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Editor’s Letter We welcome you to the second issue of Council Magazine and thank the many people who supported us on our first publication. The feedback we have received is phenomenal and we hope to continue to produce a high quality publication based on relevant and important local and national issues. The importance of local government can often be taken for granted but it’s only when you see a collage of stories on vital and successful initiatives carried out by county councils that you understand the extent of the many significant developments created by our local authorities. Waterford City will welcome back the International Tall Ships Races for a four day Festival and celebration in August this year. I spoke to Waterford County Council on how the visit of the Tall Ships will be the biggest event in Ireland in 2012 and how it will provide a major boost to all city businesses, enhancing Ireland’s position as a major International event destination. The Irish Food and Drink Industry is Ireland’s most important indigenous sector, employing 106,000 people, with a turnover approaching €24billion. A recent “Food and the City” workshop and discussion document on the critical importance of the food sector in Dublin took the opportunity to bring various sub-sectors and agencies together to discuss how opportunities for Dublin could be optimised in terms of economic development. President Barack Obama’s upcoming visit to his ancestral home of Moneygall is making headlines around the world. We examine his roots in the Offaly community, his rise to presidency and what this trip can do for Ireland. We also speak to Offaly Council about preparations for the occasion. The Creative Dublin Alliance is a network of diverse leaders that meet to discuss and implement solutions in response to the challenges that Dublin faces as an internationally competitive city region. In a global economy, city-regions compete internationally as attractive places for investment and development. As the economic driver of the national economy, and the core of the city region, becoming more internationally competitive is a key challenge for the city. Council explores the need and successful developments of this Alliance. From around the country, the Heritage Council is encouraging people of all ages and interests to get involved in National Heritage Week taking place from the 20th – 28th August 2011by organising an event in their community. Brian O’Driscoll has been awarded the County’s first Civic Honour, following a formal nomination by An Cathaoirleach, Cllr Lettie McCarth. The superb rugby player, whose career has been defined by many outstanding moments, was recently named by Rugby World magazine as the World Player of the Decade, and just became the highest try scorer in the history of the Six Nations tournament. Plus many more interesting stories. We hope you enjoy this issue.

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Jack Keyes, Cavan County Manager

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Dublin – A city that works

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Offaly’s American Dream

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Waterford is ready to set sail for 2011’s biggest national event - The Tall Ships Race

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Seventy Thousand Spectators Watch Limerick’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

118 Clane Building Works – Overall Kildare Entrepreneur Awards Winner

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Sustainable Energy Supplement

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SEAI first organisation in Ireland to be SWiFT 3000 certified

119 Retrofitting – Home Energy Saving

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Annual Energy Show attracts 4,000 visitors to the RDS

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A life time adaptable home model reaffirms Louth’s title as “EU age friendly County”

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Green Business

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Viral Video competition brings Offaly into the future

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Award winning Donegal town

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Money grows on Trees for forestry investors

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New Pilot Incentive Scheme For Limerick Retailers To Occupy Vacant Properties Is Launched

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Boost For Irish Film Industry As Cork Screen Commission Is Launched

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121 iPhone app brings heritage sites back to the future 122 119 Architects enter designs for Tullamore Community Arts Centre 123 “Education in Ireland” encourages a learning environment for international students 124 HELIOTHERM - a pioneer in high efficiency heat pump technology 126 The Creative Dublin Alliance 128 Drogheda Borough Council slashes development levies to boost job creation


Jack Keyes, Cavan County Manager Having to constantly compete to be recognised as a serious contender in enterprise and innovation, Cavan has gone on to accomplish phenomenal achievements in sustainability, business and tourism. Sally Harding O’Neill talks to Cavan County Manager, Jack Keyes, on why he is committed to putting this rural county on the world map. Cavan is one of the many rural counties in Ireland that faces immense challenges when it comes to attracting commerce and overall interest in its assets. Not being a major urban centre, means, that, like a competitive sibling in a large family, complacency or contentment has no place in this modest Leinster community having to continually fight to justify its ranking in the brood. However, from humble beginnings to ground breaking advances in social transition, Cavan is fast becoming a county recognised for its numerous successes across the board. A Kildare, native, Jack Keyes’ working career first took him to Dublin, where he studied engineering in UCD. Following this, he worked in the private sector for 10 years before joining Dublin Corporation in 1986. He became Offaly County Council’s Director of Services for Planning and Community in 1999 and served five years in that and other posts in Corporate Affairs, Housing & Cultural Affairs, before his appointment as Cavan County Manager in 2004.

“I saw becoming County Manager as a unique opportunity and I have enjoyed the challenge it has provided me with over the past four years. It’s like sport in that it’s a team effort. We’re all part of the same team in Cavan Local Authorities and we strive to continually improve.” Keyes continues to strive to make the county an attractive opportunity for both companies and visitors alike.

Modernization In 2010, Cavan was the first town outside of major urban centres to receive an on street charging point for electric vehicles. The provision of the point, at the front of the Courthouse in Cavan Town, clearly proves the local authorities commitment to working towards environmental sustainability and the importance of what it represented for the county was invaluable according to Jack Keyes. “ We

The philosophy embraced by Cavan County Council is that people with disabilities should have full access to every service and therefore accessibility initiatives have become part of the fabric of how the local authority carries out its work. This is evidenced given that Cavan County Council was shortlisted in all six Ability Award categories as Mr Keyes explains.

“This was the county’s proudest achievement for many decades. The competition for the award was extremely intense. We were competing with all other local authorities and government departments, literally the whole public sector. We are a modest county with modest resources and our success last year was based on attitude more than facilities,” he continues, “ When the judicators came, they didn’t just see two or three major structural improvements. We have buildings and state of art disability access here, but there were a number of small

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If Cavan wasn’t excelling enough in areas of modernization, 2010 also saw the county declared the overall 02 ability award winners for its pioneering work in the creation of access facilities for the disabled. The presentation of this national award recognised the Cavan local authority for its

work in implementing an array of initiatives in making life more manageable for people with disabilities. Such measures include wall-mounted hydraulic lifts at the local swimming pool to help disabled users; accessible parking at the motor tax office, as well as an automated queuing machine, facilities for hearing aid users at counter, and Braille signage.

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very much wanted to make a statement that we were encouraging and embracing move in that direction. We want to be at the country’s fore front in the areas of sustainability and the whole green energy area,” he concluded, “It will take a couple of years before the charge points around the country are fully utilised, and the local authority purchased its own van to give an example.”

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things that happened through the communities that really made an impression,” recalls Keyes. It’s little wonder those in power were impressed with the council, given the development of a playground or ‘outdoor gym’ for older people in the park with Con Smith Park now increasingly accessible, with the addition of the wheelchair accessible merrygoround for children. Another aspect to this initiative is DisabledGo ( www.disabledgo.com), an award-winning disability organisation that produces online access guides to a huge range of venues, including 500 venues and services throughout Co. Cavan. This website provides information that ensures that people with limited mobility or visual or hearing impairment can see at a glance whether a bar, restaurant or shop meets their needs without having to physically go in and ask. “ It was one of the highlights of the

many decades for Cavan and a very proud moment for me,”says Mr Keyes.

Cavan creates first carbon neutral Fleadh This year, marks the 6oth anniversary of the first Fleadh Cheoil Na hEireann and Cavan’s second year of hosting the diverse traditional Irish Music event. 250,000 people attended the Fleadh in 2010 making it the second biggest annual event in Ireland after the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin. €38 million was generated from the Fleadh last year making the financial benefits very significant indeed. “Because we are

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a county that is not very well known in comparison to others, the exposure of the world and national media has given a huge boost to the area. People are now thinking about Cavan in a different way and there has been numerous return visits because of the beautiful scenery,

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the hotel standards and all of the activities available for tourists,” says Mr Keyes. He adds, “ Cavan is one of those hidden jewels in Ireland that is not always known about.” Last year saw the first ever Green Fleadh - “ an Fleadh Ghlais” initiative put into practice with the involvement of local participating businesses ensuring that all aspects of the Fleadh were carried out in an environmentally sustainable manner. This ranged from maximum separation of waste and energy saving light bulbs to efficient hot water heating and refrigeration methods. This process is designed to increase efficiencies and make substantial cost savings on energy, waste and water. Properties which achieve the “Green Hospitality Award Eco Label” gain national and international recognition for their concern for the environment.

“ This was an extremely successful initiative reflective of what is going on in the county in terms of sustainable practices. There was extensive work done with restaurants and businesses in terms of introducing cost saving measures to ensure that they would save a lot of money on energy. Small businesses who participated in this last year said that it has actually saved them €10,000 over the year,” says Mr Keyes, he also commented, “ We audited all of the carbon foot print from the time people left their homes to come to the fleadh and added all of the activity and energy used. It was the first ever carbon neutral fleadh as well as having the huge green emphasis. Cavan Fleadh Committee says that 458 tonnes of Carbon will be produced by the Fleadh Cheoil and have committed themselves to off-setting this Carbon by planting a Native Oak Woodland in Co. Cavan in october 2011.A host of talent has been added to the line-up for this


“Jack Keyes, Labras O Murchú and the then minister for Agriculture, Brendan Smith at the launch of the E.S.B. E.car during the Cavan fleadh”

years Fleadh with many of Ireland’s best loved performers from music, dancing, singing and street theatre attending this compelling cultural event celebrating Ireland’s living tradition. Some of the top names in traditional music are playing at the fleadh including a particular range of talent coming from the USA this year to preform at the major concerts.100 different events are planned including celis, music sessions, lectures on literature and arts events, as well as the informal side of the event which the county manager explains, probably attracts more spectators than the main activities.

“ We are trying to get musicians together, young and old to play with each other on the streets and in the pubs. This was incredibly successful last year,” he adds, “ Walking through a sunny street in august with music being played by all of the generations is a sight to behold. People learning from and and getting to know one another is, in essence what the fleadh is all about.” The Fleadh Cheoil Na hEireann 2011 is a partnership effort between the county council, chamber of commerce and Comhaltas Ceoiltori Eireann. The huge scale of the event has meant that planning and organising activities have been a huge logistics exercise for all involved. “ Cavan County

The new M3 Motorway was finished ahead of schedule in 2010 and encompasses over 60km of new motorway and dual carriageway providing for safer journeys, enhanced

to Cavan is now a pleasure with state of the art roads and attractive views. It takes very little over an hour to get to my office here in Cavan from Blanchardstown which makes the county accessible to markets and to visitors. It is the biggest thing that has happened here in many years.” With so many accolades, initiatives and national events that any major populated county would be grateful to achieve, it’s clear to see that Jack Keyes and his team have only scratched the surface of the potential of this county. I wanted to know what was next for Cavan.

“ Cavan like a lot of rural counties is going to have to find particular niches where it can specialise. The Quinn enterprise is obviously very central to our economy. We are a county of business opportunity and there is fantastic work being done with Enterprise Ireland developing some of these indigenous enterprises.” “ Our future is about being innovative and highly skilled, keeping that hard work ethic which is really special to this region. We have challenges, obviously, because we are looked upon by foreign investment development as being not a major population centre so we really have to work on all of the other areas. We are not there yet but we have something very exciting to offer to people that want to come and visit us.”

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When I came here in 2004, I was asked what the most important piece of infrastructure I wanted for Cavan and I said it wasn’t in Cavan at all, it was the M3 motorway!” he adds “ It is an absolute life line for the county as driving

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Council has been very central to the operations. We are really trying to encourage families to come in August as there will be enough events to entertain everyone and lots of interesting things to see in the county. There is an electric atmosphere at the fleadh and because of the times we are in, an explosion of hope, spontaneity, colour, and hopefully sunshine is what we all need. We are really looking forward to it here.”

economic connectivity and easier access to and from the nation’s capital, another celebrated moment for Cavan. “

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Dublin

Dublin – A city that works Survey finds out what’s hot, what’s not and what people want to see changed in Dublin

Dublin is a great place to live and work in, a fun place to be with lots to see and do. Its friendly people, compact size, thriving arts scene and cultural diversity are among its top assets according to the findings of yourdublinyourvoice.ie, the first ever local government-led opinion panel in Ireland. It sought the views of people who live, work, and study or visit the Dublin Region. Almost 2,300 people, representing all ages and backgrounds, over 60 nationalities and every county in Ireland, replied to the survey between October and December. 

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Along with voicing their opinions on the positive aspects of living in Ireland’s capital, Dubliners also raised their concerns for cleaner streets, improved public transport and to feel safer at night.  They also want more action on street begging, drink and drug abuse and anti social behaviour. Not surprisingly, finding a job is perceived as difficult in today’s economic climate.  Remarkably in spite of all the economic turmoil of recent times Dubliners are upbeat about living, working and studying in Dublin. According to Lord Mayor Gerry Breen, who presented the survey report to Phil Hogan TD Minister for the Environment,

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Heritage and Local Government, “The findings of ‘Your Dublin, Your Voice’ are important for decision makers in areas like planning, transport, policing, tourism, business and sports because they give an insight into what real people think about Dublin and what they want to change. As well as asking people about what they thought was good and bad about life in Dublin, the survey also asked people how they felt about new initiatives in the city. Almost all respondents thought Luas and dublinbikes were good for the city. Other findings included a big majority in favour of Metro North and for sourcing water from the Shannon for the Greater Dublin region.” Minister Hogan remarked that “In a new era of government where accountability and participation are the cornerstones of renewing our democracy, this Initiative by Dublin’s Local Authorities is both timely and needed”. The Minister stressed the importance of increased citizen involvement particularly in Local Government and observed that the use of Internet and new media tools would prove essential. The findings of ‘Your Dublin, Your Voice’ will be assessed at the ‘Hear it, Debate it, Change it’ workshop planned for May.


Dublin Key findings: Almost 90% (over 2,000) of respondents were positive about the fact that their job or place of study was in Dublin and a similar percentage would recommend Dublin to family and friends as a great place to visit. The majority felt so strongly about Dublin that over 70% would prefer to live in the capital than anywhere else in Ireland In the opinion of one respondent Dublin’s strength was that its “a vibrant international city with a small town feel”. Some 88% of respondents welcomed diversity in the city and felt that this was one of Dublin’s key strengths. One respondent commented that “It’s the people that count. They have never lost their generous warmth” Another respondent observed that Dublin is a place “where you can see a city, a fishing harbour, and the mountains in one day.”

Here key decision makers from local government, business and policing will identify actions that will bring the kinds of changes that the respondents called for. These are just some of the findings of ‘Your Dublin, Your Voice’, Dublin City Council has released the results today and they can be viewed on www.yourdublinyourvoice.ie ‘Your Dublin Your Voice was carried out by Dublin City Council in collaboration with Delve Research and was conducted in accordance with the Marketing Institute of Ireland Member Code of Practice. It is the first of quarterly surveys Dublin City Council and its partners will carry out. Dublin City Council carried out the survey with the support of Dublin Regional Authority and Fingal, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown and South Dublin County Councils. 2

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Not surprisingly only 16% of respondents felt that Dublin is an easy place in which to find a job today.  Some of the worst things about Dublin highlighted included the perception of significant levels of anti-social behaviour, street begging, drink and drug abuse. These aspects were identified as a negative by 36% of respondents. Many of the panel members feel that drugs use   has had a serious impact on the image of the city centre and is something that needs urgent attention from all stakeholders that operate in the city

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Respondents identified Dublin’s key strengths as its people (31%) in particular their humour, friendliness and warmth, its culture and arts (17%), its compact size (15%) and its diverse cosmopolitan feel (13%)

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Offaly

Offaly’s American Dream When Barack Obama’s ancestors left famine stricken Ireland to set sail for New York’s Ellis Island in hope of a better life in America, little did they know that their decision was to change the course of the world’s history forever, writes Sally Harding O’Neill. Just four years ago, Barack Obama learned of his Irish ancestry and a little over two years after being sworn in as the 44th President of the United States he will make a historic visit to his family’s roots in Moneygall, Co. Offaly. The County Council, businesses and local people are gearing up to welcome the first African American President of the United States in May, and since Irish – American relations have always carried a firm bond, the fact that Barack Obama’s story originates in Ireland can only further bind the alliance. Mr Obama announced his intention to visit Ireland when Taoiseach Enda Kenny presented him with the traditional bowl of shamrock on St Patrick’s Day this year and stood proudly by his Irish blood. “I intend to come to Ireland in May, and I’m expecting to go not only to all the famous sites, but also to go to Moneygall, where my great-great-great grandfather hails from,” he said. The President added, “Two years into my presidency, some are still bent on peddling rumours about my origins, so today I want to put all those rumours to rest. It is true my great-great-great-grandfather really was from Ireland. It’s true. Moneygall, to be precise. I can’t believe I have to keep pointing this out.”

White House officials vet Moneygall An advance party of more than 30 US officials and security staff took a tour of Moneygall recently in preparation for American President Barack Obama’s visit. The group comprised US Embassy staff, the White House, the US State Department and agents from the Secret Service who were checking out the locality in advance of Mr Obama’s visit to his ancestral hometown. Two Garda outriders accompanied the black suited officials, who arrived in a blacked-out coach and van. There they were joined by members of the Department of Foreign Affairs as they toured the   village.

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They walked through the village taking pictures of the streets and visiting the local GAA pitch. They also took pictures of Ollie Hayes’ pub, going so far as to photograph the toilets. Mr Hayes is hoping President Obama might drop in and sample a pint of Guinness. “I do hope he comes in here, it would be brilliant,” he said.    If the local GAA pitch is used as a landing site for the US President’s arrival, it will mean Mr Obama will briefly set foot in Tipperary before he arrives in Offaly, since the GAA club is located on the Tipperary side of the county border. Offaly County Council is also preparing for this momentous occasion by sweeping roads and repairing footpaths. The OPW has been down on security detail and locals themselves have been cleaning up the village. Cllr Peter Ormond commented, “It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to showcase Offaly to the world. We have journalists ringing from all over the world, people sending presents and Dulux paint gave us

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free paint for all the houses in the village. It’s all happening in Moneygall.” Cllr Ormond added that once Mr Obama was elected as US president, the people of Moneygall were confident that he would visit the village. US Ambassador Dan Rooney visited Offaly and Moneygall last year and spoke of Obama’s desire to visit the Emerald Isle to find out more about his roots. “When he was first nominated it was a bit of fun, but once he got elected the Embassy got involved and certainly we’ve been confident he’d visit since then.” Cllr Ormond added, “That while it would have been wonderful to have Obama visit while Brian Cowen was still Taoiseach, life goes on, and Taoiseach Enda Kenny will be welcomed to Offaly as well.” As well as stopping by in Offaly, President Obama is expected to hold a national address from Croke Park on 23 May. The speech will take place as part of a mass rally set to mark the beginning of Obama’s whirlwind tour of the nation.

The Irish connection Obama’s family history can be traced back to 18th Century Ireland and the Kearney family of County Offaly, then Kings County. One part of the family had relocated to Dublin


Offaly and prospered in the wig industry. Wigs were an essential item of clothing for men of stature. The business of making, dressing and making wigs brought prosperity to wig makers throughout the country – including the Kearney family. By the time wigs fell out of fashion, the Dublin Kearney’s had already taken on other established professions. The most notable Kearney of this time served as provost of Trinity College and went on to become Bishop of Ossory. Meanwhile in Moneygall, Obama’s 5th great-grandfather William Kearney (1762-1828) and his son Joseph (c. 1794-1861) worked as rural shoemakers. When famine struck in the 1840s, the Kearneys’ world changed. In just five years, nearly a quarter of the people in Offaly starved to death, emigrated or perished from disease. During this desperate time, a surprise inheritance brought the Kearneys of Moneygall their best chance for survival.

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Margaret, and Margaret’s husband. And finally, Phoebe and children William and Mary (Anne) booked passage on August 28, 1851. Two years later, Falmouth married Charlotte Holloway, and U.S. Census records show that by 1860 the couple had several children and lived in Deerfield, Ohio. In 1870 they were farming in Tipton County, Indiana. Charlotte and Falmouth died in 1877 and 1878. They were parents to six daughters and three sons. Their daughter, Mary Ann, went on to become the great-great grandmother of the 44th president.

Sites that Remain Several sites connected to the Kearney’s remain in Moneygall. The site of the Kearney home is located on the main street in the town and a plaque commemorating Obama appears nearby. A few houses away and across the street, the 1800 School House likely served as a school for the Kearney children and could have been the family church.

Joseph married Phoebe Donovan around 1825, and they had at least four children. During the 1840s, an unexpected inheritance helped Joseph and his family escape the ravages of the Irish Famine. Joseph’s younger brother Francis had emigrated to the United States and upon his death left a tract of land to his older brother “if he comes to this country.” The last will and testament had been filed only a week before Francis’ death.

Outside of town, the Church of Ireland at Templeharry was likely the family’s main church. It is believed the Kearney’s would have been buried in Cullenwaine Cemetery, but no visible headstones remain. Archaeological research could uncover stones buried beneath the surface.

The Kearneys were not able to make the journey together. To pay for his transport, it is likely Joseph sold his property rights in Offaly and sailed from Liverpool to New York City on April 25, 1849. A year later, he sent for his oldest son, Falmouth, who was about 20 years old, his daughter

Obama is the first African American to hold the office. He previously served as a United States Senator from Illinois from January 2005 until he resigned following his election to the presidency in November 2008.

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Offaly A native of Honolulu, Hawaii, Obama is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he was the president of the Harvard Law Review. He was a community organizer in Chicago before earning his law degree. He worked as a civil rights attorney in Chicago and taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004. Obama served three terms in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004. Following an unsuccessful bid against the Democratic incumbent for a seat in the United States House of Representatives in 2000, he ran for United States Senate in 2004. Several events brought him to national attention during the campaign, including his victory in the March 2004 Democratic primary and his keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in July 2004. He won election to the U.S. Senate in November 2004. His presidential campaign began in February 2007, and after a close campaign in the 2008 Democratic Party presidential primaries against Hillary Rodham Clinton, he won his party’s nomination. In the 2008 general election, he defeated Republican nominee John McCain, and was inaugurated as president on January 20, 2009. In October 2009, Obama was named the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize laureate. Media outlets are reporting from around the world how this ground breaking visit is boosting morale in the country following our recent economic troubles. Mr Obama said “he was sure the US would continue to co-operate with and to give practical assistance where possible to help his ancestral country.” Whatever it provides, the most powerful man in world politics standing proudly by his Irish roots can’t be a bad thing right now. It’s only sad that his family in Moneygall never knew the mark they were to make on the world.

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Waterford

Waterford is ready to set sail for 2011’s biggest national event - The Tall Ships Race Founded by Viking adventurers almost 1,100 years ago, Waterford is no stranger to sailing ships and taking into account that the Great River Suir still dominates the thriving city centre, there could be no better host port for this spectacular and colourful world event, writes Sally Harding O’Neill

the Parade of Sail on July 3, 2011, the Tall Ships will race around Ireland’s south, west and north coast to Greenock, Scotland and most Irish trainees will then return home on scheduled flights from Glasgow Airport.

