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

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.

Public Access to Planning Services

In person telephone services are currently restricted due to Covid 19 risk reduction measures, please use the voicemail service using 057 9357414 and a member of the Planning Team will return your call as soon as possible. Alternatively please use the email address planning@offalycoco.ie for current communications to Offaly County Council Planning Department services.

Minister Humphreys and Fáilte Ireland announce €3.2 million in funding for outdoor recrea...

From Department of Rural and Community Development •173 projects across the country to benefit under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme •Funding to develop country’s trails, walkways, cycleways and blueways •Minister Humphreys secures 20% increase in funding for outdoor projects compared to 2020

Tullamore: 4th out of 37 towns / cities surveyed- Cleaner than European Norms – IBAL Ant...

Another superb result for Tullamore, placing it among only 4 towns in the country to achieve ‘Cleaner than European Norms’ status. Six out of the ten sites surveyed received the top litter grade and there were no seriously littered sites. Top-ranking sites included Market Square, the waterside environment at Bury Quay and Lloyd Town Park – the latter was exceptionally well presented and maintained, a wonderful town park environment.

Planning

Built Heritage Investment Scheme & Historic Structures Fund 2021

Offaly County Council wishes to invite applications under the Built Heritage Investment Scheme (BHIS) for 2021, as operated by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage. Please be advised that the deadline for receipt of applications has been extended to 3pm, Friday 19th February 2021.

Town and Village Renewal Scheme

The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, has today (Friday January 8th) announced details of the projects that have been approved for funding under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme. A total of €800,000 was secured for County Offaly which was the second highest amount allocated to any county nationally.

Dynamic Purchasing System for Energy Efficiency Retrofitting Works

The Local Government Operational Procurement Centre (LGOPC) published a Dynamic Purchasing System for Energy Efficiency Retrofitting Works on the 17th of December 2020 on www.etenders.gov.ie. This Dynamic Purchasing System will replac

Press Release – National Waste Collection Permit Office (NWCPO) at Offaly County Council ...

A PRESTIGIOUS national award has recognised a pioneering and innovative project that equipped the new offices of the National Waste Collection Permit Office (NWCPO) in Tullamore with up-cycled furniture.