to the existing Quay Road wastewater pump station. The first phase of works involve the construction of 311m of sewer main between Clarecastle Church and Quay Road are due to get underway on January 4th 2021 for a period of five weeks. These works have been brought forward in order to facilitate the Clarecastle Streetscape Rejuvenation Plan which is being supported by Clare County Council, Clarecastle Community Development Committee and the local Tidy Towns group and which will lead to significant enhancements in the heart of the village. This project is due to get underway in February 2021. The construction of the remaining works including sewer rising main and upgrades to the pumping station are expected to get underway in early 2022. Seamus Glynn, Irish Water’s Regional Infrastructure Lead, said: “Safeguarding our precious water resources and protecting the environment are the highest priorities for Irish Water. We are very pleased to be starting construction works on this important project for Clarecastle which will lead to improvements in the water quality in the River Fergus and the Shannon Estuary and the protection of its waters for recreation, fishing, swimming and boating. “This will also provide a platform for social and economic development in the area into the future as the new infrastructure will be designed to accommodate ongoing population growth. “We are particularly happy to be in a position to support the local community’s streetscape improvement plans by bringing forward the timeline for the completion of the initial phase of works.” The works are being carried out by Ward & Burke Construction Ltd on behalf of Irish Water. Traffic Management will be in place during the course of these works and will include a stop and go traffic system. The works are due to start on Monday 4 January 2021 from 08:00 for an expected duration of 5 weeks. Irish Water is working at this time, with our local authority partners, contractors and others to safeguard that the health and well-being of staff and the public and to ensure the continuity of drinking water and wastewater services. We will continue to provide updates to the local community in advance and during these works. Further information is available from the project team at ClareUWW@water.ie

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Wastewater treatment plant works due to begin in Coachford, Co. Cork Irish Water, working in partnership with Cork County Council, is constructing a new wastewater treatment plant and upgrading the sewer network in Coachford, Co. Cork. Works on this essential project are progressing in accordance with the current Level 5 Covid 19 restrictions and will begin next week. The project will be delivered by Electrical & Pump Services Ltd (EPS) who are working on behalf of Irish Water.

A Road Opening Licence has been granted by Cork County Council and the works are scheduled to begin on Monday 25th of January 2021 and continue until Saturday 3rd of April 2021. In order for the works to progress safely and efficiently, EPS intends to implement a lane closure and a Stop/Go Traffic Management System throughout the main street of Coachford village to facilitate the construction of the sewerage network upgrades. 100m sections of the road will be affected at any one time during the works and local access will be maintained throughout the duration of the works. Signage will also be erected to show access points as works take place and EPS will liaise with the community during the course of the project. Speaking about the project, Infrastructure Regional Delivery Lead, Séamus Glynn said, "This project is hugely important for Coachford and its future development. The works represents a €6m investment by Irish Water which will see a new wastewater treatment plant being built, along with upgrades to the sewer network itself. This will ensure the areas wastewater is treated effectively, it will protect the environment while also supporting economic and social development" Irish Water thanks customers for their patience while we carry out these essential works. Irish Water regrets any inconvenience caused. Our customer care helpline is open 24/7 on 1850 278 278 and customers can also contact us on Twitter @IWCare with any queries. 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. Irish Water would like to remind people to follow the HSE COVID-19 advice and ensure frequent handwashing.

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New contract to upgrade the sewer network in Mallow town Irish Water is delighted to announce the signing of a new contract to upgrade the sewer network in Mallow. Irish Water, working in partnership with Cork County Council, will invest over €14 million in this project. Once completed, the new sewer infrastructure will ensure compliance with wastewater discharge regulations. It will also improve the performance of the sewer network and water quality in the River Blackwater. Combined Sewer overflows (CSOs) will be eliminated at nine locations along the River Blackwater, which will protect the integrity of the local environment and benefit the River Blackwater Special Area of Conservation (SAC). The new wastewater infrastructure will enhance local amenities and provide a platform for social and economic development.

Ward and Burke Ltd. have signed the contract and will work on behalf of Irish Water to deliver this project. Works on the project are expected to commence in the coming months and will take 24 months to complete. Eunan Canavan, Regional Infrastructure Lead with Irish Water, commented on the project, “We are looking forward to delivering this important project on behalf of the local community in Mallow. This project will enhance the local environment by alleviating sewer flooding and improving water quality in the River Blackwater, while all new infrastructure has been sized to accommodate future population growth.”

“The project will involve construction of 5.5kms of new sewer pipes as well as the removal of nine existing Combined Sewer Overflows.” “We look forward to working with the local community to deliver this essential project in conjunction with our partners Cork County Council and Ward and Burke Ltd.” Irish Water and our appointed Contractor, Ward and Burke Ltd., will be in contact with the local community in Mallow in advance of works commencing in the town and throughout the delivery stage of the project. Additionally, Irish Water is also progressing with upgrades to the wastewater treatment plant in Mallow, with the project also expected to commence in the coming months.

