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

Draft Register of Electors 2020/2021

Notice is hereby given that the Draft Register of Electors for 2020/2021 was published on the 1st November 2019. This Draft Register of Electors can be checked at your local Post Office, Public Library, Garda Station, Courthouse or Local Authority Office. Make sure you can vote by ensuring that your name is on the Draft Register of Electors by 25th November 2019. If you have a physical illness or disability or your occupation or place of study prevents you from voting at your polling station, you should apply to go on the Postal or Special Voters List, as appropriate, by 25th November next. Any person who wishes to check if they are on the current Draft 2020/2021 Register of Electors may check same on Offaly County Council website – www.offaly.ie or www.checktheregister.ie. Any queries should be directed to the Voter Registration Section, Offaly County Council, Áras an Chontae, Charleville Road, Tullamore, Co. Offaly. Telephone 057 9357402. UNLESS YOU’RE REGISTERED, YOU CANNOT VOTE. Mary Flynn Kenny, A/Senior Executive Officer, Corporate Services. November, 2019.

Press Release LEADER Funding Offaly

Offaly County Council welcomes the allocation of an additional €500,000 in funding to the Offaly LEADER Local Action Group (LAG) which is one of the top ten best performing LAGs in the country under the LEADER programme. The €.5m bonus allocation comes on top of the approved budget of €8m for the Offaly LEADER Programme 2014-2020. Councillor Declan Harvey, Chair of the Offaly Local Community Development Committee, (LCDC) said: “This funding is fantastic news for communities and enterprises throughout Offaly, and is a welcome recognition of the impressive work carried out by Offaly LCDC. The funding will greatly benefit a variety of projects in many areas of Offaly who are looking to improve their communities through grant aid funding under the LEADER Programme.” LEADER is delivered by 29 Local Actions Groups (LAGs) in Ireland whose role is to develop local strategies and to identify, select and fund projects in their counties which support their local strategies. Offaly LCDC is the contract holder for the Programme and Offaly Local Development Company is the Implementing Partner. CEO of Offaly Local Development Company, Brendan O’Loughlin, in welcoming the additional €500,000 LEADER funding said that “it is a testament to both the co-operation and work of Offaly Local Development Company, Offaly County Council, Offaly LCDC and to the communities and businesses that have brought projects forward to date.” The bonus was announced on Monday by the Minister for Community and Rural Development Michael Ring. Nationally the top ten performing counties for Leader funding have been given a €5m boost, resulting in a top up payment of €.5m to each of these counties, including Offaly. The selection of Offaly Leader LAG comes after a nationwide assessment of the level of funding approved and the level of funding drawn down in respect of projects on 20 September 2019, with the county assessed in eight place overall. Anna Marie Delaney Chief Executive of Offaly County Council said “This extra funding will be put to good use in implementing the Local Development Strategy and is a strong endorsement of the performance of Offaly Local Community Development Committee.” Announcing the allocation of the additional funding, Minister Ring said: “I am delighted to be in a position to provide additional funding to the top 10 areas where there is a strong demand for LEADER funding. I know that the extra funding will be of direct benefit to these communities receiving additional funding and will facilitate the approval of a higher number of LEADER projects in those areas. The ten best-performing groups will now be rewarded with €500,000 in extra funding to invest in rural communities in their counties.”

Tullamore Street Enhancement Newsletters

Keep up to date with the Tullamore Street Enhancement Works with our regular newsletters

Press Release Illegal Dumping

Offaly County Council’s Environment & Water Services Section initiated proceedings against an individual for illegal dumping and the case was heard in Athlone District Court on Friday 4th October. The person involved is a serial dumper and we have taken 7 prosecutions against him, some of which are on-going. There has been a huge amount of time, resources and administration spent on pursuing this individual. In our most recent case on Friday in Athlone Court, the defendant failed to appear following the execution of a bench warrant. The Judge, clearly intolerant of illegal dumping and time wasting, imposed an 8 week prison sentence. The defendant is due in court at the end of the month for another case of illegal dumping. This highlights that both the public and the Council will not accept the blight on its countryside by irresponsible individuals and will take action to combat same. Offaly County Council has received and investigated 776 complaints to date this year which relate to illegal dumping and waste storage issues and also includes assistance with 200 voluntary clean ups. For further information, contact Caroline Clancy on 086 3803870.

Press Release 5pm Wednesday 2nd October Local Emergency CoOrdination Group

Press Release: 5pm Wednesday, 2nd October 2019. Local Co-Ordination Group A meeting took place this evening of Offaly County Council’s Local Emergency Co-Ordination Group to prepare for the possible impact of Storm Lorenzo. A status Yellow weather warning is in place for Offaly from Thursday 3rd October at 09.00am to Friday 4th October 06.00am. This is subject to change and we ask people to check Met Eireann at https://www.met.ie/ for updates. Work is happening at local level with regard to clearing gullies and drains and we would advise homeowners and business owners to check their own properties. We would ask the public to check https://www.winterready.ie/ for advice on how to deal with potential adverse weather conditions. Please check on the elderly and isolated neighbours and friends and ensure they have adequate stocks of food and fuel. The main message as of now is to stay safe and don’t take unnecessary risks. 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

County Offaly Joint Policing Committee – Annual Public Meeting

A PUBLIC MEETING of Offaly County Joint Policing Committee will be held in the ST. BRIGIDS SOCIAL CLUB, GARRYHINCH, PORTARLINGTON COUNTY OFFALY [R32 CY89] on Monday, 7th October 2019 at 7pm Members of the public are welcome to attend The function of a Joint Policing Committee is to serve as a forum for consultations, discussions and recommendations on matters affecting the policing of the local authority’s administrative area. Members of the public have the right to make their views known and ask questions of the Joint Policing Committee. Questions will be accepted by the Joint Policing Committee from any individual member of the public, or collectively from any group/organisation. Questions in relation to the above, or any other relevant topic, should be submitted in writing in advance to Gerard Bruton, Corporate Services, Offaly County Council, Áras an Chontae, Charleville Road, Tullamore, County Offaly, by email to gbruton@offalycoco.ie or by phone at Tel. (057) 93 57402 no later than 3pm on Wednesday, 2nd October 2019. It should be noted that in some circumstances it may not be possible to provide information requested. Name and contact details of those submitting the question should be supplied, but will not necessarily be publicised at the meeting.

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.

Supplier Engagement Event

InterTradeIreland, together with the Local Government Management Agency (LGMA) are hosting a Supplier Engagement event focusing on Local government procurement opportunities in greater Dublin and surrounding areas. Local government in Ireland manage contracts which support and maintain civic amenities and community services. This is your opportunity to engage with the relevant people on the ground in councils to help inform future contracting approaches, market requirements and service delivery models.

COMMERCIAL MINOR BUILDING WORKS FRAMEWORKS

The Local Government Operational Procurement Centre (LGOPC) has published a Framework for Public Service Bodies to procure Commercial Minor Building Works. The LGOPC will carry out a competition to appoint Contractors to the Framework. Public Service Bodies will then run competitions with the Contractors in their area to procure MINOR BUILDING WORKS. To access the Framework documentation, please ensure you register on the Office of Government Procurement website www.etenders.gov.ie. Should you wish to find out more about the Framework, please contact the LGOPC Helpdesk at 076 1064020 or by

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.