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  • 27May
    Shopfront Enhancement Pilot Grant Scheme 2020

    Offaly County Council Shopfront Enhancement Pilot Grant Scheme 2020 Offaly County Council has approved a Shopfront Enhancement Pilot Grant Scheme for 2020.The maximum Grant permitted is 50% of costs (vat exclusive) with a maximum grant payment of €2,000. The Scheme is initially open for applications from all local businesses/retail premises within the towns of Birr, Tullamore and Edenderry, with a view to expanding to other towns and villages in later years, subject to funding. It will be a condition of the scheme that approved works should be completed by 31st October 2020. Application forms and terms and conditions of the scheme can be obtained by contacting the Local Enterprise Office, Offaly County Council, Áras an Chontae, Charleville Road, Tullamore, Co. Offaly. Tel: 05793 46800. Email: info@leo.offalycoco.ie Full details of the scheme are available on www.localenterprise.ie/offaly/ The closing date for receipt of completed applications is Thursday 25th June 2020 at 12.00 noon. Ms. Ann Dillon Director of Services 26th May 2020

  • 25May
    Community Call Visit to Kilcormac Development Association

    IN THIS TOGETHER - THE COMMUNITY CALL Cathaoirleach of Offaly County Council Peter Ormond and CE Anna Marie Delaney today paid a visit to Kilcormac Development Association to witness at first hand the wonderful work being done in association with Offaly Local Development Company, West & South Offaly Homefix assisted by the Community Forum. All social distancing and public health measures were observed during the visit. KDA have been able to offer an expanded Meals on Wheels service to those requiring hot meals delivered in South & West Offaly including Birr, Shinrone, Clareen and Coolderry areas while still covering the Kilcormac, Mountbolus, Cadamstown, Kinnitty, Rath and Fivealley areas. The meals are freshly prepared, cooked and delivered on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and they can offer 2 meals per day covering 6 days a week if clients so wish. The service has seen demand doubled in recent times with over 100 dinners per day going out and the capacity to expand is there if this demand grows

  • 25May
    OCC Just Transition Press Release 23 May 2020

    Offaly County Council welcomes the publication of the first Progress Report of the Just Transition Commissioner, Mr. Kieran Mulvey, launched by Minister Bruton yesterday evening. The report details stakeholder engagement to date with Bord na Móna, ESB and a wide range of stakeholders across the region. It contains a number of recommendations to provide support and new employment opportunities for workers and communities impacted by the acceleration of decarbonisation, thereby ensuring a just transition, whilst also sustaining our rural communities.

  • 22May
    Covid-19 Restart Grant Scheme Press Release 22nd May

    Offaly County Council is taking applications for the Covid-19 Restart Grant Scheme. This grant will give direct grant aid to micro and small businesses in Offaly to help them with the costs associated with reopening and reemploying workers following Covid-19 closures. The closing date for application is August 31st 2020 Before making an application, please check the following to see if your business is eligible.

  • 20May
    Press Release - €2,000 Prize Fund announced for Offaly’s Longest Day Project to promote Health and Physical Activity in June

    Press Release - €2,000 Prize Fund announced for Offaly’s Longest Day Project to promote Health and Physical Activity in June Peter Ormond, Cathaoirleach of Offaly County Council this week launched “Offaly’s Longest Day” project to promote health and physical activity in June and announced a €2,000 prize fund to coincide with the project.

  • 19May
    AFS 2019 - Unaudited

    Annual Financial Statement of Offaly County Council for the year ended 31st December 2019 - Unaudited

  • 8May
    Edenderry MasterPlan Public Consultation

    The public are kindly invited to provide feedback on the Draft Blundell Masterplan for the regeneration of the Edenderry back-lands. The aim of the plan is to unlock the potential of the Blundell are (former Tesco. Former Grain Store, Blundell Park and surrounding area). Taking on-board ideas from the initial consultation, consultants have produced a draft masterplan, and would like your feedback, your say matters!

  • 1May
    Thank you, #StaySafe and keep up the efforts to #StopTheSpread: A joint message from the HSE, An Garda Síochána, and Offaly County Council

    As Ireland enters a crucial phase in the fight against the virus, the three principal response agencies that make up the Midlands Steering Group (An Garda Síochána, the HSE and the Local Authorities) have thanked people for their work on stopping the spread of Covid-19. Ahead of the May Bank Holiday weekend, representatives of, An Garda Síochána, the HSE and Offaly County Council are appealing to everyone in Co. Offaly to continue their impressive efforts. In an effort to deter people from travelling more than two kilometres, local authorities have closed many amenities and attractions such as playgrounds. Anna Marie Delaney, Chief Executive of Offaly County Council has urged people not to allow everyone’s hard work to be undermined and to #Stay Safe and, where possible, #Stay at Home. Joe Ruane HSE Midland Louth Meath Community Healthcare has acknowledged that the collective actions of communities in the region is clearly making a difference but it is crucial that everyone keeps up those efforts: “We know it’s hard, especially in terms of being apart from families and friends but it is helping to protect and keep our communities - especially vulnerable people and healthcare workers - safe. I want to particularly appeal to young people - we in the healthcare community need you to keep that effort going for another while.” John Scanlon, Garda Chief Superintendent for the Laois Offaly Kildare Division, highlights that there will be a very visible Garda presence across Laois, Offaly and Kildare this weekend: “Our members will operate an extensive network of checkpoints across both counties this weekend, checking public compliance with the travel restrictions in place as part of Covid-19 public health guidelines. There has been very good compliance with the travel restrictions and we want to thank the public for this. However, it is vital that this continues over the coming days and weeks. It will save lives. In particular, we would ask people who are thinking of travelling to parks, tourist locations or holiday homes outside of the two kilometre limit this weekend not to do so. If you are stopped at a checkpoint, you will be turned back.” The Midlands Regional Steering Group urges everyone to please play their part and #Stay Safe, # Stop the Spread this May Bank Holiday weekend.

  • 1May
    Expressions of Interest- Provision of Turnkey Housing Developments

    COMHAIRLE CONTAE UBH FHAILÍ OFFALY COUNTY COUNCIL Expressions of Interest Turnkey Housing Developments for the Provision of Social Housing Offaly County Council is seeking expressions of interest for the provision of turnkey housing developments for Social Housing purposes. Turnkey Developments, to be of interest to the Council, must be close to services within an urban settlement/town/village, and within walking distance of shops, schools and local amenities. Housing Design and Construction Standards must at a minimum meet the requirements of all relevant statutory planning and building control requirements. An ‘Expressions of Interest’ Briefing Document is available on e-tenders and on the council’s website at: https://www.offaly.ie/eng/Services/Housing/Construction/Turnkey Submissions must be received no later than 12pm on 28th May 2020. Offaly County Council is not obliged to purchase any turnkey housing development submitted as part of this process. Dated this 6th day of May., 2020 Sharon Kennedy Director of Housing

  • 1May
    Expressions of Interest- Provision of Turnkey Housing Developments

    COMHAIRLE CONTAE UBH FHAILÍ OFFALY COUNTY COUNCIL Expressions of Interest Turnkey Housing Developments for the Provision of Social Housing Offaly County Council is seeking expressions of interest for the provision of turnkey housing developments for Social Housing purposes. Turnkey Developments, to be of interest to the Council, must be close to services within an urban settlement/town/village, and within walking distance of shops, schools and local amenities. Housing Design and Construction Standards must at a minimum meet the requirements of all relevant statutory planning and building control requirements. An ‘Expressions of Interest’ Briefing Document is available on e-tenders and on the council’s website at: https://www.offaly.ie/eng/Services/Housing/Construction/Turnkey Submissions must be received no later than 12pm on 28th May 2020. Offaly County Council is not obliged to purchase any turnkey housing development submitted as part of this process. Dated this 6th day of May., 2020 Sharon Kennedy Director of Housing

  • 30Apr
    Connecting the Faithful Newsletters

    Offaly Age Friendly Alliance are delighted to publish the newsletters below which are for all in our Community to enjoy at this time. Our primary audience is to those cocooning, the most isolated and those who may not have Internet access. We hope it offers some light reading and challenges the mind and maybe the body a little too. We wish to thank An Post for distribution across the county to those without Internet access but if you know of someone who might enjoy it feel free to download a copy for them. The Newsletters will be published on a fortnightly basis from here on in

  • 24Apr
    Offaly County Council- Covid 19 Impact on Rate Payers April 24th Update

    Offaly County Council acknowledges and understands the severe impact that COVID-19 has had and is having on a wide range of businesses in the county and beyond. We are already working with Ratepayers affected by the unprecedented situation which has transpired in recent days. We are acutely aware of the issues faced by their ratepayers and we have been, and continue to, deal with difficulties experienced by rate payers on a case by case basis. We have a long-standing relationship with local businesses and are very well placed to deal with this evolving situation and its impact on ratepayers in their local areas and operating environments. The Government has recently stated that local authorities should agree to defer rates payments due from the most immediately impacted businesses - primarily in the retail, hospitality, leisure and childcare sectors, for three months, until end-May. As a result any commercial ratepayers that have had to temporarily close or significantly curtail operations during the COVID-19 response period should contact their Offaly County revenue collector immediately on receipt of your rates bill, in relation to any rates payments falling due in the period to end-May and agree a payment schedule to the end of 2020. Full contact details for Revenue Collectors for your area are available on www.offaly.ie or contact our rates office at rates@offalycoco.ie or by telephoning (057) 93 57408 Offaly County Council staff will work with you during these unprecedented and challenging times and we will respond to queries on a daily basis. We would be grateful if ratepayers that can, continue to pay their outstanding local authority rates should continue to do so in the normal way. Please note also the Council’s Local Enterprise Office continues to provide a range of supports, details of which are available via the following link: https://www.localenterprise.ie/response It is hoped that this current period of disruption will not be prolonged and as Offaly County Council continues to deliver public services, commercial life can return to normal with minimal impact on businesses.

  • 23Apr
    Clarification of Statutory Off the Road Declarations Motor Tax Thursday 23/04/2020 3pm

    Please find below a clarification regarding limited circumstances in which a Statutory Off the road declaration may be made. Motor Tax staff can help to resolve any issues customers may have. Customers can phone Offaly Motor Tax Office on 057 9346800 or email to motortax@offalycoco.ie *** Off the Road Declarations *** The Statutory off the road declaration must be made in advance i.e. within the month of expiry of the current motor tax disc (or current off the road declaration). It cannot be applied retrospectively. If your tax is due to expire in April, your vehicle needs to be declared off the road by the end of April – this cannot be done in May as a new tax period has commenced. Customers can declare a vehicle off the road via www.motortax.ie or submitting a completed RF150 form to Offaly County Council’s Motor Tax Office. Arrears will arise • if the tax period has expired, the vehicle cannot be declared off the road until arrears are cleared and the vehicle is taxed forward for 3 months. • if a customer ‘self declares’ without submitting the official information to Offaly Motor Tax office or www.motortax.ie If in doubt, please phone Offaly Motor Tax Office on 057 9346800 or email motortax@offalycoco.ie and a member of the team will be happy to assist you.

  • 15Apr
    Offaly Local Authority Home Loan Mortgage Payment Break

    To assist local authority home loan borrowers who may experience a reduction in their income arising from the COVID-19 emergency and may not be able to make repayments on their loans, a Mortgage Payment Break of up to three months will be made available to those who need it.

  • 15Apr
    Further Temporary relaxation of EU driving and resting time rules due to ongoing COVID-19 pandemic

    The Road Safety Authority (RSA) and the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport have agreed a further extension of the temporary derogation from certain provisions of the EU driving and resting time rules. This extension includes additional measures, which will apply from 17 April to 31 May 2020. The derogation will apply to all operators and drivers subject to the EU driver’s hours and tachograph rules engaged in the carriage of all goods (including oil supplies etc.) and will continue to be reviewed by the RSA during this time. Details of the derogation are outlined further, below.

