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.

Town and Village Renewal Scheme

The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, has today (Friday January 8th) announced details of the projects that have been approved for funding under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme. A total of €800,000 was secured for County Offaly which was the second highest amount allocated to any county nationally.

The funding will facilitate 7 towns and villages in Offaly to implement measures to improve their public realm and local economies to respond to the challenges associated with COIVD-19.

Speaking after the announcement today, Cathaoirleach of Offaly County Council, Cllr John Carroll said “This funding is about helping communities to adapt to ongoing challenges– it will help make our towns and villages attractive places to live, work and do business.” 

CEO of Offaly County Council, Anna-Marie Delaney, welcomed the funding announcement and said “This funding is very important to our county to enhance economic and social activity.  Our team works closely with local communities in making these applications and I would encourage any community groups who are currently developing plans to contact The Regeneration Team in the Planning Section of Offaly County Council for assistance in accessing future funding opportunities.”

This €800,000 TVR funding now brings a total of almost €4million investment in Offaly towns and villages over the past 4 years.  This has been made possible by the annual budgetary provision of match funding decided upon by the elected members.  Offaly County Council will continue to explore opportunities for financial support for communities that were not successful this time round.

Further calls for expression of interest from communities will be advertised in 2021, and Offaly County Council would welcome applications particularly from towns and villages that have not yet received TVR funding.

Offaly County Council were successful with 7 out of 10 projects submitted as follows

Town

Project Approved

Pollagh

To enhance the public realm including upgrading footpaths, lighting and signage to improve accessibility to the Cycle Café from the Grand Canal Greenway. €100,000  

Ferbane

Ferbane Public realm regeneration including the development of the town's Old Fire Station site, Heritage Centre Area and improvements to the Mass Path looped walk. €200,000  

Mucklagh

Mucklagh Public realm improvements including a pedestrian crossing, footways, landscaping and public lighting. €100,000

Cloneygowan

Enhancement of the Fair Green area, including a provision of a safe outdoor gathering space and to regularise car parking around the green. €100,000

Daingean

Extension of public realm enhancement works, footpath improvements, landscaping, street furniture and public lighting. €100,000

Killmalogue

Kilmalogue Public realm enhancement of the town including the upgrading of footpaths, landscaping, seating, improved parking and upgrading of a pedestrian crossing. €100,000

Mountbolus

Mountbolus Public realm enhancements including underground cabling, pedestrian crossing, footpath, and public lighting. €100,000

Town and village