Olivia O’Reilly, Project manager from Waterford City Council explains that the event provides a lot more for partakers than just a competitive occasion.“ The whole ethos of the race is that young people with different backgrounds, religion and ethnicities can come together and work as a team in sailing a ship. It is a competitive race so their time spent on board will consist of really knuckling down and working well together to ensure the ship is both safe, and, of course, that they have a good chance of winning.”

500,00 visitors to the event are predicted making this the largest event in Ireland this year. With such a presumably lucrative opportunity for the economy as a result, it is by no accident that Waterford is this year’s successful candidate . “ In 2005, we hosted the Tall Ships Races very successfully and because it resulted in an economic gain of over €30 million for the city , it was decided that we should bid again. It was a competitive process whereby ports all over Europe lodged applications to host it, and in 2008 we got the fantastic news that Waterford would be the start port in 2011,” added Olivia.

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The Tall Ships Race is an annual event with its genesis dating back to 1956 when “Sail Training Tall Ships” was founded to encourage international friendship and training for young people in the art of sailing. The maiden voyage was a race of 20 of the world’s largest sailing ships with sailors hitting the waters from Torquay to Devon to Lisbon. The race was originally intended as a last farewell to the era of the great sailing ships , however, public interest was so intense, that race organisers founded the Sail Training International Association to direct the planning of future events. Since then, Tall Ships’ Races have occurred annually in various parts of the world, with millions of spectators.

The race takes place over four to five ports with the first leg being competitive, a “cruise in company” to the third port and another dash for the final furlong . The competition is open to young people between the ages of 16 – 25, however, novice sailors over this age are welcome with a stipulation that 50% of the crew have to be in the earlier mentioned bracket to participate in the event. When they leave Waterford after

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Later, there will be a cruise-in-company from Greenock to Lerwick in the Shetland Isles. The second race in the series will then go from Lerwick to Stavanger, Norway from where the third and final race will bring the fleet to Halmstad, Sweden. The cost for a trainee is said not to exceed €750 to include accommodation on the ship prior to and during the race to Greenock as well as the flight back to Ireland.

Preparations for the four day festival have relied strongly on a volunteer effort and the project organisers have had no shortage of keen supporters with the majority of the committee being volunteer led. The only exception to this is the logistics team which is led by the city council and the event health, safety and traffic committees being led by the


Waterford Gardai. Olivia and her team have also recently recruited over 450 volunteers who will lend their skills as liaison offers and welcoming ambassadors for Waterford. “ The community is very much involved to the fore end of this project and they have been working very hard,” says Olivia. Ireland’s tourism industry, like many, has taken a bashing over the past few years and although it’s a different economic climate than what existed in 2005 when the event last occurred here, based on the visitor numbers and the average spend that is evident from different festivals in Ireland over the past couple of years, the race is estimated to generate over €30 million for the city, according to the city council. With improved road and rail networks it’s doubtful that they will be too far off that target which is sure to be a morale flowing tool in local businesses. “ We set a target for €1 million to be raised between regional and local businesses. To date we’ve raised €900,000 through our sponsorship packages,” Olivia continues, “ our main event partners are RTE , WIT, Waterford Crystal, Three and Bulmers and that is only at the top level. At a lower level, we have 30 or 40 businesses involved with the event and everyday we have people ringing to see what they can do for us. It has engaged the whole city and momentum is very much building.” The event will run from June 30th for four days and will include a public opening on the city’s beautiful plaza. Keith Barry, the illusionist will be on hand to work his magic on revelers, a day time fireworks spectacle will take place and

Brian Ferry will be the the headline act for the opening night of the event. “ On the first night we have the captain’s dinner, a breath taking fireworks exhibition will be visible on each of the nights and on Friday we hope to a have a Guinness Book of Record attempt aimed at children in an attempt to have the largest gathering of pirates in one place!” Olivia commented. One of the highlights is sure to be the crew parade on Friday 1st July through the city centre streets and into the park. There, all of the crew of the respective ships will display their national flags, from Brazil to Norway to Russia promising a visual masterpiece. The headline act on Friday, July 1 is The Waterboys who will be supported by Waterford’s O Emperor while the Saturday, July 2 headline act will be the Sharon Shannon Show with special guests Damien Dempsey and Dessie O’Halloran. “ There will be a crew party for up to 1500 crew in WIT and there will also be a fringe festival on top of all of that so there is plenty to see and do in Waterford,” Olivia continues, “ It will be the biggest quay side party in Ireland ever.” The Tall Ships Race is being organised by Waterford City Council and supported by Failte Ireland.

For further information log on to www.waterfordtallshiprace.ie

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Food for Thought “Food and the city” workshop gets huge attendance as Ireland embraces its potential in the food sector, reports Sally Harding. The Irish Food and Drink Industry is Ireland’s most important indigenous sector, employing 106,000 people, with a turnover approaching €24billion. It accounts for two thirds of all indigenous exports and total exports this year will exceed €7.5billion. According to a recent report entitled “Pathways for Growth” prepared for Bord Bia by Professor David Bell and Mary Shelman of the Harvard Business School, Ireland by 2016 could set itself the goal of becoming the most efficient, most highly innovative food and drink country in the whole world.

that one of the advantages of having her business there was the convenience of getting into the city centre for corporate catering. “There is a lot of under utilised land and many buildings in the city in these regeneration areas and they have the great advantage of being very close to the core of the city, with good road links and a source of employment for local people,”commented Kieran.

“Ireland’s food and drink industry faces significant shortterm challenges related to cost competitiveness and depressed global demand, as well as future longer term challenges the sector in Ireland’s economy. Yet Ireland has a critical (and increasingly scarce) natural resource trusted supplier, proximity to a large base, international reputation as a premium market with a single currency, and global consumer awareness that is much larger than the country’s land mass might suggest,” says the report. Ireland’s hospitality sector has always been instrumental to the economy as tourism is one of our most valuable industries. With the recent workshop’s attendance featuring an array of cross sections, it is clear that people are broadening their horizons in terms of investment opportunities like never before. Architects, developers and planners joined market operators, cafe owners and experts in the food sector to discuss and learn about Dublin’s prospects in this wide area.

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Deputy Lord Mayor of Dublin, Councillor Edie Wynne launched the workshop and discussion document on the critical importance of the food sector in Dublin in April. The workshops’ aim was to bring various sub-sectors and agencies together to discuss how opportunities for Dublin could be optimised in terms of economic development and employment generation, and according to Kieran Rose of Dublin City Council it was a full house.

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“The venue was full to capacity with more than 120 in attendance with most of them staying the full morning which is quite unusual these days.,” he adds, “ The food sector in this country is tremendous. The agricultural food sector is one of our primary industries and food is becoming much more important in the world in general, instead of an oversupply they talk now of having an under supply,” says Kieran. Dublin City Council’s new Dublin City Development Plan 2011 – 2017 recognises the crucial role the food sector plays in the development and regeneration of Dublin city. A speaker at the event was Jean Anne O’Brien, founder of “Artizan foods”, a full service catering company for the private and corporate sector based on Cork Street. She noted

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Thriving food industry Surprisingly, during the boom years it wasn’t five star restaurants that dominated Dublin city’s culinary scene but trendy cafe bar offerings with cosmopolitan menus and casual atmospheres. It seems we can do it as well as Paris and New York when it comes to food culture and having an inviting reputation to boot has gone down well with travellers. “Time and time again we are told Ireland has a natural friendliness and informality often mentioned in guidebooks. As a tourist, you can’t afford or simply don’t want to, dine in high end restaurants all of the time and casual eating out in Dublin, especially, is apparently a big draw for people. When you go to places like Spain or France where you once thought the food was incomparable, their menu doesn’t seem so exceptional anymore because our food had improved so much.” A major focal point of the workshop was jobs and employment opportunities in the food and tourism sector. It was the first time various sub sectors met together to talk to one another about what Dublin city can and should do. Ireland is probably unique in the sense that food enterprise goes right down the food chain taking agriculture, farming, retail and tourism in to account making this a perfect opportunity to get this country off its knees. As well as encouraging new means of employment, the government development plans are for grounding initiatives that are not local economy dependent like agriculture and tourism. “There is a whole area of places that employment could be generated besides retail and grocery which is quite considerable. Take into consideration processing, producing


and of course tourism. The Guinness Storehouse is our biggest national tourist attraction a long with places like the Jameson distillery etc,” says Rose.

Innovation is key One topic was that came up was the physical aspects of the city with Fallon and Byrne proprietor Fiona McHugh confessing that it was the attraction to the building itself (a then Telecom Éireann exchange building on Wicklow Street, just off Grafton Street) as much as a love for food that drove the project created in 2006 by the former journalist, her property developer husband, Paul Byrne and restaurant owner, Brian Fallon. Innovation to develop new products and services to meet consumer demands as well as global consumer demands was also stressed. Declan Ralph, Retail Development Director with BWG Foods, operators of the SPAR, EUROSPAR and MACE brands in Ireland, gave one of the keynote presentations at the workshop with his presentation, ‘Food Glorious Food’, the possibilities that Ireland’s record in food innovation offers”. Declan says, “In recent years Ireland has developed a growing reputation as a food producer and innovator, with the convenience and food retailing sector hailed as an example of best practice internationally. In SPAR Ireland (part of BWG Foods) food innovations such as Kitsu Noodles, Russell & Ryan Butchery, and Chill Off Licence have now been successfully exported across the globe - as far away as China. Food For the City: Food For Thought is a great opportunity for different organisations to come together and learn from each other.”

The latest state of the art model for the Spar stores where the Insomnia coffee chain now resides sees people coming from around the world to view this latest format. “This is fantastic for tourism and promoting Ireland and last month Spar had its annual HR conference in Dublin so it’s interesting how all of those things are driving tourism and driving Ireland’s reputation abroad,” says Kieran Rose.

Dublin food festival Another cog in motion is the creation of a food festival in Dublin in which Dublin City Council will take a lead role and the development of a retail aspect to the current wholesale fruit and vegetable market in the city with the potential to become a showcase for Irish produce and a visitor attraction in itself. With such vast potential in food and tourism and the magnificent establishments, products and services this area already provides, you can’t help but to wonder if emphasis had been put across all of Ireland’s merits such as this over the past decade, we might be in a very different place right now. “The discussion saw dynamic and creative entrepreneurs, people that have huge interest in food, team up to discuss the industry. It’s those people that are driving the area forward which is invaluable. On the consumer side, there is a great interest and love for food that we didn’t have before and this was very much reflected in the really positive response to the workshop and to the initiative itself.”

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Seventy Thousand Spectators Watch Limerick’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Limerick celebrated its largest EVER St Patrick’s Day Parade with over 4600 participants taking part in the colourful event as the city celebrated being crowned 2011 EU City of Sport. Gardai estimate that close to 70,000 spectators watched five of Limerick’s most popular and successful sporting heroes lead this year’s Limerick St Patrick’s Day Parade sponsored by Limerick City Council, including transatlantic rower Sean McGowan who proudly travelled the parade route in ‘Tess’- the boat he used to become the first Irishman to singlehandedly row across the Atlantic Ocean. He was joined by fellow Grand Marshals; Ireland and Munster rugby hero John Hayes; Limerick GAA star, Gary Kirby, Ireland’s most capped hockey player, Eimear Cregan, and former soccer player/manager Eoin Hand. SUSTAINABLE ENERGY

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Highlights of the day included Giant rugby balls, sliotars, soccer balls and a HUGE 40ft flag to celebrate Limerick as EU City of Sport 2011, the Northside Learning Hub presented their interpretation of the Amazing Circus of Sport! Firebreathers, stilt walkers and local belly-dancers from Shahira Dance group entertained the crowd and The Whitehouse Poets featured a unique float commemorating all Limerick born poets over the past 1400 years.

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With over 4600 participants, it is believed Limerick city hosted the largest regional parade in the country. The Northside Learning Hub once again took the honours for Best Float while the Filipino community won the Most Entertaining Group award. Local dignitaries including Minister for Finance Michael Noonan, Minister of State, Jan O’Sullivan, Kieran O’Donnell TD and Willie O’Dea TD attended on the day with the Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Maria Byrne, members of Limerick City Council and invited guests to witness more than 100 entrants in the parade. “It was a fantastic parade truly showcasing the best of Limerick sport and our hundreds of community groups who put in such a wonderful effort with their imaginative floats and demonstrations,” said Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Maria Byrne. “We were blessed with the weather and the thousands of spectators on the streets really enjoyed themselves on what was a very enjoyable day.” The event was sponsored by Limerick City Council in conjunction with Shannon Development, Fáilte Ireland, Stryker and Limerick’s Live 95FM.


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INTRODUCTION Energy is a precious resource which must be conserved. A sustainable energy supply, both in the short- and the long-term, is needed for promoting both economic development and people’s quality of life, as well as protecting the environment. The economic aspects of adopting an agenda of energy efficiency across the board are themselves founded in practical sense. The resources that are used to fuel transportation and provide power for all of the various functions that have become an integral part of the way in which the modern world operates are not as endless as was once believed. Natural gas and fossil fuel sources that have been relied on so heavily for over a century are being depleted from a lack of energy efficiency at rapidly increasing rates, due to the demands of booming populations of developed nations and infrastructure improvements in third world countries. Advancements in biofuel technology, wind and hydraulic power sources, solar energy, and new designs in fuel cells and electric batteries for transportation have already been proven to increase energy efficiency. In time, the costs associated with these forms of power will decrease as they become more integrated into the current global infrastructure. We introduce part 2 of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland’s five year plan. In this we explore Dundalk’s Great Northern Housing project, a unique collaboration between Louth County Council, the HSE Northeast and the Dundalk Institute of technology that saw the creation of 16 ground breaking “intelligent” homes that can enhance the quality of life of older people through ambient assisted living technologies and sustainable design features. Over 4,000 energy professionals attended the recent Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) annual Energy Show at the RDS in Dublin in March. This year’s Energy Show highlighted the significant strengths of Irish companies in the areas of energy efficiency and renewable technologies and the huge opportunities for Irish businesses in the emerging clean tech sector. For the first time this year, SEAI also hosted a Product of the Show Award and a Sustainable Energy Innovation Award. After a rigorous judging process by a panel of energy experts, Philips Electronics Ireland was awarded Overall Product of the Show Award for their Philips Master LED bulb, the first dimmable LED replacement for a 60W GLS bulb. Green Business acts as a resource efficiency mechanism publicly-funded by the Environmental Protection Agency under the National Waste Prevention Programme (NWPP). It provides free advice, recommendations and reports for small to medium enterprises with the aim of supporting companies in reducing waste, saving water and conserving energy. Ireland produces over three million tonnes of municipal waste each year with small and medium enterprises contributing over half of this commercial and industrial waste issue, we examine how a few simple steps can save a business substantial capital throughout the year. SUSTAINABLE ENERGY

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An introduction to

Energy saving at home

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About Sustainable Energy Ireland Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI) is Ireland’s national energy authority with a mission to promote and assist the development of sustainable energy. Its activities cover two main areas:  Energy Use

SEI can help to reduce the amount of energy we use in Ireland by assisting our homes, businesses and industries to be more energy efficient.  Renewable Energy

By promoting the development and wider use of renewable energy in Ireland, SEI can help to further reduce the threat of climate change and further benefit the environment. You’ll find up to date information about our activities, as well as advice and tips, on our website at www.sei.ie

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Contact us, engage with us, ask for advice, put forward your ideas. We’re here to listen and to help. By working together, we’ll create a greener, cleaner, sustainable energy future for Ireland.

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What is the Power of One? If each of us becomes aware of our own power when it comes to energy efficiency, and use it properly, we can collectively make a big difference, to ourselves, to our pockets, and to the environment. By taking individual responsibility and changing our behaviour in small ways every day, we’ll help save energy while we save money too. All we have to do is recognise our power, and use it. That’s what the Power of One is all about. For more information check out www.sei.ie/powerofone

What is the Power of One street? Power of One street was created as a real-life energy makeover challenge which took place in 13 ordinary Irish households, a school and a business, in 2007 and 2008. The challenge was designed to demonstrate to householders across Ireland how simple and beneficial it is to adopt energy-saving habits in the home, as part of their everyday routine. And like most makeovers, the before and after difference in terms of energy, CO2 emissions, and money saved was staggering. See their results on page 4. For more information log on to www.sei.ie/powerofone

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Brennan family

€ 793

3.2 tonnes

21%

Watterson family

€ 282

1.3 tonnes

19%

Horler family

€ 832

3.6 tonnes

18%

Conway family

€ 394

1.9 tonnes

25%

Joyce family

€ 389

1.9 tonnes

21%

Ratoath GAA Club

€ 295

2.7 tonnes

13%

Cork School

€ 1750

8.1 tonnes

18%

Heffernan family

€ 763

3.7 tonnes

19%

Carroll/Cassidy family

€ 352

1.8 tonnes

20%

Davies family

€ 424

1.9 tonnes

20%

Gleeson family

€ 543

3.9 tonnes

22%

Crowley family

€ 493

2.7 tonnes

16%

Heery family

€ 328

1.8 tonnes

14%

Meehan family

€ 920

3.2 tonnes

27%

McCabe family

€ 519

3.3 tonnes

15%

The Power of One street participants made a combined annual saving of over € 9,000 on their energy bills and the total CO2 reduction achieved was 45 tonnes.


Getting started on saving energy in the home We use energy to heat and light our homes and to run our appliances, TVs and computers. In fact, the residential sector is one of Ireland’s largest energy consumers, accounting for almost a quarter of our energy use - more than either transport or industry. And virtually all of that energy comes from non renewable fossil fuels with consequent emissions of CO2, a greenhouse gas that causes climate change. Being more sustainable offers sound financial and practical benefits. By becoming energy aware at home, you can save money, increase the comfort of your home and help to reduce climate change. Here are some common sense, practical ways you can reduce the amount of energy used in your home:

*Heating  Turn your heating down to a comfortable 20°C. By lowering your

thermostat by 1°C you can cut your heating bill by 10%.  Use TRVs (thermostatic radiator valves) to keep your rooms at a

constant, comfortable temperature.  Service your boiler regularly to maximise its efficiency, reliability and

safety. You could improve the overall efficiency by 10%.

*Insulation  Insulate the attic and walls to make your home more comfortable

and reduce heating costs. Between them they could reduce heat loss by 30-40%. Effective attic insulation can pay for itself in two to three years.  Draught proof windows and external doors to reduce heat loss,

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Lighting  Use energy efficient light bulbs, Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs),

instead of traditional bulbs. CFLs consume only a fifth of the energy and last up to 10 times as long.  Turn off lights when leaving a room.

Appliances  Look for the energy label (rated A to G, with A being the most

efficient) when buying a new kitchen appliance and choose the most efficient one you can. It will save you money on energy bills and be less harmful to the environment.  Unplug or turn off electrical equipment that’s not in use – appliances

on standby use up to 20% of the energy they would use if turned on. For a full explanation of how you can improve the overall energy efficiency of your home, read our guide Householders, be your own energy manager.

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Getting around The number of cars on Irish roads has increased by over 50% in the past ten years, private cars now represent 60% of all road transport energy use. As a result, transport emissions represent a large proportion of overall polluting emissions (78% of carbon monoxide emissions and 22% of carbon dioxide emissions). So when out and about, some of the ways you can make changes for the better include walking, cycling and taking public transport. We can all play our part in helping to reduce the impact of cars on the environment.

Think about when you drive  Avoid using your car for short or unnecessary journeys. Try walking or

cycling instead. It’s great for your health.  Take public transport when it’s available. It’s cost effective, convenient and

you’ll be helping the environment.

Think about what you drive  Check the Environmental Labelling of Cars. Under EU and

Irish law, the motor industry must clearly display the fuel economy and CO2 emissions of new passenger cars. Labels indicate the energy performance of cars on an A to G range, with A being best. New cars registered are now subject to VRT and annual road tax based on their CO2 emissions, so the more efficient the car, the lower the VRT and tax.  To find out how your car rates check out the ‘How Clean is Your Car’ section

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Think about how you drive A more energy conscious driving style could save you significant amounts on petrol or diesel and is also safer and more relaxing. 

When starting your car, turn the engine on and drive off gently, without delay. This will reduce excessive fuel consumption and pollution.

Reduce unnecessary drag. Removing unused bike racks or roof boxes will save 15-40% fuel consumption.

Keep cool by using the car’s vents, rather than leaving the windows or sun roof open, this will save a further 3-5%.

Save fuel in town. Avoid over-revving the engine and drive in as high a gear as is suitable to road conditions.

Maintain your car regularly. A properly serviced car, with good engine lubrication, wheel alignment and well adjusted brakes, will reduce your fuel consumption. It will also be safer and more reliable.

A range of publications on the following topics can be downloaded at www.sei.ie/publications  Sustainable energy  Energy management in the home  Electricity  Heating  Insulation

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SEAI first organisation in Ireland to be SWiFT 3000 certified

The collaboration between National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) and the Institute of Directors in Ireland (IoD) took a significant step recently with Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) becoming the first organisation in Ireland, to be certified to the SWiFT 3000: Code of Practice for Corporate Governance Assessment in Ireland. SWiFT 3000’s primary objective is to provide organisations of all sizes and types with a standard framework of assessment of compliance with relevant corporate governance codes. More than a dozen key professional bodies engaged in the promotion of best corporate governance practice participated in its development through an NSAI consultative committee, including the public and private sectors and corporate governance experts from academia.  It specifies the requirements for the Corporate Governance Assessment (including board effectiveness) in companies and involves an independent external assessor reviewing a company’s compliance with their corporate governance codes and obligations.

Professor Owen Lewis, CEO, SEAI, said, “This certification is a testament to the governance culture developed by the SEAI Board and the hard work and dedication of the team at SEAI in implementing the process. I would strongly encourage other board members, company secretaries and business owners to implement SWiFT 3000 as an essential element in their overall strategy. The award of SWiFT 3000 certification to SEAI will assure our stakeholders that we have the right structures, behaviours and practices in place and help us to continuously improve upon our corporate governance standards.” Concluded Ann Riordan, “There has been significant and widespread industry and stakeholder support for SWiFT 3000, including from the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement, Corporate Governance Association of Ireland, Irish Small and Medium Enterprise Association, the Institute of Public Administration (IPA), Standards in Public Office Commission, as well as companies and organisations across both the public and private sector. The code is more demanding than a tick box approach as we have decided that in the area of corporate governance we do not want to simply match best practice internationally but wish to set a culture for higher standards. We do not want to be a follower but a leader on corporate governance.”