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Irish Water goes solar to reduce emissions at new Thurles Water Treatment Plant As part of its commitment to reducing carbon emissions and protecting the environment, Irish Water has integrated solar energy generation works at the recently completed Thurles Water Treatment Plant which will save over 40 tonnes of carbon every year. Working in partnership with Tipperary County Council, this project involved the installation of 230 solar panels on the roof of the recently constructed treatment plant, generating clean, renewable energy to run the plant. These solar panels will generate 83,264 kWh (kilowatt hours) of electricity per year – equivalent to the amount of electricity needed to power 20 houses. The generation of clean renewable energy will lead to a 10% reduction in imported electricity at the site, reducing overall running costs and greenhouse gas emissions. It also provides a backup source of energy in the event of power outages, further improving the resilience of the plant. All the solar panels have a 25-year power output warranty, generating energy for now and long into the future.

Sean Twohig, Irish Water’s Regional Infrastructure Lead, said: “The recent completion of the Thurles Water Treatment Plant has ensured that over 15,000 people in the area have access to a safe, secure and reliable water supply. Now, the completion of this element of the project means that that water is being treated and supplied in a sustainable, energy-efficient way. “This demonstrates Irish Water’s commitment to improving energy efficiency and reducing our carbon footprint. To date, we have made significant progress on the journey to become an energy efficient, low carbon, sustainable water utility. By 2020 we achieved over 32% improvement in our energy efficiency performance with a corresponding saving of over 75,000 tonnes of carbon. This project in Thurles is another important step along the way to meeting our target of 50% energy efficiency improvement by 2030.” Glan Agua MEIC Ltd delivered this project on behalf of Irish Water, with the works completed in December 2020. This follows a similar project in Nenagh Wastewater Treatment Plant in 2019 where the installation of 118 solar panels on the grounds of the plant has reduced carbon emissions there by 15 tonnes per year. For more on the project check out the Thurles Regional Water Supply Scheme project page. 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. Irish Water would like to remind people to follow the HSE COVID-19 advice and ensure frequent handwashing.

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Irish Water celebrates World Wetlands Day as new Integrated Constructed Wetlands (ICW) Project in Lixnaw enters commissioning phase

Irish Water is today celebrating World Wetlands Day with the completion of the construction phase of a new Integrated Constructed Wetland (ICW) project in Lixnaw. This innovative project will provide wastewater treatment for the village of Lixnaw and is now entering a commissioning phase for the next 12 months. The commissioning phase is required to allow the ICW system mature fully and for the plants and habitats within it to establish and function correctly. An ICW is a sustainable, natural wastewater treatment system that is designed to look and function in a similar way to a natural wetland. It is an environmentally friendly way to treat wastewater that will result in reduced operational and maintenance costs, as well as biodiversity creation, while also reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions. The ICW will ensure wastewater is treated in compliance with the wastewater discharge regulations and boost the area by enhancing the amenity value of the local environment, protecting health and supporting economic and social development. Following the commissioning period, there will be an open public amenity area with walkways and information signs within the ICW site for public use. The ICW project will add biodiversity value to the area by providing a habitat for local wildlife while remaining sensitive to the existing landscape. The ICW project is being delivered in partnership with Kerry County Council and through close collaboration with IE Consulting Ltd., VESI Environmental Ltd. and Healy Rae Plant Hire Ltd. who have constructed the ICW on behalf of Irish Water. Irish Water is investing €2 million project in this project.

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Commenting on reaching the commissioning stage of the project on World Wetlands Day, Paul Cremin, Regional Delivery Lead with Irish Water said, “Construction works at the ICW in Lixnaw have been substantially complete since December and the project is now fully operational. A 12-month commissioning period is now required to allow for the ICW system to mature and the plants within it to establish. Regular inspections and maintenance will be required during this period by the project team and we are asking the public not to enter the ICW area during this essential commissioning phase.”

“Irish Water is proud to deliver such an innovative project in Lixnaw. ICW projects run at about 10% of the operational costs associated with a conventional WWTP and they do not require the addition of chemicals to treat wastewater. Another big benefit of ICW technology is carbon sequestration; over the lifespan of this project, its carbon footprint will be negative as the amount of carbon sequestered will be far greater than that used in the build.” Irish Water and Kerry County Council will operate and maintain Lixnaw ICW and are asking the local community to play their part by only flushing appropriate items into the toilet (for more information see the Think Before You Flush section of our website) and also not to access the ICW during the commissioning period to ensure that the wetlands have the opportunity to establish sufficiently and thereby operate correctly and as designed.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank the local community for their patience and continued support, as we complete this project. We have worked with the local community from the very early stages of this project and look forward to welcoming them to the ICW site once it’s complete,” Paul said. “Irish Water is confident that this project will bring significant benefits to the Lixnaw area for many years to come.” This project is being delivered as part of Irish Water’s investment plan. Irish Water’s investment plan prioritises key outcomes such as leakage, water supply zones removed from the EPA’s Remedial Action List, areas where there is raw sewage entering the rivers, lakes and the sea (untreated agglomerations), and areas identified by the European Court of Justice under the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive.

