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.

Healthy Ireland Fund

With the recognition of Local Community Development Committees (LCDC) and Children's and Young People’s Services Committees (CYPSC) as key local structures, funding from the new Healthy Ireland Fund was offered to the LCDCs and CYPSCs to support innovative, cross-sectoral, evidence-based projects, programmes and initiatives that  implemented key national policies including: -

  • Get Ireland Active, the National Physical Activity Plan for Ireland,
  • A Healthy Weight for Ireland Obesity Policy and Action Plan
  • National Sexual Health Strategy
  • Tobacco Free Ireland

The Healthy Ireland Fund supports projects and programmes aimed at children, young people and their families, and communities and vulnerable groups who are most at risk of experiencing health inequalities.

In addition, the development of local strategic plans for health and wellbeing was supported to strengthen the existing approaches outlined in Local Economic and Community Plans (LECP) as well as enabling greater collaboration and planning across LCDCs and CYPSCs. Collaboration between LCDCs and CYPSCs, and integration of these plans, was encouraged to foster relationships and maximise opportunities at the local level. For many local authority areas, this strategic planning process also supported membership of the Healthy Cities and Counties  Network.