  • 9Apr
    Press Releases Covid 19 - Offaly Community Call

    Our dedicated staff are on duty from 8am to 8pm 7 days a week so please call in strictest confidence FREEPHONE 1800 81 81 81 or email covidsupport@offalycoco.ie #CommunityCall #Offaly

  • 2Apr
    Offaly Community & Sports Awards

    The Community and Sports Awards has been postponed to Friday October 23rd 2020.

  • 31Mar
    Press Release Michael Duignan County Champion Community Response Forum 31st March 2020

    Michael Duignan - County Champion Chairperson of Offaly County Council, Cllr. Peter Ormond, has welcomed the nomination of Michael Duignan, Offaly GAA County Board Chairman, as ‘County Champion’ on the County Council co-ordinated Community Response Forum. The Forum, which was established last weekend, allows all of the community and agency responders already actively supporting vulnerable households in the current crisis to co-ordinate their efforts. Michael was nominated as County Champion by The Wheel and Irish Rural Link as an individual with strong existing links within Offaly and broad experience of engaging with community organisations and volunteers who are already in contact with the people who may need support. Speaking today, Cllr. Ormond said that the first meeting of the Forum held remotely on Monday was a reflection of the best of everything about the Faithful people. Every agency and group that spoke at the meeting detailed their work on the ground over the years and how they have adapted in the context of the COVID 19 crisis to meet the needs of older people in particular. This is especially important since people over 70 are now being asked to cocoon at home and may need help with deliveries of food, fuel or medicine. ‘The great thing about the Forum’, he said, ‘is that groups can share learning and resources and coordinate their efforts to best effect’. Participants at the first meeting included Offaly County Council, the HSE, An Garda Síochána, Offaly Local Development, the Volunteer Centre, Local Link, Civil Defence, the Public Participation Network, Age Friendly Network and the GAA. Cllr. Ormond suggested that Michael Duignan must have picked the Freephone number for the Offaly Community Response helpline himself as ‘81 was a good year for Offaly’, winning their first All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship that year. The free phone number for anyone who needs non-medical support in Offaly is 1800-81-81-81. Michael Duignan said that all of the 41 GAA clubs in Offaly had already made local contacts, drafted a list of those who may need help and were acting on that. He said that in towns, villages and rural areas around Offaly people were looking out for each other and getting organised to make sure everyone who needed help could get it. He welcomed the establishment of the Community Response Forum by Offaly County Council where groups could co-operate, share good practice and find solutions to issues that they were all facing. He also welcomed the new Freephone number 1800-818181 and email address covidsupport@offalycoco.ie and said he didn’t pick the ’81 phone number but he thought it was a good choice. The Offaly Community Response Forum meets again this Friday to review progress to date and plan for the coming week.

  • 29Mar
    Offaly Covid Support

    Keep up to date with the measues Offaly County Council are undertaking to maintain services at this time

  • 27Mar
    Offaly County Council- Covid 19 Public Notice - Services to the Public UPDATE 27th March 2020

    Offaly County Council continues to deliver vital public services in the challenging circumstances arising from the Covid-19 pandemic. We are advised by relevant Government and other public agencies on an ongoing basis in doing so. In light of the on-going Covid-19 National Emergency and, in the lead up to vegetation fire season (i.e. fires on grasslands, forests and peatlands), controlled burning by the agricultural community will no longer be permitted within Offaly from 17:00 today, the 27th March 2020. The public should note that all notices informing Offaly County Council of controlled burning will not be accepted for the duration of this emergency and that they should refrain from all forms of controlled burning at this time. It should also be noted by the public that if a 999/112 call is received relating to any controlled burning event on their property, then the Fire Brigade will be mobilised to attend and extinguish the fire. All the costs associated with the attendance of the Fire & Rescue Service will be invoiced to the property owner This measure has been deemed necessary when Fire & Rescue Services resources may be stretched due to Covid-19 crisis and, at a time when Offaly County Council are trying to maintain essential staffing levels. For further advice on this matter, our contacts are: Email: environment@offalycoco.ie or firestat@offalycoco.ie Post: Offaly County Council, Áras an Chontae, Charleville Road,Tullamore, Co. Offaly, R35 F893 Telephone: (057) 9346800 Note: Controlled burning is the process that allows farmers to dispose by burning untreated/uncontaminated wood, trees, trimmings, leaves, bushes or similar materials generated by agricultural practices

  • 25Mar
    Notice to the public regarding use of Bottlebanks

    Notice to the public regarding use of Bottlebanks

  • 25Mar
    Offaly County Council- Covid 19 Public Notice- Services to the Public UPDATE March 25th 2020

    Offaly County Council advises that its service provision continues across all essential services. We continue to support service users while taking mitigating actions to keep the public and our employees safe. Plans are in place to ensure the continuity of services, staff continue to work in our offices and remotely and are available to support customers via the contacts given below. Services continue to be provided on line, by post and over the phone. Details of these services are provided below and are available on our website www.offaly.ie.

  • 25Mar
    Offaly County Council- Covid 19 Public Notice-Playground Closures March 25th 7am

    To ensure the safety of our community and in line with new restrictions announced by An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar all playgrounds in Offaly are closed with immediate effect. Please play your part and abide by all measures introduced a Offaly County Council thanks all in the community for their cooperation at this time.

  • 23Mar
    Council Services Continue amid Covid-19 Crisis Press Release Monday 23rd March 5pm

    Offaly County Council continues to provide all essential services amid the Covid-19 crisis. Customer service staff in Áras an Chontae Tullamore and in the Municipal Districts of Birr, Edenderry and Tullamore continue to operate phone and email services. Following the announcement by An Taoiseach on March 12th, all of Offaly’s Libraries closed to the public but library staff are working and a whole range of services are available online from Offaly Libraries including supports for children and teens who are at home from school. There is also the facility to borrow downloadable ebooks and audiobooks through the ‘Borrow Box’ app. Huge efforts have been made to equip Council teams to work remotely and to use new technologies to hold meetings and maintain services to the public should further restrictions limit the movement and interactions of people. In a statement Cllr. Peter Ormond, Cathaoirleach of Offaly County Council, said that ‘Councillors are available to the public to answer queries and source assistance. We are in regular contact with management and we are available by phone and email and can relay people’s issues and concerns to the Council.’ The Council is working with Irish Water to ensure the provision of water supplies to homes, hospitals, nursing homes and temporary emergency facilities. Civil Defence volunteers have been supporting HSE colleagues and the Fire Service is responding to calls as normal. Housing services continue to be provided while observing physical distancing guidelines. Road maintenance and traffic services are being provided by the Roads Department and Municipal Districts and staff are working hard to resolve issues arising from recent severe weather events. Street cleaning and street enhancement work continues, as well as work on capital projects such as the Tullamore Community Arts Centre and new Social Housing developments. Environmental services are operating at Civic Amenity Sites. Motor Tax is available online. Other payments can be made over the phone or online via the Council’s website www.offaly.ie It is anticipated that legislation may be required to extend timeframes around planning applications but the full range of planning services remain available including pre-planning advice, making a Planning Application, making submissions and observations and retrieval of files. A full guide to all planning services is available on the planning pages of www.offaly.ie Council staff have placed notices at entrances to parks and playgrounds reminding people to adhere to the physical distancing requirements to remain at least 2 metres apart and not to use outdoor amenities that are already busy. There may be further restrictions on the use of outdoor facilities in the coming days if it is felt that guidelines are not being adhered to. In a statement, Chief Executive of Offaly County Council Anna Marie Delaney said ‘it is vitally important that people adhere to the Covid-19 warnings to stay local and not to congregate, particularly at public tourist attractions and walking trails. We recognise the importance of exercise, but please do so in accordance with public health advice.’

  • 18Mar
    Offaly County Council- Covid 19 Public Notice- Recycling Centres Birr, Edenderry and Tullamore remain open

    COVID-19 Update Recycling Centres Tullamore, Edenderry and Birr: We are closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation. At this time, the recycling centres in Offaly will continue to operate as normal. In order to protect customers and staff we ask visitors to respect the following: - Where possible please pay with card to avoid handling coins. Staff may reserve the right to refuse handfuls of small coins. - We may also have to restrict the number of customers on site at any one time to avoid the risk of infection. - If instructed to remain in your vehicle please comply and the staff will get you through the site as quickly as possible. We appreciate your support & Co-Operation as we all navigate our way through this difficult time. Please check out https://www.offaly.ie/eng/Services/Environment/Recycling/ for details of current opening hours

  • 16Mar
    Offaly County Council- Covid 19 Public Notice- Services to the Public UPDATE March 16th 2020

    Offaly County Council has further reviewed arrangements for access to its services arising from the Covid 19 Pandemic. In order to prioritise the protection of public health all public offices of Offaly County Council will close from 11am on Monday 16th March until further notice. This includes the offices of the Municipal Districts of Birr, Edenderry and Tullamore. Essential services will continue to be provided on line, by post and over the phone. Details of these services are available on our website www.offaly.ie. For further information contact 057-9346800 from 9am to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday excluding Public Holidays or email customerservices@offalycoco.ie. Outside of normal working hours of hours please contact 1890 750 750. The following essential services will be maintained; • Water Supply and waste water treatment Phone 1890 750 750 • Housing and Homeless Services email or phone appointments only housing@offalycoco.ie 0579346800 • Fire and Emergency Services Phone 999 • Operation of Waste and recycling services environment@offalycoco.ie 0579346800 • Road Maintenance and Traffic Safety roads@offalycoco.ie 0579346800 birrmd@offalycoco.ie 0579124900 edenderrymd@offalycoco.ie 0469731256 tullamoremd@offalycoco.ie 0579352470 • Motor Tax available online www.motortax.ie • Cash Office cashoffice@offalycoco.ie 0579357414 • Planning – Full guidance on accessing Planning services while the public planning counter is closed are available at www.offaly.ie Email planning@offalycoco.ie or phone 0579346800 The following services are temporarily discontinued until further notice; • Motor Taxation counter, Áras an Chontae • Cash Office, Áras an Chontae • Housing Services Counter, Áras an Chontae • Planning Counter, Áras an Chontae • All community and public events organised by Offaly County Council The above provisions will remain in place until further notice, and will be subject to review pending further announcements by Government.

  • 15Mar
    Offaly County Council- Advice and Information on Covid-19 Press Release 15th March

    Please see below some useful accurate links for advice and information on the Covid-19 Pandemic. We must all play our part to stop the spread of the virus by washing hands and practicing social distancing. Equally we must play our part by ensuring that accurate information and advice is shared. Daily updates including statements from the Chief Medical Officer (after 6pm daily) at https://www.gov.ie/…/7e0924-latest-updates-on-covid-19-cor…/ Other useful links for specific communities and sectors affected by this pandemic cane be found at https://www.gov.ie/…/3b16b6-covid-19-coronavirus-informati…/ Advice for parents on play and the use of playgrounds and the ongoing importance of hand hygiene at the link below: https://www.gov.ie/…/178c07-covid-19-coronavirus-health-a…/… There is also advice about explaining the virus to children of different ages: https://www.gov.ie/…/178c07-covid-19-coronavirus-health-a…/… Advice for cleaning the home: https://www.gov.ie/…/178c07-covid-19-coronavirus-health-a…/… Advice for grandparents and caring in the home: https://www.gov.ie/…/178c07-covid-19-coronavirus-health-adv… Advice for employers and employees: https://www.gov.ie/…/0b6a34-advice-for-employers-and-emplo…/ Information for farmers: https://www.gov.ie/…/3b16b6-covid-19-coronavirus-informat…/…

  • 14Mar
    Offaly County Council Statement on use of Public Playgrounds Covid 19 Update

    Offaly County Council wish to remind the public in line with HSE Ireland advice not to bring children in large groups to our playgrounds and to avoid unnecessary social gatherings. Children can be unwitting carriers of Covid 19 and we must all play our part to protect the most vulnerable. For more information and regular updates check out www.gov.ie/health-covid-19 www.hse.ie

  • 13Mar
    Offaly County Council- Covid 19- Public Notice- Services to the Public UPDATE March 12th 2020

    Offaly County Council has reviewed arrangements for access to its services arising from the statement by An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, March 12th. Non-essential meetings and events have been postponed Services to the public will remain available at our offices during normal opening hours; however, we are asking that attendance at our offices is avoided where possible. This to protect the public and staff and is in line with government advice We have a range of services available online at https://www.offaly.ie or you may wish to contact us at customerservices@offalycoco.ie or Tel: 057-9346800. Out of hours please contact 1890 750 750

  • 12Mar
    Offaly County Council- Covid 19 Public Notice Press Release 13th March Library Closures

    Offaly County Council has closed all public libraries in Offaly from 13th March following public health advice relating to Covid-19. Events in Library buildings are also cancelled.

