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Key legislation on Garda use of body worn cameras, ANPR and CCTV to the Dáil

  Government intends to enact Garda Síochána (Recording Devices) Bill 2022 swiftly to allow for body worn camera pilot this year Use of body-worn cameras will protect frontline Gardaí and deter criminal activity Strengthened powers to be introduced around CCTV...

Approval for 11 biodiversity officers to bring national total to 25

11 local authorities have been awarded funding to appoint biodiversity officers to drive local action for biodiversity conservation. This will bring to 25 the total number of biodiversity officers in local authorities across Ireland, following last year’s approval for...

World Wetlands Day 2023

World Wetlands Day 2023: To mark World Wetlands Day (2nd February), Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine with responsibility for Land Use and Biodiversity, Senator Pippa Hackett, took the opportunity to visit the farm of Joe Roche,...

Minister Rabbitte welcomes €3m investment for Galway CoCo walking and cycling infrastructure this year 

Minister for Disability and Fianna Fáil TD for Galway East, Anne Rabbitte, has welcomed the allocation of €3 million to Galway County Council for developing walking and cycling infrastructure in 2023. A total of 22 Active Travel projects are being funded by the...

Inaugural Saint Brigid’s Day bank holiday cultural programme launched to celebrate women in Ireland

An inspiring programme of cultural events taking place across the National Cultural Institutions has been announced today in recognition of the first Bank Holiday for Imbolc/St Brigid’s Day. As the first Irish public holiday named after a woman, St Brigid’s Day...

Government announce update on Ukraine Credit Guarantee Scheme – small business, farmers, fishers

Scheme will provide reduced interest rate loans to: small businesses farmers  fishers  Monday, 30th January 2023 Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Simon Coveney TD along with the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD, and...

URDF Urban Regeneration and Development Fund

In 2018, the Government launched the URDF to support more compact and sustainable development. The Fund is providing part-funding for projects that will enable a greater proportion of residential and mixed-use development to be delivered within the existing built-up...

Government launches new Vacant Homes Action Plan and details of new €150 million URDF vacancy fund

  Action Plan outlines Government measures being introduced to address vacancy Third round of funding support under Urban Regeneration and Development Fund (URDF) offering funding to local authorities for projects to activate vacant properties and derelict sites...

Minister O’ Gorman and Minister Rabbitte publish the First Report on the Implementation of the Irish Sign Language Act 2017

Minister O’ Gorman and Minister Rabbitte publish the First Report on the Implementation of the Irish Sign Language Act 2017 The Irish Sign Language Act recognises the right of the Deaf community to use ISL as their native language and to use, develop and preserve it....

The National IPB Pride of Place Awards Ceremony is taking place this Saturday 21st January from 7pm

The National IPB Pride of Place Awards Ceremony is taking place this Saturday 21st January from 7pm, and will be streamed live at the link below – it may be of interest to your community as it will showcase award-winning projects where communities have worked together...