The Government has agreed that Level 5 as set out in the Plan for Living with COVID-19 will apply nationally until April 5th 2021. The Government has clearly stated that there is an absolute need to minimise the level of mobility and congregation of people in order to reduce all opportunities for transmission of the virus.

Consequently, and in line with current public health guidance, the Offices of Offaly County Council are closed for walk-in services to support this reduced mobility policy.

Public access cannot be facilitated during LEVEL 5 restrictions. Therefore, Offaly County Council services will be available by telephone, email, online post and only where absolutely necessary and in exceptional circumstances by appointment. Please read latest information.

News

Outdoor Seating and Accessories Scheme

The Outdoor Seating and Accessories for Tourism and Hospitality Business’ scheme focuses on providing a level of financial support to tourism and hospitality businesses in our town centres. This scheme is for the purchase or upgrade of additional outdoor equipment and, therefore, increase the outdoor dining capacity for the summer of 2021. This scheme will financially assist and support independent tourism and hospitality business owners to create outdoor dining experiences in a regulated and accessible manner. Funding under the scheme is only available to existing businesses. All applicants will be required to comply with planning codes, legislative requirements and other compliance requirements.

Cathaoirleach plants the First Tree of Hope

Cathaoirleach John Carroll planting a Lime tree in the Camcor Park on Monday 12 April – this marks an initiative by the Councillors of Offaly County Council to provide a tree for communities in every town and village to mark hope after the pandemic and as a positive step towards tackling climate change and biodiversity loss.

Funding of over €3.4m announced for Offaly under the Active Travel Scheme Press Release M...

The National Transport Authority has today (Monday 29th March) announced details of the projects that have been approved funding under the Active Travel Scheme. A total of €3,439,000 was secured for County Offaly.

HSE Covid-19 Walk in Clinic in Tullamore extends to those living 15K from the centre fro...

The walk-in/drive testing centre located at Tullamore Leisure Centre (Aura) Portarlington Road, opened on Thursday last, for one week until March 31 at from 11am to 7pm each day. The HSE local Community Healthcare Organisation (CHO) working with the National Ambulance Service aim to carry out 300-500 Covid-19 tests per day

Enterprise & Business Services

Shopfront Enhancement Grant Scheme 2021

Offaly County Council has extended the Shopfront Enhancement Grant Scheme for 2021 as a result of funding secured under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme – Accelerated Measure in Response to Covid-19. The maximum Grant permitted is 50% of costs (vat exclusive) with a maximum grant payment of €2,000. The Scheme is open for applications from businesses/retail premises in all towns and villages in Offaly, excluding Tullamore Town. Tullamore has a population >10,000 which excludes it from Town and Village Renewal funding. It is a condition of the scheme that all approved works should be completed by 31st July 2021. The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 12.00 noon on Thursday 22nd April 2021.

HSE Covid-19 Walk in Clinic to open in Tullamore

The first walk-in testing centre will open in Tullamore, at Tullamore Leisure Centre (Aura) Portarlington Road, this Thursday March 25 for one week until March 31 at from 11am to 7pm each day.

A joint message from HSE, Offaly County Council and An Gárda Síochána

March 23rd 2021 The HSE, Offaly County Council and An Gárda Síochána would like to thank the population of Offaly for the tremendous efforts so many of you have made in preventing COVID-19, including adhering to level 5 restrictions and staying safe at home. At different times in the past year we have successfully as a community suppressed the illness and kept our rates low. Currently however, we are experiencing high rates of COVID-19 infection in comparison to other counties.

Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme funding announcement for Offaly.

Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys T.D., has announced a €500,000 grant for Kinnitty and the surrounding hinterland of West Offaly with significant match funding of €275,300 from Offaly County Council.

Public Notice / Press Release – March 22nd 2021

Offaly County Council would like to acknowledge the enormous effort that the entire County has put into driving down the rate of Covid infection. We have successfully reduced the pressure on our health service, and we are moving in the right direction, but we are at a crossroads. Infection rates remain relatively high in Offaly.

Celebrate World Water Day by doing a Mini Walk for Water at home

To mark World Water Day on Monday 22 March, Irish Water and Green-Schools Ireland are inviting students and their families in Offaly to celebrate the value of water by doing their own Mini Walk for Water at home.