  • 10Mar
    Sale of land at Woodfield, Birr, Co. Offaly

    Offaly County Council hereby invites tenders for the purchase of land at Woodfield, Birr, County Offaly. The site comprises 0.816 hectares (2.02 Acres) and is located at Woodfield, Birr adjacent to Lidl and the N52 Tullamore road in the townland of Woodfield or Tullynisk. The land is Zoned as Open space to the front and Business/Employment to the rear as per the Offaly County Council County Development Plan 2014-2020. Tenders should be submitted to Mr. Tom Shanahan, Director of Services, Offaly County Council, Aras An Chontae, Charleville Road, Tullamore, Co. Offaly on the prescribed Tender Form and be clearly marked

  • 10Mar
    Senior Line Confidential Listening Advice Service-FREE

    SeniorLine has been the national, confidential listening service for older people, run by trained older volunteers since 1998. This peer-to-peer helpline for older people receives in excess of 10,000 calls per year. The corona virus is a particular threat to older people and subsequently SeniorLine has put in place a number of protocols to support our many older callers from all over Ireland. Any caller, concerned about Covid 19, will receive the most up to date guidance as recommended by Government sources. Good health practice is reinforced at all times. This information is updated daily as the situation changes and is available to each of our volunteers at the phones. SeniorLine is a FREEPHONE service and our older callers can call free between 10am and 10pm every day of the year on 1800804591 Website: www.thirdageireland.ie Facebook: @thirdageireland Twitter: @thirdageireland Instagram: @thirdageireland

  • 5Mar
    Press Release Roads Update March 5th 4pm

    Offaly County Council wishes to advise that the following roads in the County have been reopened: The R438 at Anglers Rest on the Tipperary/Offaly border; Botley Lane, Portarlington L50151 The following roads remain closed: The Shannon Harbour to Banagher Road L7014-1 remains closed due to flooding; The Crank Road L-7017-1 in Banagher is closed due to flooding; local diversions are in place; N62, Birr to Cloghan, at Kennedys Cross is closed due to flooding and local diversions are in place; Offaly County Council regrets any inconvenience caused by these essential closures. We continue to actively monitor water levels and roads will be reopened once it is safe to do so. We will keep the public informed of updates in the coming week as roads are reopened

  • 5Mar
    Press Release Offaly Community and Sports Awards 2020

    On the 3rd of March 2020, Offaly County Council in partnership with the Offaly Independent launched the Community & Sports Awards 2020 at Áras an Chontae, Tullamore. Michael Duignan, Chairman of Offaly GAA and renowned hurling analyst and commentator with The Sunday Game formally launched the event. The Awards Ceremony will be celebrated at a Gala Event in the Tullamore Court Hotel on Friday 8th May 2020. The purpose of the awards is to acknowledge groups and individuals who, through their commitment to voluntary, community and sporting activities, have played a significant role in enhancing the quality of life in their communities in County Offaly. We are inviting nominations from the following Categories: Community Awards Community Volunteer Children and Youth Project Age Friendly Project Environment and Heritage Group Project Equality and Social Inclusion Sports Awards Lifetime Contribution to Sport/Long Service Award Sports Volunteer of the Year Sports Achiever of the Year Team of the Year On the night awards will also be presented to our winners in the following events: 2020 Pride of Place 2019 Tidy Towns Merit Awards An overall Winner of the 2020 Offaly Person/Group of the Year will also be chosen from the winners in each category above The closing date for nominations for the Cathaoirleach Community & Sports Awards 2020 is Friday April 3rd 2020 at Midnght Nomination forms are available by clicking on the following link: https://www.offalyindependent.ie/communitysportsawards Full coverage of the launch will be featured in this week’s Offaly Independent.

  • 4Mar
    SEAI One Good Idea Competition

    Offaly County Council is proud to show two of its green schools tackling the issue of single use plastic in their schools. They entered in SEAI’s One Good Idea Competition and were selected for the Regional Finals in Limerick on 25th February.

  • 2Mar
    Press Release Monday 2nd March 10am

    Offaly County Council wishes to advise that the following roads in the County remain closed due to flooding: • N62, Birr to Cloghan, at Kennedys Cross is closed due to flooding and local diversions are in place; • Botley Lane, Portarlington L50151 remains closed due to flooding; local diversions are in place; • The Shannon Harbour to Banagher Road L7014-1 remains closed due to flooding; • The Crank Road L-7017-1 in Banagher is closed due to flooding; local diversions are in place; • The R438 at Anglers Rest on the Tipperary/Offaly border remains closed due to flooding. Motorists are advised to follow diversions in place. Offaly County Council regrets any inconvenience caused by these essential closures and we will keep the public informed of updates in the coming week as roads are reopened. Offaly County Council continues to actively monitor river levels in the County and are prepared for the deployment of defence measures if required.

  • 1Mar
    Press Release Sunday 1st March 3pm

    Offaly County Council wishes to advise the following roads in the County remain closed due to flooding: · Botley Lane, Portarlington L50151 remains closed due to flooding; local diversions are in place; · The Shannon Harbour to Banagher Road L7014-1 remains closed due to flooding; · The Crank Road L-7017-1 in Banagher is closed due to flooding; local diversions are in place; · The R438 at Anglers Rest on the Tipperary/Offaly border remains closed due to flooding. Motorists are advised to follow diversions in place. Offaly County Council regrets any inconvenience caused by these essential closures and we will keep the public informed of updates in the coming week as roads are reopened. Offaly County Council continues to actively monitor river levels in the County and are prepared for the deployment of defence measures if required. The public are requested to report fallen trees and branches on public roads and severe flooding issues to the out of hours service on 1890 750 750. Low temperatures are anticipated tonight and roads in the County will be treated in line with our Winter Maintenance Plan https://www.offaly.ie/eng/Services/Roads/Winter-Maintenance/Winter-Maintenance-Plan-2019-20201.pdf. Never assume any road is treated and adjust your driving accordingly. For useful tips for driving in adverse weather conditions check out https://www.rsa.ie/RSA/Road-Safety/Campaigns/Current-road-safety-campaigns/Severe-Weather-Advice/

  • 29Feb
    Press Release Saturday 29th February 7pm

    Offaly County Council responded to localised issues due to the high winds and flooding throughout the day. We will continue to actively monitor river levels in the County and are prepared for the deployment of defence measures if required. Offaly County Council crews will respond to issues due to the high winds when safe to do so and we will keep the public informed of updates. The public are requested to report fallen trees and branches on public roads and severe flooding issues to the out of hours service on 1890 750 750. The following roads currently remain closed due to flooding: · Botley Lane, Portarlington L50151 remains closed due to flooding; local diversions are in place; · The Shannon Harbour to Banagher Road L7014-1 remains closed due to flooding; · The Crank Road L-7017-1 in Banagher is closed due to flooding; local diversions are in place; · The R438 at Anglers Rest on the Tipperary/Offaly border remains closed due to flooding. Motorists are advised to follow diversions in place. Offaly County Council regrets any inconvenience caused by these essential closures. The Pollagh to Derrynagun Road L7020-6 was reopened today. Low temperatures are anticipated this weekend with some falls of sleet and hill snow forecast. If required, roads in the County will be treated in line with our Winter Maintenance Plan https://www.offaly.ie/eng/Services/Roads/Winter-Maintenance/Winter-Maintenance-Plan-2019-20201.pdf. For useful tips for driving in adverse weather conditions check out https://www.rsa.ie/RSA/Road-Safety/Campaigns/Current-road-safety-campaigns/Severe-Weather-Advice/

  • 28Feb
    Press Release Friday 28th February 2pm

    Offaly County Council continues to monitor river levels in the County. We are prepared for the deployment of defence measures if required and our crews continue to respond to localised flooding. The following roads currently remain closed due to flooding: Botley Lane, Portarlington L50151 remains closed due to flooding; local diversions are in place; The Shannon Harbour to Banagher Road L7014-1 remains closed due to flooding; The Crank Road L-7017-1 in Banagher is closed due to flooding; local diversions are in place; The Pollagh to Derrynagun Road L7020-6 remains closed due to flooding; The R438 at Anglers Rest on the Tipperary/Offaly border remains closed due to flooding. Motorists are advised to follow diversions in place. Offaly County Council regrets any inconvenience caused by these essential closures. Met Eireann has issued a weather warning alert for a band of very strong winds, associated with Storm Jorge which will extend across the Country during Saturday morning and persist through the rest of the day and into the night. Some falls of sleet and hill snow are also possible. Offaly County Council crews will respond to issues due to the high winds when safe to do so. For useful tips for driving in adverse weather conditions check out https://www.rsa.ie/RSA/Road-Safety/Campaigns/Current-road-safety-campaigns/Severe-Weather-Advice/

  • 27Feb
    Press Release Emergency Meeting Birr Municipal District February 27th 7pm

    Press release 27th February, 2020 Emergency meeting of Municipal District of Birr in relation to Flooding At an emergency meeting of the Municipal District of Birr held on Tuesday 25th February, 2020 to discuss the current flooding situation the Members present expressed their concerns in relation to the number of areas that are flooded at present and the unfortunate people that are caught up in the crisis. The Members explored the measures that could be followed to try and alleviate the problem and for an action plan to be put in place to seek funding to carry out works if feasible to ensure that the problems do not reoccur in the future. They agreed to explore the following: • Identify and compile a register of recurring flooding areas and submit same to the Department as a matter of urgency to seek emergency funding to implement measures if feasible to try and prevent or reduce future flooding. • Carry out an assessment of damage caused to roads and bridges from the flooding and seek additional funding from the Department for rehabilitation of same. • Assess the proposals for the rehabilitation of the Bord Na Mona bogs to identify if this will cause any further problems, and to explore if there could be a funding stream available through this process to try and mitigate future flooding events.​

  • 27Feb
    Press Release Thursday 27th February - 1pm

    Offaly County Council continues to monitoring river levels in the County. We are prepared for the deployment of defence measures if required and our crews continue to respond to localised flooding. The following roads are currently impacted: Botley Lane, Portarlington L50151 remains closed due to flooding; local diversions are in place; The Shannon Harbour to Banagher Road L7014-1 remains closed due to flooding; The Crank Road L-7017-1 in Banagher is closed due to flooding; local diversions are in place; The Pollagh to Derrynagun Road L7020-6 remains closed due to flooding; The R438 at Anglers Rest on the Tipperary/Offaly border remains closed due to flooding. Motorists are advised to follow diversions in place. Offaly County Council regret any inconvenience caused by these essential closures. Met Eireann has issued a weather warning alert for a band of very strong winds, associated with storm Jorge (Hor-hay) which will extend across the Country during Saturday morning and persist through the rest of the day and into the night. Southwest veering westerly winds of mean speeds 50 to 65km/h with gusts of 90 to 110km/h expected. Offaly County Council crews will respond to issues due to the high winds when safe to do so. For useful tips for driving in adverse weather conditions check out https://www.rsa.ie/RSA/Road-Safety/Campaigns/Current-road-safety-campaigns/Severe-Weather-Advice/

  • 27Feb
    Proposed Part 8 Development - Tullamore River Project

    Proposed Part 8 Development - Tullamore River Project

  • 26Feb
    Press Release Wednesday 26th February 12pm

    Offaly County Council continues to monitor river levels in the County. We are prepared for the deployment of defence measures if required and our crews continue to respond to localised flooding. The following roads are currently impacted: Botley Lane, Portarlington L50151 remains closed due to flooding; local diversions are in place; The Shannon Harbour to Banagher Road L7014-1 remains closed due to flooding; The Pollagh to Derrynagun Road L7020-6 remains closed due to flooding; The R438 at Anglers Rest on the Tipperary/Offaly border remains closed due to flooding. Motorists are advised to follow diversions in place. Offaly County Council regret any inconvenience caused by these essential closures. For useful tips for driving in adverse weather conditions check out https://www.rsa.ie/RSA/Road-Safety/Campaigns/Current-road-safety-campaigns/Severe-Weather-Advice/

  • 25Feb
    National Spring Clean 2020

    April is the time for National Spring Clean and Offaly County Council is assisting all groups who volunteer to clean up their local towns and villages.