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Speaking at the announcement, Ann Riordan, Chairperson, NSAI and president of IoD said, “We are all too aware of the corporate governance failures in Ireland; they have impacted heavily on Ireland both at home and abroad. Our reputation has been tarnished with investors, consumers and governments alike.  Now more than ever our political and

Since the launch of the SWiFT 3000 Code last year, the first group of technical assessors have been independently qualified to undertake the assessment process. Organisations which meet the specifications of the Code will be awarded the SWiFT 3000 Certification by an independent accredited certification body. 

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Mr. John Perry T.D., Minister for Small Business, stated, “Good corporate governance is about transparency, accountability, fairness, responsibility and disclosure. It has never been more relevant as collectively we begin the process of rebuilding Ireland’s reputation with our country’s neighbours, the markets, potential investors and consumers.  NSAI are not just ‘talking the talk’, with SWiFT 3000 they are leading the corporate governance agenda and re-affirming stakeholder confidence in Ireland. The certification of SEAI is the first in Ireland and Europe and shows that Ireland is prepared to lead the corporate governance agenda, not follow it. SEAI are a role model to other organisations and I urge them to follow SEAI’s lead regarding their corporate governance culture.”

business leaders need to support each other to ensure that the message of Ireland being open for and ready for business is delivered both at home and abroad. Organisations that undertake the independent assessment of their corporate governance will send clear signals to their shareholders, investors and to the international community that they are operating to best practice.”

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Annual Energy Show attracts 4,000 visitors to the RDS Signals Strong for Thriving Energy Sector

Over 4,000 energy professionals attended the recent Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) annual Energy Show at the RDS in Dublin which ran from Wednesday March 30th to Thursday March 31st. This year’s Energy Show highlighted the significant strengths of Irish companies in the areas of energy efficiency and renewable technologies and the huge opportunities for Irish businesses in the emerging clean tech sector. Minister Pat Rabbitte, who officially opened the Show, was on hand to greet exhibitors and to outline his support for the continued work of SEAI, underlining the importance of energy innovation as a driver of Ireland’s economic recovery. “Sustainable energy offers many opportunities for businesses in Ireland – both for companies bringing innovative energy saving products and services to international markets, and for companies who have adopted energy efficiency as a core practice.  Green jobs have an important role to play in our economic recovery as businesses are beginning to realise the benefits to be achieved from sustainable energy. “

and the ideas at business level to deliver on the potential of a thriving export-led green economy.” For the first time this year, SEAI also hosted a Product of the Show Award and a Sustainable Energy Innovation Award. The Product of the Show Awards were welcomed by the 200 exhibitors who had the opportunity to submit their best energy products across four different categories. Eight companies were shortlisted for the Award; the Wave Energy Conversion Corporation of Ireland, EnDeCo, Kingspan Renewables, Trislate, Activation Energy Ltd, EcoAppz, Belfield Technologies and Powersavvy Ltd After a rigorous judging process by a panel of energy experts, Philips Electronics Ireland was awarded Overall Product of the Show Award for their Philips Master LED bulb, the first dimmable LED replacement for a 60W GLS bulb.

 Professor Lewis continued:  “Positive things are happening in the energy sector. We must now take the opportunity to ensure this dynamic sector is front and centre of our exportled economy, and that we align the structures at policy level

 The Energy Show featured a whole host of companies and products across the sustainable energy sector, from the latest in intelligent energy management systems to cutting-edge renewable energy devices in the areas of solar photovoltaics,

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Reflecting the high calibre of companies and energy entrepreneurs in attendance, SEAI Chief Executive Professor J. Owen Lewis, said: “It is evident from the success of this year’s Energy Show that companies are embracing the significant opportunities that exist within the clean tech sector. A level of innovation and entrepreneurship is driving investment and growth potential in this expanding sector   and many Irish companies are looking overseas as they assess the export potential for many of their businesses.”

Energy entrepreneurs Dr. Ger Devlin and Brian McDonnell, based at NovaUCD, the Innovation and Technology Transfer Centre at UCD, won the inaugural Sustainable Innovation Energy Award. The winning product, the HIDLightSaverTM, is the result of research into the costs associated with lighting and High Intensity Discharge (HID) lamps found in street lighting, floodlit arenas, motorways and retail outlets. The HIDLightSaverTM was developed and manufactured in Ireland and will help organisations reduce their energy costs and associated carbon footprint by as much as 35%, and the technology has the potential to generate savings of €14 million on street light running costs alone.

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biomass boilers and ocean energy. An electric vehicle exhibition area also attracted great interest amongst visitors with a number of suppliers and manufacturers displaying the latest available models of electric vehicles including cars, vans and trucks. The judging panel comprised of Brendan Halligan, Chairman SEAI, Niamh Boyle, Managing Director Corporate Reputations, Terence O’Rourke, Managing Partner KPMG Ireland and Joe Harford, Director of the Tara Winthrop Private Clinic

For further information visit www.seai.ie/energyshow

Sustainable Energy Innovation Award • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Winners of the Energy Show Product of the Show Awards: Overall Product of the Show Award 2011 Philips Electronics Ireland Product: Philips Master LEDbulb Best Energy Efficient Product (Domestic) Potterton Myson Ireland, Product: Baxi Megaflo eco Best Energy Efficient Product (Commercial) MA Services, Product: Weishaupt Digital Burner Range Best Innovative Product Philips Electronics Ireland Product Philips Master LEDbulb Best Renewable Energy Product Grant Engineering (Ireland) Product: Grant Condensing Wood Pellet Boiler Best Services Provider Authentic Solutions. Product: ECOdrive Fleet Training Special Award Sheep Wool Insulation, for their range of environmentally friendly insulation materials made from natural wool

the importance of energy innovation as an important driver of Ireland’s economic recovery. He said: “Sustainable energy offers many opportunities for businesses in Ireland – both for companies bringing innovative energy saving products and services to international markets, and for companies who have adopted energy efficiency as a core practice.  Green jobs have an important role to play in our economic recovery as businesses are beginning to realise the benefits to be achieved from sustainable energy.” According to SEAI’s Chief Executive, Professor J. Owen Lewis: “Around the world, clean technology is on the agenda for policy makers, entrepreneurs and investors. In Ireland, momentum is building and the message from business here today is that this is an active sector, where new markets are being sought and where innovation is happening on a daily basis. We must now take the opportunity to ensure this dynamic sector is front and centre of our  export-led economy, and that we align  the structures at policy level and the ideas at business level to deliver on the potential of a thriving export-led green economy .”  The Energy Show is attracted 200 exhibitors, many of which are leading the way in sustainable energy solutions, including those involved in innovative energy management systems, energy efficiency products and the latest renewable energy technologies.   5,000 professionals are expected to visit the Show which is expected to generate approximately €30 million in revenue over the two days. “Philips Electronics Ireland was awarded Overall Product of the Show Award for their Philips Master LED bulb”

Action Required by Business and Government to Deliver on Export Potential - Focus of SEAI’s Energy Show 2011~ SUSTAINABLE ENERGY

Speaking at the Show, the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte T.D. underlined

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Ireland has significant and growing strengths in the areas of energy efficiency and renewable technologies and business and policy makers must now work together to deliver on the export potential that exists within these key areas. This is the message from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) at the opening of the Energy Show 2011.

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A life time adaptable home model reaffirms Louth’s title as “EU age friendly County” Energy efficiency is a major concern for older people. The design of the Dundalk demonstration development offers energy security, sustainable design features and cutting edge technology to allow people to live independently for longer, writes Sally Harding O’Neill

resources they now need in their own house to do everyday things like get up the stairs. These homes are able to adapt to meet the needs of the person as they develop.”

The building is designed to meet the changing needs of residents over time. An extensive wiring system in the homes enables new tele-health and monitoring equipment to be added almost everywhere. This can enable the remote monitoring of an illness so that a resident can live independently with peace of mind. Dave Storey of Dundalk Town Council tells me why he hopes this demonstration initiative will be a template for age friendly developments nationwide.

The homes are also structured to provide spacious and flexible but above all universally accessible layouts for the residents, and open out to a secure and shared garden. The Netwell Centre in DKIT has set up an aging in place research project on the Great Northern Haven which will provide valuable research in relation to housing for older persons.

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Living longer is one of the great successes of our society with older people positively contributing to the social, economic and cultural life of our communities. The Great Northern Housing project comprises of 16 “intelligent” homes in Dundalk that can enhance the quality of life of older people through ambient assisted living technologies, using the best of sensor and healthcare intelligence. The project promoters have teamed up with assisted living technology providers to help develop these systems and is a unique collaboration between Louth County Council, the HSE Northeast and the the Dundalk Institute of technology. Sustainable design features the use of a derelict city centre site, high levels of insulation, a central wood pellet boiler, mechanical ventilation, heat recovery and a green technology for water attenuation.

“The units were individually adapted for older people so that they could stay in them for the remainder of their lives without having to be transferred to a hospital for a long term stay,” says Mr Storey,” he added, “They may not have the

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The project is funded by the department of the environment, Dundalk Town Council, The health board and Atlantic Philanthropies. It was designed by MCO projects and feature an array of aids for an older person to feel safe in a supportive environment. The kitchen includes adaptable sinks and hobs, user friendly to a person with a disability that maybe wheelchair bound, with the advantage of adjustable levels for both. It also boasts heat control technology with the unit recognising the temperature level and includes a system that can open and close windows and blinds. Each home is designed to the individual needs of the person.

Louth is one of only nine counties in the EU that is recognised as an age friendly county by the World Health Organisation and on President Mc Aleese’s recent visit she could not contain her pride at the magnificent residential community saying “ I love it, It’s like living in the future.” Having received such critical acclaim across the board The


Louth Great Northern Haven project wants to create a model in Dundalk that could expand throughout the country. “ We are looking at this project in terms of moving forward as it could be a massive saving to the exchequer. It costs approximately €1500 a week to care for a patient in a nursing home between care, food and looking after the individual needs of a person. We feel that using this model, we could offer accommodation for a considerably cheaper amount that would meet people’s needs for the longterm,” commented Mr Storey. A patient’s nursing care bill comes to around €6000 a month, this unique project could offer a niche model for around €2000, significantly reducing the cost for everyone. So, if this scheme can not only give an older person independence, confidence and insurance of a secure and user friendly home but also benefit the economy by saving huge amounts of capital, surely there are plans for replica developments nationwide? “There is a lot of work to do to get it through to that stage but we are hopeful that it will happen down the line. The residents in Dundalk are very happy and have a real sense of community. They feel they are living in a safe and self sufficient environment,” he added, “ they don’t want to particularly go into hospital so the ideal scenario would be to build up little communities where people know there won’t be any reason to be admitted unless they have a serious illness. There are not always the facilities for them to live practically in their own home so even if they are sick, with a

health package scheme provided, they can live comfortably at home and maintain their freedom. They are only small things but they make a huge difference in people’s lives,” says Dave. Cllr Conor Keelan, Chairman, Dundalk of Town Council addressed the occasion of visit by president McAleese with this thought “ Our shared mission – and what has been delivered here at Great Northern Haven offers an excellent blueprint – must be to allow older people to live lives that are fulfilling and where their life experience is respected and valued.”

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Green Business Ireland produces over three million tonnes of municipal waste each year with small and medium enterprises contributing over half of this commercial and industrial waste issue. With this in mind, it’s no wonder GreenBusiness.ie is becoming a vital tool for modernising Irish businesses, writes Sally Harding O’Neill Green has become somewhat of a buzzword over the last few years and although recycling and reuse is a valuable asset, resource efficiency is about stopping costly materials being wasted in the first place. Green Business acts as a resource efficiency mechanism publicly-funded by the Environmental Protection Agency under the National Waste Prevention Programme (NWPP). It provides free advice, recommendations and reports for small to medium enterprises with the aim of supporting companies in reducing waste, saving water and conserving energy. Green business’s original objective was to aid small to medium manufacturing or process waste companies that didn’t have the means in house to deal with resource efficiency, however, this has now expanded and it also provides advice over the phone to office based enterprises.

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By registering your company online with Green Business, you will be directed to a questionnaire that will then let you avail of the waste auditing tool with links to the Energy Management Action Plan from SEAI, an online tool which provides a step by step guide to creating a best practice action plan for your

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business. The 20 steps of Energy MAP are divided into five pillars of excellent energy management: Commit, Identify, Plan, Take Action and Review. By registering online, you can create your own personalised Energy MAP plan which allows you track your progress through the 20 steps. As a society, we are all conscious of the effects of our carbon footprint on the environment but particularly in these times, companies have more of a need than ever to put cost saving efforts into motion. So, luckily, being eco aware won’t do any harm to their financials when you consider that waste alone can cost a business 5-20 times the cost of disposal and wastage of resources up to 4.5% of their turnover, according to the website. Clodagh Mc Grath of Green Business explains why an initiative like this is invaluable to an organisation and how privacy is top priority for this innovative site. “ There is up to seven days free advice for companies and the assessment reports are produced by technical experts in the industry’s specific field. For example, if you are in the food and


drink sector, a food and drink expert conducts your report resulting in a very unique and relevant report for your business. Reports average 30 pages and are quite technical and detailed in their content,” comments Clodagh. Concern for the the environment is valid reason enough for managing your business’s waste in a more productive manner but probably more of interest to enterprises now would be the amazing cost saving benefits and from what Clodagh says, the findings are staggering. “ This is year four of Green Business and we have conducted 60 green efficiency assessments and based on these findings it emerged that companies saved on average €26,000 from putting our recommendations into practice. ” With the many strands of environmental legislation in place to reduce the impacts business’s have on the planet, it’s essential that companies today have as much support, knowledge and guidance available to ensure that they are both protecting themselves as well as modernising their business. Having conducted so many reports over an array of industries, Green Business have been able to produce case studies, that monitor and implement process improvements for various companies. “ The reports are purely confidential and are only given to the company. No information is given to third parties or regulators. If we see any regulatory issues, we would advise people of them but a companies’s confidentiality is of upmost importance to us,” she adds, “feed back has been very positive and enterprises have found our recommendations successful resulting in a more efficient working system.” Modern business’s are expected to have an ethical conscience and while doing your bit can help the world around you, it can also offer commercial benefits for your company in the form of staying on approved supplier’s lists, attracting the best employees, ethical investors and lower insurance premiums. Clodagh tells me that Ethical investment is growing at twice the rate of other investment and ethical purchasing is now on a par with the cigarette and alcohol markets combined! “Many companies, including SMEs(small and medium enterprises) are now being asked by their larger customers and insurers about their environmental credentials and whether they have an Environmental Management System such as EMAS or ISO14001so it’s really in the best interests of a company to keep this in their mind’s eye.”

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printers, copiers and scanners. This reduces the use of consumables and discourages people from printing unnecessarily. Use a plumbed-in mains water filter, chiller or fountain rather than a replaceable drum water machine. This will save most offices hundreds if not thousands of euros per year. Purchase in bulk whenever possible. This uses less packaging and means you will need less deliveries to receive your goods. Encourage your suppliers to use returnable packaging systems. This will reduce their cost in the long run and reduce your waste bill.

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Do you know how much energy you are using? Do you know how much it is costing your business? Checking your energy usage when the site is not being fully used (e.g. overnight or during shutdowns) is a good way of identifying some of the wastage, for example equipment, lighting and heating that has been left on. Do you encourage/train employees to switch off lights and equipment when they are not needed? On average, offices waste €6000 each year by leaving equipment on over weekends and bank holidays. Do you make sure that computers and printers/ copiers/ scanners have the standby energy-saving mode activated? Computers should be set by default to turn the monitor off after five minutes and go into full standby mode after 10 minutes. Even standby often uses over 20% of the full power consumption however, so switching off is best! Are your thermostats set in a suitable place, away from drafts and heat sources to give a representative temperature measurement? If not, your heating will not be controlled properly and you will use more energy.

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Use printers and copiers that are set to print on both sides. Check your printer can do duplex printing. Does your office use recycled office stationery? Ensure any stationery purchased has high levels of recycled content. Encourage electronic circulation of documents and archiving to avoid unnecessary printing. If possible, switch to electronic billing for customers. Consider replacing any local printers and copiers with one or two large, networked, multi-function

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Energy Efficient Lighting in Offices September 1995

Potential For Energy Saving Lighting accounts for about 50% of total electricity used in Offices. Recent developments in lighting technology combined with planned lighting control strategies can result in very significant cost savings, typically in the range of a third to a half of the electricity traditionally used for lighting. There can be additional savings in energy consumption if the office space is air conditioned, as the new energy saving technologies produce less heat. In new installations energy efficient lighting costs little more to provide than the older less efficient kind. In retrofit situations, pay-back periods generally of between 1 and 5 years can be anticipated.

The purpose of this leaflet is to identify these technologies and techniques and to summarise their benefits.

Characteristics Of Offices • • • • • • •

High Staff/Space Ratio Fixed Working Positions Regular Work Period/Varied Occupancy Cellular & Open Plan Spaces High levels of Illuminance Central Lighting Control Daylight from the Sides

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The introduction of time and/or daylight controlled switching can achieve 20-40% savings, with a pay-back period of 2-3 years. A typical timing strategy would be to have the system switch off the majority of the lights (not the circulation/ safety lights) when the spaces are likely to be empty (i.e. before the work period, intermissions, lunch-time, end of the work period, after the cleaners have left), and provide local switches in the space for staff to turn on only the lights they require on each re-entry to the space. The provision of task lighting combined with local switching can achieve up to 20% savings, with a 3 year pay-back. The careful use of presence detectors in cellular rooms and in shared areas e.g. corridors, toilets, circulation routes, meeting rooms, can achieve worthwhile savings of up to 20% in those areas. With large open plan offices where the fluorescent lighting is on a separate circuit another strategy is to control the voltage to this circuit. This is done by means of an autotransformer which, once the lamps have been switched on and are stable, automatically reduces the voltage/current to the lighting circuit by 10-20%. The consequent reduction in light output is only 5-10%. Savings typically of 30% are achievable, with a pay-back period of 2-3 years. On a smaller scale, where 12V or 24V tungsten halogen lamps are used, reduction of the supply voltage by 3% will double the life of these lamps.

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Staff should be actively involved in energy saving. Without their co-operation most control strategies will not be successful. Explain that energy savings are not being made at the expense of the quality of the lighting. Properly designed and implemented energy efficient lighting schemes will not degrade the working environment. It is vital to provide staff with regular feedback on how the strategy is working. Lack of information will breed indifference and the potential level of savings will not be realised. An achievable target for Lighting Systems in Offices is 2-3 W/m2 /100 lux.

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26mm diameter fluorescent tubes with high frequency control gear are 25% more energy efficient than the older 38mm diameter fluorescent tubes with electromagnetic control gear. In addition, this technology can allow dimming of the fluorescent lamps, which in turn permits the matching of illumination levels to task requirements; i.e. efficient lighting. Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL) used in place of tungsten filament lamps achieve an energy reduction of 75% and an 8-10 fold increase in lamp life. 12V or 24V tungsten halogen lamps used in place of tungsten or parabolic aluminised reflector lamps (PAR) achieve an energy reduction of 50-70% and an increase in lamp life by a factor of 2-3. Modern luminaire and reflector designs have increased the efficient distribution of light by up to 30% over older models and provide glare control. This latter point is of critical importance when VDU screens are in use. A combination of ceiling mounted fittings for background/ circulation lighting, together with task lighting switched locally, can achieve energy savings of up to 20% when compared with a regular array of luminaires providing the full illuminance. Modern lamp/luminaire technology, in addition to being more energy efficient, also delivers longer lamp life (up to

Space Configuration

Maximise the use of daylight to reduce the need for electric lighting. Reduce the height of internal partitions or introduce glass panels in them to allow natural light from the sides to extend deeper into the building. Paint the surfaces (including the ceiling) with matt colours of high reflectance to maximise the effectiveness of the light output. Light/bright colours can reflect up to 80% of incident light; dark/deep colours can reflect less than 10% of incident light.

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Utilise the most energy efficient lamp/luminaire combinations Maximise the use of Daylight Make lighting control as ‘Local’ as possible Use light coloured walls and ceilings Get Staff involved in energy saving planning

50%) with resulting lower maintenance costs. Luminaires which utilise energy efficient lamps and control gear also produce less heat. This means that less mechanical cooling is required to maintain working conditions.

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foreword

The widespread adoption of more energy efficient behaviour has the potential to greatly reduce our dependence on imported fossil fuels, reduce our carbon emissions, lower our energy costs and lead to a more sustainable future. The Government has committed to achieving a 20% reduction in energy demand by 2020 through improved energy efficiency.

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I believe that the business community can and should demonstrate a leadership role in more efficient use of energy. By doing so, they can also achieve significant savings on their energy costs, enhancing their competitiveness and that of the economy as a whole. Sustainable Energy Ireland's work with business has proven that the opportunities are there and businesses that act on energy efficiency are rewarded with real cost savings.

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Now, SEI and Power of One - the Government's national awareness campaign for energy efficiency - are working together on a Power of One at Work campaign to encourage employees to extend the energy efficient behaviour they have adopted at home into the workplace. The campaign will also encourage business owners and managers to actively look at the scope for improving the energy efficiency of their business.

Energy in Business

The success of Power of One lies in the fact that it involves everyone and highlights their role in the drive to become more energy efficient and more sustainable in our use of energy. This report demonstrates some of the options available to business and the savings that can be achieved. I would urge all business owners and managers and their employees to study this report and think about how they can achieve the same results at work with less energy use.

Mr Eamon Ryan, T.D. Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources


there are good opportunities for

energy efficiency gains in business With increased costs and growing environmental concerns, energy efficiency has never been higher on the business agenda. Any business looking to its future competitiveness is looking at energy efficiency.

These themes shape this report:

Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI), the national energy authority, supports businesses interested in tackling their energy use through a range of advice and support programmes. Power of One at Work spreads the message – raising awareness and stimulating interest in energy efficiency among both employees and employers.

There are opportunities in energy supply

People are key Many technology solutions exist

Designing for efficiency is essential Business is now recognising that there is a new energy future, making energy efficiency a core strategic imperative. Those ready to take action are seeing the benefits – real cost savings and real environmental gains.

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This report draws together the experiences of many businesses in their work to tackle energy costs. SEI's work with business has identified a number of key dimensions of energy efficiency.

A structured response brings the greatest rewards

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Irish business will spend close to €2 billion

A recent study commissioned by SEI

on energy in 2007.

estimates that the commercial sector could

Energy use in industry grew by 45% between 1990 and 2005. At the same time, economic output grew by 224%. Moves away from the

save up to 25% of its current energy use through investment in economically viable efficiency opportunities.

more energy - intensive sectors are making

Ireland is committed to saving at least 20%

industry as a whole more energy efficient.

of energy use through efficiency gains by

SEI’s new advisory programme for SMEs has given direct energy advice to almost 200

2020.The economic benefits of these gains significantly outweigh the costs.

firms in its first six months of operation. Typically, an initial expert assessment identifies ready savings of more than 10% of current energy costs.

