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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/

Press Release Emergency Meeting Birr Municipal District February 27th 7pm

Press release 27th February, 2020 Emergency meeting of Municipal District of Birr in relation to Flooding At an emergency meeting of the Municipal District of Birr held on Tuesday 25th February, 2020 to discuss the current flooding situation the Members present expressed their concerns in relation to the number of areas that are flooded at present and the unfortunate people that are caught up in the crisis. The Members explored the measures that could be followed to try and alleviate the problem and for an action plan to be put in place to seek funding to carry out works if feasible to ensure that the problems do not reoccur in the future. They agreed to explore the following: • Identify and compile a register of recurring flooding areas and submit same to the Department as a matter of urgency to seek emergency funding to implement measures if feasible to try and prevent or reduce future flooding. • Carry out an assessment of damage caused to roads and bridges from the flooding and seek additional funding from the Department for rehabilitation of same. • Assess the proposals for the rehabilitation of the Bord Na Mona bogs to identify if this will cause any further problems, and to explore if there could be a funding stream available through this process to try and mitigate future flooding events.​

Press Release Thursday 27th February - 1pm

Offaly County Council continues to monitoring 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 are currently impacted: 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 regret 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 (Hor-hay) which will extend across the Country during Saturday morning and persist through the rest of the day and into the night. Southwest veering westerly winds of mean speeds 50 to 65km/h with gusts of 90 to 110km/h expected. 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/

Press Release Wednesday 26th February 12pm

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 are currently impacted: 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 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 regret any inconvenience caused by these essential closures. 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 Tuesday 25th February 2020 1pm

Offaly County Council continues to monitor river levels in the County. We are prepared for the deployment of defence measures if required should levels continue to rise over the week. Our crews will respond to localised flooding as required. The following roads are currently impacted: Botley Lane, Portarlington L50151 is flooded and closed to traffic; local diversions have been put in place. The Shannon Harbour to Banagher Road L7014-1 is flooded and closed to traffic; The Pollagh to Derrynagun Road L7020-6 is flooded and closed to traffic; Offaly County Council regret any inconvenience caused by these essential closures. Wintry showers, mainly of hail and sleet, will become increasingly widespread during the day leading to icy patches. Some snow accumulations will also occur. Please take a minute to check out our Winter Maintenance Plan at https://www.offaly.ie/eng/Services/Roads/Winter-Maintenance/Winter-Maintenance-Plan-2019-20201.pdf . Please also see maps below of the routes which may be treated according to the Plan. 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 Monday 24th February 2pm

Offaly County Council is monitoring river levels in the County with regard to the current spell of unsettled weather and significant periods of rainfall. We will continue to monitor river levels and to prepare for the deployment of defence measures if required should levels continue to rise over the week. Our crews will respond to localised flooding as required. The L50151 Botley Lane, Portarlington is flooded and closed to traffic; local diversions have been put in place. The L7014 Shannon Harbour to Banagher Road is also flooded and closed to traffic. Offaly County Council regret any inconvenience caused by these essential closures.

Press Release Friday 21st February 1.30pm

Offaly County Council is monitoring river levels in the County with regard to the current spell of unsettled weather and the forecast period of rainfall. We will continue to monitor river levels and to prepare for the deployment of defense measures if required should levels continue to rise over the week. Our crews will respond to localised flooding as required #YourCouncil Boost

Press Release Offaly County Council Statement on Marian Hostel Tullamore February 20th

