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Finance

Notice of Passing of Resolution to Vary Basic Rate of Local Property Tax

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.

National Business Conference on Climate Change set for the Midlands

The “Creating Economic and Business Opportunities from Climate Change” conference will take place in the Tullamore Court Hotel on Wednesday 9th of October. The first of its’ kind to be hosted in the Midlands, this exciting national conference explores how businesses, in addressing and responding to climate change, can realise unique economic and business opportunities. The conference is an initiative of the Regional Transition Team under the auspices of the Midlands Regional Enterprise Plan to 2020 (MREP). This conference is linked to Actions of the MREP 2020, National Adaptation Framework 2018 and the recently published, All of Government Climate Action Plan - to tackle Climate Breakdown.

Corporate Services

Draft Register of Electors 2020/2021

Offaly County Council is currently preparing the Draft Register of Electors for 2020/2021. This Register of Electors will come into effect as the Live Register of Electors on 15th February, 2020.

Road Closure R357 at Lecarrow, Shannonbridge

On Monday the 16th and Tuesday 17th September a road closure will be in place on the R357 at Lecarrow, Shannonbridge.

Offaly County Council Win Digital Information Award - Public Sector Magazine

Offaly County Council is shaping the county’s smart future with primary school children through Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) using VEX IQ Robotics. Earlier this year, Offaly County Council in partnership with the Department of Rural and Community Development and Cork Institute of Technology delivered an exciting new digital programme to 16 primary schools in the county. VEX Robotics is an exciting programme where primary school children from 5-12 years learn about STEM in an engaging way. They design, build, code and compete with their robot and it gives children as young as five years old their first opportunity to learn about engineering and robotics while having fun.

Environment

Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund 2019

Environmental Awareness - Do you have a project or initiative that could help to increase awareness of environmental issues locally, or that could help your community to become more sustainable? If so, you may qualify for financial assistance from the Local Agenda 21 (LA21) Environmental Partnership Fund 2019. This Fund promotes sustainable development by assisting small scale, non-profit environmental projects at local level.

LOCAL PROPERTY TAX (LPT) 2020-have your say

LOCAL PROPERTY TAX (LPT) 2020 - NOTICE

Corporate Services

West Offaly Power Station at Shannonbridge

The Cathaoirleach of Offaly County Council, Cllr. Peter Ormond called a special briefing meeting for members on Tuesday 23rdJuly. The objective and urgency of the meeting was to outline and brief members on the detail and implications of the decision by An Bord Pleanála to refuse planning permission for the redevelopment of West Offaly Power Station at Shannonbridge.

Corporate Services

Congratulations Shane Lowry

The Cathaoirleach, Councillor Peter Ormond, and Members of Offaly County Council extend their congratulations to Shane Lowry on his success in The (British) Open Golf Championships over the weekend. The Chief Executive on her own behalf and on behalf of the staff of Offaly County Council joined with the members in offering congratulations also.

Draft Strategic Policy Committee Scheme Public Consultation

Notice is hereby given that Offaly County Council has prepared a draft scheme for the implementation of its Strategic Policy Committee system. The membership of each SPC will consist of elected members and sectoral representatives. The Draft Scheme provides for 4 SPCs namely: 1. Housing 2. Land Use, Planning and Economic Development 3. Climate Action, Environment, Water and Transportation. 4. Community, Cultural and Emergency Services.

TULLAMORE STREET ENHANCEMENT PROJECT UPDATE JULY 2019

The Tullamore Street Enhancement Project is now nearing the end of its third stage on Bridge Street, Tullamore.

Community & Enterprise

Offaly Greenway – €2.35 Million Funding Secured

The application was secured after successful collaboration between Offaly County Council and Waterways Ireland. This project will complete the Tullamore to Daingean stretch and link Daingean to Boora with 38KM of Greenway. The facility will allow local communities to get out and enjoy all the health benefits associated with been active. In addition, activity tourism has become a major decision maker for tourists visiting Ireland, particularly walking and cycling in safe scenic areas. County Offaly and its communities stand to gain from this development, providing another reason for both domestic and international visitors to travel to the county.

Offaly Climate Change Adaptation Strategy

Offaly County Council Offaly Climate Change Adaptation Strategy 2019 - 2024

I-LOFAR Education Centre Launch

The I-LOFAR Education Centre in Birr was officially opened on 30th May 2019 by Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell. The Education Centre was funded by the Department of Rural and Community Affairs in conjunction with Offaly County Council, Trinity College Dublin and Birr Scientific & Heritage Foundation Ireland. Cathaoirleach Cllr. Danny Owens, Offaly County Council addressed the guests and his speech follows below.

Offaly County Council Local Election Results 2019  

In accordance with Local Elections Regulations 1995, declarations of the results of the poll taken on May 24th 2019 to fill 19 seats on Offaly county council and the results of counts for each of the local electoral areas of Birr, Edenderry and Tullamore have been published on the website of Offaly County Council at www.offaly.ie and are available at the Council’s offices at Áras An Chontae, Charleville Road, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

COMHAIRLE CHONTAE UÍBHE FHAILÍ OFFALY COUNTY COUNCIL NOTIFICATION OF ANNUAL MEETING

The Annual Meeting of Offaly County Council will convene on Friday, 7th June 2019 at 2.00 p.m. at which the first business of the newly elected Council will be the election of it’s Cathaoirleach. This meeting is the first meeting of the newly elected Council following the local elections held on the 24th of May 2019.

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.