  • 25Feb
    Press Release Tuesday 25th February 2020 1pm

    Offaly County Council continues to monitor river levels in the County. We are prepared for the deployment of defence measures if required should levels continue to rise over the week. Our crews will respond to localised flooding as required. The following roads are currently impacted: Botley Lane, Portarlington L50151 is flooded and closed to traffic; local diversions have been put in place. The Shannon Harbour to Banagher Road L7014-1 is flooded and closed to traffic; The Pollagh to Derrynagun Road L7020-6 is flooded and closed to traffic; Offaly County Council regret any inconvenience caused by these essential closures. Wintry showers, mainly of hail and sleet, will become increasingly widespread during the day leading to icy patches. Some snow accumulations will also occur. Please take a minute to check out our Winter Maintenance Plan at https://www.offaly.ie/eng/Services/Roads/Winter-Maintenance/Winter-Maintenance-Plan-2019-20201.pdf . Please also see maps below of the routes which may be treated according to the Plan. Never assume any road is treated and adjust your driving accordingly. For useful tips for driving in adverse weather conditions check out https://www.rsa.ie/RSA/Road-Safety/Campaigns/Current-road-safety-campaigns/Severe-Weather-Advice/

  • 24Feb
    Press Release Monday 24th February 2pm

    Offaly County Council is monitoring river levels in the County with regard to the current spell of unsettled weather and significant periods of rainfall. We will continue to monitor river levels and to prepare for the deployment of defence measures if required should levels continue to rise over the week. Our crews will respond to localised flooding as required. The L50151 Botley Lane, Portarlington is flooded and closed to traffic; local diversions have been put in place. The L7014 Shannon Harbour to Banagher Road is also flooded and closed to traffic. Offaly County Council regret any inconvenience caused by these essential closures.

  • 21Feb
    Press Release Friday 21st February 1.30pm

    Offaly County Council is monitoring river levels in the County with regard to the current spell of unsettled weather and the forecast period of rainfall. We will continue to monitor river levels and to prepare for the deployment of defense measures if required should levels continue to rise over the week. Our crews will respond to localised flooding as required #YourCouncil Boost

  • 20Feb
    Press Release Offaly County Council Statement on Marian Hostel Tullamore February 20th

    On 18th February, Offaly County Council received communications from the Department of Justice and Equality regarding the signing of a contract for the provision of an accommodation centre for applicants for international protection at the former Marian Hostel Centre in Tullamore, County Offaly. Following same, a meeting took place on the 20th February at the office of Offaly County Council. The meeting was attended by the Members of Tullamore Municipal District and Senior Management together with representatives from the Department of Justice and Equality, the HSE, the Education and Welfare Service of Tusla and the Department of Education. Representatives from Bridgestock Care Ltd, the company who own the Centre and have been contracted to manage same, were also in attendance. The meeting provided an opportunity for the exchange of information with regard to the proposal. Members expressed their serious concerns in relation to a number of issues, particularly in relation to the lack of information and engagement in advance of the announcement. Discussions centred around the location and extent of facilities to be provided and also arrangements for support services in terms of health, education and integration. Details were also discussed in relation to the number of persons to be accommodated, the commencement of the arrival process, phasing and management arrangements. These concerns and queries were made from both a local perspective and also with due regard for asylum seekers who will be placed in the centre. It was noted that the asylum seekers will be welcomed to Tullamore and that every effort will be made to assist in their settling and integration in the town. However, the Members dissatisfaction with regard to engagement and information in advance of the announcement was re-iterated. As Offaly County Council do not have a function in relation to this matter, it was noted that all queries can be addressed to the Press Office of the Department of Justice at pressoffice@justice.ie

  • 4Feb
    Primary Schools in the county compete in Offaly VEX Robotics Championships 2020

    The finals of the 2020 Offaly VEX Robotics Primary School Competition took place on Friday 31st January in Coláiste Choilm Tullamore, with 450 students from across the county bringing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) skills to life by designing, building and programming robots to play against other schools. The Offaly competition has grown significantly since it started 12 months ago and we now have 28 primary schools participating in the competition with students from every corner of the county represented.

  • 15Jan
    Town and Village Renewal Scheme 2020

    Call for Expressions of Interest Offaly County Council is seeking ideas in respect of projects which physically improve and / or increase the economic potential of towns and villages, in anticipation of the launch of the Town and Village Renewal Scheme 2020. We are asking community groups across the county to bring forward details of any project which the Council could consider for submission to the Department of Rural and Community Development.

  • 15Jan
    Are you registered to vote?

    Register of Electors - Are you on the register? You can check today via www.checktheregister.ie Postal – Special Voters Supplement: The closing date for the Supplement to the Postal Voters and Special Voters Lists is this Thursday 16th January 2020. Supplement Closing Date: The closing date for the Supplement to the Register of Electors is Wednesday 22nd January 2020. To apply to be included in the Supplement please download the form available in Irish or English available at https://www.offaly.ie/eng/Services/Corporate-Services/Register-of-Electors/Supplement-to-the-Register/, have it signed at a Garda Station and send to: Register of Electors Corporate Services Offaly County Council Áras an Chontae Charleville Road Tullamore Co. Offaly R35 F893

  • 14Jan
    Press Release Storm Brendan Review: Offaly County Council 10 am 14/01/2020

    Offaly County Council crews dealt with a number of trees and poles throughout the county yesterday which fell on public roads as a result of Storm Brendan. All events have been successfully resolved and we thank the public for their assistance in notifying us of these and also abiding by the advice to avoid unnecessary travel during the period of the storm. A useful guide for preparing for dealing with the particular challenges that winter can present is available at https://www.winterready.ie/en and it details a number of practical and useful tips for being #winterready

  • 13Jan
    Notice: Edenderry Civic Amenity Site Closed 13 January 2020

    Edenderry Civic Amenity Site has closed due to strong winds as a result of Storm Brendan and will re-open as normal tomorrow.

  • 13Jan
    Notice: 13 January 2020 Derryclure Waste Facility Closed

    Due to high winds as a result of Storm Brendan, Derryclure Waste Facility has closed and will re-open as normal tomorrow from 8am.

  • 13Jan
    Storm Brendan Weather Alert: Offaly County Council: 13/01/2020: 11am

    Storm Brendan Weather Alert: Offaly County Council: 13/01/2020: 11am A meeting took place this morning of Offaly County Council’s Severe Weather Assessment Team to prepare for the possible impact of Storm Brendan. A status Orange weather warning is in in place for Offaly from Monday 13th January 3rd at 08.00am to Monday 13th January 03.00pm. This is subject to change and we ask people to check Met Eireann at https://www.met.ie/warnings/offaly for updates. The main message as of now is to stay safe and don’t take unnecessary risks. Members of the public are urged to be vigilant during the period of the warning and watch out for fallen trees or other debris. Check out the https://www.rsa.ie/RSA/Road-Safety/Campaigns/Current-road-safety-campaigns/Severe-Weather-Advice/ for advice on driving in adverse weather conditions The main contact number for emergencies is 0579346800 and our out of hours/emergency number is 1890 750 750

  • 10Jan
    Offaly Arts Grants & Exhibitions 2020

    2020 applications are open for the following:- Arts Act Grants, Festival Arts Grants, Professional Artist Support Scheme and the call for submissions to exhibit in The Atrium of Offaly County Council. Closing date for all applications is Friday 31 January. Please follow this link for application forms and guidelines. https://www.offaly.ie/eng/Services/Arts-and-Culture/Grants_Awards/

  • 18Dec
    Offaly 2019 IPB Pride of Place Recognition Award

    At the December meeting of Offaly County Council, the three Offaly 2019 Pride of Place nominees were recognised for their huge contribution to the Social and Cultural fabric of the Communities they serve. Cllr Peter Ormond, Cathaoirleach of Offaly County Council presented the groups with their awards at the December Council Meeting. Commenting Cllr Peter Ormond said ‘I would like to offer sincere thanks to Birr Tidy Towns, St. Columcille Community Centre Durrow, and St. Brigid’s Social Club for representing the County and their Communities with such distinction. He went on to mention that Birr Tidy Towns were the recipient of a Special Award at the Pride of Place Awards night in the Lyrath Estate, Kilkenny last month ‘for the ceaseless dedication to Birr Town and its environs not just this year but every year and this was finally being recognised on a local and national stage. The Birr Tidy Towns Committee took home a special award after the Judges were impressed with how the local community “takes enormous and justifiable pride in enhancing the town’s built heritage to its full potential – and whose ongoing work in this area is exemplary.” St. Colmcille Community Centre committee Durrow represented Tullamore Municipal District in the population category 300- 1,000. The centre-piece of their submission was an extremely ambitious and all-encompassing hall renovation project which the group undertook this year. Representing the Edenderry Municipal District were St. Brigid’s Social Club Cloneyhurke in the Community Well-Being Initiative. St. Brigid’s are an extremely dedicated and hugely successful group which provide a great service to the local area all year round.

  • 29Nov
    Minister Michael Ring opens E-hive co-working space and Town Square Public Realm renewal in Edenderry

    Minister Michael Ring is today officially opening E-hive co-working hub in Edenderry, having been made possible by Town and Village Renewal Scheme funding from the Department of Rural and Community Development. This state of the art digital co-working space is located in the iconic Edenderry Town Hall, built as a Market House in 1826, and until 2013 had housed Edenderry Courthouse. It’s high quality contemporary design in a historic space matches the best co-working facilities in San Francisco. This Town Hall sits in a town square which benefited from a public renewal project also funded through the Town & Village Renewal Scheme, creating a civic space that has enabled the rebirth recently of the Edenderry Festival.

  • 27Nov
    Offaly County Council Adopted Budget 2020

    Offaly County Council adopted their budget for the year 2020 on 18th November, 2019

  • 13Nov
    Edenderry Regeneration Phase 1 Funding Granted

    Rural Regeneration Development Fund 2019 Department of Rural and Community Development announced on the 6th November RRDF for rural projects. Edenderry, phase 1 regeneration project for the Old Tesco Site back lands project was successful under the above scheme and funding of €522,207 from the Department was secured to construct a Link Road from Granary Court to Fairgreen. Offaly County Council will provide match funding of €174,069 of 25% to bring the total project cost to €696,276. The project is to construct a 200m Link Road from Granary Court to Fairgreen. This link road proposes to unlock the potential of a large derelict section of Edenderry Town Centre opening up back lands and long derelict opportunity sites. The benefiting site of 13.38 hectares, stretches from JKL Street to the north all the way to Blundell Park to the south. Edenderry is located close to the county boundary with Kildare and Meath and the rural hinterland which it serves includes areas in Offaly, Kildare and Meath. This project will: • Open up the former Tesco Supermarket site 0.425 hectares, which has laid vacant for over a 15 years detracting from the appearance of the Edenderry Town Centre; Offaly County Council envisage this site as a new Public Library and enterprise, community centre • Open up the former Williams Waller Grain Stores 1.12hectares (vacant, derelict and centre of anti-social activity) • Stimulate the development of Office of Public Works (OPW) lands 1.13 hectares, formerly earmarked for decentralisation; • Open up a combination of small sites totalling 1.805 hectares • Promote more sustainable transport options through a vital link, improving permeability to Blundell Park (8.9 hectares) and canal greenway The link Road proposed would provide a road link, footways, cycle-ways, broadband infrastructure and service to support the development of this area and provide the spine for the Master plan being developed and funded by RRDF, 2018.

