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Boil Water Notice remains in place for customers supplied by Dunkerrin Public Water Schem...

25 September 2020 - Irish Water and Offaly County Council would like to remind customers supplied by Dunkerrin Public Water Scheme that the Boil Water Notice issued on Tuesday 22 September remains in place until further notice to protect public health. Following consultation with the Health Service Executive (HSE), Irish Water and Offaly County Council issued the Boil Water Notice as a precaution to protect approximately 1,200 customers following a mechanical failure at the water treatment plant that resulted in the disinfection process being compromised. Customers in Dunkerrin, Lisryan and surrounding areas are advised to boil water before use until further notice. Moneygall Village is on a separate supply and is not impacted by this notice. Please view the attached map for more information on the areas affected.

Public Alert: Boil Water Notice: Dunkerrin Public Water Scheme: Effective Date:22nd Septe...

Irish Water and Offaly County Council Obair i gcomhpháirtíocht: Working in partnership Dunkerrin Public Water Scheme Effective Date of Boil Water Notice: 22nd September 2020

Emergency Road Closure Birr to Roscrea Road (N62) at Boveen to Glasderry More from Monda...

Offaly County Council are currently undertaking roadworks on the Birr to Roscrea Road (N62) at Boveen to Glasderry More townlands. In order to complete the remaining surfacing works in a safe manner, Offaly County Council has to close the road temporarily on an emergency basis. It is expected that the temporary road closure will last for approximately a week. Resulting from the temporary / emergency road closure, the diversion details for traffic is as follows: ALTERNATIVE ROUTES ARE AS FOLLOWS: Northbound Diversion Route: Divert off N62 Templemore Road Roundabout, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary onto R445 Divert off R445 Limerick Road Roundabout, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary onto R421 Divert off R421 onto R491 to Shinrone, Co. Offaly Divert off R491 onto R492 to Sharavogue, Co. Offaly Divert back onto N62 to continue travelling North. Southbound Diversion Route: Divert off N62 Sharavogue Crossroads Co. Offaly onto R492 to Shinrone, Co. Offaly. Divert off R492 at Shinrone, Co. Offaly onto R491 to Roscrea, Co. Tipperary. Divert off R491 onto R492 to Limerick Road Roundabout, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary. Divert off R492 onto R445 to Templemore Road Roundabout, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary Divert back onto N62 to continue travelling South. Traffic which would normally use the N62 at this location, is to be diverted in Roscrea. Vehicular access will be available for the local residents / landowners via detour, but access from south of Sharavogue to Boveen / Glasderry More will not be available. Offaly County Council regrets any inconvenience to road users, but the Emergency Closure is necessary to facilitate final road surfacing works at this location.

Enterprise & Business Services

Shopfront Enhancement Grant Scheme 2020

Offaly County Council has extended the Shopfront Enhancement Grant Scheme for 2020 as a result of additional funding secured under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme – Accelerated Measure in Response to Covid-19.

Town and Village Renewal Funding Grants Offaly Round 2

The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, has today announced details of the projects that have been approved for funding under the second round of the enhanced Town and Village Renewal Scheme that supports towns and villages to respond and adapt to COVID-19. The focus of the funding is on measures and interventions that help towns and villages to adapt to social distancing requirements and to provide safe environments that encourage people into towns and villages to shop and socialise. Offaly County Council were successful with all 6 applications for Round 2 which were as follows

Press Release Meeting with Minister Eamon Ryan, 11th September, 2020

Press Release Meeting with Minister Eamon Ryan, 11th September, 2020 A delegation from Offaly County Council met with the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment, Eamon Ryan, T.D., this morning, remotely. The delegation comprised Cllr. John Carroll, Cathaoirleach, Cllr. Eamon Dooley, Leas-Cathaoirleach, and Anna Marie Delaney, Chief Executive, Offaly County Council. Minister of State, Pippa Hackett and officials from the Minister’s Department also joined the meeting.

Birr MD - Road Closure

Tuesday 15th September to Wednesday 16th September 2020: R490 at Cullenwaine, Moneygall

Strategic Housing Development - Residential Development at Clonminch Road (R443), Clonmin...