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Liam Tolton, Consultant Energy Advisor

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‘In my work as an SEI advisor for small businesses, I find I never leave a company after a short visit without identifying immediate savings worth more than the cost of my visit.’

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a structured response brings the greatest rewards When a firm’s energy actions are sporadic many good opportunities are never captured. It is now clear that those that take a fully structured, strategic approach will see the greatest benefits. The starting point is commitment from the top, supported by a systematic approach to identifying and

implementing opportunities. Larger businesses are looking to the Irish Energy Management Standard, IS 393, which provides a formal, certified system. Smaller businesses are availing of SEI’s Energy MAP, which provides a step-bystep system delivered online or through training courses.

During the process of implementing SEI’s Energy MAP, the plastics manufacturer Tech Group Europe Dublin identified initial energy-saving opportunities of €300,000, and as a result revised downwards their expected 2007 energy bill by 17%. Energy MAP training with businesses in the Finnibair Business Park in Dundalk has helped the group of companies identify initial energy saving opportunities valued at over €500,000.

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Many leading companies are working towards IS 393, the Irish Energy Management Standard, which is proving very successful in delivering strong energy savings. Cost savings of €20 million have already been identified by the first group of participating firms.

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‘We felt that a formal energy management system could enhance savings and encourage site-wide participation. Energy must be managed like any other resource, and ultimately the strategy must be embedded into the production process generally’ Martin O'Connor, Utilities Engineer, Pfizer Ireland, Little Island


tesco ireland

Tesco Ireland is a leading food retailer operating in 95 stores across the country. It has achieved significant energy savings through taking an integrated and structured approach to energy management across the whole business. For an investment of €1 million, energy savings of €1.7 million were achieved in 2006.

Tesco Ireland is one of the leading commercial sector organisations in terms of its implementation of a structured energy management system that incorporates all aspects of its business. This approach ranges from how stores arebuilt, through how they are managed, to the behaviour of all staff. Energy-efficient design has been incorporated into Tesco’s store design manual, ensuring that all new stores are built to the highest standards of efficiency and include consideration of renewable supply or other innovative elements. In terms of management, all store managers are allocated responsibility for energy efficiency

and are set targets for improvement. Energy monitoring is now built into normal management systems and routines. Tesco has operated highly successful energy-awareness campaigns for all staff, including a special week-long campaign highlighting different energy and climate change topics each day. It has also built energy awareness into its staff induction training, so that all new staff hear about the issue when they join. Building on its success to date, Tesco Ireland is now working towards certification to IS 393, Ireland’s Energy Management Standard. Tesco Ireland’s energy management system has resulted in a step change in efficiency thinking.‘The beauty of the system is that we have developed a standardised approach that brings all parts of the business up to the same high standard’said, Tesco Ireland Energy Manager, Michael McNerney.

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‘Our energy management system builds on current practices to incorporate energy thinking into everything we do. Energy efficiency is now built in.’

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people are key

Even with advanced processes and equipment, it is people that ultimately determine how energy is used. Many companies are recognising that energy efficiency is about much more than technology. Awareness campaigns, teams and training are all being used to encourage efficiency awareness and behaviour. Campaigns can link home behaviour to work behaviour,

as Power of One at Work is doing, capitalising on the growing interest in climate and energy issues among consumers and families. Behaviour change often offers better opportunities for energy saving than other alternatives. More than that, no efficiency initiative will work without bringing people along. This is the message of Power of One at Work.

The healthcare company Merck Sharp & Dohme (Tipperary) has adopted a company-wide goal to reduce energy usage by 25% by the end of 2008. People are at the heart of the initiative with an awareness campaign that makes each individual aware of their impact on energy use. The campaign revolves around the ‘Save-A-Watt-Wednesday’ programme, when all employees are encouraged to reduce energy use in their working environment and also in their own homes. Wyeth Medica Ireland (Newbridge) initiated a factory-wide campaign to ensure all equipment which could be switched off remained off at weekends, bank holidays and over the Christmas break. Annual energy savings of €150,000 have been achieved. The Defence Forces are also proof that you must first win over ‘hearts and minds’ to change energy-using habits. Their Energy Awareness Campaign involves the Barrack Commander in each of the 34 barracks championing the energy-saving drive. An Annual Utilities Award rewards those barracks that achieve the most. SUSTAINABLE ENERGY

Lynda Foley, General Manager, Carlton Atlantic Coast Hotel, Westport

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‘Our Green Team took some simple no-cost actions in various departments across the hotel which resulted in immediate reductions of energy of between 5 and 10%.’

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silver hill foods

Silver Hill Foods is a family-owned duck production and processing company, employing 200 people, based in Emyvale, Co. Monaghan. In 2004 it embarked on its Energy Management Programme, saving almost 10% of total annual energy costs.

The success of energy management depends on the cooperation, acceptance and participation of everyone involved. As Stuart Steele, MD of Silver Hill Foods, puts it, ‘Everybody contributes at Silver Hill’. Fundamental to Silver Hill’s success is buy-in from staff throughout the organisation. This has generated a culture change where teamwork is key and everybody contributes to the goal of getting energy under control. Through the participation of staff, a series of no-cost measures were implemented which have yielded welcome savings. The ‘Lunchtime initiative’ saved the company a

‘At Silver Hill, people are the key. Without individual’s commitment right throughout the organisation, our strategies and programmes would not be as successful.’

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total of a5,000 per annum simply by people switching off equipment at lunchtime and during breaks. Simple actions such as keeping doors closed between hot and cold areas and repairing all air and water leaks also yielded significant savings. The repair of leaks in the compressed air system resulted in the elimination of one compressor running constantly and led to an annual saving of a8,000.

Stuart Steele, Managing Director, Silver Hill Foods

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many

technology solutions exist

Often, the bulk of a firm’s energy usage comes from a relatively small number of users or pieces of equipment. For hotels it may be lighting, or for a small engineering firm it may be compressed air. By focusing on these key users and identifying priority actions, a company can demonstrate early success.

This concentrates time and funds where they can achieve the most. Early wins prove the business case for energy management, making it easier to embark on a more ambitious plan of action.

A visit from an SEI Energy Advisor helped vehicle movers Green Tiger Express identify a potential 40% saving in diesel usage on their transporters by eliminating engine idling during loading and unloading. Simply by changing bedroom and lobby lights to compact fluorescent bulbs, the Downhill Inn in Ballina, Co. Mayo is saving over €2,000 per annum. Tralee based Lee Strand Co-Operative Creamery cut a third off its energy used in processing each gallon of milk through a combination of measures including a variable speed compressor, maximising the use of daylight, low energy lamps and cold room door alarms. The initiative continues to produce €30,000 of savings every year.

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Jim Bergin CEO, Glanbia Ingredients Ireland

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‘As part of our focus on competitiveness, Glanbia has an ongoing commitment to adopting new, more stringent approaches to managing energy consumption and energy efficiency.’

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shamrock foods

Shamrock Foods is a leading food company and part of Origin Enterprises Plc, a subsidiary of the IAWS Group. New lighting equipment has cut the company’s energy bill for lighting by over 70%.

Shamrock Foods embarked on a project to reduce lighting energy use in its Dublin distribution facility. Management knew that their room for manoeuvre in negotiating impending energy price increases was limited, and with lighting accounting for 60% of overall electrical energy consumption, it was a key user to target. The results could hardly have been better – a massive 70% cut in lighting energy use. Operations Director, Michael Broderick, describes the outcome as‘an almost perfect solution ... improved lighting levels at a third of the cost, with maintenance, temperature control savings and security enhancement to boot.’

A well-planned and executed project was the key to such dramatic savings – delivered under strict health and safety conditions in a busy depot. The solution was to replace 700 inefficient high-bay metal halide lights with half the number of modern efficient fluorescent lights (each consuming half the energy), all fitted with movement sensors. Spin-off benefits included a cooler building, as the old lighting generated significant heat, and maintenance savings because of the longer life of the new lights. As lighting levels also improved, for a fraction of the cost, there was satisfaction all round from management and staff in the depot.

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Michael Broderick, Operations Director, Shamrock Foods

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‘In our business environment we are forced to continuously challenge our supply chain costs.This relatively simple project delivered many benefits and will now be replicated in other companies in the group, throughout Ireland, the UK and internationally.’

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there are opportunities in

energy supply Renewable energy is now more costeffective than ever, fuelling a boom in businesses installing alternative energy systems. These leaner and cleaner technologies now provide proven solutions to energy supply in business.

From energy efficient combined heat and power (CHP) technology, through to wood fuel bio-energy for heating, companies are realising that alternative energy is a smart business decision, with the added benefits of boosting corporate environmental performance and security of supply.

Mid Cork Pallets & Packaging, the largest manufacturer of wooden pallets in Ireland and the UK, has seen the monthly oil bill for its wood-drying kilns almost wiped out after switching to a new renewable energy boiler that uses the factory’s wood waste as fuel. Annual savings are almost €30,000.

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The solution to A&L Goodbody Solicitors’ energy requirements for its offices in the IFSC came in the form of tri-generation combined heat and power (CHP) technology. The supplier, CESenergy, was responsible for funding, developing and operating the CHP plant which generates on-site heat, cooling and electricity with estimated savings to A&L Goodbody of over €50,000 a year.

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Castlecool, a refrigerated warehousing and distribution firm, has managed its electricity demand to minimise usage during periods of peak demand and secured significant savings from the incentive schemes the Winter Demand Reduction Initiative and the PowerSave Initiative.

‘Following a review of energy costs at St Dymphna’s Hospital in Carlow, we decided to install a CHP generator. This is saving a 64,000 and 400 tonnes of CO2 annually.‘ Donal Deering, Project Manager, Health Service Executive


bewleys hotel, dublin airport

Bewleys Hotels is a family-owned group with four hotels in Dublin and two in the UK – each built to a four-star specification. At its Dublin Airport hotel, Bewleys installed solar collectors for water heating, saving around €15,000 and 46 tonnes of CO2 emissions a year.

On-site renewable energy technology can reduce costs, enhance environmental impact, and improve security of supply. Heating water can account for 50% of a hotel’s total energy costs, so any system that can reduce this bill permanently must be worth investigating. That was the thinking at Bewleys Hotels, when it was building its hotel at Dublin Airport. The design solution judged most costeffective was the installation of solar collectors, which use the sun’s energy to pre-heat water both for direct use and central heating. And yes, solar collectors

still work on an overcast day. Typical installations in Ireland save between 30 and 60% of water-heating costs, usually having a payback period of 6–10 years. Bewleys Dublin Airport Hotel has 56 solar collectors on its roof, feeding two 5,000 litre storage cylinders. The system cost a 210,000 and is saving abouta15,000 and 46 tonnes of CO2 emissions a year. ‘The system supplying green heat to the hotel is completely automated,’says Clio O’Gara, Brand Manager at Bewleys Hotels.‘It is a visible demonstration of our commitment to the environment.’

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‘The system is supplying a third of our hot water needs for free and guests value the fact that they are staying in an environmentally conscious hotel.’

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designing for efficiency is essential

The greatest savings are made when energy efficiency is built in from the start. Whether it’s a product, process or building design, the best opportunities are those seized at the outset, before work has even begun.

This should apply to all design decisions and equipment purchases. No amount of retrofitting can catch all the opportunities available at the design stage.

Carbery Milk Products carried out a major redesign project at its food-processing plant in Cork, recovering and using waste heat and rationalising its heat requirements. For an investment of just €1.5 million, savings of €1.7 million will be achieved every year. The Energy Team at the IBM Dublin Technology Campus challenged that normal practice of humidity control for certain high-tech production processes. Changing the process allowed them to avail of ‘free-cooling’ when external temperatures are lower, and reduce the demand for chilled water. Along with other projects this cut electricity consumption by more than 12%. SEI is currently working with several manufacturing firms on energy-efficient process design. In one case, incorporation of energy-efficient solutions into a new plant expansion design process has identified energy-saving potential of over 50% through measures that will pay for themselves literally overnight.

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Brian Motherway, Head of Industry, SEI

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‘Our work on energy efficiency design is showing that there is huge long term potential when business prioritises energy efficiency from the start.’

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musgrave group

Cork-based Musgrave Group is a wholesale and retail distribution business serving 3,000 retail partners in Ireland, the UK and Spain. Its new sustainable head office building has delivered operating cost savings of around 40% a year.

Throwing out a conventional office proposal and committing to an energy efficiency-led design approach allowed retail group Musgrave to bring energy costs down by almost 40% at its new Group Head Office in Cork. Not only is the 2000m2 building very energy efficient, it features solar-thermal water heating and a geothermal heating and cooling system that prevents the need for air conditioning. Instead, the primary energy source for space heating is the renewable thermal energy of ground water on site.

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These renewable energy systems proved to be a winning combination for the Musgrave Group, which collected SEI’s Renewable Energy Project Award for 2006.

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Other key features of the office building: • Increased insulation of exterior cladding and high-specification glazing • Intelligent lighting, including occupancy and daylight level sensors • An energy management system to optimise energy use • Alignment of the building to make the most of shelter from prevailing winds • Central atrium and internal layout that maximise ambient daylight

Musgrave had corporate environmental and energy commitments in place prior to this project, and decided to bring them to bear at an early stage of design work. Through iterative re-working of the original proposal, the total energy load was reduced by 75%, with CO2 emissions savings of 65%.

‘As our head office, the building should articulate our values and promote sustainability by example.’ John Curran, Group Environment Executive, Musgrave Group

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sustainable energy ireland programmes for business Taking Action From the smallest to the largest, savings are available to any business that tackles its energy use. Any response should start with a look at current energy use - where is it being used and why. Action should start in the place where most energy is being used and where most savings are to be found.

For information on any aspect of SEI's services for business, contact the Industry team at:

SEI offers supports to all kinds of business interested in tackling energy costs. From free advice to advanced training, from where to start looking to how to reach the highest standard of efficiency.

Power of One at Work offers tips for employees and employers, as well as awareness materials to download and use in your workplace. Visit www.powerofoneatwork.ie

T: 01-8082087 E: business@sei.ie www.sei.ie/business

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Energy MAP

Programmes for Small Business

Energy MAP (Energy Management Action Energy Assessments Programme) is a comprehensive yet practical, SEI offers firms free assessments to analyse approach to energy management. current energy use and identify immediate It offers a step by step structure that is easy opportunities for savings. Advice on to follow and implement, as well as specific appropriate monitoring and management is tips on a range of energy technologies and also provided. ideas. Guidance and tips are available for all Firms register with SEI and are matched with businesses, regardless of size or energy one of our energy experts, who will contact management experience. them and talk through their issues first by Advice on good energy management phone and then, if appropriate, on-site, for all types of business is available on the conducting an assessment of savings Energy MAP website, opportunities. www.sei.ie/energymap The expert will recommend the best actions for the firm and maintain contact over time to encourage the firm to act on these recommendations.

Energy Management Training

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SEI runs a range of flexible training courses (half-day, one-day or three-day) offering an introduction to energy management. Content is tailored to each audience’s needs and many courses include on-site assessments for participating firms.

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Sustainable Energy Awards

Programmes for Large Energy Users

The Sustainable Energy Awards encourage, recognise and reward excellence in energy management in the industrial, commercial and public sectors in Ireland. The awards focus on individuals, groups and organisations who demonstrate a strong commitment to including energy management as part of their overall management structure.

Energy Agreements Programme SEI’s Energy Agreements programme provides support to firms to apply a structured approach to reducing costs through the Irish Energy Management Standard, IS 393. IS 393 structures energy management in a firm to deliver a strong system that can deliver significant savings.

Large Industry Energy Network The LIEN is a networking and information programme for large energy using companies interested in cutting energy costs. Currently there are over 80 members comprising many of Ireland’s largest industrial companies and energy users, and together accounting for over half of all energy spend in Irish industry.

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Offaly

Viral Video competition brings Offaly into the future Offaly County Council in association with Midlands 103 is running a ‘Viral Video Project’ titled ‘Unique Reasons to Visit Offaly’. This is a competition open to families, groups and individuals of all ages. Interest in social networking sites has grown at a phenomenal rate in recent years with “Viral phenomenon” viral video campaigns being one of the most popular aspects through the process of Internet sharing, typically through video sharing websites and email i.e. Facebook, Bebo, Hotmail, YouTube etc. Viral videos often contain humorous content and include comedy sketches. This project is being promoted and supported by the Economic Development Office and the Arts Office of Offaly County Council in Association with Midlands 103. The project is seeking amateur, professional and recreational film makers to compete in the Viral Video Project in Offaly. This is an exciting new initiative aimed at raising the profile of Offaly nationally and internationally through Social Media but also affording our creative community the opportunity to capture their Offaly on film. Economic Development Officer David Minton said ‘social media provides us with an immense platform to market Offaly nationally and internationally. Offaly also boasts a wealth of people interested in film. This project is about marrying the two and providing the creative community the opportunity to portray their vision of Offaly’. He went on to say ‘we are also delighted that Midlands 103 has come on board to support the initiative and it reflects their willingness to support tourism in the region’. Sinead O’Reilly, Arts Officer speaking about the project said ‘this is an innovative departure for a local authority and we look forward to seeing the creative and ingenious ideas that are out there’. This is a social media competition and the winner will be selected by a point score made up of internet sharing and an independent judging panel. First prize will be a massive €1000. The awards night will be hosted upstairs in Hugh Lynches Bar, Tullamore and special prizes will be awarded on the night for Offaly’s version of the Oscars. Deadline for receipt of entry is April 28th 2011. Offaly’s Oscars ceremony will be held on Friday the 20th of May 2011. www.offaly.ie/viralvideo

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Donegal

Award winning Donegal town Urban renewal project recognises a Donegal town as creators of an innovative and vital resource for the community, writes Sally Harding O’Neill

With its sandy beaches, un-spoilt bog lands and friendly communities, Co. Donegal is a favoured destination for many travellers and treasured by its residents alike. It is home to a unique culture and way of life offering a rich and varied cultural experience ranging from festival and events to art galleries, theatres and visitor centres. In 1998, The Environmental Improvement Scheme (EIS) was instrumental in purchasing a site at Herron’s Field, Ardara with a view to transforming it into a much needed local asset for the community and attraction for visitors to the area, on behalf of Donegal County Council. This substantial and multi-faceted scheme involved the provision of car and coach parking spaces, footpaths, decorative lighting and street furniture, an attractive riverside walk, picnic amenity and landscaped areas, provision of an access road and sites for the development of a community playschool and public playground and the provision of a development opportunity site for development by the private sector.

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Spearheaded by the Planning & Economic Directorate with technical support from the Roads & Transportation Directorate, the Environmental Improvement Scheme (EIS) at Herron’s Field, Ardara represents a major urban renewal project for Donegal County Council. The work has helped to create a recreational shared public space in the town, helping it to transform into a haven of activity for shoppers, street performers, visitors, retailers, local service providers and residents to enjoy together. It has also facilitated the development and provision of much needed community infrastructure (childcare facility and kids’ playground) and private sector development (opportunity

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site for retail & office development). At a ceremony held in January this year, Ardara Urban and Village Renewal Project was announced the winner under the Best Community based Initiative category at the LAMA (Local Authorities Members Association) awards. Olivia Gallen of Donegal County Council explains how much of a difference the development has made to the lives of the residents. “The scheme has helped the area to turn into a destination point from which visitors and tourists to the area can orientate themselves from. It has provided much needed off street car parking which facilitates shoppers and local businesses and the development and provision of important community infrastructure.” “New community development in Ardara”


Donegal Upon completion of the construction works, Donegal County Council liaised with the Ardara Parish Council and various other agencies in order to develop suitable local information for the Tourist Information stands at the scheme. “The company “Sharp Design” were commissioned by Donegal County Council to professionally design the posters for inclusion in the stands. The scheme provided interpretive signage for visitors to the area relating to, for example, local walking routes, angling facilities, local heritage etc,” says Olivia. Ardara is a designated heritage town and is located in south west Donegal, famous for its spectacular scenery, breath taking walking routes. It is known as the festival capital of Donegal and boasts of a thriving tourist industry. This urban renewal scheme has added value to Ardara’s local resources, supported its local economy and facilitated the development of much needed green and recreational spaces and community facilities. The scheme, which was progressed in two phases, was substantially completed in 2008 at a total cost in excess of €1.4m. Funding was sourced from Donegal County Council’s own resources, the BMW Operational Programme for Urban and Village Renewal 2000-2006 (funded by the Irish Government and Part-Financed by the European Union under the National Development Plan 2000 – 2006), the International Fund for Ireland and the Donegal County Council and Strabane District Council HEART Initiative,

which is funded by the Dept of Agriculture and Rural Development and Border Action through 1.4 of the Interreg IIIa Programme, International Fund for Ireland. This multi-faceted project has sought to address some of the current challenges faced by Ardara as it strives to become a more attractive place to live, work, visit and invest in through the enhancement of the economic, social and environmental conditions of the town. “Donegal County Council was delighted to deliver this project for the use and benefit of the local community of Ardara and the local community can now take a lot of pride in the fact that it has been recognised nationally as a best practise community based initiative,” says Gallen. “The work and contribution of staff involved in the planning and delivery of the project is sincerely acknowledged. The Council also appreciates the support of the Elected Members especially their role in nominating the project for an award,” adds Olivia. This project has improved the quality of life of the citizens of the area through the creation of a vibrant, accessible and attractive town centre that supports a quality economic environment. With such an array of enterprising and tourist based opportunities rife in Donegal, the crucial role this development will play, can only add to the tapestry of this beautiful county.

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Money grows on Trees for forestry investors Timber investments have consistently outperformed other asset classes over the past 20 years delivering steady and attractive returns for investors. Sally Harding O’Neill speaks to Paul Brosnan, marketing director of IFS Asset Managers and a director of the newly-launched International Forestry Fund to examine the success of forestry investment.

The International Forestry Fund is a joint venture between Helvetia Wealth, a leading Swiss and Liechtenstein-based asset management firm boasting a prominent private and institutional client base, and I.F.S. Asset Managers, which was established in Dublin in 1997 and specialises in forestry asset management. Demand is increasing steadily, especially in Asia, due to population growth and industrial expansion. Because of the dissimilarity to other asset classes, timber investments also help to reduce the portfolio risk to investors. One of the most significant reasons to include timberland investments in a long/mid-term portfolio apart from environmental and ethical factors and attractive returns is the ability to enhance the risk/return characteristics of the total portfolio. In addition timber is an excellent inflation hedge and makes good business sense because its returns are equal to, or better than comparable risk/return investments.

What is the background of the forestry fund?

