The Government has agreed that Level 5 (with some amendments) as set out in the Plan for Living with COVID-19 will continue to apply nationally until further notice. The Government has clearly stated that there is a continued need to minimise the level of mobility and congregation of people in order to reduce all opportunities for transmission of the virus.

Please note that our library buildings have reopened to the public for Browsing Services and Contact & Collect since Monday, May 10th. Please see Library Page.

Consequently, and in line with current public health guidance, the Offices of Offaly County Council are closed for walk-in services to support this reduced mobility policy.

Public access cannot be facilitated during LEVEL 5 restrictions. Therefore, Offaly County Council services will be available by telephone, email, online post and only where absolutely necessary and in exceptional circumstances by appointment. Please read latest information.

Cathaoirleach plants the First Tree of Hope

Cathaoirleach John Carroll planting a Lime tree in the Camcor Park on Monday 12 April – this marks an initiative by the Councillors of Offaly County Council to provide a tree for communities in every town and village to mark hope after the pandemic and as a positive step towards tackling climate change and biodiversity loss.  

 

The Council adopted the Offaly Climate Change Adaptation Strategy in September 2019 and All Ireland Pollinator Plan last April and trees selected are positive for our pollinators and environment at large. More information can be found on: www.offaly.ie and www.pollinators.ie

 

This initiative is being funded from the budget which was originally assigned for  travel.

 

Communities are being offered the chance to register their interest in receiving a tree for planting this autumn; which is the best time of year for trees to establish. 

If your  community is interested in taking part email environment@offalycoco.ie to register.

 

 Cathaoirleach John Carroll said:  The years 2020/21 will be forever etched in the minds and hearts of Irish people of all ages because of the Covid19 pandemic.

 

While Covid has impacted on every family in the Country, there is no doubt the greatest impact has been to our “senior citizens “.  The proportion of death in that age group was so high but also the isolation the suffered whether infected or trying to avoid infection was a cause of great pain and hardship to them and their extended families.

 

My proposal as Cathaoirleach of Offaly County Council, which we initiate here today, to plant a tree in each Community, is a small gesture, as a lasting recognition of the resilience shown, and sacrifices made by those communities during the Covid pandemic of 2020/21.

 

I also see it as a symbol of hope showing life and nature continues in the face of adversity. We are all aware our natural and built environment has been so important to so many people during the lockdown and a timely reminder that we be aware of it and seek its enhancement at all times. These trees will make a positive contribution to the biodiversity of that environment.

 

It would be a remiss of me here today if I did not give recognition to the massive commitment shown by our front-line staff right throughout this pandemic but especially those in the medical field, who before the arrival of vaccines literally put their lives on the line every day they went to work, I salute them and on behalf of our Council sincerely thank them.

 

One hopes that there will be some positives from this pandemic as we go back to normal not least greater community co-operation and agency liaison as has been practised during Covid via our Community Forum.’

 tree of hope