The Government has agreed that Level 5 as set out in the Plan for Living with COVID-19 will apply nationally until May 17th 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.

Please note that our library buildings will re-open to the public for Browsing Services and Contact & Collect from 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.

Offaly County Council Update on the Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business/Local Government June 8th

Offaly County Council has continued to deliver services throughout the current crisis but the following specific services will be in place from next Monday June 8th- Phase 2 of the Government of Ireland Reopening Roadmap

  • Return of horse and dog control
  • Return of environmental enforcement inspections
  • Main libraries (Birr, Clara, Tullamore and Edenderry)  to offer a ‘click and collect’ service by appointment only  {All other Library services continue to be delivered online}. Check out for more details
  • Planning counter services available by appointment (subject to Phase 2 travel restriction measures).  Please contact Tel:0579346800 or email to arrange an appointment {Planning queries continue to be answered by phone and email where possible. Planning administration and decisions continue}.
  • Plans to be prepared for the phased return of office workers subject to protocols and procedures in line with public health advice.
  • Public spaces to open where social distancing can be facilitated.
  • While the government announced that playgrounds can reopen from Monday 8th June some Offaly County Council managed playgrounds may open at a later date to ensure that appropriate signage is in place reminding users that all children should be supervised by an adult and must observe public health guidance.
  • The Community Call Helpline remains available at Freephone 1800 81 81 81 as does the Restart Business Grant Helpline at 1800 15 15 15.  Check out for further details

 Phase 2