Press Releases Covid 19

  • Council Services Continue amid Covid-19 Crisis Press Release Monday 23rd March 5pm

    Offaly County Council continues to provide all essential services amid the Covid-19 crisis. Customer service staff in Áras an Chontae Tullamore and in the Municipal Districts of Birr, Edenderry and Tullamore continue to operate phone and email services. Following the announcement by An Taoiseach on March 12th, all of Offaly’s Libraries closed to the public but library staff are working and a whole range of services are available online from Offaly Libraries including supports for children and teens who are at home from school. There is also the facility to borrow downloadable ebooks and audiobooks through the ‘Borrow Box’ app. Huge efforts have been made to equip Council teams to work remotely and to use new technologies to hold meetings and maintain services to the public should further restrictions limit the movement and interactions of people. In a statement Cllr. Peter Ormond, Cathaoirleach of Offaly County Council, said that ‘Councillors are available to the public to answer queries and source assistance. We are in regular contact with management and we are available by phone and email and can relay people’s issues and concerns to the Council.’ The Council is working with Irish Water to ensure the provision of water supplies to homes, hospitals, nursing homes and temporary emergency facilities. Civil Defence volunteers have been supporting HSE colleagues and the Fire Service is responding to calls as normal. Housing services continue to be provided while observing physical distancing guidelines. Road maintenance and traffic services are being provided by the Roads Department and Municipal Districts and staff are working hard to resolve issues arising from recent severe weather events. Street cleaning and street enhancement work continues, as well as work on capital projects such as the Tullamore Community Arts Centre and new Social Housing developments. Environmental services are operating at Civic Amenity Sites. Motor Tax is available online. Other payments can be made over the phone or online via the Council’s website It is anticipated that legislation may be required to extend timeframes around planning applications but the full range of planning services remain available including pre-planning advice, making a Planning Application, making submissions and observations and retrieval of files. A full guide to all planning services is available on the planning pages of Council staff have placed notices at entrances to parks and playgrounds reminding people to adhere to the physical distancing requirements to remain at least 2 metres apart and not to use outdoor amenities that are already busy. There may be further restrictions on the use of outdoor facilities in the coming days if it is felt that guidelines are not being adhered to. In a statement, Chief Executive of Offaly County Council Anna Marie Delaney said ‘it is vitally important that people adhere to the Covid-19 warnings to stay local and not to congregate, particularly at public tourist attractions and walking trails. We recognise the importance of exercise, but please do so in accordance with public health advice.’

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  • Offaly County Council- Covid 19 Public Notice- Recycling Centres Birr, Edenderry and Tullamore remain open

    COVID-19 Update Recycling Centres Tullamore, Edenderry and Birr: We are closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation. At this time, the recycling centres in Offaly will continue to operate as normal. In order to protect customers and staff we ask visitors to respect the following: - Where possible please pay with card to avoid handling coins. Staff may reserve the right to refuse handfuls of small coins. - We may also have to restrict the number of customers on site at any one time to avoid the risk of infection. - If instructed to remain in your vehicle please comply and the staff will get you through the site as quickly as possible. We appreciate your support & Co-Operation as we all navigate our way through this difficult time. Please check out for details of current opening hours

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  • Offaly County Council- Covid 19 Public Notice- Services to the Public UPDATE March 16th 2020

    Offaly County Council has further reviewed arrangements for access to its services arising from the Covid 19 Pandemic. In order to prioritise the protection of public health all public offices of Offaly County Council will close from 11am on Monday 16th March until further notice. This includes the offices of the Municipal Districts of Birr, Edenderry and Tullamore. Essential services will continue to be provided on line, by post and over the phone. Details of these services are available on our website For further information contact 057-9346800 from 9am to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday excluding Public Holidays or email Outside of normal working hours of hours please contact 1890 750 750. The following essential services will be maintained; • Water Supply and waste water treatment Phone 1890 750 750 • Housing and Homeless Services email or phone appointments only 0579346800 • Fire and Emergency Services Phone 999 • Operation of Waste and recycling services 0579346800 • Road Maintenance and Traffic Safety 0579346800 0579124900 0469731256 0579352470 • Motor Tax available online • Cash Office 0579357414 • Planning – Full guidance on accessing Planning services while the public planning counter is closed are available at Email or phone 0579346800 The following services are temporarily discontinued until further notice; • Motor Taxation counter, Áras an Chontae • Cash Office, Áras an Chontae • Housing Services Counter, Áras an Chontae • Planning Counter, Áras an Chontae • All community and public events organised by Offaly County Council The above provisions will remain in place until further notice, and will be subject to review pending further announcements by Government.

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  • Offaly County Council- Advice and Information on Covid-19 Press Release 15th March

    Please see below some useful accurate links for advice and information on the Covid-19 Pandemic. We must all play our part to stop the spread of the virus by washing hands and practicing social distancing. Equally we must play our part by ensuring that accurate information and advice is shared. Daily updates including statements from the Chief Medical Officer (after 6pm daily) at…/7e0924-latest-updates-on-covid-19-cor…/ Other useful links for specific communities and sectors affected by this pandemic cane be found at…/3b16b6-covid-19-coronavirus-informati…/ Advice for parents on play and the use of playgrounds and the ongoing importance of hand hygiene at the link below:…/178c07-covid-19-coronavirus-health-a…/… There is also advice about explaining the virus to children of different ages:…/178c07-covid-19-coronavirus-health-a…/… Advice for cleaning the home:…/178c07-covid-19-coronavirus-health-a…/… Advice for grandparents and caring in the home:…/178c07-covid-19-coronavirus-health-adv… Advice for employers and employees:…/0b6a34-advice-for-employers-and-emplo…/ Information for farmers:…/3b16b6-covid-19-coronavirus-informat…/…

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  • Offaly County Council- Covid 19- Public Notice- Services to the Public UPDATE March 12th 2020

    Offaly County Council has reviewed arrangements for access to its services arising from the statement by An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, March 12th. Non-essential meetings and events have been postponed Services to the public will remain available at our offices during normal opening hours; however, we are asking that attendance at our offices is avoided where possible. This to protect the public and staff and is in line with government advice We have a range of services available online at or you may wish to contact us at or Tel: 057-9346800. Out of hours please contact 1890 750 750

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  • Offaly County Council- Covid 19 Public Notice Press Release 13th March Library Closures

    Offaly County Council has closed all public libraries in Offaly from 13th March following public health advice relating to Covid-19. Events in Library buildings are also cancelled.

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  • Senior Line Confidential Listening Advice Service-FREE

    SeniorLine has been the national, confidential listening service for older people, run by trained older volunteers since 1998. This peer-to-peer helpline for older people receives in excess of 10,000 calls per year. The corona virus is a particular threat to older people and subsequently SeniorLine has put in place a number of protocols to support our many older callers from all over Ireland. Any caller, concerned about Covid 19, will receive the most up to date guidance as recommended by Government sources. Good health practice is reinforced at all times. This information is updated daily as the situation changes and is available to each of our volunteers at the phones. SeniorLine is a FREEPHONE service and our older callers can call free between 10am and 10pm every day of the year on 1800804591 Website: Facebook: @thirdageireland Twitter: @thirdageireland Instagram: @thirdageireland

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