Irish Water and our appointed Contractor, Healy Rae Plant Hire Ltd., will remain in contact with the local community during the commissioning phase and look forward to welcoming them to the ICW officially in the next year.

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Government approves landmark Climate Bill putting Ireland on the path to net-zero emissions by 2050 • •

Interim Target to reach 51% reduction by end of the decade will be enshrined in law Public urged to join the Climate Conversation and help create a new Climate Action Plan to begin the journey to Net Zero

The Government has approved the final text of legislation to set Ireland on the path to net-Zero emissions no later than 2050, and to a 51% reduction in emissions by the end of this decade. The Bill will also provide the framework for Ireland to meet its international and EU climate commitments and to become a leader rather than a laggard in addressing climate change. The Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill, which is a key commitment in the Programme for Government, will now progress through the Houses of the Oireachtas as priority legislation.

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The final version of the Climate Bill embeds the process of setting binding and ambitious emissionsreductions targets in law The Bill provides for a national climate objective, which commits to pursue and achieve no later than 2050, the transition to a climate resilient, biodiversity-rich, environmentally-sustainable and climateneutral economy The Bill provides that the first two five-year carbon budgets proposed by the Climate Change Advisory Council should equate to a total reduction of 51% over the period to 2030, relative to a baseline of 2018 The role of the Climate Change Advisory Council has been strengthened, enabling it to propose carbon budgets to the Minister which match our ambition and international obligations The government must adopt carbon budgets that are consistent with the Paris agreement and other international obligations. All forms of greenhouse gas emissions including biogenic methane will be included in the carbon budgets. However it is up to government to decide on the trajectories for different sectors. The Government will determine, following consultation, how to apply the carbon budget across the relevant sectors, and what each sector will contribute in a given five-year period.

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Actions for each sector will be detailed in the Climate Action Plan which must be updated annually. Government Ministers will be responsible for achieving the legally-binding targets for their own sectoral area with each Minister accounting for their performance towards sectoral targets and actions before an Oireachtas Committee each year. Local Authorities must prepare individual Climate Action Plans which will include both mitigation and adaptation measures and will be updated every five years. Local Authority Development Plans must be aligned with their Climate Action Plan. Public Bodies will be obliged to take account of Climate Action Plans in the performance of their functions.

Speaking, the Taoiseach said:

"This is a landmark day for Ireland. We all know that Climate Change is already happening, and the time to act is now. The Bill we are publishing today affirms our ambition to be a global leader in this field. As we begin our journey towards net zero emissions, the government is committed to tackling the challenges, and embracing the opportunities, this transition can bring our economy, our society and our country. We must continue to act, across Government, as there is no time to waste when it comes to securing our future." The Tánaiste, Leo Varadkar TD said:

"As we emerge from the pandemic, we must ensure that the road to recovery is a sustainable one. I am confident that the decarbonisation of the economy will present significant opportunities for Irish business, for trade and for new employment. Whether that be in the huge expansion of entire industries, such as retrofitting or offshore wind, by becoming an electricity exporter, or new jobs in cleantech, the early movers with the most ambition will see the greatest opportunities." Minister for the Environment, Climate, and Communications, Eamon Ryan TD said:

"We finally have urgent ambition set in legislation that puts Ireland on the road to net-zero emissions by 2050. We also have a legally-binding framework in place which includes accountability to deliver our target of a 51% reduction over the next decade. It’s time to set out a new Climate Action Plan, to begin the journey to Net Zero, by halving our emissions over the next ten years. In doing so, we can build a cleaner, more sustainable and secure future for us all." The preparation of the 2021 Climate Action Plan will involve a major public consultation being launched today. The government is inviting everyone to join the Climate Conversation and help chart Ireland’s journey to Net Zero, because net zero equals a better future for us all. We are asking Climate scientists, experts and industry to share their data-based technical proposals to support development of the Plan. We also want to hear from households and communities about what Government can do to further support them as part of Ireland’s journey to net zero. In the past two years emissions have fallen by 4% and 6%, but we need to go further. We need to reduce emissions by at least 7% per year to ensure a 51% reduction by 2030 and climate neutrality by 2050. There is no doubt that during the pandemic our capacity to deliver on a range of activities was challenged. We continued to implement the 2019 Climate Action Plan across Government Departments and over the lifetime of the Plan, succeeded in delivering on 78% of the actions. But now we need to double our efforts and there is no time to waste. That is why, while the Climate Action Plan 2021 is being developed, we are today recommitting to a set of Interim Climate Actions. The Interim Climate Actions 2021 will ensure continued delivery of climate action across Departments and their Agencies. The Interim Climate Actions 2021 can also be used as a basis for review – people can contribute to the consultation by highlighting where greater commitment is required and increased action necessary for the 2021 Climate Action Plan. Together we can turn ideas into action for a cleaner, brighter, healthier future for all. Join the conversation at gov.ie/climateconversation and help shape our 2021 Climate Action Plan. The consultation will remain open until 17.30 18 May 2021

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