  • 11Nov
    Draft Budget 2020 - Offaly County Council

    Draft Budget 2020 - Offaly County Council and Supplementary Directors Reports now available for download

  • 8Nov
    Notice of Draft Local Authority Budget for 2020

    Notice of Draft Local Authority Budget for 2020

  • 7Nov
    Draft Register of Electors 2020/2021

    Notice is hereby given that the Draft Register of Electors for 2020/2021 was published on the 1st November 2019. This Draft Register of Electors can be checked at your local Post Office, Public Library, Garda Station, Courthouse or Local Authority Office. Make sure you can vote by ensuring that your name is on the Draft Register of Electors by 25th November 2019. If you have a physical illness or disability or your occupation or place of study prevents you from voting at your polling station, you should apply to go on the Postal or Special Voters List, as appropriate, by 25th November next. Any person who wishes to check if they are on the current Draft 2020/2021 Register of Electors may check same on Offaly County Council website – www.offaly.ie or www.checktheregister.ie. Any queries should be directed to the Voter Registration Section, Offaly County Council, Áras an Chontae, Charleville Road, Tullamore, Co. Offaly. Telephone 057 9357402. UNLESS YOU’RE REGISTERED, YOU CANNOT VOTE. Mary Flynn Kenny, A/Senior Executive Officer, Corporate Services. November, 2019.

  • 23Oct
    Press Release LEADER Funding Offaly

    Offaly County Council welcomes the allocation of an additional €500,000 in funding to the Offaly LEADER Local Action Group (LAG) which is one of the top ten best performing LAGs in the country under the LEADER programme. The €.5m bonus allocation comes on top of the approved budget of €8m for the Offaly LEADER Programme 2014-2020. Councillor Declan Harvey, Chair of the Offaly Local Community Development Committee, (LCDC) said: “This funding is fantastic news for communities and enterprises throughout Offaly, and is a welcome recognition of the impressive work carried out by Offaly LCDC. The funding will greatly benefit a variety of projects in many areas of Offaly who are looking to improve their communities through grant aid funding under the LEADER Programme.” LEADER is delivered by 29 Local Actions Groups (LAGs) in Ireland whose role is to develop local strategies and to identify, select and fund projects in their counties which support their local strategies. Offaly LCDC is the contract holder for the Programme and Offaly Local Development Company is the Implementing Partner. CEO of Offaly Local Development Company, Brendan O’Loughlin, in welcoming the additional €500,000 LEADER funding said that “it is a testament to both the co-operation and work of Offaly Local Development Company, Offaly County Council, Offaly LCDC and to the communities and businesses that have brought projects forward to date.” The bonus was announced on Monday by the Minister for Community and Rural Development Michael Ring. Nationally the top ten performing counties for Leader funding have been given a €5m boost, resulting in a top up payment of €.5m to each of these counties, including Offaly. The selection of Offaly Leader LAG comes after a nationwide assessment of the level of funding approved and the level of funding drawn down in respect of projects on 20 September 2019, with the county assessed in eight place overall. Anna Marie Delaney Chief Executive of Offaly County Council said “This extra funding will be put to good use in implementing the Local Development Strategy and is a strong endorsement of the performance of Offaly Local Community Development Committee.” Announcing the allocation of the additional funding, Minister Ring said: “I am delighted to be in a position to provide additional funding to the top 10 areas where there is a strong demand for LEADER funding. I know that the extra funding will be of direct benefit to these communities receiving additional funding and will facilitate the approval of a higher number of LEADER projects in those areas. The ten best-performing groups will now be rewarded with €500,000 in extra funding to invest in rural communities in their counties.”

  • 25Sep
    Tullamore Street Enhancement Newsletters

    Keep up to date with the Tullamore Street Enhancement Works with our regular newsletters

  • 10Oct
    Press Release Illegal Dumping

    Offaly County Council’s Environment & Water Services Section initiated proceedings against an individual for illegal dumping and the case was heard in Athlone District Court on Friday 4th October. The person involved is a serial dumper and we have taken 7 prosecutions against him, some of which are on-going. There has been a huge amount of time, resources and administration spent on pursuing this individual. In our most recent case on Friday in Athlone Court, the defendant failed to appear following the execution of a bench warrant. The Judge, clearly intolerant of illegal dumping and time wasting, imposed an 8 week prison sentence. The defendant is due in court at the end of the month for another case of illegal dumping. This highlights that both the public and the Council will not accept the blight on its countryside by irresponsible individuals and will take action to combat same. Offaly County Council has received and investigated 776 complaints to date this year which relate to illegal dumping and waste storage issues and also includes assistance with 200 voluntary clean ups. For further information, contact Caroline Clancy on 086 3803870.

  • 2Oct
    Press Release 5pm Wednesday 2nd October Local Emergency CoOrdination Group

    Press Release: 5pm Wednesday, 2nd October 2019. Local Co-Ordination Group A meeting took place this evening of Offaly County Council’s Local Emergency Co-Ordination Group to prepare for the possible impact of Storm Lorenzo. A status Yellow weather warning is in place for Offaly from Thursday 3rd October at 09.00am to Friday 4th October 06.00am. This is subject to change and we ask people to check Met Eireann at https://www.met.ie/ for updates. Work is happening at local level with regard to clearing gullies and drains and we would advise homeowners and business owners to check their own properties. We would ask the public to check https://www.winterready.ie/ for advice on how to deal with potential adverse weather conditions. Please check on the elderly and isolated neighbours and friends and ensure they have adequate stocks of food and fuel. The main message as of now is to stay safe and don’t take unnecessary risks. Check out the https://www.rsa.ie/RSA/Road-Safety/Campaigns/Current-road-safety-campaigns/Severe-Weather-Advice/ for advice on driving in adverse weather conditions The main contact number for emergencies is 0579346800 and our out of hours/emergency number is 1890 750 750

  • 30Sep
    County Offaly Joint Policing Committee – Annual Public Meeting

    A PUBLIC MEETING of Offaly County Joint Policing Committee will be held in the ST. BRIGIDS SOCIAL CLUB, GARRYHINCH, PORTARLINGTON COUNTY OFFALY [R32 CY89] on Monday, 7th October 2019 at 7pm Members of the public are welcome to attend The function of a Joint Policing Committee is to serve as a forum for consultations, discussions and recommendations on matters affecting the policing of the local authority’s administrative area. Members of the public have the right to make their views known and ask questions of the Joint Policing Committee. Questions will be accepted by the Joint Policing Committee from any individual member of the public, or collectively from any group/organisation. Questions in relation to the above, or any other relevant topic, should be submitted in writing in advance to Gerard Bruton, Corporate Services, Offaly County Council, Áras an Chontae, Charleville Road, Tullamore, County Offaly, by email to gbruton@offalycoco.ie or by phone at Tel. (057) 93 57402 no later than 3pm on Wednesday, 2nd October 2019. It should be noted that in some circumstances it may not be possible to provide information requested. Name and contact details of those submitting the question should be supplied, but will not necessarily be publicised at the meeting.

  • 20Sep
    Notice of Passing of Resolution to Vary Basic Rate of Local Property Tax

    The Finance (Local Property Tax) Act 2012 (as amended), makes specific provision that Elected Members of a local authority may pass a formal resolution to vary the basic rate of the Local Property Tax for their administrative area by a percentage known as the Local Adjustment Factor.

  • 18Sep
    Supplier Engagement Event

    InterTradeIreland, together with the Local Government Management Agency (LGMA) are hosting a Supplier Engagement event focusing on Local government procurement opportunities in greater Dublin and surrounding areas. Local government in Ireland manage contracts which support and maintain civic amenities and community services. This is your opportunity to engage with the relevant people on the ground in councils to help inform future contracting approaches, market requirements and service delivery models.

  • 18Sep
    COMMERCIAL MINOR BUILDING WORKS FRAMEWORKS

    The Local Government Operational Procurement Centre (LGOPC) has published a Framework for Public Service Bodies to procure Commercial Minor Building Works. The LGOPC will carry out a competition to appoint Contractors to the Framework. Public Service Bodies will then run competitions with the Contractors in their area to procure MINOR BUILDING WORKS. To access the Framework documentation, please ensure you register on the Office of Government Procurement website www.etenders.gov.ie. Should you wish to find out more about the Framework, please contact the LGOPC Helpdesk at 076 1064020 or by

  • 17Sep
    National Business Conference on Climate Change set for the Midlands

    The “Creating Economic and Business Opportunities from Climate Change” conference will take place in the Tullamore Court Hotel on Wednesday 9th of October. The first of its’ kind to be hosted in the Midlands, this exciting national conference explores how businesses, in addressing and responding to climate change, can realise unique economic and business opportunities. The conference is an initiative of the Regional Transition Team under the auspices of the Midlands Regional Enterprise Plan to 2020 (MREP). This conference is linked to Actions of the MREP 2020, National Adaptation Framework 2018 and the recently published, All of Government Climate Action Plan - to tackle Climate Breakdown.

  • 13Sep
    Draft Register of Electors 2020/2021

    Offaly County Council is currently preparing the Draft Register of Electors for 2020/2021. This Register of Electors will come into effect as the Live Register of Electors on 15th February, 2020.

  • 12Sep
    Road Closure R357 at Lecarrow, Shannonbridge

    On Monday the 16th and Tuesday 17th September a road closure will be in place on the R357 at Lecarrow, Shannonbridge.

  • 7Sep
    Offaly County Council Win Digital Information Award - Public Sector Magazine

    Offaly County Council is shaping the county’s smart future with primary school children through Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) using VEX IQ Robotics. Earlier this year, Offaly County Council in partnership with the Department of Rural and Community Development and Cork Institute of Technology delivered an exciting new digital programme to 16 primary schools in the county. VEX Robotics is an exciting programme where primary school children from 5-12 years learn about STEM in an engaging way. They design, build, code and compete with their robot and it gives children as young as five years old their first opportunity to learn about engineering and robotics while having fun.

  • 27Aug
    Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund 2019

    Environmental Awareness - Do you have a project or initiative that could help to increase awareness of environmental issues locally, or that could help your community to become more sustainable? If so, you may qualify for financial assistance from the Local Agenda 21 (LA21) Environmental Partnership Fund 2019. This Fund promotes sustainable development by assisting small scale, non-profit environmental projects at local level.

  • 19Jul
    LOCAL PROPERTY TAX (LPT) 2020-have your say

    LOCAL PROPERTY TAX (LPT) 2020 - NOTICE

  • 25Jul
    Offaly County Development Plan 2021 - 2027

    Offaly County Council is commencing the review of the existing Offaly County Development Plan 2014-2020 by preparing the new Offaly County Development Plan 2021-2027. The County Development Plan is a statutory document prepared by the Planning Authority in accordance with the requirements of the Planning & Development Act 2000 (as amended) and the Planning & Development Regulations 2001 (as amended).

  • 24Jul
    West Offaly Power Station at Shannonbridge

    The Cathaoirleach of Offaly County Council, Cllr. Peter Ormond called a special briefing meeting for members on Tuesday 23rdJuly. The objective and urgency of the meeting was to outline and brief members on the detail and implications of the decision by An Bord Pleanála to refuse planning permission for the redevelopment of West Offaly Power Station at Shannonbridge.

  • 23Jul
    Congratulations Shane Lowry

    The Cathaoirleach, Councillor Peter Ormond, and Members of Offaly County Council extend their congratulations to Shane Lowry on his success in The (British) Open Golf Championships over the weekend. The Chief Executive on her own behalf and on behalf of the staff of Offaly County Council joined with the members in offering congratulations also.