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First launched in 1997, a total of twenty nine Irish Forestry Funds have been launched to-date. The purpose of the Irish Forestry Funds is to allow the average investor to gain the benefits of forestry as a form of investment, with a minimum investment level of €750, and to benefit from the generous government grants that are available in Ireland along with the tax benefits that forestry enjoys.

What is the structure of the fund?

Each of the twenty nine funds has been established as a stand-alone Public Limited Company to accommodate the shareholding requirements of our investors.

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What is the profile of your client-base? Our client base comprises over 17,000 Irish investors over the past 14 years and we also have attracted investment from approximately 600 overseas investors.

How does the investment process work? When we launch a fund such as our current fund – The Eleventh Forestry Growth Plan Plc, an Offering Document is sent by the Fund to interested investors who subscribe for shares in the Fund. Our current Fund seeks to raise €2.5 million for investment in Irish forestry assets and these assets will be held and managed for a period of 12 years after which time the assets will be sold and the proceeds distributed to the investing shareholders. The investing shareholders own the land and the growing commercial forests.

In what ways has the up surge of environmental concern in recent years affected your sector? The upsurge in recent years has had little impact on the popularity of our forestry funds which have been regularly oversubscribing for the past decade. The most significant factor underpinning the popularity of the Irish Forestry Funds is that we have been consistently posting positive returns and delivering tax efficient profits for our investors. Despite the current economic recession, over 16,000 Irish people are employed in the Irish forestry industry and there is a massive demand for forest product which simply cannot be met at present by Irish forests. We now have to import logs from Scotland to meet the demand of sawmills and


processing plants. Our exports of finished product are being severely hampered by our inability to harvest logs fast enough out of our forests. When combined with the ever increasing demand for wood as an energy crop for the rapidly emerging biomass sector, it is clear that this is one area of Ireland’s economy that will continue to grow for many years to come.

In what ways are you committed to sustainable and socially responsible managed timber plantations? IFS manage all its forests in strict compliance with the legislation which governs all forestry activity. Ireland has very strict legislation governing forestry and forestry activities which is in part due to the substantial investment which the State has made in the forestry sector by way of the grants. All forests managed by IFS are fully compliant with Department of Agriculture and Forest Service regulations which insist on best practice being used which is probably why PEFC and FSC are not market drivers in Ireland as they are in other jurisdictions where legislation governing forestry activities is either not existent or not enforced.

What makes you different from other managers in this area? Since our inception in 1997 we have always been firmly committed to the acquisition of quality forestry land and assets on behalf of our investors. We have an open-door policy to the thousands of investors who own the Irish Forestry Funds and they have immediate and direct access to the directors of the funds regardless of whether they own a single share in a fund or a thousand shares.

What is the future for Irish Forestry? The future for the Irish Forestry Industry is bright. We expect that it will continue to deliver direct employment at rural level and also from increased downstream value added activities in the wood processing sector. IFS Asset Managers has more than 21,000 acres of forestry under management. It manages €110 million of forestry assets on behalf of about 18,500 investors. Even in the recent times the demand for timber continues to grow. “IFS has another 27 funds and is well placed to match the 83pc investment return for the first fund,” concluded Mr Brosnan.

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How successful is this investment? Hugely successful – forestry investment has a very low correlation with the bond and equity markets and is an excellent hedge against inflation. Our last fund to mature in 2010 generated an 83% net return over a ten year investment period which equates to a 6.2% compound growth rate per annum.

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New Pilot Incentive Scheme For Limerick Retailers To Occupy Vacant Properties Is Launched

A new pilot incentive scheme for additional retailers to open in Limerick city centre has been announced by Limerick City Council. The pilot Retail Incentive Scheme for vacant property will offer incentives for the encouragement of city centre higher order retail uses on key Limerick city streets in order to address vacancy on these locations. The grant is being offered as a contribution towards the fit out of vacant shops in the city centre. Limerick City Council is ensuring that any incoming retailer will respect and enhance the multifaceted character of the city centre and encourage a diversity of uses to increase its overall attractiveness for shopping, leisure and business purposes.

centre. In order to attract ‘new blood’ to the Limerick city centre retail mix, it is essential to provide the framework to accommodate the scale of retailing with the type of desirable retail spaces that leading retailers will demand.” The grant relief to be provided under the Retail Incentive Scheme for Vacant Property will be as follows. Year 1 - Grant relief is based on certified fit out costs subject to a maximum of 50% of the annual rates liability for the first year Year 2 – Grant relief is based on original certified fit out costs (as submitted at year 1) subject to a maximum of 25% of the annual rates liability for the second year. “The Retail Incentive Scheme for vacant properties will provide a positive impact on the city centre by reducing the number of vacant premises and improving the overall retail offer in the city centre,” continued Mayor Byrne.

Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Maria Byrne, said a clustering of these uses in particular at basement, ground and first floor level will help to develop a vibrant retail quarter.

“This will in turn positively enhance the overall economic vitality and viability of the city centre both for existing and new businesses,” she added.

Retailing is playing an increasing role in the economic development of cities,” said Mayor Byrne. “The existence of an attractive vibrant city centre coupled with a high quality retail offer is essential to the future viability of Limerick city

Retailers wishing to take part in the Pilot Retail Incentive Scheme should contact the Economic Development section on Limerick City Council on 061-407100 or visit www.limerickcity.ie

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Favour will be given to ‘higher order ’ retail outlets including fashion stores, lifestyle stores, flagship shops and niche and specialist retailers such as home furnishings, beauty products, jewellery and books.

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Boost For Irish Film Industry As Cork Screen Commission Is Launched The Irish Film and TV industry received a welcome boost today as Cork City and County Councils announced plans to establish the Cork Screen Commission. Representing an immediate investment of €100,000 in the region’s indigenous film industry, the Commission will be the primary point of contact for companies working or intending to work on location in Cork. The Cork Screen Commission will be managed by Cork Film Centre, on behalf of the City and County Council and it will have its headquarters at the old Gunpowder Mills Centre in Ballincollig, Cork. The Irish film and television sector has been identified as a key economic contributor by the Government Smart Economy Report. In 2010, the Irish film and television sector had a record year in terms of production, generating €225 million for the Irish economy, creating jobs and spend on local goods and services. The newly formed Cork Screen Commission’s key roles are to actively market the Cork region as a prime location for film and TV production, to support the region’s indigenous film and TV industry which consists of a highly talented group of professionals, and to provide a comprehensive production support service for those involved in the industry Cllr. Jim Daly, Mayor of the County of Cork, said: “The film sector in Ireland employs over 6,000 individuals, with more than 560 small and medium enterprises operating in the film and television business. Our key aim is to develop a coordinated approach to maximising the cultural and economic benefits associated with this business. The economic spin-offs from even modest productions locating here are enormous. Today’s announcement reflects a firm commitment by both local authorities to promote Cork as a key location for making TV programmes and films.” Cllr. Michael O’Connell, Lord Mayor of Cork, said: “Cork is one of Ireland’s prime filming locations. Easily accessible by

land, sea and air, the city itself offers a wealth of film friendly locations. A short drive brings you to beautiful coastal towns like Cobh and Kinsale, while further afield the dramatic landscapes of West Cork provide among the fines scenic locations to be found anywhere in Europe. We already have many talented film and TV professionals based here in Cork and are anxious to promote and develop our indigenous film and TV production industry”. Cork has played host to film crews for decades. John Huston famously brought his 1956 production of ‘Moby Dick’ to Cork’s coast. Various parts of the county have enjoyed temporary film status ever since John Robert’s ‘War of the Buttons’ was filmed here in 1993. ‘The Wind That Shakes The Barley’ was filmed in Bandon, Mallow and Buttevant and won the Cannes Film Festival’s prestigious top prize – the Palme D’Or - in 2006. Other high profile productions filmed locally include: Neil Jordan’s ‘Ondine’, shot on location in Castletownbere; Paddy Breathnach’s, ‘I Went Down’; Aisling Walsh’s IFTA winner ‘Song for a Raggy Boy’; and two years ago Conor McPherson’s award winning atmospheric feature ‘The Eclipse’ was also filmed in Cork. Kirsten Sheridan’s ‘Disco Pigs’ brought the incredible talents of young writer Enda Walsh to an international audience and launched the film career of Cork’s own Cillian Murphy. The new Cork Screen Commission will network within the industry and deliver a focused marketing programme aimed at maximising levels of film and TV production in the region. The Commission will also link to and be part of other marketing developments initiated locally through the two local authorities, Fáilte Ireland and the local enterprise agencies. It will also link with National promotional campaigns developed through the Irish Film Board, Tourism Ireland and the Department of Enterprise, Trade & Innovation.

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Fingal Cleaner Communities Awards 2011

  Cleaner Communities - Help make Fingal a Cleaner, Greener Place to Live. Fingal County Council is delighted to announce the launch of the Cleaner Communities Awards for 2011. Fingal Cleaner Communities is a countywide competition aiming to make our county a cleaner, greener place to live. The Awards reward residents, community groups and businesses for their efforts in maintaining a litter-free and well presented community or place of business.

“We are now inviting entries to the Cleaner Communities Awards for 2011 and we would particularly welcome further new entries to the competition.” says Edwina Dunford, Environmental Education Officer, Fingal County Council. “We especially encourage local businesses to enter. We have a broad range of categories, so you can enter your home, your business, your housing estate or indeed even just part of your estate,” continued Edwina. “The competition has been a great success since it started over thirty years ago and we want to make 2011 an even better competition,” says Edwina. “This is your chance to get credit for all the hard work carried out during the year, so I’d encourage all Fingallians to enter. If you’re not in you can’t win!!” For an application form and full details of the competition, along with information and guidance, contact the Environmental Awareness Team, Fingal County Council, County Hall, Main St., Swords, Co. Dublin, 01-890 6236, cleanercommunities@fingalcoco.ie .

Sporting Legend to Speak at Mayor’s Ball 2011 Event to Benefit Lourdes Invalid Fund and St Gabriel’s School A surprise sporting legend will be the guest speaker at the 2011 Mayor’s Ball which will take place in the Limerick Strand Hotel on Friday May 6th. Mayor Maria Byrne has nominated The Lourdes Invalid Fund and St Gabriel’s School to benefit from the Ball which is traditionally a highlight of the Limerick social calendar. There will be a sporting theme to this year’s Mayor’s Ball which will celebrate Limerick’s designation this year as 2011 European City of Sport. “As Mayor of Limerick, I’m delighted to be able to support two very special Limerick charities which I have a long association with”, said Cllr Byrne. “This year will be my 21st year going to Lourdes as a helper with the Lourdes Invalid Fund and I’ve been on the development board of St Gabriel’s School for the last 13 years and the school does tremendous work within our city and the Mid-West region. I am appealing to people to support this year’s Ball which also promises to be a very entertaining sporting themed night! I’m also pleased that we will have a sporting legend as our surprise guest speaker,” he added. Both the Lourdes Invalid Fund and St Gabriel’s School have expressed their appreciation to the Mayor for nominating their organisations as beneficiaries. The Limerick Pilgrimage to Lourdes has been in existence since the 1930s and growing in strength, it takes place in June every year. Pilgrimage Director, Fr Donal McNamara said funds raised from the Mayor’s Ball will go towards the cost of bringing in excess of 100 invalids to Lourdes this year. “Mayor Byrne has been a tremendous supporter of the Lourdes Invalid Fund and this funding will go a long way towards meeting our costs in these very challenging times,” he said. “As well as our invalids, we need to bring a large back up medical team with us and they take time out from their work for the trip. We have organised quite a few fundraising activities this year and we are very grateful to the Mayor for her support through the Mayor’s Ball.”

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St Gabriel’s School in Dooradoyle, Limerick is a voluntary organisation and registered charity which provides a range of education and therapy services to children and young adults with physical, intellectual, sensory disabilities and developmental delay. St Gabriel’s CEO, Máire O’Leary, said that all the centre’s fundraising activities this year are focused on meeting the annual running costs of the hydrotherapy pool which is of great benefit to adults and children with disabilities. “As a local charity we rely on the generous support of the local community to continue our work to develop the services and facilities to improve the lives of children with multiple disabilities in this region who attend St Gabriel’s School and Centre. We are very grateful to the Mayor for selecting us as one of the beneficiaries from the 2011 Mayor’s Ball.” Tickets for the 2011 Mayor’s Ball cost €1100 for a table of 10 or €110 each. Those wishing to book tables for the Mayor’s Ball or any further details should contact Pat Dowling, Event Organiser, Limerick City Council, 061-407202 or Siobhan Carroll, Mayor’s Office, 061-407347.

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Teaching Cricket in Fingal Schools

  The Leinster Cricket Union in partnership with Fingal County Council recently held coaching courses for teachers from both the Dublin 15 and North Fingal areas.   Reinhardt Strydom (Fingal Cricket Development Officer) and Stephen Moreton (Cricket Ireland Coach Education Officer) delivered the training to 24 teachers from schools all over Fingal. ‘Cricket for Teachers’ ran for four hours and explained (1) The basic rules (2) How the game works, and (3) Fun cricket games for PE.

Teachers arriving with little to no knowledge of cricket left understanding the game better, had fun, learned to bat and bowl and got lots of new ideas for their PE sessions.      Niall McGuirk, Senior Sports Development Officer with Fingal County Council, speaking on the teacher training courses said, “The council are committed to developing sport in Fingal and cricket is a major part of that plan. This programme gives teachers the basic skills of the game and enables them to pass on what they have learned to their students through fun and active games.”   Dublin 15 recently welcomed their first Cricket Pitch at Porterstown Park, which is the home of Clonee Cricket Club and features an artifical cricket crease.  The grounds will be shared with Metro St. Brigid’s Athletics Club.  If your school would like more information on cricket coaching for teachers or any information on cricket please contact Reinhardt Strydom (Fingal Cricket Development Officer) on 087-9823402 or strydom@live.com

Bike Week 2011 takes shape County and City Councils are to share up to €170,000 for local events. Arrangements for Ireland’s Bike Week 2011, which runs in the period 18 to 26 June, are now gathering pace. Key to the success of the week in 2010 was a nationwide series of events led by County and City Councils in association with Local Sports Partnerships and local groups – and the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport has again pledged financial support for local events this year. “Bike Week is a key awareness raising initiative under the National Cycle Policy Framework,” said Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar T.D. “Cycling is a healthy and fun way to make local journeys and Bike Week aims to switch people who don’t cycle either regularly or at all on to this fact. The Government is committed to continuing to invest in the National Cycle Policy as we move towards a sustainable transport future.” “The importance of local Bike Week events cannot be understated,” Minister Varadkar continued. “While a major opening event is being planned for Eyre Square in Galway on 18 June and the national closing event returns to the Phoenix Park on 26 June, local events engage on a very personal level with communities and raise awareness of cycling right around the country. I’m looking forward to a high level of support from the local authority sector this year to ensure that we have hugely successful Bike Week in June.”

The types of local events that are envisaged for funding in 2011 include – fun cycling events for public participation e.g. mass cycle, slow bike race, cycling obstacle course, road race, forest cycle etc. public information events on cycling free bike check-ups in public areas items such as bikes, lights, locks, bells etc to raffle or give as prizes for participants in events cycling training.

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Each County and City Council is eligible for a grant (in the form of recoupment of expenditure) from the Department of up to €5,000 for Bike Week events. Key requirements are that events must target non-cyclists or aspiring cyclists or seek to deliver cycling training. A further requirement is that events must aim to achieve high public visibility and involve the greatest number of people possible.

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The Green-Schools Success Story Continues The Green-Schools success story continues this year as the coveted Green Flag Award was presented to 313 schools from across the country, at awards ceremonies in Kilkenny, Galway, Cork, Athlone and Dublin in March. 110 schools were awarded Green Flags for the first time and a further 203 schools successfully renewed their Flags. The programme, now in its fourteenth year, is operated by An Taisce, in partnership with Local Authorities. The Green Flag is a recognised international symbol of a school’s outstanding efforts at environmental management and is awarded to schools for tackling litter and waste, conserving energy and water, promoting sustainable travel, biodiversity and citizenship, and combating climate change. Congratulating schools at the awards ceremony, Cathy Baxter, Green-Schools Manager with An Taisce said, “At an exciting time of change in Ireland, schools participating in the Green-Schools programme are leading the way in the effective environmental management of our schools and local communities. Through the implementation of the Green-Schools seven step methodology, students involved in the programme are acting as decision-makers, and are playing a significant role in successfully disseminating the Green-Schools message to their families and the wider community.” Schools who partake in the programme have the opportunity to improve their environmental performance along with making financial savings through the reduction of waste disposal charges, energy bills and water charges.The Green-Schools programme is coordinated in Ireland by An Taisce, operated in partnership with Local Authorities and is supported by the Department of Environment, Heritage & Local Government, Department of Transport and the National Transport Authority.

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Brian O’Driscoll awarded County’s first Civic Honour

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At a ceremony in County Hall hosted by Dún LaoghaireRathdown County Council, Brian O’Driscoll was awarded the County’s first Civic Honour, following a formal nomination by An Cathaoirleach, Cllr Lettie McCarthy in December 2010.   Mr. O’Driscoll, whose career has been defined by many outstanding moments, was recently named by Rugby World magazine as the World Player of the Decade, and just became the highest try scorer in the history of the Six Nations tournament.     Mr. O’Driscoll was accompanied to the conferral and civic reception by his wife Amy Huberman, his parents and two sisters. He remarked, “I am delighted and honoured to have received the first Civic Award in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown”   An Cathaoirleach, Cllr Lettie McCarthy commented “It is a great privilege to award the County’s first Civic Honour to Brian, who has not only excelled in the sport of rugby, but has proven time and again to be an exemplary role model for youth. Furthermore, I was delighted to have the opportunity to award the Council’s first Brian O’Driscoll Rugby Scholarship to Andrew Boyle, of UCD RFC.”   The new scholarship will be awarded annually by the local authority to a selected young rugby player in Dún LaoghaireRathdown to attend UCD.


WIT confers honorary fellowship on Mayor of Chicago in recognition of Irish ties and life of public service Waterford Institute of Technology has conferred an honorary fellowship on Richard M Daley, the Mayor of Chicago who traces his family history back to Co Waterford. The conferring took place in Chicago as part of a Waterford trade mission to the United States led by Cllr Mary Roche, Mayor of Waterford. Conferring the honorary fellowship – only the 15th ever awarded by the Institute – Prof Kieran R Byrne, President, Waterford Institute of Technology, said: “Mayor Daley has won a well deserved reputation not only in Chicago but across the United States of America and beyond for his leadership of civic life in Chicago during 22 years as Mayor and in his previous roles as a member of the Illinois Senate and as State’s Attorney of Cook County. “Through a lifetime of public service, Mayor Daley has worked proactively to advance Chicago – helping to deliver a balance between quality-of-life, economic performance and the environment that provides a blueprint for many other cities globally. A forward-looking leader with a commitment to education, he has also done tremendous work at a local community level in Chicago to tackle the low-level problems that impact hugely in the daily lives of citizens but too often stay off the radar at a public policy level. “ “Importantly from an Irish perspective, Mayor Daley – a very influential figure in US national politics – has also stayed true to his Irish roots. Mayor Daley’s father – Mayor Richard J Daley – visited Co Waterford in May 1964 and unveiled a plaque at the location in Old Parish where his maternal grandfather came from. The conferring of the honorary fellowship on the present Mayor Daley brings this connection full circle as he nears the end of his long and distinguished mayoralty.” Responding to the citation, Mayor Daley said he would treasure the fellowship and praised the contributions of the Irish and immigrants from other countries to the USA. He said he accepted the award for his family and – especially – his late parents Eleanor and Mayor Richard J Daley.

Bealtaine 2011 - Celebrating Creativity In Older People Galway is gearing up to host the Bealtaine festival, celebrating creativity in older age! From festivals, dance to cinema, painting to theatre, Bealtaine showcases the talents and creativity of both first-time and professional older artists. Each year, Age & Opportunity invites local authorities, arts centres, libraries, active retirement groups, care settings, community groups and clubs, associations from every part of the country to run Bealtaine events that celebrate creativity in older age.

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This year Galway County Council, through the Arts & Social Inclusion Office will produce a Galway City & County Bealtaine Brochure to highlight and create awareness of the many wonderful events taking place throughout Galway. The theme for this year’s festival is ‘Push the Boat out, whatever the Sea’. All events will be added to the www.galway. ie online Calendar.

Organisers commented,” It is a chance for people to make new and challenging work and to communicate traditions between the generations. It is a chance for the novice to discover a talent until then unseen and for a long-dormant skill to find a new outlet.” www.bealtaine.com

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Traffic and Safety Seminar to make our cities safe Dublin City Council was host to the traffic and safety working group seminar for the European Network Cities for Children recently in the Wood Quay Venue. This year’s Dublin seminar focused on traffic and safety and how to make our cities safer so that children and young people can move freely around their communities. It also looked at media education and its influence as the role of media is very important in children’s lives. Deputy Lord Mayor Edie Wynne says “For families negative media coverage about road safety and social problems leads to fear and can result in greater restrictions being placed on children with regard to independent mobility. The consequences of this can be huge with children not being allowed out to play hence depriving them of physical as well as social activity”. The European Network Cities for Children was established in 2007 by the Mayor of Stuttgart and is funded by the Bosch Stiftung. It provides a forum for cities with populations greater than 100,000 to share and develop good practice in relation to children and young people so that cities are better places to live. The seminar brought together a number of European cities including Dublin, the Global Road Safety Partnership as well as Government agencies, Community representatives as well as representatives from third level institutions. Learning from the seminar will be fed back to Stuttgart to influence the future development of policy promotion for relevant authorities. Dublin City Council said it will endeavour to support any learning to be integrated as part of its own actions or through its integrated working with other key agencies.

Fingal County Council FREE Community Education Programmes Fingal County Council is delighted to announce the continuation of thier FREE Community Education programmes with two upcoming courses taking place in County Hall, Swords with a number of places still available and offered free of charge.

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The ‘Understanding Community Development’ Training Programme is designed to encourage and support residents to become more active in their area, and will focus on getting to know your community and the principles of community development put into practice. This programme is an ideal opportunity to learn how to contribute to local development and to meet new people and make friends.

