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Offaly County Council- Covid 19 Public Notice - Services to the Public UPDATE 27th March ...

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

Offaly County Council- Covid 19 Impact on Rate Payers UPDATE Thursday 26th March 1pm

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.

Offaly County Council- Covid 19 Public Notice- Services to the Public UPDATE March 25th 2...

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.

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.

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.’

Offaly County Council- Covid 19 Public Notice- Recycling Centres Birr, Edenderry and Tull...

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

Offaly County Council- Covid 19 Public Notice- Services to the Public UPDATE March 16th 2...

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.

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…/…

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

Offaly County Council- Covid 19- Public Notice- Services to the Public UPDATE March 12th ...

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

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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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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/

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/

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/