  • 19Jul
    Draft Strategic Policy Committee Scheme Public Consultation

    Notice is hereby given that Offaly County Council has prepared a draft scheme for the implementation of its Strategic Policy Committee system. The membership of each SPC will consist of elected members and sectoral representatives. The Draft Scheme provides for 4 SPCs namely: 1. Housing 2. Land Use, Planning and Economic Development 3. Climate Action, Environment, Water and Transportation. 4. Community, Cultural and Emergency Services.

  • 15Jul
    TULLAMORE STREET ENHANCEMENT PROJECT UPDATE JULY 2019

    The Tullamore Street Enhancement Project is now nearing the end of its third stage on Bridge Street, Tullamore.

  • 26Jun
    Offaly Greenway – €2.35 Million Funding Secured

    The application was secured after successful collaboration between Offaly County Council and Waterways Ireland. This project will complete the Tullamore to Daingean stretch and link Daingean to Boora with 38KM of Greenway. The facility will allow local communities to get out and enjoy all the health benefits associated with been active. In addition, activity tourism has become a major decision maker for tourists visiting Ireland, particularly walking and cycling in safe scenic areas. County Offaly and its communities stand to gain from this development, providing another reason for both domestic and international visitors to travel to the county.

  • 25Jun
    Offaly Climate Change Adaptation Strategy

    Offaly County Council Offaly Climate Change Adaptation Strategy 2019 - 2024

  • 18Jun
    Temporary Closure of Roads in Municipal District of Birr

    Notice of Temporary Road Closures in the Birr Municipal District Area.

  • 31May
    I-LOFAR Education Centre Launch

    The I-LOFAR Education Centre in Birr was officially opened on 30th May 2019 by Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell. The Education Centre was funded by the Department of Rural and Community Affairs in conjunction with Offaly County Council, Trinity College Dublin and Birr Scientific & Heritage Foundation Ireland. Cathaoirleach Cllr. Danny Owens, Offaly County Council addressed the guests and his speech follows below.

  • 30May
    Offaly County Council Local Election Results 2019  

    In accordance with Local Elections Regulations 1995, declarations of the results of the poll taken on May 24th 2019 to fill 19 seats on Offaly county council and the results of counts for each of the local electoral areas of Birr, Edenderry and Tullamore have been published on the website of Offaly County Council at www.offaly.ie and are available at the Council’s offices at Áras An Chontae, Charleville Road, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

  • 30May
    COMHAIRLE CHONTAE UÍBHE FHAILÍ OFFALY COUNTY COUNCIL NOTIFICATION OF ANNUAL MEETING

    The Annual Meeting of Offaly County Council will convene on Friday, 7th June 2019 at 2.00 p.m. at which the first business of the newly elected Council will be the election of it’s Cathaoirleach. This meeting is the first meeting of the newly elected Council following the local elections held on the 24th of May 2019.

  • 28May
    Housing Department

    Please note: From Wednesday 29/05/2019 to Friday 14/06/2019 inclusive, the Housing Section public counter will open from 9.30am to 2.00pm only (excluding weekends and public holidays).

  • 20May
    RSA & IFA call on farmers and motorists to think safety first and share the road

    RSA & IFA call on farmers and motorists to think safety first and share the road The Road Safety Authority (RSA) and the Irish Farmers Association (IFA) are urging road users to take extra care as the number of tractors, trailers and other farm machinery using the roads increases. The appeal comes as farmers and contractors around the country undertake the first cut of silage. Michael Rowland, Director Road Safety Research & Driver Education, RSA, said: “This is a very busy time of year for farmers with silage cutting underway. There are more tractors and trailers out using the roads, which means the risk of a collision involving a road user and farm machinery has increased. Motorists need to be on the lookout for tractors, trailers and other agricultural machinery exiting from fields and farm-yards. We should all expect the unexpected, as danger could literally be around the next corner.” Drivers of agricultural vehicles are being reminded that they are subject to all road traffic legislation. They are required to carry the appropriate license and farm vehicles are required to be taxed, insured and must be roadworthy, including fully operational lights front and rear. IFA President, Joe Healy said: “I am appealing to everybody to be safety conscious during this busy period. If we cooperate, we can all share the roads. I would ask drivers of machinery to watch for traffic building up to the rear and to keep left if an opportunity arises to let traffic pass safely. For other road users, I would ask them to be patient and do not attempt to overtake unless it is safe to do so.” Drivers of agricultural vehicles are reminded: • to wash down wheels regularly to avoid carrying mud and stones onto the public road • to be particularly careful when transporting material such as silage, slurry, sand and gravel so that it does not spill on the road and pose a road safety risk • not to load overload trailers so as to cause them to be unstable on the road • to look out for low bridges, overhanging trees, overhead cables and uneven road surfaces which could cause the load to shift and possibly overturn • the driving mirror must provide an adequate view of the road to the rear and all agricultural vehicles must have proper working brakes on both tractor and trailer units. They also must be fitted with lights, reflectors and indicators. • that large farming vehicles should consider using an escort vehicle to warn other road users, and, • to ensure that tractors are driven at an appropriate speed for the road conditions. For more information on legal requirements and road safety regarding agricultural vehicles using public roads, please contact the RSA at info@rsa.ie;

  • 14May
    Proposed Development

    Proposal to Extend the Existing Kilreaghan Cemetery at Kincora, Ferbane, By Offaly County Council

  • 3May
    Your ultimate guide to managing household waste

    Not sure what goes in which bin? Wondering what can and can’t be recycled? Not sure where you should dispose of bulky items? Check out www.mywaste.ie, the definitive guide on household waste, provided by the Regional Waste Management offices in association with the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment.

  • 2May
    Offaly County Council successful in Funding for Flood Relief Work Bog Road Portarlington

    Offaly County Council have successfully secured €132,795 in funding for flood remediation work on the Bog Road Portarlington.

  • 2May
    Motorcyclists reminded to ‘ease off the throttle’ as speeding a factor in half of motorcyclist deaths

    • Recent RSA survey of 450 motorcyclists found that 12% have been involved in a road collision in the past two years • To date in 2019 there have been 4 motorcyclist deaths, three more than the same period in 2018 • Parents reminded not to put scramblers or quadbikes in hands of children

  • 24Apr
    Multi-Party Framework Agreement for Road Signs & Ancillaries (Supply Only) Public Service Bodies

    The Local Government Operational Procurement Centre (LGOPC) has published a Multi-Party Framework Agreement for Public Service Bodies to procure Road Signs & Ancillaries (Supply Only). The LGOPC will carry out a competition to appoint Suppliers to the Framework. Public Service Bodies will then run competitions with the Suppliers in their area to procure Road Signs. To access the Framework documentation, please ensure you register on the Office of Government Procurement website www.etenders.gov.ie.

  • 18Apr
    Notice of Annual Audit - Offaly County Council - April 2019

    Notice of Annual Audit - Offaly County Council - April 2019

  • 16Apr
    Proposed Part 8 Development - Clonminch

    Offaly County Council, in partnership with Approved Housing Body Oaklee, proposes to carry out development at Clonminch, Tullamore, County Offaly. The development consists of: Construction of 19 housing units (14 x 2 bed units (single-storey) & 5 x 1 bed units (single-storey)) and all associated site works.

  • 15Apr
    Notice of Election

    Local Authority: OFFALY COUNTY COUNCIL. An election of members for each of the local electoral areas of the above-mentioned local authority is about to be held. Nomination papers may be obtained from the address below during the usual office hours.

  • 10Apr
    The Road Safety Authority Launches the Safe Cross Code Dance Competition 2019

    10 April 2019 – The Road Safety Authority (RSA) launched the Safe Cross Code Dance Competition 2019 for primary school students today. Now entering its fifth year, the competition encourages children to demonstrate to all pedestrians how to cross the road safely.

  • 29Mar
    Public Information Meeting for Tullamore proposed Part 8 Planning Monday the 1st April Tullamore MD

    Public Information Meeting for Tullamore proposed Part 8 Planning Offaly County Council have proposed the following for consideration for Part 8 Planning under the Planning & Development Act 2000 (as amended) and Planning & Development Regulation 2001 (as amended). (1) Tullamore Street Enhancement - Harbour and Store Street and (2) Grand Canal Greenway shared walking and cycling route from Convent View, Tullamore to Srah Bridge, Ballydrohid, Tullamore As part of this public consultation, a Public Information Meeting has been arranged to take place as follows: Where: Tullamore Municipal District, Acres Hall, Cormac Street, Tullamore. When: 2pm-8pm on Monday 1st April 2019 The purpose of this meeting is so that members of the public can view and discuss the proposed projects with Offaly County Council staff. Staff will also be available to provide information, answer queries and to assist with the submission process. Full plans and details are available in 1) Offaly County Council, Planning Section, Áras an Chontae, Charleville Road, Tullamore, County Offaly. 2) Tullamore Municipal District, Acres Hall, Cormac Street, Tullamore, County Offaly. 3) Branch Library, O’Connor Square, Tullamore and on Offaly County Council website www.offaly.ie for inspection by members of the public. These Part 8 Planning proposals are on display from 13th of March 2019 to 11th April 2019 (both dates inclusive). The closing date for written submissions on either proposal is the 25th April 2019 and may be made in writing to Planning Section, Offaly County Council, Áras an Chontae, Charleville Road, Tullamore.

  • 7Mar
    Planting for our Planet - Play your part and help combat climate change during National Tree Week 2019!

    Planting for our Planet - Play your part and help combat climate change during National Tree Week 2019! • Planting more trees is the most efficient way of removing carbon from the atmosphere and combatting climate change • Tree week is a week-long festival encouraging people to plant more trees and get involved in local activities happening in their area • Over half a million trees planted during National Tree Week since if first began in 1985.

  • 1Mar
    Jobs in Offaly County Council

    Current Jobs advertised in Offaly County Council.

  • 28Feb
    Notice of Rates having been made

    Notice is hereby given that County Rates have been duly made on the property rateable thereto in the above named County Health District of Offaly. The annual rate on valuation (ARV - formerly Rates in the pound) for the ordinary expenditure of Offaly County Council for service of the year ending on 31st December 2019 is €0.2198

  • 18Feb
    PURCHASE OF SCHEMES OF HOUSES FOR SOCIAL HOUSING

    PURCHASE OF SCHEMES OF HOUSES FOR SOCIAL HOUSING Offaly County Council is seeking to purchase schemes of houses for Social Housing purposes in County Offaly. The criteria for decision to purchase would include the following: • Social Housing need in the area concerned. • Timescale for delivery. • Value for money • Quality and design Expressions of interest in providing houses should be sent to Director of Services for Housing, Offaly County Council, Áras an Chontae, Charleville Rd, Tullamore not later than Thursday, 28th February 2019. Please note that Offaly County Council is not obliged to purchase any schemes submitted and that house purchases are subject to the approval of the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government.

  • 18Feb
    REPAIR AND LEASING SCHEME (RLS)

    REPAIR AND LEASING SCHEME (RLS) LOAN SCHEME FOR REPAIR OF VACANT HOUSES & APARTMENTS IN COUNTY OFFALY. • Do you own a vacant house or apartment that’s in need of repair? • Is lack of funding a problem? • Would you lease the property if funding repairs were to be made available to you? The Repair and Leasing Scheme (RLS) may be for you The basis of the scheme is that repair and improvement works to suitable vacant properties are funded to bring them up to the standards for rented accommodation. The cost of the works is then deducted from lease payments over an agreed lease term. The minimum term of the lease is 5 years. For more information: Visit our website: www.offaly.ie/housing Email: rls@offalycoco.ie Phone: 057 9346800

  • 15Feb
    National Community Event - May Bank Holiday Weekend (4th - 6th May) 2019

    Last September, the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Mr Michael Ring, TD, announced the launch of a National Community Event, to be held for the first time over the May Bank Holiday weekend, 2019. Local communities are asked to come up with ideas for events in their areas. The event is a celebration of the great spirit of community that exists across the country and an effort to help people who share communities to come together, get to know each other and deepen the sense of community in their area. Events could be centred round food, sport, the environment, health, heritage, culture, family fun day, etc

  • 14Feb
    Revisions to the Offaly Register of Electors

    Section 15 (3) of the Electoral Act 1992 provides that a registration authority must publish details of any corrections to the Register within the period specified for same, i.e. from 1st to 15th February and that such corrections will be deemed to form part of the Register of Electors and any supplement prepared in relation to same.

