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.

West Offaly Power Station at Shannonbridge

The Cathaoirleach of Offaly County Council, Cllr. Peter Ormond called a special briefing meeting for members on Tuesday 23rd July. 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.

Cllr. Ormond stated: “This decision is another blow to Bord na Móna and ESB workers in the Midlands who have seen their livelihoods decimated bit by bit. The speed at which plants are closing and jobs are being lost is completely disproportionate to any investment in the region and the Midlands will be left behind”.

The members of Offaly County Council called on the Government to come forward with proposals aimed at securing local jobs and provide sufficient funds to support the local communities affected by this decision.

It was agreed by all members present that an urgent meeting be sought with Minister Richard Bruton and relevant stakeholders at the earliest opportunity.