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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.

Re-Opening of Council Offices Monday 29th June

Offaly County Council wishes to advise that the following Public Offices will open public counters on Monday 29th June 2020 from 9.30 am to 1.00 pm daily Monday to Friday • Áras an Chontae, Tullamore • Birr Municipal District Offices • Tullamore Municipal District Offices • Edenderry Municipal District Offices Counter services for Planning, Roads, Local Enterprise Office, Community & Culture, Corporate Services, Water Services and Environment will be available by APPOINTMENT MADE IN ADVANCE ONLY. For an appointment please contact Offaly County Council on 057 93 46800. Phone service available Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Where possible the public should continue to access our services by phone, email, online or by appointment. Please see website for further details https://www.offaly.ie/eng/ At Áras an Chontae Tullamore, a queue management system will be in place to ensure social distancing protocols are maintained during opening hours. A MAXIMUM NUMBER of members of the public will be allowed access the building at any one time. It is requested that only adults attend public counter. Members of the public are requested to restrict their visit to A MINIMUM time duration. Where possible card payments should be used. Offaly County Library service is operating a CONTACT AND COLLECT SERVICE from the Tullamore, Birr, Edenderry, Clara, Banagher and Ferbane Branch Libraries. Branch Library contact details are available on https://www.offaly.ie/eng/ 30 MINUTE browsing appointments will be available for TULLAMORE LIBRARY from Monday June 29th also. Due to social distancing requirements, fewer staff are working from council offices. We ask for your patience and co-operation should there be delays in accessing the building or dealing with your queries. Office opening arrangements are subject to change. Up to date information on opening hours and services are available on offaly.ie and Offaly County Council’s social media pages. For an appointment please contact Offaly County Council on 057 93 46800. Phone service available Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Have your say on Offaly's Digital Strategy

The Department of Rural and Community Development has directed all local authorities to develop and implement a local digital strategy. Offaly County Council has embarked on this initiative. As part of the preparation, the Council are undertaking an engagement process which includes two online surveys to gauge internet use habits in Offaly as we would like to gain valuable input from individuals (including those who do online work on behalf of a community group) and businesses from all parts of the county. Each short set of questions can be answered online within a few minutes. The queries aim to gather information on the type of internet user who is responding, what their usual type and format of internet connection is, what they use the internet for, and their knowledge on what sorts of service and speeds they have. We are also looking for your input on good examples of where digital technology has been used to good effect and any projects you think could assist with a digital strategy rollout in Offaly. Lastly, given recent events, we have a couple of questions relating to remote working. The council would very much welcome as wide a range of feedback as possible from all over Offaly, with your views helping form the plans for the digital future for the county. The closing date for your input is Friday 3rd July.

Press Release – June 12th 2020 Offaly County Council regulation of Dog Breeding Establish...

Offaly County Council are aware of a recent social media campaign concerning matters arising relating to the regulation of Dog Breeding Establishments in Offaly. A spokesperson for Offaly County Council said “We wish to make the public aware that we continue to apply the provisions of the Dog breeding Establishment Act and its associated guidelines issued by the minister. Where the Act and its guidelines are not adhered to the Council carry out enforcement measures set out in the Act. The Act provides that- Conditions of Registration may be applied by a local authority to a registered Dog Breeding Establishment. In certain circumstances Closure Notices may be issued where deemed necessary in the interest of welfare of dogs. Such information is made public (see the link below). The right of appeal to the District Court of above provisions of the Act is also provided for to the operator of a dog breeding establishment. An appeal is pending to the district court on refusal by Offaly County Council to issue a registration to an applicant in 2019 and also to a subsequent closure notice issued in February 2020 to the applicant. Information concerning registered Dog Breeding Establishments in Offaly are available on our website https://www.offaly.ie/eng/Services/Environment/Dog-Control/Dog-Breeding-Establishments.html

Resumption of Statutory Planning timelines, during the Covid 19 Pandemic

Resumption of Statutory Planning timelines, during the Covid 19 Pandemic

Offaly County Council Update on the Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business/Local Gove...

Offaly County Council has continued to deliver services throughout the current crisis but the following specific services will be in place from next Monday June 8th- Phase 2 of the Government of Ireland Reopening Roadmap.

Community Call Visit to Kilcormac Development Association

IN THIS TOGETHER - THE COMMUNITY CALL Cathaoirleach of Offaly County Council Peter Ormond and CE Anna Marie Delaney today paid a visit to Kilcormac Development Association to witness at first hand the wonderful work being done in association with Offaly Local Development Company, West & South Offaly Homefix assisted by the Community Forum. All social distancing and public health measures were observed during the visit. KDA have been able to offer an expanded Meals on Wheels service to those requiring hot meals delivered in South & West Offaly including Birr, Shinrone, Clareen and Coolderry areas while still covering the Kilcormac, Mountbolus, Cadamstown, Kinnitty, Rath and Fivealley areas. The meals are freshly prepared, cooked and delivered on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and they can offer 2 meals per day covering 6 days a week if clients so wish. The service has seen demand doubled in recent times with over 100 dinners per day going out and the capacity to expand is there if this demand grows

OCC Just Transition Press Release 23 May 2020

Offaly County Council welcomes the publication of the first Progress Report of the Just Transition Commissioner, Mr. Kieran Mulvey, launched by Minister Bruton yesterday evening. The report details stakeholder engagement to date with Bord na Móna, ESB and a wide range of stakeholders across the region. It contains a number of recommendations to provide support and new employment opportunities for workers and communities impacted by the acceleration of decarbonisation, thereby ensuring a just transition, whilst also sustaining our rural communities.

Covid-19 Restart Grant Scheme Press Release 22nd May

Offaly County Council is taking applications for the Covid-19 Restart Grant Scheme. This grant will give direct grant aid to micro and small businesses in Offaly to help them with the costs associated with reopening and reemploying workers following Covid-19 closures. The closing date for application is August 31st 2020 Before making an application, please check the following to see if your business is eligible.

Press Release - €2,000 Prize Fund announced for Offaly’s Longest Day Project to promote H...

Press Release - €2,000 Prize Fund announced for Offaly’s Longest Day Project to promote Health and Physical Activity in June Peter Ormond, Cathaoirleach of Offaly County Council this week launched “Offaly’s Longest Day” project to promote health and physical activity in June and announced a €2,000 prize fund to coincide with the project.

AFS 2019 - Unaudited

Annual Financial Statement of Offaly County Council for the year ended 31st December 2019 - Unaudited

Edenderry MasterPlan Public Consultation

The public are kindly invited to provide feedback on the Draft Blundell Masterplan for the regeneration of the Edenderry back-lands. The aim of the plan is to unlock the potential of the Blundell are (former Tesco. Former Grain Store, Blundell Park and surrounding area). Taking on-board ideas from the initial consultation, consultants have produced a draft masterplan, and would like your feedback, your say matters!