  • 13Feb
    Proposed Part 8 – Kearney’s Field

    Offaly County Council, in partnership with Approved Housing Body Oaklee, proposes to carry out development at Kearney’s field, Tullamore, County Offaly.

  • 11Feb
    REGISTER OF ELECTORS 2019/2020

    REGISTER OF ELECTORS 2019/2020 & EDITED REGISTER OF ELECTORS 2019/2020 Notice is hereby given that the Register of Electors for 2019/2020 and the Edited version of this Register were published on the 1st February 2019 and will come into force on the 15th February, 2019. The Register of Electors is available for inspection at Council Offices, Garda Stations, Post Offices and Libraries. Persons omitted from the above registers may apply for inclusion on the Supplement to the Register which will be published in the event of an Election or Referendum. Any queries should be directed to Corporate Services, Offaly County Council at Tel: 057 9357402 UNLESS YOU’RE REGISTERED, YOU CANNOT VOTE.

  • 11Feb
    Shaping Offaly’s Smart Future with Primary School children through Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) using VEX IQ Robotics

    Offaly County Council and the Department of Rural and Community Development are providing funding under the Digital Innovation Programme to roll out an exciting new digital initiative for 16 primary schools in Offaly. The Initiative is to expose students to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fundamentals within the context of building a robot using Vex IQ.

  • 7Feb
    Minister Heather Humphreys visits I-LOFAR and meets STREAM Creative Suite partners

    Following the launch of the Midland Regional Enterprise Plan to 2020 on February 6th 2019 in County Laois, Minister Humphreys travelled to Birr Castle to visit I-LOFAR and the STREAM Creative Suite Project.

  • 29Jan
    Offaly County Council Winter Service Plan

    The weather forcecast for the remainder of the week indicates unsettled and very cold weather with frost and some sleet and snow anticipated. Offaly County Council prepare for such a week and any night where frost is forecast in line with our Winter Service Plan available on our website. (https://www.offaly.ie/eng/Services/Roads/Winter-Maintenance/) Offaly County Council treats 430km of national routes and regional routes above a certain traffic count. Routes are prioritised on the volume of traffic on the roads. We treat 4 routes for each run taking 4 – 5 hours or longer depending on conditions. Offaly County Council Engineers will monitor the forecast and information and graphs from the weather stations across the Region to determine the level of salt treatment required and the best time to start treating. If necessary our drivers will cover the routes a number of times throughout the day and night. If the snow is significant to warrant ploughing we will plough and treat. Our salt barns are full and the plant and equipment is checked and ready to mobilise. Unnecessary travel during periods of severe weather should be avoided if at all possible. Those taking to the roads should do so with due care and attention considering the conditions to be encountered. Road users should not assume that roads included in the winter service plan have been treated and are free of ice at all times. Motorists and pedestrians are requested to make themselves aware of the Road Safety Authorities guide to driving in winter conditions. Regular updates will be available during severe weather periods on www.offaly.ie, Offaly social Media platform and through local broadcast media.

  • 23Jan
    Transboundary Environmental Public Consultation

    Notice of Planning Application for proposed Wylfa Newydd Nuclear Power Plant, Anglesey, North Wales, United Kingdom

  • 21Jan
    Offaly County Council - Adopted Budget 2019

    Offaly County Council - Adopted Budget 2019

  • 8Jan
    €400,000 for Grand Canal Greenway in Offaly

    Minister for Rural & Community Development, Michael Ring TD announced today €400,000 for 2 separate projects along the Grand Canal Greenway under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme.

  • 31Dec
    Public consultation on proposals to reform electoral registration process

    The Government has launched a public consultation on proposals to reform the electoral registration process. Minister of State for Local Government and Electoral Reform, John Paul Phelan, T.D., launched the consultation on 17 December and said the proposals are aimed at enabling people to register in simpler and more user-friendly ways. The way people register to vote or amend their details (for example, address) on the Register of Electors has not changed significantly since the foundation of the State.

  • 20Dec
    Tullamore Public Realm Enhancement Works Commencement Date

    Tullamore Public Realm Enhancement Works to commence in January 2019 David Walsh Civil Engineering Ltd. has been contracted by Offaly County Council to undertake Tullamore Public Realm Enhancement Works. The project includes the phased public realm improvement works to High St, Bridge St, Columcille St, Millennium Square and O’Connor Square. The works to High Street and Bridge Street will involve the undergrounding of the existing overhead wires together with the removal of existing poles. The existing street lighting will be replaced with new feature light poles. The existing footpath will be replaced and widened at particular locations. Road reconstruction and surfacing will also be undertaken on a phased basis. To facilitate the works on High Street and Bridge Street it will be necessary to restrict traffic to a One-Way Outbound traffic management system. Traffic will be prohibited from travelling inbound from Cormac Street & O’Moore Street and traffic will be redirected towards the town center via alternative detour routes (see map overleaf). It will not be possible to facilitate on-street carparking, while the one-way system is in operation. Once the works progress past the Tara Street entrance, two-way traffic will be facilitated between O’Moore Street and Tara Street only (between A and C on the map overleaf) to allow local traffic access to the Bridge Centre carpark. Works are to commence on High Street (from the junction with O’Moore St.) from Wednesday 2nd January 2018. The one-way system will be in operation from this date and will remain in place up to the end of June 2019. Please note that during the above works, there will be some disruption as the work in the footpath moves past doorways / entrances, however we will endeavor to keep this disruption to a minimum.

  • 21Dec
    Proposed Traffic Calming Measures - Clonmullen Drive Edenderry

    Notice is hereby given that Edenderry Municipal District (Offaly County Council) pursuant to Section 38 of the Road Traffic Act, 1994 (as amended), proposes to undertake Traffic Calming and Traffic Management Measures on Clonmullen Drive (L-50432-1).

  • 12Dec
    Proposed Part 8 – Edenderry Inner Relief Road Project

    Notice of advertising of Part 8 for the development of a proposed internal link road in Edenderry

  • 7Dec
    Offaly secure €60,000 to establish open-access WiFi hot-spots throughout the county.

    Offaly secure €60,000 to establish open-access WiFi hot-spots throughout the county. Minister of State at the Department of Rural and Community Development, Seán Canney TD today welcomed the announcement of the first successful applicants of the European WiFi initiative, WiFi4EU. This announcement sees Offaly secure €60,000 to establish open-access WiFi hot-spots throughout the county. €30,000 was secured through the European WiFi initiative and the Department of Rural and Community Development provided match funding of €30,000. Broadband Officer for Offaly County Council Ray Bell, stated “This is great news for Offaly as it allows us to continue to provide free public access to WiFi throughout the county. Earlier this year we provided free public WiFi along the Shannon in Shannon Bridge, Banagher and Shannon Harbour. In early 2019, the Greenway along the Grand Canal will be connected at Edenderry, Daingean, Tullamore, Pollagh and Shannon Harbour. This announcement today will improve the connectivity of communities in Offaly and enable us to support the flagship tourism and recreation projects that we are working towards in the county." The funding was awarded at EU level on a first-come first-served basis and Minister Canney added: “This outcome shows how proactive local authorities in Ireland are and their determination to bring connectivity to their areas. They are doing as much as they can to provide their communities with a much needed service and their efforts and engagement need to be applauded. Officials from my Department worked very closely with Broadband Officers, local authorities and the European Commission ahead of the first call for applications, and this great result is a demonstration of the very positive engagement and willingness from all involved to improve the connectivity of communities https://drcd.gov.ie/about/news-centre/press-releases/minister-canney-welcomes-european-funding-of-e885000-for-21-local-authorities-under-the-wifi4eu-initiative/?fbclid=IwAR1W0zuacFPxTtx-sd5bICOK3uPDpG61sNTNLoESBFq31Hsi2NLYMdAnBuk

  • 6Dec
    STREAM Creative Suite – €458,240 for Birr

    STREAM Creative Suite – €458,240 for Birr Offaly Innovation & Design Centre CLG in partnership with Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Offaly, Offaly County Council and I-LOFAR has been awarded €458,240 from the Enterprise Ireland Regional Development Fund to establish “STREAM Creative Suite” in Birr Technology Centre. Orla Martin, Head of Enterprise in LEO Offaly explained that STREAM Creative Suite will be a natural extension to the I-LOFAR Project. The I-LOFAR radio telescope, situated in Birr Castle, is the Irish Station in the largest radio telescope in the world. There are 52 LOFAR Stations across Europe, generating 3 Gbps per station, over 150 Gigabits per second, more than 6 Petabytes per year. Unique Opportunities with I-LOFAR in Birr • The Irish Station, part of the largest radio telescope in the world • Primary (currently only) access to the biggest source of big data • Policy Support for I-LOFAR Project – Offaly County Council Local Economic & Community Plan (LECP) and Action Plan for Jobs: Midland Region • Builds on rich astronomical heritage of Birr Castle Gardens & Science Centre • Increases potential for Science Tourism • Increases potential for STEM Education and Outreach (Newly opened I-LOFAR Education Centre is set to deliver range of Space related camps and workshops for students and teachers) • Creates compelling proposition for IDA to attract FDI Big Data Companies to Birr/Midlands I-LOFAR provides a unique opportunity to access big data in real time. This data can be utilised for training purposes and for proving algorithms for many sectors. Professors and researchers of universities affiliated with the international LOFAR network together with Software Developers and Data Analysts from companies operating within or in cooperation with companies based in the Midland Region will have the opportunity to use the STREAM Creative Suite – either through regular hot desk usage or through the establishment of a base there. The space will comprise an open plan work area for researchers, a training room and smaller office spaces. The programme will also include a residential/visiting researcher programme, support for workshops, summer internships, and training in Data Analytics and related topics. The funding will also support the salary costs of a manager who will be hired for 3 years to run the suite and develop future activities. The Creative Suite will bring together researchers and practitioners in areas such as the visual arts, multi-media, technology and astronomy, who share a common interest in Big Data. Offaly County Council Cathaoirleach Cllr. Danny Owens welcomed the news and acknowledged the collaborative efforts those who made the successful application: Offaly County Council’s Chief Executive, Ms. Anna Marie Delaney; Head of Enterprise, Ms. Orla Martin; Prof. Peter Gallagher, I-LOFAR Consortium and Mr. Joe Hogan, Founder of Openet. The STREAM Creative Suite has been developed by Offaly Innovation & Design Centre CLG, Local Enterprise Office Offaly, Offaly County Council and I-LOFAR and is supported by Enterprise Ireland’s Regional Development Fund.

  • 19Nov
    Moneygall triumph in Pride of Place Awards 2018

    Offaly based community groups were among those honoured at the annual IPB Pride of Place awards held on Cork City Hall on Saturday evening the 17th. Moneygall Development Association were crowned overall winners in the Community Tourism Category. Accepting the award, Chairperson Henry Healy, stated “Moneygall has worked hard to create an exciting tourist destination and this award is recognition of the pride we have in our community”. Representing County Offaly with great distinction in the IPB Pride of Place Awards were Clonbullogue Development Association, Acquired Brain Injury Ireland Mount Bolus and Moneygall Development Association.

