The Government has agreed that Level 5 as set out in the Plan for Living with COVID-19 will apply nationally until April 5th 2021. The Government has clearly stated that there is an absolute need to minimise the level of mobility and congregation of people in order to reduce all opportunities for transmission of the virus.

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.

Town and Village Renewal Funding Grants Offaly Round 2

The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, has today announced details of the projects that have been approved for funding under the second round of the enhanced Town and Village Renewal Scheme that supports towns and villages to respond and adapt to COVID-19.

The focus of the funding is on measures and interventions that help towns and villages to adapt to social distancing requirements and to provide safe environments that encourage people into towns and villages to shop and socialise.

Offaly County Council were successful with all 6 applications for Round 2 which were as follows

 

Town

Project Approved

Ballycommon, Kilconfert, Croghan, Shannon Harbour, Clareen, Coolderry.

Equipment and entry access system for Broadband Connection Points in 6 towns to facilitate training, education, remote working and other services

Edenderry

To purchase and erect a modular canopy and equipment for the recently refurnished O’Connell Square and to provide a weatherproof multi-purpose outdoor space for business and community use

Birr

Purchase 4 Geodesic dome-like tents which will provide additional or alternative venues to facilitate delivery of 4 outdoor festivals in 2020 and for use for other events

Killeigh

Resurfacing of footpaths to improve access to central seating/picnic area in the village green, Killeigh, including upgrade of seating which will facilitate and encourage outdoor gatherings

Clareen

To enhance an outdoor gathering space at the village hall by providing a larger pedestrianised area with seating and to regularise parking

Lusmagh

To provide a safe outdoor gathering space in the heart of the village and providing regularised parking, footpaths and landscaping

 

Round 3 announcements are due in the coming weeks.