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 July 5th 2021. 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.

Press Release: August 14th 10pm: Cathaoirleach and Members of Offaly County Council welcome package of supports

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. The Cathaoirleach noted that the package outlined a number of measures including


  • A 20% top up on the Restart Grant Plus Scheme,
  • a € 1 million fund for the Local Enterprise Office, in conjunction with local Chambers of Commerce, to support micro enterprises
  • a € 1 million fund for Fáilte Ireland to undertake a promotional campaign to increase tourist footfall in the 3 counties when the restrictions are lifted.
  • additional support and resources to aid businesses in accessing available funding


The Members were satisfied that the supports addressed some of the concerns expressed to them by constituents and businesses across the county. They also particularly welcomed the supports to the Tourism sector in the county.


The Cathaoirleach also welcomed the announcement from the Minister of Health, Stephen Donnelly, that he will meet with representatives of Offaly County Council in the coming week to address the concerns expressed by the Members at the Special Meeting held on Tuesday 11th August.