  • 8Nov
    Bye-Laws for Waste Management

    Local Government Act 2001 – Part 19 & Section 199(1) Waste Management Act 1996 – Section 35(1)

  • 7Nov
    Notice - Draft Local Authority Budget for 2019

    The Statutory Annual Budget Meeting will be held in the Council Chamber, Aras and Chontae, Tullamore on Monday, 19th November, 2018 at 2pm

  • 24Oct
    Offaly County Council - Statement from Cllr. Danny Owens, Cathaoirleach regarding BNM job losses

    Offaly County Council has agreed to set up a working group, representing all relevant stakeholders, to pursue funding opportunities and actions to mitigate the impact of the BNM job losses on the individuals concerned, and the impact on the Local and Regional Economy. The working group will consist of a number of stakeholders including members of the Council, representatives from enterprise, education and training sectors, and the various state agencies. The Council have also sought a meeting between the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment, Mr. Richard Bruton and a delegation from the Council.

  • 23Oct
    Offaly Community Enhancement Programme 2018 Grant Allocations

    Funding totalling €323,000 was approved by Offaly Local and Community Development Committee (LCDC) on Thursday 11th October 2018. The funded was awarded to 115 community groups under the Community Enhancement Programme 2018. This included 106 community groups and 9 Men’s Shed’s.

  • 24Sep
    Proposed Part 8 - Edenderry Link Road – Granary Court to Fairgreen, Edenderry, Co. Offaly-Internal Link Road Edenderry

    Notice of advertising of Part 8 for the development of a proposed internal link road in Edenderry

  • 20Sep
    Annual Financial Statement 2017

    The Annual Financial Statement commences with a certificate by the Chief Executive and Head of Finance certifying that the information contained therein is in agreement with the books of account and is in accordance with the accounting requirements as directed by the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government. The statement also contains details of the Council's accounting policies.

  • 11Sep
    Waste Bye-Laws 2018 - Consultation period is now closed

    The public consultation period is now closed. No comments or submissions were received from Third Parties. Offaly County Council expect this Bye Law to be adopted and put into effect by 31st December 2018.

  • 11Sep
    Removal of Daingean Bottlebanks

    Please be advised that from Monday 17th September 2018, the Bottlebanks located at the Midwae Hotel in Daingean will be removed. Offaly County Council apologies for any inconvenience caused.

  • 24Aug
    LOCAL PROPERTY TAX (LPT) 2020

    NOTICE OF CONSIDERATION OF SETTING A LOCAL ADJUSTMENT FACTOR The Finance (Local Property Tax) Act 2012 (as amended), makes specific provision that elected members of a Local Authority may pass a formal resolution to vary the basic rate of the Local Property Tax for their administrative area by a percentage known as the local adjustment factor. At the meeting set by Offaly County Council to consider this matter, the members may set a local adjustment factor within the range of +/- 15% of the basic rate, or, may decide not to adjust the basic rate. Offaly County Council will meet on 16th September 2019 to consider the setting of a local adjustment factor for 2020. Offaly County Council welcomes written submissions from the public on this matter specifically covering the potential effects of varying the basic rate of the Local Property Tax on businesses, individuals and on Local Authority services. Full details of the public services supplied by Offaly County Council can be seen at: http://www.offaly.ie Submissions must be received by 30th August 2019 and can be sent to: LPT Submission, Offaly County Council, Arás an Chontae, Charleville Road, Tullamore, Co. Offaly. Or E-mail submissions to: lpt@offalycoco.ie Signed: Anna- Marie Delaney Chief Executive, 12th July 2019

  • 9Jul
    Outdoor Fire Safety Guidance

    Outdoor Fire Safety Guidance. Some useful fire safety tips when out and about

  • 12Jun
    Press Release - May 28th 2018

    While in Ferbane on Monday to open the new Fire Station, Minister Eoghan Murphy also took the opportunity to meet some of the new residents of Mill Race Ferbane. Offaly County Council acquired 5 units in this development from Droughill Builders Ltd. following a call to developers to provide finished, turnkey standard units to the Local Authority. Droughill Builders finished out the units to a high standard and the houses were allocated to five families in recent weeks. The Minister met the families present on Monday and wished them well in their new homes. Offaly County Council continues its work programme to meet the targets set by the Department of Housing, Planning, Community & Local Government through a blend of new construction schemes, acquisition of houses, leasing and provision of the Housing Assistance Payment.

  • 31May
    Public Spending Code QA Report 2017

    Offaly County Council's Public Spending Code Quality Assurance Report 2017

  • 16May
    Financial Reporting - Purchase Orders

    Offaly County Council's list of Purchase Orders raised in excess of €20,000

  • 16May
    AFS 2017 Unaudited

    Unaudited Annual Financial Statement for the year ended 31st December 2017

  • 10May
    Public Participation: Identification of Bathing Waters

    Public Participation: Identification of Bathing Waters Local authorities must identify official bathing areas in their area every year so that they can be monitored for safety, water quality and their level of use. To help with this process, Offaly County Council are asking people who swim at beaches, lakes and rivers to tell them if they think they should maintain existing designated bathing waters designations or give a new official bathing area designation to areas that are commonly used for swimming, but not identified at the moment. Under European and Irish law, Irish local authorities must identify bathing waters each year so that these areas can be monitored to ensure they meet stringent microbiological water quality standards. In some cases, the official bathing areas are also the areas where local authorities focus their resources providing lifeguards during the summer season. These laws also require that the local authority prepares detailed descriptions or profiles for each of the identified bathing water sites that describe not just the bathing area but also areas in the surface waters catchment area that could be a source of pollution. The profiles include an assessment the risk of pollution and what action would be taken if pollution occurs. If you are a regular swimmer and want to help your Council decide which bathing areas should be classified as such, it might be helpful to consider the following: • How your swimming area has been used up to now; • How many people use the site; • What facilities exist at the site and how accessible it is; • Any safety issues. If you wish to propose your favourite beach/river etc as a new bathing water site or comment on an existing site please contact... Closing date for submissions to Offaly County Council is 22nd June 2018. For further information please email waterservices@offalycoco.ie or Tel: 0579346800

  • 1May
    Offaly County Council - Building Contractors Framework for Offaly County Council's Housing Department

    Offaly County Council wish to establish a multi-party framework agreement with suitably qualified and experienced Building Contractors for the provision of a variety of small to medium sized building works over the lifetime of the framework.

  • 27Apr
    Press Release Slieve Bloom Mountain Trails Friday 27th April

    Slieve Bloom Mountain Bike Trails official ground-breaking by Mr. Charlie Flanagan, T.D., Minister for Justice and Equality. Coillte, in partnership with Offaly and Laois County Councils are pleased to announce that the Slieve Bloom Mountain Bike Trails (MTB) project has moved one important step closer to becoming a reality. The sod was turned on Phase 1 today, 27th April 2018 by Mr. Charlie Flanagan, Minister for Justice and Equality. After a competitive two stage tendering process, contractors Metro Construction have been appointed to construct this phase and will work closely with Coillte and the Local Authorities to ensure a trails product of international quality.

  • 23Apr
    Purchase of Schemes of Houses for Social Housing

    Offaly County Council is seeking to purchase schemes of houses up to a maximum of 20 on one site for Social Housing purposes in County Offaly. The critera for decision to purchase would include the following: Social Housing need in the area concerned. Timescale for delivery. Value for money. Quality and design. Expressions of interest in providing houses should be sent to Director of Services for Housing , Offaly County Council, Aras an Chontae, Charleville Road, Tullamore not later than 27th April 2018. ...

  • 16Apr
    Press Release: Grand Canal Greenway official opening by Mr. Michael Ring, T.D., Minister for Rural & Community Development

    Offaly County Council in partnership with Waterways Ireland are pleased to announce the official opening of the Grand Canal Greenway, at Srah Tullamore on 12th of April 2018, by Mr. Michael Ring, T.D., Minister for Rural & Community Development

  • 10Apr
    OurCouncilDay ÁrLáSaChomhairle

    Today we will be using the hashtags #ourcouncilday and #ÁrLáSaChomhairle on Twitter to talk about some of the services that city and county councils provide. Tar isteach sa chomhluadar agus nocht do chuid tuairimí faoi na seirbhísí atá á sholáthar againn! Join in and talk to us about the services we are providing in your community today! You will find details of all the services Offaly County Council provides on www.offaly.ie Our services range from business supports provided by LEO to libraries for all, roads maintenance, environmental services including dog control and rehoming and many many more You can follow us on Twitter here:https://twitter.com/offalycoco or like us on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/offalycoco/ This event is being run by Offaly County Council and the communication departments in the other local authorities.

  • 24Nov
    Birr Chambers Award

    Chambers Ireland Award-Enhancing the Urban Environment. Revitalising Birr by improving the way its public realm functions.

  • 24Nov
    Birr Municipal District winners in the Enhancing the Urban Environment Award

    Well done to our colleagues in Birr Municipal District winners in the Enhancing the Urban Environment Award at the Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards for the Birr Public Realm Project, "Revitalsing" Birr by improving the way its public realm functions

  • 16Nov
    Revitalising Areas by Planning, Investment and Development (Rapid) Programme

    Call for applications from Urban Tidy Towns groups and Urban Community Playgrounds to apply to Offaly Local Community Development Committee for the The Department of Rural and Community Development RAPID capital grant programme.

  • 13Nov
    DRAFT REGISTER OF ELECTORS 2018/2019

    Notice is hereby given that the Draft Register of Electors for 2018/2019 was published on the 1st November 2017. This Draft Register of Electors can be checked at your local Post Office, Public Library, Garda Station, Courthouse or Local Authority Office.

  • 10Nov
    Significiant Investment in Offaly Library Service

    Offaly Libraries are to benefit from funding of €106,260 from the Department of Rural and Community Development and 35,420 from Offaly County Council.

  • 2Nov
  • 22Sep
    Offaly – Reaching Out and Engaging with Our Diaspora

    Offaly County Council is pleased to publish the Diaspora Strategy 2017-2020. Speaking about the Strategy, Chief Executive of Offaly County Council commented “The Strategy brings together key initiatives that will connect and engage Offaly’s global Diaspora to bring positive change and impact for Offaly and ensure that the Diaspora feel part of a shared progressive vision that benefits “bring home”. The ultimate focus of these initiatives is to capitalise on linkages and connections to create economic progression and jobs in the county”.

  • 19Jul
    RSA and Gardaí Publish Mid-Year Review of Road Safety

    A further 78 people could die on roads by end of year. Cyclist deaths have increased by 100%. Arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs have increased by 18%. The Road Safety Authority (RSA) and An Garda Síochána have today published a provisional review of road fatalities for the first half of the year.

  • 17Jul
    Lifting of Boil Water Notice - Birr, Banagher and Dunkerrin PWS

    Following advice from the Health Services Executive, Irish Water and Offaly County Council wish to notify customers that Irish Water is now in a position to remove the boil water notice from the Birr, Banagher and Dunkerrin Public Water Supplies with immediate effect.

  • 4Jul
    Water Framework Directive

    CATCHMENT SURVEYS OF THE DAINGEAN RIVER & THE SHINRONE & KILCOMIN STREAMS. Offaly County Council wish to advise of upcoming works to improve the water quality in our rivers, streams and groundwater. This work is undertaken to protect and restore our natural waters as required under the Water Framework Directive.

  • 19Jun
    Public Participation: Identification of Bathing Waters

    Local authorities must identify official bathing areas in their area every year so that they can be monitored for safety, water quality and their level of use.

  • 24Mar
    Edenderry Public Realm Enhancement Works

    Notice is hereby given that Offaly County Council proposes to carry out works to enhance the existing public realm at O’Connell Square and JKL St. Edenderry for a period of 8 (eight) weeks, from Wednesday 22nd February 2017to Friday 21st April 2017(both dates inclusive).

  • 14Oct
  • 25Feb
    April - National Spring Clean 2020

    April is the month when local Tidy Towns Groups, Residents Associations and Community Groups, as well as schools, make a concerted effort to clean up their towns and villages. In order to support this voluntary work, the Council offers litter pickers, gloves and bags free of charge as well as collecting the bags of litter when the litter pick is completed. To avail of your free National Spring Clean pack or to arrange a collection, please contact the Environment & Water Services Department on 057 9357403.