Strategic Housing Developments lodged with An Bord Pleanála (ABP) in accordance with the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016. Residential Development at Clonminch Road (R443), Clonminch and Gayfield, Tullamore, Co. Offaly. Steinfort Investments Fund Date Application Lodged: 7th August 2020 ABP Reference: ABP-307832-20

Press Release Meeting with Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly Thursday August 20th 4pm

A delegation from Offaly County Council met with the Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly T.D. this morning. The delegation comprised of Cllr John Carroll, Cathaoirleach Offaly County Council, and the Cathaoirleach and Leas-Cathaoirleach of Edenderry, Birr and Tullamore Municipal District; Cllr John Foley, Cllr Liam Quinn, Cllr John Leahy, Cllr Peter Ormond, Cllr Danny Owens, and Cllr Tony McCormack. The Chief Executive, Anna Marie Delaney also attended the meeting. The meeting was a very productive one, with the Minister opening the meeting by thanking all the Members for attending. Each Member in turn outlined their concerns and those of their fellow members in relation to the restrictions that were implemented in Offaly on Friday 7th August 2020. The Minister listened attentively to all of the concerns expressed, and thanked the Members for their feedback on the restrictions and their effects on the citizens of Offaly. He acknowledged the difficulties in imposing these restrictions but stated that the urgency was necessary in the control of Covid-19. He listened and responded to the Members questions where possible and agreed that his Department would revert with responses to all questions raised. He committed to circulating the most recent figures available for the county from the National Public Health Emergency Team immediately. He advised that he had issued instructions that the three counties, Offaly, Laois and Kildare would be considered separately to determine when the restrictions would be lifted. He advised that he would seek to have the restrictions lifted as soon as practicable having regard to the public health measures necessary. He advised that his Department would be communicating with the Elected Members in relation to any future issues. In his closing statement the Minister thanked the people of Offaly for their forbearance during the last two weeks, he noted that it was only through the efforts of all the citizens pulling together that this virus would be beaten. He noted that through their efforts they had saved lives across the county of Offaly over the past two weeks.

Taking in Charge - 5 Estates in Offaly

Offaly County Council proposes to take in charge the following estates; - Armstrong Grove, Clara - Downshire Developments, Edenderry - Granary Court, Edenderry - The Hazel, Tullamore - The Elms, Tullamore

Road works on R420 at Coleraine (Tullamore-Clara).

Tue Aug 18 Road works on R420 at Coleraine (Tullamore-Clara). Expect delays. Offaly County Council regrets inconvenience to road users.

Press Release: August 14th 10pm: Cathaoirleach and Members of Offaly County Council welco...

The Cathaoirleach and Members of Offaly County Council welcome the package of supports announced by An Tánaiste Leo Varadkar T.D., Minister Michael McGrath T.D, and Minister Catherine Martin T.D this evening.

Government Announces Package for Businesses in Kildare, Laois & Offaly

Topped up Restart Grant Plus Affected Counties will be prioritised for existing grants, loans & vouchers Funding to promote counties

Turraun to Shannon Harbour Link Greenway - Notice of advertising of Part 8 for developmen...

Offaly County Council has put Part 8 Documentation on Public Display for the Greenway Link from Turraun (junction with Offaly Way), to Griffith Bridge, Shannon Harbour. The route tracks the southern towpath all the way to Griffith Bridge, Shannon Harbour. Submissions can be made in writing to Planning Section, of Offaly County Council, Áras an Chontae, Charleville Road, Tullamore, Co. Offaly OR alternatively, email submissions can be sent to greenwaysubs@offalycoco.ie on or before 25th of September 2020.

Planning

OFFALY COUNTY COUNCIL SUPPORTS SOCIAL DISTANCING MEASURES FOR TOWN CENTRE BUSINESSES

Town Centre businesses using outdoor furniture are required to apply annually for a Licence to do so under Planning legislation and a fee is involved. The Covid 19 pandemic has given rise to greater use of outdoor street furniture for food consumption outside of food establishments. There is significant interest in providing street furniture in all parts of County Offaly including smaller villages because of social distancing requirements and a general awareness of the commercial benefits of attracting footfall and creating ambience.

