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

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

Offaly County Development Plan 2021 - 2027

Offaly County Council has commenced the review of the existing Offaly County Development Plan 2014-2020 by preparing the new Offaly County Development Plan 2021-2027. The County Development Plan is a statutory document prepared by the Planning Authority in accordance with the requirements of the Planning & Development Act 2000 (as amended) and the Planning & Development Regulations 2001 (as amended). The County Development Plan preparation process involves public consultation at 3 stages, which will subsequently lead to and inform the preparation of the new County Development Plan as shown below:

Proposed Sale of Land at Raheen Clara Co. Offaly

Sale of land/disused reservoir site at Raheen, Clara. Co. Offaly Offaly County Council herby invites tenders for the purchase of land/disused reservoir site at Raheen, Clara, County Offaly.

Free Parking Birr, Tullamore and Edenderry Council Car Parks

In order to promote business in the towns of Birr, Edenderry and Tullamore, Offaly County Council have announced the following:

Local authority Covid-19 innovations highlighted on ‘Your Council Day’

The innovative work carried out by local authorities across the country during the Covid-19 crisis will be highlighted during Your Council Day, Wednesday, July 1st. Across social media, #YourCouncilDay will showcase numerous heroes who have made a difference in supporting their communities through the vital work carried out by councils during lockdown. Local authorities will also provide a ‘behind the scenes’ look at a typical day in the council and highlight all the services councils and their dedicated employees provide. Social media users throughout the community are also asked to post their experiences of council initiatives using the hashtag #YourCouncilDay. A report carried out by the Local Government Management Agency has revealed the local authority sector devised 216 separate innovations to meet challenges presented by Covid-19. In 38% of these cases, structures did not previously exist and were specifically set up to deliver Covid-19 services on a short-term basis. “The current crisis has highlighted the true nature of public service in communities across the country,” said Chief Executive of Offaly County Council, Anna Marie Delaney. “Faced with the challenge of social distancing, and with many of their own staff working from home, local authorities brought novel solutions to the complex problems posed by the new realities of lockdown.” “Offaly County Council, like all local authorities established a Community Response Forum to co-ordinate a multi-agency response to deliver supports to those who need it while Covid-19 restrictions were in force. “Councils moved to support those faced with isolation, activating befriending services with regular phone calls, starting local radio shows and organising book and even musical instrument deliveries to combat loneliness. “We have seen live-streamed storytelling, virtual Zoom book clubs and online choirs supporting community spirits through dark days.” Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or #YourCouncilDay to find out what’s happening in Offaly during Your Council Day. More information on the innovations taken by local authorities during Covid-19 is available in an overview report produced by the LGMA available to download here

Dynamic Purchasing System for Civil Engineering Materials (Supply Only) - Published 26th ...

Dynamic Purchasing System for Civil Engineering Materials (Supply Only) - Published 26th June 2020

Offaly County Council secures Regeneration Funding for Banagher

PRESS RELEASE June 25th 2020 OFFALY COUNTY COUNCIL SECURES REGENERATION FUNDING FOR BANAGHER Offaly County Council today (June 25th) welcomed an announcement by Minister Ring that it was successful in its application for €395,250 for a Banagher Regeneration project under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund. The Project, which will be led by Offaly County Council, will require match funding from Council funds and will regenerate the town centre and the marina. Speaking after the announcement, Cathaoirleach of Offaly County Council, Cllr. John Carroll said the investment in Banagher will enhance the town’s potential as an attractive and sustainable place to live, work and visit. Cllr. John Leahy, Cathaoirleach of the Municipal District of Birr also welcomed the co-operation between the local authority, local development groups, businesses and the wider community that led to the success of the application. Today’s announcement relates to Category 2 of the Fund which provides seed capital funding for strategic, large-scale projects which will assist in delivering town and village regeneration and contribute to economic development and recovery. The funding provided will allow for further development of the projects to take place enabling projects to reach a stage where they are developed to a high standard and the project is in a position to commence works. Banagher Regeneration funding announcement today gives an unprecedented opportunity to deliver the scale of investment necessary to allow a rural community to further develop and prosper. This investment is more important than ever to help address the challenges arising from the COVID-19 crisis and to drive economic recovery and sustainable development in rural areas.