Offaly County Council wishes to advise that the following Public Offices will re- open public counters on Thursday 5th August 2021 from 9.30 am to 1.00 pm Monday to Friday:

Áras an Chontae, Charleville Road, Tullamore

Tullamore Tullamore Municipal District Offices

The Public Offices listed below will open as follows:

** Edenderry Municipal District Offices (Tuesday-Thursday each week from 9.30 am to 1.00 pm only)

** Birr Municipal District Offices (Tuesday-Thursday each week from 9.30 am to 1pm only)

At Áras an Chontae, Tullamore, counter services for Planning, Roads, the Local Enterprise Office, Community & Culture, Corporate Services, Water Services and Environment will be available by APPOINTMENT MADE IN ADVANCE only.

Where possible the public should continue to access our services by phone, email, online or by appointment. Please read for latest information and measures in place.

News

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).

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;

Proposed Development

Proposal to Extend the Existing Kilreaghan Cemetery at Kincora, Ferbane, By Offaly County Council

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.

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.

Motorcyclists reminded to ‘ease off the throttle’ as speeding a factor in half of motorcy...

• 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

Roads

Multi-Party Framework Agreement for Road Signs & Ancillaries (Supply Only) Public Service...

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.

Notice of Annual Audit - Offaly County Council - April 2019

Notice of Annual Audit - Offaly County Council - April 2019

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.

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.

Public Information Meeting for Tullamore proposed Part 8 Planning Monday the 1st April Tu...

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.

Planting for our Planet - Play your part and help combat climate change during National T...

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.

Jobs in Offaly County Council

Current Jobs advertised in Offaly County Council.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Shaping Offaly’s Smart Future with Primary School children through Science, Technology, E...

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.