Offaly Sports Partnership COVID-19 Club Small Grant Scheme

Sports clubs in Offaly can now apply for COVID-19 Club Small Grants of up to €1,500 through Offaly Sports Partnership. The COVID-19 Club Small Grant Scheme is part of a series of COVID-19 related funding schemes from Sport Ireland, following the announcement of €70 million of funding by the Government to support the sports sector in response to the Covid-19 crisis. The COVID-19 Club Small Grant Scheme will be implemented by Sport Ireland’s network of Local Sports Partnerships and will provide assistance to local clubs with covering costs associated with the reopening of sports clubs. This scheme is separate to the Sports Club Resilience Fund, which will be delivered through National Governing Bodies. This scheme is designed to support sports clubs that do not have the finances to implement COVID-19 related hygiene and social distancing protocols. The COVID-19 Club Small Grants can be used to support COVID-19 related expenditure dating from 2nd May 2020 onwards (Date of publication of Government roadmap to recovery). As the total fund available is limited, clubs which already have the finances to implement COVID-19 protocols should not apply. This grant scheme is designed and intended to support return to sporting activities only and cannot be used to support COVID-19 costs related to hospitality services such as bars or restaurants within sports facilities. The scheme will be based on identified needs. Offaly Sports Partnership and Sport Ireland will work together to ensure that the investment is distributed fairly and every effort will be made to ensure that the wider sports community benefits from this scheme. There is a €1,500 limit per club on this grant scheme however applications will be means tested and only clubs with the most need will be eligible for the full amount. Clubs should not feel that they have to apply for the full amount to be considered for support. Speaking regarding the launch of the COVID-19 Club Small Grant Scheme, LSP Coordinator with Offaly Sports Partnership, Eamonn Henry, said “Offaly Sports Partnership welcomes the announcement of financial support for sports clubs across Ireland and encourages all sports clubs in Offaly to assess their need for financial support towards COVID-19 related hygiene and social distancing protocols.” Clubs are advised to contact Offaly Sports Partnership at sports@offalycoco.ie for further information on this scheme. Please note: - · only one application can be submitted per sport club · applications to Offaly Sports Partnership are only applicable to clubs based within Offaly · funding applications must be submitted prior to Wednesday, 2nd September via the application form link on Offaly Sports Partnership’s website at www.offalysports.ie. · clubs must ensure that, where available, they prioritise the application for funding support via their National Governing Body or relevant representative body. Funding support for the same purpose should not be sought from multiple sources For further information, contact Eamonn Henry, Coordinator, Offaly Sports Partnership on 086 7948054 or by email to sports@offalycoco.ie

Restart Grant PLUS Offaly online application now open

Restart Grant Plus will help businesses reopen - Tánaiste Up to €25,000 available to help businesses re-open, get people back to work Monday, 10th August The Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar T.D. today opened applications to the Restart Grant Plus Scheme, which gives grants to businesses to help them reopen. The Restart Grant Plus is a key part of the government’s July Stimulus package, a €7.4bn package of measures designed to stimulate a jobs-led recovery and build economic confidence while continuing to manage the impact of Covid-19. Speaking today, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said: “We must do everything we can to help businesses reopen and get people back to work. We are increasing the Restart Grant Plus, which means that small and medium sized businesses can now get between €4,000 and €25,000 to help them get back on their feet after what has been an exceptionally difficult time. “Hairdressers, sports clubs, cafes, restaurants and several other businesses can use this money to help with the costs associated with re-opening and adapting to what is a very different environment. This is just one of several actions the Government is taking as part of the July Stimulus to help businesses.” Key changes to the Restart Grant Plus Scheme: • €300m additional funding in addition to €250m previously committed • Grant amount has increased substantially. Minimum grant is now €4,000 and maximum is €25,000. Previous grant amounts were €2,000 and €10,000 respectively • Medium sized companies now eligible Companies with up to 250 employees can now apply (previously the grant was for companies with less than 50 employees) • Increased eligibility Non-rateable B&Bs, sports clubs with commercial activities and trading charity shops are now eligible Businesses that received a grant under the first scheme can re-apply to local authorities to receive additional funding. For first-time applicants under Restart Plus, the minimum grant is €4,000 and the maximum is €25,000.

Offaly County Council Opening Hours from Monday 10th August

Offaly County Council wishes to advise that the following Public Offices remain open from 9.30 am to 1.00 pm Monday to Friday subject to change. -Áras an Chontae, Tullamore -Birr Municipal District Offices -Tullamore Municipal District Offices -Edenderry Municipal District Offices Customers visiting our buildings are requested to wear face coverings, which are mandatory from Monday 10th August.

Have Your Say on Offaly’s Draft County Development Plan 2021-2027

A County Development Plan is the overall strategy for the proper planning and sustainable development of the county over a 6-year period. The Plan includes policies, objectives and zoning maps. It has the potential to directly impact on the quality of life of every single person in Offaly. It is a material consideration in making decisions on planning applications. The draft Offaly County Development Plan 2021-2027 is now available for public inspection on www.offaly.ie/cdp2021-2027. Submissions can be made on the draft until 4pm Wednesday 7th October 2020 in one of two ways. They can be made either online at the above web-address or in writing to the Forward Planning Section of Offaly County Council. All submissions or observations received during the above time period will be taken into consideration before a final County Development Plan 2021-2021 is agreed by the County Council