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The ‘Committee Skills Workshop’ will examine the duties of the chair, the secretary, the treasurer and the general committee member. It will look at preparations that should be made before, during and after a meeting to ensure an effective meeting. The final section will outline the necessary procedures when writing your group constitution and holding an Annual General Meeting. ‘UNDERSTANDING COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT’ TRAINING PROGRAMME. Tuesdays 19th April to 31st May (over 7 weeks) from 10 am to 12.30 pm – Fingal County Hall. COMMITTEE SKILLS Workshop (10.00 - 1.30) Saturday Morning 7th May – Fingal County Hall


Heritage Week 2011 The Heritage Council is encouraging people of all ages and interests to get involved in National Heritage Week by organising an event in their community. National Heritage Week takes place nationwide from 20th – 28th August 2011. Each year events range from medieval fairs, night-time bat walks, wildlife walks and lectures, classical music and poetry recitals, traditional music sessions, storytelling, historical re-enactments, and local history walks and talks. This year the Heritage Council, coordinators of the week are once again hoping to increase the number of events taking place nationwide. Many events organised are free of charge and National Heritage sites also offer concession rates during the week itself. Rebecca Reynolds, National Coordinator of Heritage Week at the Heritage Council said, “With over 1300 events taking place during 2010, National Heritage Week is not only a chance for family fun and to spend quality time outdoors, but a fantastic opportunity for people to learn new skills and get involved in their local community and heritage. Times are tough for many people at the moment. It costs nothing to take part in National Heritage Week and the resulting feel good factor on a personal and community level is priceless, not to mention the benefits to all aspects of our heritage. The week is open to everyone; you can get involved by organising your own event, attending events or volunteering with local groups in your area”. “National Heritage Week is a fantastic opportunity for communities to showcase the natural and cultural heritage in their area, attract visitors and raise revenue for their town or village. Once registered, event organisers will receive information packs from the Heritage Council which will offer support on how to promote their events in advance of the week. There is also information on the National Heritage Week website for event organisers who may be looking for ideas or support on how to go about hosting an event”, added Ms. Reynolds. Heritage Week is co-ordinated by The Heritage Council with support from Fáilte Ireland and is part of European Heritage Days, which is celebrated in over 40 countries across Europe. Online registration is now open and all events must be registered by the 31st of May for inclusion in the National Heritage Week Event Guide, however registration for listings on www.heritageweek.ie will continue up until the 13th August.

Dublin City’s First Public Art Programme The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Gerry Breen launched Dublin City Council’s first Dublin City Public Art Programme in the City Hall recently. The Dublin City Public Art Programme offers new and exciting opportunities for artists to engage with the city through music, theatre, literature, film, dance and visual art. This programme is designed to encourage interaction between the artists, Dublin City Council and the city’s communities and localities and provides the artists with the chance to present their work to a wide audience. SUSTAINABLE ENERGY

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Detailed information and briefs for the Public Art Programme will be available online from 13th April 2011 at www. dublincitypublicart.ie.

“The arts are a vital way of promoting our identity and culture both at home and abroad. This Programme gives artists an opportunity to interact with the city and its citizens through their artwork. I know that it will bring greater creativity and originality to our Capital city” said the Lord Mayor.

Dublin City Council’s Public Art Manager Ruairí Ó Cuív believes that the programme offers artists “opportunities to respond to the city in ways that are reflective of the current breadth of artistic practice while also enabling the general public opportunities to relate to and engage with the programme”.

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year. Boiler heating controls . . .inside . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .€2,700 . . . . . .€700 . . . . . .€2,000 . . . . . .C1. . . . . 31.1 As & well as having a huge upgrade impact on the of your home, External Insulation Ireland can also Addition of porch/Draught lobby3,750.00 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .€3,750 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .€3,750 . . . . .C1. . . . . 30.78 have a dramatic and positive effect on its exterior. When upgrading the Thermal performance of a building using the External Wallsolar Insulation system, Install 3m2 evacuated tube panel with 150L separate storage .€3,250 . . . . . .€900 . . . . . .€2,350 . . . . . .B3 . . . . 25.73 you are also given the opportunity to create a bright new low maintenance façade without the All the above prices are OVERALL COST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .€26,010 . . . . . .€6.050 . . . . .€19,960 cost associated with conventional methods. subject to 13.5% VAT The company’s certified brick finish system Gail’s before thebrick work in late 2009 was €280,000 with no guarantee of a quick sale or any sale at all. When she came back in helpsvaluation replicate any existing finish without the cost associated with conventional systems. early 2010, after the remedial work had been completed, she valued the house at €325,000 with an excellent prospect of selling quickly.

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We manufacture and supply insulated cills, insulated cill All the above prices are OVERALL COST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .€26,010 . . . . . .€6.050 . . . . .€19,960 s-section Tel: (01) decorative 281 1251 Fax: (01) 281 1237 Email: info@externalinsulations.ie subject to 13.5% VAT extensions, mouldings for windows, doors,plinths, Gail’s valuation before the work in late 2009 was €280,000 with no guarantee of a quick sale or any sale at all. When she came back in ternalExternal Save 40% on yearly early 2010, after the remedial work had been completed, she valued the house at €325,000 with an excellent prospect of selling quickly. Insulation Ireland is based in Kilcoole, County Wicklow and has an string office incourses Fairview. and gutter stones, parapet cappings, heatingFor costs Insulation 57 quoins Fairview Fairview, more information, phone 2811251Strand, (Wicklow) or 8316368 (Fairview).Dublin 3. Tel: (01) 831 6368 Fax: (01) 831 9866

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INTRODUCTION Parex External Insulation Ireland distributing and installing External Wall Insulation Systems in Ireland since 1998 have built up the technical knowledge and know how to carry out even the most complicated Insulation Retrofit that might occur. Our technical team with experience gained in Germany and the USA don’t encounter problems they just solve different situations that might arise. As a Fact of construction External Insulation is the most effective and efficient way to Insulate an existing building by eliminating cold bridging and draughts. External Insulation can be installed without any disruption to the tenant or the inside of the dwelling. Internal dry lining disrupts the tenant, reduces dwelling living area,leaves cold bridging at floor and wall junctions and if fitted correctly can cost as much if not more than EWI. A study undertaken by Joseph Little Architects on the hygrothermal transfer (heat &moisture) in the building fabric, came up with the conclusion that Internal Dry Lining can in fact cause dampness in the fabric of the building. Cavity fill is not suitable for all applications and can leave the external leaf colder than before, therefore leaving it vunerable to freeze that degradation. In most cases the cavity cannot be filled 100% leaving voids for moisture to migrate into the internal fabric of the building. With completed EWI contracts in Ireland since 1998 and contracts carried out for various County Councils Parex is the sensible choice.

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PA REX速 With over 20 years experience using External Wall Insulation (EWI) systems in Ireland, the US and Germany External Insulation have the knowledge and expertise to complete any project requiring an upgrade of thermal performance of existing or new buildings. Supplying and installing Parex LaHabra EWI systems in Ireland since 1998, We have encountered and solved the problems that might arise when retrofitting EWI to houses in the Irish market. Parex LaHabra/External Insulation were the first EWI system to receive a retrofit specific IAB/NSAI certification for the Irish market. As an NSAI certified and SEI approved system we supply all necessary components to complete even the most complicated of projects. All our Listed Applicators have attended A Parex LaHabra training course As required by NSAI/IAB to comply with certification. We also give follow up technical support, on site training and project inspections to ensure that all External insulation/Parex systems are fitted according to Specification and certification.

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What is External Wall Insulation (EWI)? External Wall Insulation (EWI) is a composite cladding system comprised of suitable insulation and waterproof coating which is applied to all the external walls of a building. The application of EWI reduces heating bills, and consequently carbon emissions also. External Wall Insulation (EWI) is the most efficient way to insulate an existing building FACT! It uses the fabric of the building like a storage radiator. Because the heat can no longer escape through the outer layer of insulation, it is reflected back into the living areas, creating a constant warm home. That’s why Polar Bears have their insulation on the outside! With up to 40% heat lost through external walls, EWI can help reduce your heating bills by up to 40%. It can also reduce your carbon footprint by cutting your CO2 emissions by 2.5 tonnes per year.

How is External Wall Insulation (EWI) Applied? Step 1: The required type and size of insulation is mechanically and adhesively fixed to all external walls. This creates an insulation envelope that prevents heat loss and cold bridging, which can occur using other types of insulation Step 2: An alkali-resistant open-weave fibre mesh is embedded onto the insulation board using a polymer-modified cement basecoat. This provides both impact resistance and tensile strength Step 3: A coloured primer is applied (by roller, brush or spray) to the basecoat when fully dry. (Drying takes approximately 24 hours.) This aids adhesion/water resistance, and also improves the colour uniformity on the final finish.

Cross-section of External Wall Insulation 1. Existing Masonry 2. Insulation 3. Fixings 4. Basecoat & Mesh 5. Primer & Sealer 6. Final Finish

Step 4: A low maintenance coloured and textured acrylic render finish is then applied (troweled or sprayed).

Types of insulation suitable for Redmond/Parex EWI system include, Phenolic – Expanded Polystyrene-Rockwool Other methods of Insulating existing structures include: Internal Dry Lining: This alternative reduces the footprint of a building and causes major disruption to tenants. It also leaves cold bridges at floor and internal wall junctions and can cost as much as EWI system.

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Cavity Fill: Not suitable for all applications and can leave the external leaf colder than before and vulnerable to freeze thaw degradation. Fully filled cavities may in some cases provide a bridge to carry moisture between the external leaf through in to the internal leaf causing cold bridging and dampness.

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When upgrading the Thermal performance of a building using the External Insulation/Parex EWI system you also get the opportunity to create a Bright new low maintenance façade without the cost associated with conventional methods. We manufacture and supply insulated cills, insulated cill extensions, decorative mouldings for windows, doors,plinths, quoins stones, parapet cappings, string courses and gutter corbels. Also available are a range of synthetic granite and natural stone finishes to give that touch of class to any project. Our certified brick finish system helps replicate any existing brick finish without the cost associated with conventional systems. With our extensive range of colours that are mixed in our factory in Kilcoole Co, Wicklow ensuring the product can be delivered anywhere in Ireland within 24 hours thus eliminating long lead times. All our finishes and Mouldings can be used on traditional build without the cost and weight restrictions associated with traditional methods.

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Ireland’s Number 1 External Insulations • Parex opened its doors for business in 1986 as part of a subsidiary of what was later called the Parex Group • Overtime Parex purchased 6 different companies and merged to become ParexLahabra Inc. and now is the largest Stucco & EIFS manufacturer in the U.S. • Parex is now a brand of ParexLahabra Inc. With a national offering of products.

• Parex has expertise in the development of exterior systems and assemblies • The goal of the Parex brand is to deliver the most energy efficient cladding for exterior use in residential and commercial markets • The primary focus of the Parex brand is the development and sales of Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS)

PAREX, ISO 9001-200 certified in December of 2002, is a leading Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS) and architectural coatings manufacturer with over a decade of experience in the US construction market. Parex, as well as LaHabra Stucco, El Rey Stucco, Teifs, Mer-Krete, Surewall and Mer-Ko are brands of ParexLahabra inc. Parex Lahabra, Inc. is a subsidiary of materis, a 2 billion Euros worldwide company with four core businesses (mortars and facades, aluminates, admixtures and paint) servicing the construction industry. Parex finish systems are designed for commercial, institutional and residential buildings and for new construction or retrofit. Parex also offers a wide range of acrylic coatings and finishes for interior or exterior use. Today our expertise is backed by over 400 million square feet of applied systems. With over one hundred distributor locations, Parex’s network of distributors and applicators spans the US and provides regular in-person contact with our local professionals. our distributors are also equipped to custom-tint finish on demand, a service that Parex introduced to the industry in 1988.

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Want to insulate your conservatory or convert it to a sunroom? Matrix make this possible with their conservatory conversion service. We now also offer a decking service to complete your new look extension. Whatever your construction needs, Matrix Conservatories can help fulfill your requirements.

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As Ireland’s official standards body, NSAI aims to inspire consumer confidence and create the infrastructure for products and services to be recognised and relied on all over the world. They do this by developing standards, issuing certification, monitoring and regulating metrology and through its Agrément certification activity approves new materials and processes for Ireland’s construction industry. The construction sector in Ireland has seen unprecedented growth in recent years and although this sector has experienced a fall off in demand, where demand exists not only are the highest possible standards demanded but there is an increasing requirement for new and innovative environmentally friendly building products and processes.

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NSAI produce standards on a wide range of building and construction matters including materials, testing, health and safety, access and many of these are referred to in regulations. They are essential references for architects, developers, building owners, site managers, building contractors, structural engineers, materials specifiers and other interested parties.

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experienced record low temperatures for a sustained period in December 2010, while the cost of home heating has increased substantially over the last few years, with further increases likely as the price of oil continues to rise.  Homeowners may have as much control over the price of oil as they do over the weather, but they can take positive action in their own homes to reduce the impact of these factors by making sure their homes are adequately insulated, thus reducing the rate of heat loss through the building fabric.    Average rates of heat loss in homes are as follows: • Roof 30% • Walls 25% • Ventilation 25% • Windows 15% • Floors 5% Correctly installed insulation will reduce heat loss through the fabric of the building, increasing the level of comfort for the homeowner in addition to reducing their heating bills. External insulation, also referred to as ETICS (External Thermal Insulation Composite Systems), consists of insulation boards – usually expanded polystyrene (EPS), mineral wool/rockwool, or phenolic/PIR – which are fixed to the existing substrate and then covered with an external render with mesh reinforcement. While external insulation can be quite costly and is the most expensive of the insulation grant measures under the Home Energy Saving (HES)


scheme, it has various advantages which include improving the air tightness of a dwelling (i.e. elimination of unwanted draughts through the building fabric), being non-invasive, giving the dwelling a new façade, as well as having the scope to substantially increase the thermal performance of a dwelling without reducing the floor area.

Agrément and Importance of Certification and Installer Schemes  There are a large number of insulation products on the Irish market which are promoted as leading to good Building Energy Rating (BER) values and a reduction in home heating bills.  NSAI Agrément independently assesses and certifies such products as being fit for purpose and are in compliance with the Irish Building Regulations.  Consumers can have added confidence that products with the NSAI Agrément certified logo will be fit for use, rather than taking a risk that an uncertified product will perform as stated by the manufacturer or salesperson. NSAI Agrément certification is designed specifically for new building products and processes that do not yet have a long history of use and for which published national standards do not yet exist, these products include Solar heating systems, radon membranes, roof underlays, building systems and external insulation to name but a few. Around the mid 80’s, the department of environment was left in a quandary as more and more innovative products were coming to market and although a lot of the products

had a European certification there was no way of knowing if they were fit for use for the Irish market. Robin Byrne of NSAI Agrément explains how vital it is to have a system that evaluates products and installers in compliance with the Irish Building Regulations. “We look at the fitness for purpose and installation as well as the product design. CE marking ensures that the product complies with the Construction Products Directive and allows the product to be placed on the market in all 27 member states,” he continues, “the product is manufactured to a particular standard, we take it at that level, make sure it meets the requirements of national building regulations and that the product performance is determined for all key product characteristics, and then we also take into consideration the installation process, product design and end use of the product or system.” The installation of an insulation product is critical to how it will perform over time, and NSAI Agrément run a registered installer scheme for external insulation, as well as schemes for full-fill cavity wall insulation and blown loft insulation.  These schemes increase the level of confidence the homeowner will have in the product, as the insulation system has been independently tested and assessed as being fit for purpose and in compliance with the Irish Building Regulations, and the installer has been assessed that their workmanship is in compliance with the NSAI Agrément certificate.  “At the moment, the way the grant scheme operates, the grant application won’t be approved unless the cavity wall or external insulation product is approved by NSAI Agrément and the installer is also NSAI Agrément registered. If the

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installer is not NSAI Agrément registered they cannot do grant approved work,” says Robin, he adds, “The home owner gets the added level of confidence that the product along with the installer is independently certified and continuously monitored.” The service that the NSAI provides cannot be underestimated and scheme’s recently introduced by bodies like the SEAI and Energy Action have insisted on NSAI Agrément certification.

Retrofit programme Work is currently underway on the National Retrofit Programme, which aims to deliver energy efficiency upgrades to one million residential, public and commercial buildings in Ireland over a 10 year period.  This programme will incorporate current grant programmes, such as those operated by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).  One such SEAI grant programme is the Home Energy Savings (HES) Scheme which provides grants to homeowners interested in improving the energy efficiency of their home.  “The National Retrofit Programme is a much more ambitious scheme than the ones that have gone before where it is planned that an estimated 100,000 homes a year will be upgraded for a 10 year period. The initial ESB Halo Scheme had certain criteria requirements you had to adhere to as well as being an ESB customer, whereas anyone should be able to apply for these grants, just go online and see what measures you can avail of. ”

External Insulation – a new concept for Ireland External insulation has a long history of use throughout Europe, but is still quite new in Ireland, although its popularity is starting to grow.    The technology of external wall insulation is well established in northern Europe, where it has been in use for many years. Robin explains that many construction initiatives originate in places like Germany and eastern European countries and they are eventually adopted here.

The first step in acquiring registration by NSAI Agrément is to get trained and approved by the certificate holder. An application form is sent to the NSAI filled out by the applicant and signed and stamped by the certificate holder. The certificate holder must approve the installer and stand over his/her work. As Robin explains the process of getting an installer registered is a thorough one with a minimum level of experience and a consistent high standard of work required. “With external insulation, the company notify us when they have a job scheduled and we make the necessary preparations to audit it. We go to that job when it’s about 60 -70 per cent of the way through allowing us to see how the installer installs the product in accordance with the certificate and the project’s specific design,” he adds, “with Retrofit, there is no such thing as a standard job as you won’t have a design that will be generic and suit everyone. We will check that the detail they used matched the design. If the reason why the design was changed is in writing and signed by the cert holder then that might be acceptable but we won’t approve an installer on a job until we are satisfied that the job has been done in accordance with the NSAI Agrément certificate and with our installer scheme document.”

Confidence for the homeowner For the homeowner, it’s reassuring to learn that a company registered by NSAI Agrément is continually monitored and assessed. A registration audit is carried out and registered installers are subject to annual surveillance audits. Annual surveillance audits will involve visiting the installer’s office where the assessor will pick through three or four completed jobs, go to them and confirm that they are following procedures. Installers are also obliged to possess key photographs of specific stages of jobs for review.

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“External insulation is relatively new in Ireland and Britain. The UK might be a year or two ahead of us but the grant schemes and the amount of work that has been done in Ireland in terms of installer schemes is actually a step ahead of them,” he also comments, “ people will go over to trade exhibitions around the continent and get the idea to bring the product to Ireland, they approach ourselves and the Department of the Environment and we make sure that they have a contract in place with the manufacturer ensuring that there are not numerous people distributing the same product resulting in each of them looking for a certificate for the one system. There are 15 certified product manufacturers and at the time of publication there are around 130 registered installers in Ireland.”

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Carlow - Kildare - Meath

PKG Plastering Kilberry, Navan, Co. Meath

Ph: 046 9054761 Mob: 086 0557041 External And Internal Insulation All Plastering Work Grants Available

Unit 11, Block 4, Ashbourne Business Park, Ashbourne, Co. Meath

Derchil Limited have 25 years experience in large scale construction projects, dealing with the unique intricacies of all kinds of building facades. The knowledge that we have gained, and the partnerships that we have formed during this period leave us ideally placed to meet the new requirements of design and implementation of all aspects of energy saving measures for your building.

www.derchil.ie

ADVANCED BOILER SERVICES 5, Ardfrail Close, Oldcastle, Co. Meath

Ph: 087 7528636

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Gas And Oil Boiler Servicing Heating Control Upgrade Underfloor Heating Radiator Power Flushing General Plumbing Works Domestic / Commercial Oil Storage Tanks Installed

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GRANTS AVAILABLE

Celbridge, Co. Kildare.

External Insulation Internal Insulation All Plastering Work Fully Insured

Mob: 086 3839479 www.sfplastering.ie


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RETRO Fix

Rath Cloughjordan, Co. Tipperary

Mob: 087 9950836 Eco Village Main Contractor External Insulation Al Plastering Work Grants Available Fully Insured

John Skehan Services Ltd Nossa Casa, Ballinamult, Waterford

Phone: 086 8705392 For A Free Quote.

Specializing In External Insulation Grants Available Fully Insured External insulation involves fixing insulating materials such as mineral wool or expanded polystyrene slabs to the outer surface of the wall. The insulation is then covered with a special render to provide a weather resistant base coat. A fibreglass mesh is embedded in this render to provide strength and impact resistance. The finish coat is an acrylic render which is available in about 200 different colours, which can give an old house a completely new look.

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www.peterbreretonplastering.com

Lo Call 1850 22 44 66

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Galway - Westmeath

Capital Insulation Global House, Unit 7B, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath

External Insulation Cavity Wall Insulation Attic Insulation Fully Insured

Mob: 086 8714403 / Tel: 1890 252558

Killucan, Co. Westmeath E-mail: info@shannoninsulations.com

Phone: 044 - 937 4281 Instafibre (White Wool) Cavity Wall Insulation System 9" Hollow Block Fully Insured

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Pat Coffey Ltd 3 Oakglen, Pollboy, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway

External Wall Insulation systems patcoffeylimited@eircom.net www.patcoffeyinsulation.ie We are vastly experienced in all types of plastering but in recent years we are concentrating on new systems of external wall insulation for machine and hand applied coloured renders. We consider these to be the future of the plastering industry and intend to be market leaders in these areas. In these days of green technologies and energy efficient house building these products are currently the best available on the market and will bring your home up to the highest rating with BER Rating.

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Phone: 090 9648800 Mobile: 087 2074277

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Caherlistrane, Co. Galway

• CAVITY INSULATION • ROOF / ATTIC INSULATION • GRANTS AVAILABLE Phone: 0876718979 Fax: 09355976 Email: info@corribinsulations.ie www.corribinsulations.ie

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It is worth noting that increasing the amount of insulation in a dwelling can increase the need for adequate ventilation, particularly in the case of external insulation where the air tightness of the dwelling can be increased substantially by installing the system. Some of the hazards associated with insufficient ventilation in a home include:  Decrease in air quality, mould growth, increased risk of radon accumulation and increased risk of carbon monoxide accumulation, all the more reason to make sure your installer has been properly assessed and registered. The journey from application to approval of an installer is a rigorous one with only a 60 per cent success rate. “If an installer fails an audit they either get ten working days to resubmit correct paperwork to us, or a second visit may be required. It is definitely tough to pass our audits,” says Byrne, adding, “If they don’t rectify an issue, we won’t approve them and we notify SEAI of that, and depending on the review by SEAI, they may not be approved for the grant schemes for six months or longer.” NSAI Agrément charge €3000 plus VAT for the first audit and € 750 plus VAT for every additional cert and €1850 plus VAT every year thereafter. “We put a lot of time and work in with a company for the first audit because no one is expected to be perfect first time. As the building regulations change, we change the assessment/certification process continually. In October last year, we invited all external insulation certificate holders together to a forum for discussion and another

one is due to take place in the summer. We are in constant communication with certificate holders and installers and we understand there are plans by installers to set up a trade association,” says the NSAI Inspection Officer.

