Local authorities must prioritise environmental protection to improve air and water quality and increase waste recycling

Local Authorities play a vital role in protecting our environment and carried out over 197,000 environmental inspections in 2022. Local authorities need to prioritise enforcement of the roll-out and use of 3-bin systems to improve segregation of household and commercial waste. More local authority farm inspections and follow-up enforcement is needed to reduce the impact […]

More focused and co-ordinated enforcement is needed by local authorities to protect water and air quality, cautions EPA

Local authority inspection numbers remained high (180,000 in 2020) despite the impact of COVID-19. However, water inspections decreased by 30 per cent and air and noise inspections decreased by 10 per cent. Focused water quality enforcement and follow through on non-compliances in key areas such as farm and septic tank inspections needs improvement. The burning of non-complaint […]

More action is needed by Local Authorities to protect Air and Water Quality warns EPA

The EPA has today released its report on local authority environmental enforcement activities for 2019. There has been an increase in local authority inspection and enforcement activities relating to waste and litter. Further action and coordination are needed to ensure compliance with air legislation, with a focus on fuels that are on sale and in […]

ALONE warns that cocooning will have a long term impact on the physical health and wellbeing of older people

   ALONE, the organisation which supports older people, has cautioned that current COVID-19 cocooning measures will have long term effects on the physical health and wellbeing of older people across the country. The organisation is concerned that current cocooning measures are causing a ‘health gap’ among older people which will have a negative impact on […]

Those found Guilty of Illegal Dumping will be Prosecuted says Ireland’s Local Authorities

City and county councils record as increase in reports of illegal dumping since the introduction of Covid-19 related restrictions. DCCAE ring-fence €1 million for measures that will stop this activity and catch the perpetrators     Ireland’s local authorities, funded by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and the Environment (DCCAE), have joined forces to […]

Tipperary – ALONE receives more than 1,100 calls to helpline for older people in one day as cocooning measures are introduced

The organisation welcomes the support of Tipperary County Council in running its Local Authority practical support lines and reminds older people that staying at home doesn’t mean they will be alone   ALONE, the organisation that supports older people, received more than 1,100 calls to their COVID-19 helpline for older people on Saturday following the […]

Tipperary County Council tops the list of Local Authorities leading the way with energy reductions

Tipperary County Council has taken top position among local authorities in the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland’s Annual Report on Public Sector Energy Efficiency Performance. In 2017, the council achieved a 46% reduction in energy use.   The announcement comes after members of the Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action visited Tipperary in late November to […]

Farm Hazardous Waste Collections

Farmers across Ireland will again have an opportunity to safely dispose of hazardous wastes from their farms at ten collection events during October and November. Hazardous wastes are generated through the normal running of a farm, from engine oils & filters to residues of pesticides; and out-of-date veterinary medicines. The removal of these potentially dangerous […]

Local Authorities seize almost 25 thousand horses in a 9 year period costing millions – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, to consider introducing more effective penalties for those who maltreat, or abandon their horses. Deputy McGrath was speaking after the Minister confirmed to him in a Parliamentary reply that his Department had given Local authorities €4.5 million to […]

FG proposal on local authority functions would halt the spread of economic recovery – IMPACT

“If local government continues to be picked apart, rural communities and smaller towns will be denied the opportunity to have a say in how their services are delivered as well as being denied the fruits of economic recovery” – Peter Nolan, national secretary, IMPACT     IMPACT trade union has criticised Fine Gael’s proposal to […]

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