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.

Hedge and Verge Cutting


 Roads Act 1993 Section 70 - Link

 Landowners are reminded by Offaly County Council that the period for Hedge Cutting runs from 1st September to the end of February each year. 

There is an onus on landowners to ensure that any trees and hedges on their property:

  •  Do not obstruct or interfere with the safe use of the public road
  •  Do not obstruct or interfere with the maintenance of the public road
  •  Do not pose a hazard to people using the public road.

 Hedgerows along the public road that require cutting or trimming back should be cut immediately and all cuttings removed from the roads and verges. 

Please note that where JAPANESE KNOTWEED occurs it SHOULD NOT BE CUT. No ground disturbance should take place at these sites at any time of year. Information on how to deal with Japanese Knotweed is available from the Heritage Office. Please report all locations to the Heritage Office at or phone 057 93 46839.