Tough assessments In a recession, people often think that verification goes out the window but in actual fact it becomes much more important. As a home owner you don’t have the money to spend and there is no job more expensive than the one you do twice. NSAI Agrément provides an essential role to the country by protecting the public, helping manufactures get certified and bringing products to market whilst also ensuring that products that are not fit for service don’t get certified. “During the Celtic tiger period, there was so much construction going on, that it was easier for people to bring products in and get them under the radar. Because there isn’t that level of construction, it’s actually easier for us to control. Installers know that they are going to be audited by two or three different organisations such as ourselves and SEAI so if they are not in compliance they can be taken off the grant list” insists Robin, “Even if a manufacturer has a European cert, they may have to get various characteristics re-tested if they don’t meet our requirements. Fire resistance has to be a particular classification, for example if you don’t have that minimum classification you can’t use that product

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within one metre of a boundary wall so if you don’t have that classification you can’t use it on a semi detached.”

The WEP Certificate will display an overall energy rating, similar to the Building Energy Rating label, for a defined window and window frame assembly, thus allowing consumers to make an informed selection. “ There are a lot of manufactures out there making various claims, the WEP certification scheme can verify that this is credible rather than buyer beware and just taking the salesman’s word for it,” says Robin.

THE THERMAL TRANSMITTANCE (U window)

is a measure of the insulation properties of the window assembly and allows the consumer to compare how effective each window assembly is at containing and conserving heat within a building in the winter. The lower the U-value the greater the thermal performance of the window.

THE SOLAR FACTOR (g window) or Solar Heat

Gain Coefficient (SHGC) measures how well a product blocks heat caused by sunlight. Heat gain can be beneficial in winter months but can also present consumers with additional cooling loads in summer months. The Solar Factor is expressed as a number between 0 and 1. A lower Solar Factor means less heat gain.

THE AIR LEAKAGE (L factor) is a measure of the “The main gap between the European Technical Approval and a NSAI Agrément certificate is everything after the manufacture of the product.” The installation of the system plays a huge role in its performance. Each of the component parts whether it’s the boards, the mesh or windowsills, are all manufactured in quality controlled environments but it’s how they are all put together that determines how well they will work. The cert is based on the European Technical Approval which goes through various product characteristics that must be tested. We take that and build our own project plan around it regarding how the product will be installed to ensure its performance and design life.

WEP - Window Energy Performance Scheme NSAI Agrément has recently introduced an independent Window Energy Performance (WEP) Certification scheme for the Irish consumer market.

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The WEP rating is provided for a standard window to represent typical window sizes. This enables a comparison between different products. Each WEP rating label is specific to a unique window frame and glazing assembly from a single manufacturer. This WEP label is non-transferable. The WEP Certificate value combines the following characteristics to allow consumers to determine how well each window assembly will perform.

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air tightness of a specific window assembly. Good quality windows tested to the appropriate standards should have no air leakage and therefore, makes little difference to energy performance however, for leaky windows, the impact is significant. The lower the air leakage value the greater the air tightness of the assembly. Currently the Irish Building Regulations require both new and retrofit windows to have a maximum elemental U-value of 2.0 W/m2K. Improvements due to be implemented this year to Part L of the Building Regulations will see this value drop to a U-value of 1.6 W/m2K. “The main benefit of using an NSAI Agrément certified installer is that we are the only body that certifies compliance with the Irish national building regulations. Not only can a homeowner have assured confidence that an independent Irish body has assessed the product/system, but that body is also reviewing the company and the system on a regular basis and in this climate, that level of comfort and confidence is invaluable.”

Summary of Application Process for Registered Installer Schemes: • Contact the Certificate Holder of the NSAI Agrément certified system  for training in installing that specific system. Search our database of Agrément Certified  Products  to  download certificates  covered by the relevant installer scheme and get contact information for the Certificate Holders. • Once training has been provided by the Certificate Holder, a completed Application Form must be


submitted to NSAI Agrément, along with a completed Installer Contract and the relevant Application Fee.  The Application Form  MUST be filled in by  the  Applicant and co-signed by the Certificate Holder.  On receipt of the above documentation, the applicant shall be contacted by an NSAI Agrément Assessor to arrange an audit date.  The applicant is subject to an assessment by NSAI Agrément prior to approval, and annual surveillance subsequently.

For information on how to register as a contractor for the SEAI HES (Home Energy Saving) scheme, go to the HES contractor webpage, call SEAI on 1850 927000 or email hescontractor@seai.ie

What is NSAI Agrément certification?

NSAI Agrément certification confirms that new building products, materials, techniques and equipment are safe and fit for purpose and comply with the Irish national building regulations. The process of NSAI Agrément certification applies to those products and processes that are not already regulated by existing building standards, either because they are innovative or because they deviate from established norms.

 What is the procedure for certifying a new product?

How is the assessment carried out? The criteria upon which NSAI Agrément certification is based vary from product to product, taking into account construction standards across a range of measures such as: • Safety • Habitability • Durability • Maintenance • Practicability.

The legal framework The NSAI Agrément Certificates we publish are in accordance with the Irish Building Regulations and the rules of the European Union of Agrément Institutes for Construction (UEAtc).

 How

do I arrange an assessment?

NSAI Agrément’s assessment services are available to applicants on the payment of the appropriate fee. All parties involved in the assessment are subject to strict confidentiality requirements. 

Agrément certification involves the following steps: • We process your application. • We develop a Technical Assessment Specification (TAS), which sets out the technical criteria for assessment and testing. • We assess the product to ensure that it conforms to the TAS. This might include laboratory testing, onsite evaluation and inspection of the production process. • Subject to the results of the assessment, we then draft an NSAI Agrément Certificate. • We publish the Certificate on the NSAI website www. nsai.ie

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Offaly - Wexford

McCauley And Bird Ltd.

Garycullen, Saltmills, Newross, Co. Wexford.

Ballingale, Taghmon, Co. Wexford.

Tel: 051 562511 Mob: 086 1722092

Wall, Floor, Attic, Sound Proofing Insulation • Cavity Wall Insulation • Internal And External Insulation • Heating Systems • Condensing Boilers • Solar Panels • Heat Pumps • Biomass Boilers • Heating Control - Hard Wire And Wireless Controls • Wind Tubes • Glazing

External Insulation Aqua Panelling Fully Insured

LoCall: 1890 27 28 33 Tel: 053 91 44416 Mobile: 086 7704025 Fax: 053 91 83914 E-mail: info@aratedenergy.ie www.aratedenergy.ie REGISTERED

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smithbros

Riverview Commercial Park, Tullamore, Offaly

Mob: 087 8262992 Tel: 057 9321068

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www.smithbros.ie Korefill Cavity Wall Insulation • Attic / Roof Insulation • Glass Suppliers • Glazing Contractors • Painting Contractors

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Geashill, Tullamore, Co. Offaly

Certainfill Bonded Bead Cavity Wall Insulation Flat Roof Waterproofing Dry Lining Insulation Fully Insured

Mob: 087 7773250 Tel: 057 9343803 www.covexireland.com


The international role of NSAI Agrément

“Window Energy Performce Scheme”

NSAI Agrément is Ireland’s national representative in UEAtc. In this capacity, we help to develop Agrément product assessment specifications.

NSAI (National Standards Authority of Ireland) is Ireland’s official standards and measurement body and the state agency vested with the responsibility to manage the policy instruments of Standards, Metrology and Conformity Assessment, (in the form of Certification and Agrément) on behalf of the Department of Enterprise, Jobs, and Innovation. These instruments form the basis of our basic trade infrastructure which enables people confidently to go about many aspects of their daily businesses and lives. Their work entails serving industry and protecting consumer interests through the setting of standards and issuing of certification in the quality and safety of goods and services. For over 50 years, the National Standards Authority of Ireland has been supporting enterprise, trade, consumers and government through the effective provision of services of the highest quality.

NSAI Agrément is also the Irish representative in the European Organisation for Technical Approvals (EOTA).

 Board of NSAI Agrément

The board of NSAI Agrément is comprised of representatives from the following organisations: • NSAI Agrément • The Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government • Enterprise Ireland • The Construction Industry Federation (CIF) • The Irish Business and Employers Confederation (IBEC) • The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) • The Association of Consulting Engineers of Ireland (ACEI)

For further information visit www.nsai.ie

and are issued in accordance All products are certified under the current Irish Building Regulations tion (UEAtc). Construc for Institutes t with the rules of the European Union of Agrémen registered installers or to Check www.nsai.ie for an up-to-date register of certified products and apply for NSAI Agrément certification.

For more information click on nsai.ie or call us on (01) 807 3800.

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ion materials, NSAI Agrément certification provides the ultimate reassurance that construct , assessed y impartiall and sly meticulou been have s products, systems and technique have complete confidence so construction industry professionals and end user consumers can e products to be quickly in the products certified by NSAI Agrément. It also allows for innovativ y. adopted and used safely and effectivel

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Louth

Silver Bonded Bead Cavity Wall Insulation

Momoney, Inniskeen, Co. Louth

Tel: 042 937 8374 Mob: 087 261 5660 www.northeastinsulation.ie Dry Lining Insulation Attic Insulation

Roof Insulation Fully Insured Seai Grants Available

VINNIE JOHNSON PLUMBING & HEATING Sillogue, Monasterboice, Drogheda, Co. Louth

Solar Panels Underfloor Heating General Plumbing Works Heating Control Upgrades High Efficiency Gas Boiler With Heating Controls Upgrades High Efficiency Oil Boiler With Heating Controls Upgrades

Ph: 087 7685443

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KINSELLA CONSTRUCTION 7, Westwood,. Roschoill,. Drogheda,. Co. Louth.

T: 041 9810460. M: 087 2274648

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All Areas Covered General Building Contractors External & Internal Insulation Fully Insured

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www.gkpc.eu 1 Main Road, Tullyallen, Co. Louth

T: 041 9848319 M: 086 171 8422 • Dry Lining Insulation • Lime Rendering • Lime Spraying • Mud Rendering • Modern, Decorative & Cornice Plastering


Armagh - Carlow - Fermanagh - Kerry

Erne Insulation Ltd. Corrateskin, Letterbreen, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh.

M: 0044 77 52771629 Cavity Wall Insulation Dry Lining Attic Insulation Covering Cavan, Letrim, Louth

Colm Faughey Gas, Oil & Solar Armagh

• Heating Controls Upgrade • Solar Panels • Gas & Oil boilers • Domestic & Commercial

ALL WORK GUARANTEED Tel: 048 3088337 Mob: 086 8242113 colm@cgas.eu REGISTERED

SEAI

CONTRACTOR

GRANTS AVAILABLE

CARLOW INSULATION REGISTERED

SEAI

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*Attic insulation *Building energy rating *Attic & Cavity wall insulation

St. Anthony's, Farrell's Mountain, Clogrennane, Bilboa, Carlow

Tel: 066 7122872 Roof / Attic Insulation Envirobead Cavity Wall Insulation System Draughtproofing Low Energy Light Bulbs Energy Awareness Advice Available

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Tel: 059 9179932 Mob: 085 720 2885

Cumann Iosaef Centre, Tralee, Co. Kerry

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As a company our main focus is on external wall insulation. 40-50% of heat loss is lost through the external walls of your home. • • • • • •

BER Certification External wall insulation Attic Insulation Glazing upgrades Registered installers for the NSAI & SEAI Free consultation and quote on all solutions or individual 10% Discounts for blocks of houses • GES will provide assistance for all paper work for SEI grant application forms

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CONTACT US ON 087 947 0818 eamonn@graingerenergysolutions.com www.graingerenergysolutions.eu

CONTACT US ON

087 947 0818

eamonn@graingerenergysolutions.com www.graingerenergysolutions.eu


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Stay Warm - Experts in external insulation

Stay Warm is a 100% Irish owned company that is run by David O’ Reilly and Colin Dunne with a team of skilled employees who install external wall insulation systems country wide. With our building experience of a combined 56 years, specialising in insulation for the past six, we feel very confident of delivering a truly satisfying completed Job. We work with architects, designers and home owners and can help you from planning to completion. External wall insulation is suitable for all types of buildings, both domestic and commercial. External wall insulation is particularly well suited to the retrofitting of existing buildings. So why not take advantage of a product that can reduce your heating bills by up to 50% and can create an attractive low maintenance facade?

Reduce Your Heating Bills

Step 1: The insulation is mechanically and adhesively fixed to all external walls. This creates an insulation envelope that prevents heat loss and cold bridging, which can occur if using other types of insulation for example cavity fill.

Step 4: A coloured and textured acrylic render is then applied and the final result is a durable low maintenance finish that will only need to be hosed down to clean every 3 - 5 years. (As the finish has a 1% fade rate in a 10 year period.) So if you want a professional and reputable company to insulate a building with the confidence of knowing the job will be completed to the highest standard contact Stay warm. For further information contact Stay-warm: colin@staywarm.ie

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Step 3: A coloured primer is applied to the base coat when fully dry (Approx 24 hrs). This aids adhesion, water resistance and will help in the colour uniformity of the finish coating.

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You can achieve a reduced heat loss of up to 60% and your heating bill can be reduced by a similar amount by installing external wall insulation. In short, External Wall Insulation is a modern method of construction that will: • Insulate the building. • Eliminate Condensation. • Help reduce external noises • Stabilise the structure. • Provide a decorative low maintenance finish. • Provide a highly economical solution.

Step 2: An impact resistant open weave mesh is embedded onto the insulation board using a base cement coat. This provides both impact resistance and tensile strength.

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Clane Building Works – Overall Kildare Entrepreneur Awards Winner Clane Building Works are honoured to announce that we are overall Kildare Entrepreneurial Awards Winners. “As a third generation business owner I was delighted to win the category of Kildare Green Business Award and I am astounded to win the overall Entrepreneur Award” said John King MD. We are delighted that Clane Building Works is acknowledged as a leading company in our industry. We are a fundamentally a 3rd generation construction company. Regarding construction we were initially focused on one off exclusive new homes, extensions & commercial developments. We thrived in this area as were always focused on our reputation for quality achieved by our attention to detail and our satisfied clients. We considered it fundamental to be current with the ever changing sophisticated materials and energy efficient construction practices through ongoing research, analysis and regularly training our staff. In 2006 we could see a nationwide shift towards more energy efficient dwellings. We decided to diversify and focus the business on the retrofit of existing dwellings where we improved on the key energy saving areas of our client’s homes.

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Clane Building Works provide a “One Stop Shop” for the energy aware homeowner, providing advice and installation across all areas of home insulations and heating.   As Oil prices soar many home owners will be facing large heating costs. By carrying out some simple insulation and draught proofing measures the annual heating costs can be reduced by up to 40 percent! Further saving can be achieved by boiler and heating control upgrades. We have found that in most

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homes we have surveyed even homes built within the last ten years, the insulation levels are not up to current standards and existing boilers and heating controls are largely inefficient. Many clients who contact us at Clane Building Works do so because they are experiencing draughts in their homes, which are in effect replacing the warm air, and as a consequence these homeowners have to turn the heating on constantly in order to maintain a warm temperature.  “We can eliminate this problem inexpensively and make the home more comfortable and more economical”, said John King.   There are Grants currently available from The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland to every house in the country constructed prior to 2006 to assist towards the cost of insulation and home heating systems and controls. The company’s range of services covers initial assessment and advice on all the most practical and economical upgrades available, to completion of the necessary works and final certification.   “We supply a complete energy package from attic insulation, blown bonded bead cavity wall insulation, dry-lining insulation, draught proofing, outsulation, home heating supply and controls, glazing, solar energy to geothermal systems”, said John King. We have an extremely qualified, well balanced, customer focused team in place devoted to energy conservation in existing Irish homes. We offer our clients a free home energy survey. Our advisors can also help by providing information and advice on the SEI Grants available to improve the energy rating of your home.


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Retrofitting – Home Energy Saving When retrofitting an existing home it is impetrative to look at the five points below said John King of Clane Building Works

Insulation - The envelope of the home must be insulated to highest possible standards - i.e. all external walls & roof in relation to insulation. There are numerous options available to insulate the envelope of the home including cavity wall insulation (pumped into the walls externally), dry-lining insulation internally, external outsulation and various forms of attic insulation. The options available must be tailored to find the most practical and economical upgrades available to suit each individual homes construction type & budget. By insulating the envelope of the home energy costs can be reduced by up to 40%. Heating System - The heating system must be reviewed. Replacing your boiler can greatly reduce the amount of heating costs. Today’s heating systems are over 70% more efficient than those available ten years ago, if your heating system is undersized your rooms will not be warm and you will pay higher energy bills as your system tries to keep up. However, a heating system that is over sized can also raise your energy bill higher than is necessary to heat your home. The heating system should be custom fitted to your structure & needs. Solar energy can be used to create a source of heat in almost all houses, solar water heating is the most cost effective way of using solar energy. Solar Panels are also known as collectors which are fitted to the roof of a building. The sun’s heat is used to warm water or another fluid which passes through the panel. This fluid is fed to a heat store such as a hot water tank which provides hot water or a source of hot water for central heating for the building. Solar Panels should be sized & fitted in accordance with the homes requirements. Heating Controls - Heating controls can be installed to

optimize the usage by regulating when the heating should be turned on, what temperature is required, what minimum space humidity would be acceptable & the areas that need heating.

Windows & Doors - The windows & doors of the home

of energy wastage in buildings. Infiltration is the loss or gain of untreated and unregulated air through gaps and crevices around windows, doors, roofs, vents and sky lights etc. The movement of air in or out of a building is due to wind blow causing an increase of decrease in pressure to force the air through. The infiltration can also take place through the porosity of the building envelope material. This problem can be resolved by identifying air leakage and taking the necessary remedial action to seal off these crevices and gaps.

As we supply our clients with all the leading systems available, we offer a complete energy service tailored to each individual home owners needs. We find that with a small initial expenditure our clients our experiencing long term savings in relation to their annual energy costs thus saving our clients money while reducing their carbon footprint and making the home more comfortable. With the extreme climate conditions we have experienced in recent years by carrying out some simple insulation and draught proofing measures the annual heating costs can be reduced by up to 40 percent. Clane Building Works is acknowledged as a leading company in the area of energy conservation, they are NSAI and Thermobead approved cavity wall insulation installers, Owens Corning approved loft insulation installers, NSAI and Parex approved outsulation system installers and also Kingspan solar system approved installers. Following a detailed survey, Insulating a home & upgrading the heating system only takes a few days to complete with minimal disruption to the house hold. In many cases works can be completed from the outside and in the loft space without creating disturbance to the occupantants. On completion of works householders will notice considerable improvement in the comfort level of the home and a significant reduction in energy costs. There are Grants are currently available from The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland to every house in the country constructed prior to 2006 to assist towards the cost of insulation and home heating systems and controls. For further information or a free home energy survey, Clane Building Works can be contacted on T: 045 838376, Email: clanebuildingworks@eircom.net or www.kinggroup.ie

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iPhone app brings heritage sites back to the future A Clare County Council heritage information booklet has been converted into a free, downloadable iPhone / iPad application (App) for visitors to Early Christian, Medieval and Celtic ecclesiastical buildings in County Clare. The iPhone / iPad application is available to download from the iPhone App Store and is the first initiative of its kind to be launched in the county: “Rian na Manach (Pathway of the Monks) – A Guided Tour of Ecclesiastical Treasures in Co. Clare” was originally launched in early 2007 following a comprehensive audit of more than 80 Early Christian, Medieval and Celtic ecclesiastical buildings. Many of the buildings included in the book are supported by text and photographs, whilst others are included only as mapped reference points. Apart from the provision of text and photographs this app provides the user with an interactive mapping facility. This provides site locations, in real-time, with route planning and site distances which the visitor will find beneficial when visiting or planning to visit any of these trails. An alternative mapping facility has been provided within the app which provides certain functionality in areas where the mobile network coverage is inadequate. The council says the converted booklet will help promote County Clare’s culture and heritage to a wider and younger audience by creating an interactive tour of ecclesiastical treasures within County Clare. Welcoming the launch of the application, Mayor of Clare, Councillor Christy Curtin said: “This application will help inform visitors of the importance of these historic buildings and will hopefully form the basis for their enhanced protection, which in turn will allow for increased appropriate accessibility in the future. It reflects the rich ecclesiastical history that exists in the county and although it serves as a sustainable tourism/heritage guide for both tourists and locals, it importantly outlines the sensitivity of these buildings”.

Senior Planner Gordon Daly explained: “The targeted end result of the project is to raise awareness of County Clare’s rich history, culture and heritage, reaching out to a wider audience, boosting tourist numbers and providing the basis for future roll-out of similar ICT (Information Communications Technology) projects.” “The iPhone / iPad application features 33 church heritage sites across four trails throughout County Clare, which are supported by text and photographs. These sites highlight the historical background to Clare’s rich ecclesiastical heritage. The trails offer a rich variety of interest to all visitors. Churches new and old have their fascination and the sites illustrate the richness of their architectural features and a fine tradition of stonework.” “Prior to stone building, small oratories made of wood were used for worship. The sites are some of the best examples in Ireland of churches for worship, round towers, enclosure walls, crypts and gravestones and are of huge heritage value as sites of archaeological and architectural interest, as wildlife habitats and as repositories of local genealogy, sculpture and art”, Mr.Daly concluded.

The delivery of the project was an inter-departmental effort involving Planning and IT Departments within Clare Co. Council and Clare Tourism Forum. The 100% funding grant was provided by the Department of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

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The application features detailed information on some of Clare’s best known ecclesiastical sites, such as: Ennis Franciscan Friary Dysert O’Dea Romanesque Church near Corofin Inis Cealtra in Mountshannon Kilfarboy Church near Miltown Malbay St. Cronán’s 10th Century Church at Tuamgraney Kilchreest Church in Ballynacally North Clare’s Corcomroe Abbey

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119 Architects enter designs for Tullamore Community Arts Centre Tullamore Town Council’s decision to provide Kilbride Plaza free of charge to Tullamore Community Arts Centre Limited, to develop the much anticipated centre for the town and work on the build has been a success progressing steadily according to the local authority. ‘ The Centre will be located adjacent to Tullamore Dew Heritage Centre, Offaly Historical Society, alongside the Grand Canal, and will include a 250 seat auditorium, dedicated art gallery, cafe/bar and a series of rehearsal/meeting rooms. It is anticipated that the development will cost in the region of €3 million, of which €2 million is being funded by European Access II grants. It is intended that the Centre will be a distinctive municipal building of contemporary architecture with good use of natural materials and light, as well as environmentally sound in its build and daily use.

conducted anonymously, where the Jury is unaware of the identity of any of the participants. The Jury met in the RIAI last week where they examined all the entries and choose a final shortlist. The shortlisted architects have now been commissioned to produce full drawings for final assessment. A team of four technical assessors will examine these full drawings and compile a report on each one for consideration by the jury. On 22 June the Jury will meet in Aras an Chontae, Tullamore to make a final selection of the winning entry which will then be submitted to the Board of Tullamore Community Arts Centre Ltd for approval. It is anticipated that the winning entry will be announced in early July and will go on public display shortly afterwards.

