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  • 18Oct
    Road Closure The Square Clara: Scream in the Square

    Offaly County Council gives notice of its decision to close, temporarily the following roads in accordance with Section 75 of the Roads Act 1993 (S.I. 197 of 1993) and the Roads Regulation 1994: L-6014-3 Kilbride Road from the Square to St Brigid’s Parish Church, Clara L-6023-1 from the Square to the Junction with Chapel Lane, Clara The road will be closed from 17:00 hrs to 20:30 hrs on Thursday 31st October 2019. The road closure is necessary to facilitate the “Scare in the Square” community run event for children. Diversions will be in place.

  • 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.

  • 28Aug
    Culture Night 2019

    Wrap up in Culture on Friday September 20th, as venues and public spaces across Offaly open their doors to host a programme of FREE entertainment for Culture Night 2019 – an island-wide celebration of arts, heritage and culture.

    Now in its ninth year, Culture Night Offaly brings you another exciting and diverse programme with a great night out for you, your friends and all the family.

    Download full programme here

  • 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 Adaption Strategy

    Notice is hereby given that Offaly County Council has prepared a draft Local Authority Climate Change Adaptation Strategy in accordance with the provisions of The Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act 2015 and the National Adaptation Framework (NAF), 2018.

  • 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.

  • 11Apr
    Draft Traveller Accommodation Programme 2019-2024

    Notice of Proposed Adoption and Publication of a Draft Traveller Accommodation Programme 2019-2024 In accordance with Section 9 of the Housing (Traveller Accommodation) Act, 1998, Offaly County Council, being the relevant Housing Authority specified under the 1998 Act, proposes to adopt a Traveller Accommodation Programme for five years for the functional area of Offaly County Council.

  • 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 Deposit of Rate Book for inspection and of intention to make a rate

    Notice is hereby given that Offaly County Council is about to make a County Rate on the property rateable thereto in the above named County Health District of Offaly. The annual rate on valuation (ARV - formerly Rate in the pound) for the ordinary expenditure of Offaly County Council for service of the year ending on 31st December, 2019 is €0.2198.

  • 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. ...

  • 18Apr
    Repair & Leasing Scheme (RLS)

    Loan Scheme for repair of vacant houses and 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....

  • 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