NATIONAL SPRING CLEAN

Offaly County Council is encouraging the public to ADOPT A KILOMETRE for National Spring Clean during the month of April.

Offaly County Council Mother and Baby Homes Statement

An Cathaoirleach of Offaly County Council, Cllr. John Carroll, today issued a statement on behalf of Offaly County Council, in relation to Mother and Baby Homes, the text of the statement is below for your information.

Press Release 11 March 2021 - Dog Control During Lambing Season

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue T.D., relaunched a Department of Agriculture advertisement, reminding dog owners that sheep worrying by dogs remains as big an issue as ever, particularly during lambing season.

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 2021 is €0.2198

Applications open today for businesses ineligible for CRSS & other sector specific grants...

Thursday, March 11, 2021 The Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar TD today (Thursday, 11th March) opened applications for the €60m Small Business Assistance Scheme for Covid (SBASC).

Revitalising the Midlands - O’Brien and Burke announce €25.8 million for Regeneration Pr...

The Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien TD, and the Minister of State with responsibility for Local Government and Planning, Peter Burke TD, today announced €25.8 million in funding for four regeneration projects in Laois, Longford, Offaly and Westmeath. The projects are being funded under ‘Call 2’ of the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund (URDF). The URDF part-funds projects aimed at enhancing urban areas to make them more attractive places in which to live, work, visit and invest.

Cómhrá Am Lóin i rith Seachtain Na Gaeilge

8 - 12 Márta 2021 8 – 12 March 2021 PREASRÁITEAS: Tá Comhairle Chontae Uíbh Fháilí áthasach ‘Cómhrá Am Lóin’ le Cathaoirleach, Clr John Carroll, a fhógair, sraith chómhráite ag am lóin as Gaeilge mar pháirt de chlár Leabharlainne Uíbh Fháilí ar líne do Sheachtain na Gaeilge. Deir Príomhfheidhmeannach Chomhairle Contae Uíbh Fháilí, Anna-Marie Delaney, “Cuirim fáilte roimh an imeacht iontach seo i gclár bríomhar Leabharlann Uíbh Fháilí do Sheachtain na Gaeilge, mar tugann na cómhráite seo deis dúinn an Ghaeilge a chothú agus a thacú”. Beidh na cómhráite seo ag tarlú gach lá ag 1.00 i.n. ó Dé Luain, 8 Márta go dtí Dé hAoine, 12 Márta, agus pléifear ábhair éagsúla, ó chuimhní ar bhua stairiúil Uíbh Fháilí i gCraobh Iomána na hÉireann i 1981 go Gaeilge sa chóras Oideachais agus Gaeilge mar theanga bheo. Beidh ré na chómhráite 30-40 nóiméid gach lá, agus tá ticéidí le fáil ar Eventbrite.

Transboundary Environmental Public Consultation

Notice of Planning Application for proposed Wylfa Newydd Nuclear Power Plant, Anglesey, North Wales, United Kingdom ***UPDATE 15TH FEBRUARY 2021*** On 27th January 2021, the Planning Inspectorate informed the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage that the application made by Horizon Nuclear Power for the proposed Wylfa Newydd Nuclear Power Station has been withdrawn.

Offaly County Council asks MEPs and Oireachtas members for Fairness in Transition Press ...

The Cathaoirleach of Offaly County Council, Cllr. John Carroll, and members of the Corporate Policy Group, Cllrs. Dooley, Leahy, Owens and Quinn met with MEPs from the South Constituency and Laois Offaly Oireachtas members last Monday 15th February to call for fairness in the approach to be taken to the EU Just Transition programme and fund. The virtual meeting was attended by Minister Pippa Hackett, Deputies Barry Cowen, Carol Nolan, Charlie Flanagan and Brian Stanley and MEPs Billy Kelleher, Grace O’ Sullivan and Deirdre Clune.

Press Release 10/2/2021

Met Éireann has issued a yellow snow / ice warning for a number of Counties including Offaly. A band of sleet and snow spreading north-eastwards during Thursday giving snow accumulations of up to 5cm in some areas (higher over the mountains), but transitioning to rain in the west and south on Thursday night. The expected onset is on Thursday 11/2/2021 at 8am and expires Friday 12/2/2021 at 8am.