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The Centre will be a place where the whole community can participate in a wide range of creative and cultural activities and the building will provide areas for all sorts of uses so the centre will need to be designed to be flexible in accommodating these.

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“Education in Ireland” encourages a learning environment for international students

“Education in Ireland” - the new umbrella brand for marketing the Irish higher education and the English Language Sectors internationally was recently launched by the Minister for Education and Skills Mr Ruairí Quinn T.D. and the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mr. Richard Bruton T.D.  The drive to promote Irish education abroad, which is led by Enterprise Ireland, aims to double the number of international students studying in Irish higher education institutes by 2015.  Around 26,000 international students currently undertake third level education in Ireland.  The combined value of third level and English language international education in Ireland is estimated to be currently worth €900m to the Irish economy.  However, the strategic imperative to promote Irish education internationally goes deeper than immediate economic benefits such as increased spending by international students in our economy.  The internationalisation of Irish education is seen as a critical element to support Ireland’s international trading relationships and export-led economy.

The key messages attached to the Education in Ireland brand highlight Ireland’s education offer and reinforce the wider messages about Ireland emanating from Enterprise Ireland, our Embassy network, the IDA and Tourism Ireland: • • • • • • •

Ireland is a friendly and safe country We are English-speaking We have internationally recognised qualifications and extensive choice of courses There is a supportive learning environment in Ireland for international students We have an innovative and creative culture We have many distinguished graduates Leading global companies have chosen to locate in Ireland.

The brand is supported by a planned programme of marketing and promotional events over the course of 2011 in key target markets including China, India, Saudi Arabia, Brazil and the USA. Education in Ireland is one of the commitments in the Programme for a National Government 2011-2016

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The International Education Strategy 2010-15 “Investing in Global Relationships” was launched in September, 2010 along with a new immigration regime for international students reforming entry requirements but imposing safeguards to prevent abuse of the system.

Minister Bruton commented “The Education in Ireland brand provides the vehicle to present a unique, highquality Irish education experience to international students.  The international students we educate today are the next generation of leaders, entrepreneurs and decision makers in our partner countries.  They will be the tomorrow’s advocates for Ireland and will make up a new network of Irish-educated alumni that can be of critical assistance in the future promotion of Ireland abroad.

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Speaking at the launch Minister Quinn said “Ireland’s education sector has much intrinsic strength which gives real, lasting value to our international students and that give us a competitive advantage in the international education market.  But our success depends on the quality of our offer and our ability to tell our story internationally.  The new brand is more than a logo.  It represents our vision of Ireland as an internationally recognised world leader in the delivery of high-quality international education.”

The strategy set out a vision to enable Ireland to compete to the highest international standards and recruit talented students from overseas. The plan includes ten core actions to enhance the internationalisation of Ireland’s education sector, addressing areas such as quality, visas & immigration, competitiveness, promotion and networks of influence.

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HELIOTHERM - a pioneer in high efficiency heat pump technology

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Controlling heating costs; home comfort, and operational status is easy with the patented heat pump technology. All data is available worldwide, with just one touch of a button. Individual settings, flexible operation and cost reduction with heating and cooling have become more and more important. Heliotherm offers tele control at the highest level. Through the internet you are able to access your heating system from all over the world, check the information and make adjustments, if necessary. For instance you can activate your heating system from your vacation location, one or two days before returning home.

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The Heliotherm tele control is the “brain” of the system, it takes over all control modes of the heat pump and its external components, of relevance to detached- or semi detached houses The simple menu structure, easy to read and use display makes the intelligent system more appealing. Temperature, operation mode, fluid level, meter readings can be requested per mouse click. Combined with the Heliotherm home control® Software you are able to control the actual trend data, energy consumption and heating output. Next to the practical features of the system this high-tech installation also increases the value of your real estate property. On top of that through Heliotherm web control®, the Heliotherm competence partner is able to access your system and professionally regulate and optimize it, around the clock. Should a problem occur, the intelligent system automatically informs the Heliotherm competence partner, who remotely can diagnose the system and solve the problem without being on the spot, saving time and travelling expenses. You will get highest efficiency, low maintenance costs and cost saving heating and cooling. Based on the data of the web control® technology the system is optimised from its first start to ensure highest efficiency and cost saving heating and cooling.

HELIOTHERM Freshwater System “To achieve highest efficiency during hot water generation, it requires an elaborated as well as a sustainable system,” states Heliotherm’s founder and Austrian heat pump pioneer Andreas Bangheri. The elaborated technology enables an energy saving and maintenance free operating system.


Hygiene and cleanliness are particularly important for modern home comfort. Within seconds the fresh water is heated through the continuous-flow heat exchanger and guarantees absolute fresh, hygienic and legionella free water. The fresh water and heating water are detached. In order to avoid the risk of legionella, the water is heated to a max of 50° C. No calcium flake residue can accumulate and pollute the system. Ideally balanced with the Heliotherm installation the fresh water system protects the heat pump and ensures a longer operating life and safety. The optimised hydraulic system and the high quality components are essential for low operating costs and maintenance free operation. No electrical auxiliary heating is needed and no hidden costs arise. The Heliotherm fresh hot water system can be connected to various heat generators, heating systems thermometers or sensors. Heliotherm heat pumps have been awarded with the best possible classification of energy efficiency labels by independent testing institutes. The Tyrolean heat pump manufacturer fulfils its leadership role in the field of hot water generation in terms of efficiency with the international seal of approval for tested quality and numerous patents.

HELIOTHERM Modulation Technology® Performing pioneering work is a specialty of the Austrian heat pump manufacturer Heliotherm: The Heliotherm Modulation technology® with stepless modulation is one of the top quality products connecting maximum home comfort, with energy efficiency and cost reduction. It’s not only energy efficiency and product reliability but also long life span, cost reduction and flexible usage of the system that positions Heliotherm at the forefront of the heat pump manufacturers in Europe. Innovations in the field of technology and user friendliness of the systems provide Heliotherm with a cutting edge. As early as 1994 Heliotherm brought the first modulating heat pump onto the market. Stepless modulation prevents the pump’s erratic starting (compared to conventional pumps with digital scroll technology) therefore, not only

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Dublin

The Creative Dublin Alliance In a global economy, city-regions compete internationally as attractive places for investment and development. As the economic driver of the national economy, and the core of the city region, becoming more internationally competitive is a key challenge for the city. Quality of life is now a key determinant of a city’s success, demanded not only by citizens but also necessary to attract and hold on to a talented workforce. Benchmarking is now a standard approach to profiling a city and a high rating in key areas can enhance city status and have a positive impact on investment and confidence. It is critical that cities like Dublin have the ability to analyze their strengths and weakness and develop city strategies based on a strong vision. The Creative Dublin Alliance is a network of diverse leaders that meet to discuss and implement solutions in response to the challenges that Dublin faces as an internationally competitive city region. It is collaboration between Dublin Local Authorities, Colleges, State Agencies, Business and the Not-for-Profit sector. The role of the Alliance is to identify challenges and issues of citywide significance that could most effectively be dealt with through the synergies created in the Alliance. The management and administration of the initiative is carried out by the Economic Development Unit. “Our purpose is to help identify, discuss, recommend, distribute and implement solutions in response to the challenges that Dublin faces as an International Competitive City Region,” says Lorna Maxwell of the Creative Dublin Alliance.

Redevelopments driving city forward The city is benefiting from many improvements including: the new national conference centre, new bridges across the River Liffey, and the redevelopment of both Croke Park and Lansdowne Road stadiums. The city region’s transport

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infrastructure is improving with the completion of the port tunnel and two Luas light rail lines, the ongoing four tracking of the Kildare rail route and the construction of a new terminal at Dublin Airport. Environmental quality gains importance as the city consolidates and the region develops. In this regard, there have been many achievements; Dublin is the only capital city in the European Union to have a blue flag beach, Father Collins Park in the North Fringe is Ireland’s first wholly sustainable park, many flood protection works have been completed under the Dublin Flooding Initiative, and detailed planning for the Sutton to Sandycove (S2S) project has been undertaken. Collaboration, the establishment of networks and clustering of economic sectors are important elements in developing the city’s role at regional, national and international levels. City networks facilitate the exchange of information and knowledge, enable best practice to be established and encourage partnership in projects. “There is need at a regional level to embrace a set of wider challenges such as: green networks; developing settlement and transport policy to incorporate economic strategies; establishing the role of an effective core at the heart of a polycentric city region; developing pro-active branding; and seeking a more dynamic partnership from key Dublin City Council, it added, “Environmental issues do not limit themselves to the boundary of the city. The Dublin city region must jointly develop and pursue policies to address “New terminal at Dublin Airport”


Dublin World Design Capital is a two-yearly competition run by ICSID, an international design organisation. Its objective is “to highlight the accomplishments of cities that are truly leveraging design as a tool to improve the social, cultural and economic life of cities”. The winning city organises a one-year calendar of events on the theme of design. In submitting a bid, Dublin will compete with at least 50 other cities worldwide. Some cities are recognised globally as centres for world class design with comprehensive design infrastructure. Dublin is not recognised as a centre for world-class design – however, we have the ambition, imagination and resources to become one. Seoul is this year’s capital and Helsinki will be World Design Capital in 2012. People working in the design arena who are not already involved and are based in Dublin, or elsewhere in Ireland or abroad, are invited to submit ideas and help prepare the bid and the Creative Dublin Alliance are fully committed to this cause.

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climate change and sustainability in order to safeguard the regions environment for future generations.”

Creation of Innovation Dublin Innovation Dublin is an excellent example of an initiative that has been hugely successful for the Alliance, and in 2011, Innovation Dublin will move into its third year. The festival has gone from strength to strength, and has become a platform for seminars, workshops, discussions, exhibitions, performances, showcases and competitions - on all kinds of topics related to innovation and creativity.

The Alliance is chaired by the Dublin City Manager with members such as the Lord Mayor of Dublin, the Chair of the Dublin Regional Authority, the presidents of UCD, Trinity, DCU and DIT, the CEO of Dublin Chamber, the regional managers of Enterprise Ireland and the IDA and the founding partners of Design Twentyfirst Century, a not-forprofit organisation. “Dublin is a creative and innovative city. That creativity and innovation will ensure Dublin’s position as a leading European city for enterprise and as a real player on the global stage.  Harnessing “Innovation Dublin” is a challenge for all of us and I call on everybody to play their part in making Dublin “a creative capital for the 21st century” • •

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Create a clear vision that unifies around the strengths and future potential of Dublin City Region. Build a Dublin Region that is supportive of its people by encouraging innovation and enterprise. Continue to grow an internationally renowned higher education and research sector. Communicate, show and engage people in the variety of entrepreneurial initiatives that are occurring in the Dublin City Region. Encourage an open, merit based, tolerant and inclusive society that promotes well-being. Develop a high quality information, communications and transport network.

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“Last year there were approximately 60 organisations involved in the festival, this year there were about 120 so we have doubled the level of engagement in just one year – the model works!” commented Lorna, she added, “this level of collaboration is ongoing across every project, as each project has collaboration as a cornerstone of its development. For example, UniverCities is establishing a creativity and innovation alliance between local government, universities and research institutions to trade experience, opinion, research and share outputs that are of tangible value to both the universities and the City, to align the teaching and research programmes of the universities and institutes with the needs of the city, and to ventilate research ideas and provide exposure for student work.”

“The Economic Action Plan for the Dublin City Region has identified international event bidding as a significant strategy to help support Dublin’s economy and raise its international profile as a city of character that offers a great quality of life,” reflects Miss Maxwell, she continues, “A quick look shows Dublin’s success, including the European Capital of Sport 2010, Heineken Cup and EUFA Cup in 2011, the Tall Ships in 2012, and the European City of Science 2012. The designation of Dublin as a City of Literature is an incredible achievement for the city and one which was achieved through extensive collaboration between Dublin’s local authorities, its arts, cultural and tourism bodies and universities.”

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Drogheda

Drogheda Borough Council slashes development levies to boost job creation

Drogheda Borough Council is set to radically cut the development levies paid by those investing in the town and its environs from 2010 onwards as part of a package of measures to encourage investment and job creation. Similar moves are planned for Dundalk and the rest of Co Louth with further announcements due shortly. Aside from the categories on which no levies will be charged, reduced contributions will be levied from March on those expanding existing authorised industrial and manufacturing operations (50 per cent reduction); providing space to accommodate eligible IDA Ireland, Enterprise Ireland and Louth County Enterprise Board client companies (50 per cent reduction); providing high quality development in architectural conservation areas (25 per cent reduction); developing derelict sites or designated ‘opportunity’ sites (50 per cent reduction) and making change of use applications (75 per cent reduction). In addition to cutting the amounts paid by all those investing in Drogheda, the Council is also widening the eligibility for reduced development levies.

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Announcing the package of measures agreed by councillors recently,Cllr Michael O’Dowd, Mayor of Drogheda, said: “It is vital that we send out a clear and consistent message that Drogheda is open for business and make it as attractive as possible for investors to move ahead with projects that can further improve our town and help address the unemployment situation. “Development levies are a very important source of funding to local government but we in Drogheda are very conscious that we need to strike a careful balance between revenuegenerating and encouraging enterprise. Short-term gain cannot come at the cost of creating a business-friendly environment that supports entrepreneurs in the sustainable economic activity that in turn generates employment opportunities.”

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Conn Murray, Louth County Manager, said the proposed development levies which will now go on display for public inputs will make Drogheda more attractive to those making investment decisions. “The decrease of over 8.5 per cent in local authority levies on residential development and over 8.7 per cent for commercial development will definitely help those preparing projects to ensure they make financial sense. “Perhaps more importantly though, the reductions of between 25 and 100 per cent in the development levies on projects with a substantial job creation dimension will help to drive activity and remove a potential bar to investment. In addition, those with currently vacant properties who see an opportunity to get them occupied through changing their use will be able to make a change of use application with just 25 per cent of the expected development levies.” Des Foley, Town Clerk, Drogheda Borough Council added that the move to cut development levies was part of a wider drive by Louth Local Authorities to work in partnership with business to ensure that the economy in the entire county can remain as vibrant as possible in the face of the national and global downturn. “Aside from the work being done to ensure we place no unnecessary burden on businesses willing to invest in our town, we continue to work closely with various enterprise agencies and business groups to ensure we meet the needs of the business community who we recognise as the drivers of job creation in the town. This partnership approach is set to continue in 2010 and is our best route through the recession.” In addition to new exemptions from development levies, there will also be extensions to some of the existing ones. This means that those replacing an existing residence with a house of the same floor area will not be eligible for development levies while housing designated as adapted to suit a person with disability will also be exempt as will high-quality recreational facilities that are accessible to the community.


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All our Listed Applicators have The company follows up leads straight Saving scheme (Insulation Grants). F away, and 14 working days from the date of attended A Parex LaHabra training course As required by F order, they are on site and ready to work their Grants Excellent service magic. jobs since Christmas. D1In 2002, the Government set up SEI as WE’VEeveryone just come through Supplying and installing Parex LaHabra EWI systems inin follow Supplying and installing Parex LaHabra EWI systems NSAI/IAB to Due comply with certification. We also give f course would like to one haveofa the much to the stagnant property market, houseSo the next time you are unnecessarily shivvery big construction company boasts Ireland’s SEI Grants Available C2 national energy agency. Its mission is 30This coldest in about manythe years. armer homewinters but what cost involved. holders who are finding it difficult to move ering in your home and feeling the extremities different registered contractors who have to promote and assist the development of susIreland since 1998, We have encountered and solved the Ireland since 1998, We have encountered and solved the Temperatures plummeted to minus 10 in places up technical support, on site training and project The good news is that Sustainable Energy house may find that this is an ideal time to Avail of a €4,000 grant to the knowledge and expertise to meet the of a winter similar to 2009/2010, remember tainable energy. C1 just after Christmas and we had our most proeland (SEI) provides grants to offset the cost. upgrade their existing home. External Wall challenge of any building project put before re-insulate your home. Contact There are a number of grants available for the dramatic impact thathouses External Wall longed cold snap since the 1960s. problems that might arise when EWI toto problems thatto might arise when retrofitting EWI houses C1 inspections ensure that all retrofitting External insulation/Parex them. rants As of well €4,000 are available forwith an icy External homes and business including a Home Energy Insulation could have on your home. us or SEI for more information as having to contend roads and Insulation will certainly enhance any property The company follows up leads straight Saving scheme (Insulation Grants). and save you money in the long run. all water Insulation. Also,there don’t forget thatproblem you are shortages was that old of Visit www.externalinsulation.ie for more B3 in the Irish market. in the Irish market. away, and 14 working days from the date of systems are fitted according to Specification and heating systems breaking down, houseExternal Insulation Ireland provides an aving as much as 40 per cent on leaving your heating information on this excellent product, which order, they are on site and ready to work their to which shiver while anxiously Grants Excellent service excellent all round service, which is borne out lls holders annually has towaiting be factored in for to any results in a win-win situation for you, your magic. repairs to be carried out. Parex LaHabra/External Insulation first EWI certification. Parex LaHabra/External Insulation werethe theand first EWIsystem system Of course everyone would like to have a much Due to the stagnant property market, housefamily the environment. by the fact that they have priced aroundwere 200 utlay. So the next time you are unnecessarily shivNow that the worst is over, it gives us a chance warmer home but what about the cost involved. holders who are finding it difficult to move arly ering in your home and feeling the extremities to take stock and prepare for the next cold spell, The good news is that Sustainable Energy to receive a retrofit specific IAB/NSAI certification for the to receive a retrofit specific IAB/NSAI certification for the house may find that this is an ideal time to of a winter similar to 2009/2010, remember which could strike at anytime with our unpreIreland (SEI) provides grants to offset the cost. upgrade their existing home. External Wall the dramatic impact that External Wall climate. 0% dictable of Grants of €4,000 are Wicklow available forand an External Insulation will certainly enhance any property External Insulation Ireland is based in Kilcoole, County has an office in Fairview. Irish Irishmarket. market. Insulation could have on your home. Case Study... eral However, did you know that there’s a company and save you money in the long run. Wall Insulation.(Wicklow) Also, don’t forget that you are(Fairview). Visit www.externalinsulation.ie for more that could have kept us much warmer, saved us For more information, phone 2811251 or 8316368 utGail Sinclair, estate agent at paying RemaxforPartners, Fairview, was asked to value a house in Kilbarrack before and after insulation work was External Insulation Ireland provides an saving as much as 40 per cent on your heating information on this excellent product, which large sums on heating bills and repairs, ion you can email Also, As NSAI supply all As an NSAIcertified certifiedand andSEI SEIapproved approvedsystem systemwe we supply allinfo@externalinsulation.ie excellent all round service, which is borne out bills annually whichor hasvisit to bewww.externalinsulation.ie factored in to any results in a win-win situation for you, your carried out to thean property and helped thebring environment to boot?from an F energy rating to a B3, which is the highest rating available to a second hand house. family and the environment. by the fact that they have priced around 200 outlay. External Insulation the country’s longest The original houseIreland, had kgCO2/M2/Yr emissions of 76.55, which dropped to 25.73 after remedial work, saving the householder 67 necessary components totocomplete necessary components completeeven eventhe themost most established External Wall (EWI)omissions compaper cent in energy billsInsulation and carbon in addition to helping the environment. ny, has been insulating houses all over Ireland ® The house in Kilbarrack is a three-bed semi-detached family home with a garage to the rear. since 1998. complicated ofofprojects. All our Listed Applicators complicated projects. All our Listed Applicatorshave have Case Study... In the good old days of the property boom, such a property would have commanded a price of around €500,000 with or without a favourable BER rating. How does itattended work? attended AAParex ParexLaHabra LaHabratraining trainingcourse courseAs Asrequired requiredby by Gail Sinclair, estate agent at Remax Partners, Fairview, was asked to value a house in Kilbarrack before and after insulation work was In these straightened times, the purchaser is King and is becoming more and more discerning about this, one of the most important carried out to bring the property from an F energy rating to a B3, which is the highest rating available to a second hand house. External Wall Insulation (EWI) is a composite buys in their life.comprised IfNSAI/IAB the property into walk-in condition, with a goodcertification. energy rating, it has a much better chance of being sold, number cladding system of suitableisinsulation NSAI/IAB with We also give follow The original house had kgCO2/M2/Yr emissions of 76.55, which dropped to 25.73 after remedial work, saving the householder 67 tocomply comply with certification. 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BER Before/after survey & advisory report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .€350 . . . . . . .€200 . . . . . .€150 . . . . . . . .F . . . . . 76.55 When upgrading the Thermal performance of a building Upgrade attic insulation to 300mm quilt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .€460 . . . . . . .€250 . . . . . .€210 . . . . . . . .F . . . . . 73.34 year. Boiler heating controls . . .inside . . . . . .using . . . . . . . . .the . . . . . .External . . . .€2,700 . . . Insulation/Parex . . .€700 . . . . . .€2,000 . . . . . .EWI C1. . . . .system 31.1 you also As & well as having a huge upgrade impact on the EXTERNAL WALL INSULATION SYSTEM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .€10,000 . . . .€4,000 . . . .€6,000 . . . . .D1 . . . . 50.26 of your home, External Insulation Ireland can also Addition of porch/Draught lobby3,750.00 . . .get . . . . . .the . . . . . .opportunity . . . . . . .€3,750 . . . . . . to . . . . create . . . . . . .€3,750 . . . . .C1. . .new . . 30.78 low maintenance have a dramatic and positive effect on its exterior. a Bright Change windows & doors to Munster joinery Double glazed PVC . . . .€5,500 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .€5,500 . . . . . .C2. . . . . 39.22 When upgrading the Thermal performance of a building using the External Wallsolar Insulation system, Install 3m2 evacuated tube panel with 150L separatewithout storage .€3,250 . . . . .cost .€900 . associated . . . . .€2,350 . . . . . .with B3 . . . . 25.73 façade the conventional Boiler & heating controls upgrade . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .€2,700 . . . . . .€700 . . . . . .€2,000 . . . . . .C1. . . . . 31.1 you are also given the opportunity to create a bright new low maintenance façade without the Addition of porch/Draught lobby3,750.00 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .€3,750 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .€3,750 . . . . .C1. . . . . 30.78 All the above prices are OVERALL COST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . methods. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .€26,010 . . . . . .€6.050 . . . . .€19,960 cost associated with conventional methods. subject to 13.5% VAT It can also reduce your carbon footprint by cut-

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