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  • 18Dec
    Christmas Tree Recycling 2018

    Offaly County Council's 3 Civic Amenity Sites are accepting real Christmas trees for recycling

  • 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

  • 12Dec
    CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY ARRANGEMENTS 2018

    OFFALY COUNTY COUNCIL, ÁRAS AN CHONTAE, TULLAMORE & MUNICIPAL DISTRICTS OF TULLAMORE, BIRR & EDENDERRY. The offices will close at 4p.m. on Friday 21st December and will re-open on Monday 31st December (9.30a.m. to 4p.m.). They will be closed on Tuesday 1st January and re-open on Wednesday, 2nd January and thereafter as normal. Please call 1890 750 750 for out of office hours’ emergencies relating to Council services. To report an issue on water supply/water quality or waste water please contact Irish Water on 1890 278 278.

  • 11Dec
    Built Heritage Investment Scheme & Historic Structures Fund 2019

    Offaly County Council wishes to invite applications under the Built Heritage Investment Scheme (BHIS) 2019 and Historic Structures Fund 2019, as operated by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

  • 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.

  • 18Oct
  • 28Nov
    Yellow Weather Warning Issued for Storm Diana for Offaly - 28th Nov 2018

    The National Directorate Fire and Emergency Management has asked local authorities to activate their severe weather teams and Offaly County Council met this morning.

  • 26Nov
    Transboundary Environmental Public Consultation

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

  • 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.

  • 12Nov
    Draft Budget 2019 - Offaly County Council

    Draft Budget 2019 - Offaly County Council

  • 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.

  • 22Oct
    Winter Maintenance Plan 2018-2019

    The purpose of this document is to identify the processes, procedures and key personnel employed by Offaly County Council, to deliver the winter service operation for County Offaly.

  • 18Oct
    Jobs in Offaly County Council

    Current Jobs advertised in Offaly County Council.

  • 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 2019)

    LOCAL PROPERTY TAX (LPT) 2019 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 17th September 2018 to consider the setting of a local adjustment factor for 2019. 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/PI2017 Submissions must be received by 30th August 2018 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, 13th July 2018

  • 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
    Housing Options

    Information Booklet for social housing supports

  • 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....

  • 18Apr
    Emergency Road Closure - Cloghan Junction

    Offaly County Council gives notice in accordance with Section 75 of the Roads Act, 1993 that it will close: • The R357 from the Crossroads (R437) to its junction with the N62 in Cloghan from Thursday 19 April @ 10pm to midnight. • The R357 from the Moystown Cross to its junction with the N62 in Cloghan from Friday 20 April @ 1am to 3am.

  • 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.

  • 5Mar
    PLEASE SLOW DOWN Monday March 5th

    Driving conditions remain poor this morning so PLEASE SLOW DOWN and stay a safe distance from the car in front of you. Pictures below are of some roads throughout the county this morning. As you can fog is very dense furthering hampering driving conditions. Take your time and arrive safely. • Remember that there may still be snow and ice lingering in sheltered spots and on bends and corners. • Be aware of the risk of thawing ice and slush build up at road sides. Visibility will be reduced as spray from vehicles is thrown onto the windscreen of your vehicle. Keep an extra distance from the vehicle in front, especially goods vehicles, and ensure that your windshield washer is full. Keep your lights clear of grime and dirt. • Slow down as there may also be localised flooding as the thaw starts and this will increase the risk of aquaplaning. Use dipped headlights so you can be seen by other motorists. • Road surfaces may be damaged after the freeze / thaw action of the frost and ice. Motorists, especially cyclists and motorcyclists are advised to watch carefully for such hazards. • Motorists are asked to allow extra distance when passing cyclists and motorcyclists as they may have to take evasive action to avoid a hazard such as black ice or a pot-hole. • Road users, especially pedestrians and cyclists should be aware of overhead hazards. Melting snow and ice falling from buildings and trees pose a serious risk. Be aware of what’s happening above you and stay clear from the edges of buildings. • Pedestrians should avoid walking in the streets at all costs if possible. Remember, cars and trucks slip and slide too. • Pedestrians and cyclists need to be seen while out using the roads wear high visibility clothing, an armband, Sam Browne belt or a high visibility vest. As more roads become passable we will update. Thank you for heeding all safety advice so far

  • 14Feb
    Municipal District of Tullamore Community Grants Scheme 2018

    Fully completed applications must be submitted on the official Application Form to the offices of Municipal District of Tullamore, Town Hall, Cormac St., Tullamore by 4.00pm on 2nd March, 2018.

  • 1Dec
    Adopted Budget 2018

    Offaly County Council's Budget 2018 was adopted on 20th November 2017 and is available for viewing.

  • 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
    Community Grants 2017

    Applications for community grants are invited from Community and Voluntary ‘Not for Profit’ groups, within the Municipal District of Tullamore, and which rely predominantly on fund raising and donations to operate.

  • 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