On 18th February, Offaly County Council received communications from the Department of Justice and Equality regarding the signing of a contract for the provision of an accommodation centre for applicants for international protection at the former Marian Hostel Centre in Tullamore, County Offaly. Following same, a meeting took place on the 20th February at the office of Offaly County Council. The meeting was attended by the Members of Tullamore Municipal District and Senior Management together with representatives from the Department of Justice and Equality, the HSE, the Education and Welfare Service of Tusla and the Department of Education. Representatives from Bridgestock Care Ltd, the company who own the Centre and have been contracted to manage same, were also in attendance. The meeting provided an opportunity for the exchange of information with regard to the proposal. Members expressed their serious concerns in relation to a number of issues, particularly in relation to the lack of information and engagement in advance of the announcement. Discussions centred around the location and extent of facilities to be provided and also arrangements for support services in terms of health, education and integration. Details were also discussed in relation to the number of persons to be accommodated, the commencement of the arrival process, phasing and management arrangements. These concerns and queries were made from both a local perspective and also with due regard for asylum seekers who will be placed in the centre. It was noted that the asylum seekers will be welcomed to Tullamore and that every effort will be made to assist in their settling and integration in the town. However, the Members dissatisfaction with regard to engagement and information in advance of the announcement was re-iterated. As Offaly County Council do not have a function in relation to this matter, it was noted that all queries can be addressed to the Press Office of the Department of Justice at pressoffice@justice.ie

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Primary Schools in the county compete in Offaly VEX Robotics Championships 2020

The finals of the 2020 Offaly VEX Robotics Primary School Competition took place on Friday 31st January in Coláiste Choilm Tullamore, with 450 students from across the county bringing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) skills to life by designing, building and programming robots to play against other schools. The Offaly competition has grown significantly since it started 12 months ago and we now have 28 primary schools participating in the competition with students from every corner of the county represented.

Town and Village Renewal Scheme 2020

Call for Expressions of Interest Offaly County Council is seeking ideas in respect of projects which physically improve and / or increase the economic potential of towns and villages, in anticipation of the launch of the Town and Village Renewal Scheme 2020. We are asking community groups across the county to bring forward details of any project which the Council could consider for submission to the Department of Rural and Community Development.

Are you registered to vote?

Register of Electors - Are you on the register? You can check today via www.checktheregister.ie Postal – Special Voters Supplement: The closing date for the Supplement to the Postal Voters and Special Voters Lists is this Thursday 16th January 2020. Supplement Closing Date: The closing date for the Supplement to the Register of Electors is Wednesday 22nd January 2020. To apply to be included in the Supplement please download the form available in Irish or English available at https://www.offaly.ie/eng/Services/Corporate-Services/Register-of-Electors/Supplement-to-the-Register/, have it signed at a Garda Station and send to: Register of Electors Corporate Services Offaly County Council Áras an Chontae Charleville Road Tullamore Co. Offaly R35 F893

Press Release Storm Brendan Review: Offaly County Council 10 am 14/01/2020

Offaly County Council crews dealt with a number of trees and poles throughout the county yesterday which fell on public roads as a result of Storm Brendan. All events have been successfully resolved and we thank the public for their assistance in notifying us of these and also abiding by the advice to avoid unnecessary travel during the period of the storm. A useful guide for preparing for dealing with the particular challenges that winter can present is available at https://www.winterready.ie/en and it details a number of practical and useful tips for being #winterready

Notice: Edenderry Civic Amenity Site Closed 13 January 2020

Edenderry Civic Amenity Site has closed due to strong winds as a result of Storm Brendan and will re-open as normal tomorrow.

Notice: 13 January 2020 Derryclure Waste Facility Closed

Due to high winds as a result of Storm Brendan, Derryclure Waste Facility has closed and will re-open as normal tomorrow from 8am.

Storm Brendan Weather Alert: Offaly County Council: 13/01/2020: 11am

Storm Brendan Weather Alert: Offaly County Council: 13/01/2020: 11am A meeting took place this morning of Offaly County Council’s Severe Weather Assessment Team to prepare for the possible impact of Storm Brendan. A status Orange weather warning is in in place for Offaly from Monday 13th January 3rd at 08.00am to Monday 13th January 03.00pm. This is subject to change and we ask people to check Met Eireann at https://www.met.ie/warnings/offaly for updates. The main message as of now is to stay safe and don’t take unnecessary risks. Members of the public are urged to be vigilant during the period of the warning and watch out for fallen trees or other debris. Check out the https://www.rsa.ie/RSA/Road-Safety/Campaigns/Current-road-safety-campaigns/Severe-Weather-Advice/ for advice on driving in adverse weather conditions The main contact number for emergencies is 0579346800 and our out of hours/emergency number is 1890 750 750