Alliance of Age Sector NGOs call for an Independent Commissioner for Ageing and Older People

 The Alliance of Age Sector NGOs, representing seven leading older persons organisations, is calling on all political parties to include a commitment in their manifestos, ahead of the next general election, to establish an Independent Commissioner for Ageing and Older People and to relaunch the National Positive Ageing Strategy (2013) with a strong implementation and monitoring plan […]

Ireland’s Deposit Return Scheme Guidance for Consumers

Ireland’s Deposit Return Scheme is now live nationwide.  Re-turn has shared further guidance for consumers on how the Scheme works and how to get your deposit refund.   My drinks container did not have a Re-turn logo on it, but I was still charged a deposit. Why?    Should consumers be charged a deposit on […]

EY Economic Eye: Growth Uplift for Irish Economy Forecast for 2024 as Inflation Tracks Lower and Interest Rate Cycle Turns

EY forecasts Irish GDP to rise by 2.2% in 2024 and 3.8% in 2025; Modified Domestic Demand to grow by 2.2% in 2024 and 2.5% in 2025 Employment forecast to increase by 1.6% in 2024, labour market to remain tight Inflation continuing on its downward trend with EY forecasting inflation at 3% for 2024, returning […]

Guidance for Irish Consumers on Deposit Return Scheme

Ireland’s Deposit Return Scheme is live. The operator of the nationwide scheme, Re-turn, has the following guidance for consumers.  What will I pay?   A deposit of 15 cents will apply to each drinks container from 150ml – 500mls and a deposit of 25 cents for drinks containers over 500ml to 3 litres.     How will I get […]

Offaly Schools Reminder for Art Competition deadline

Offaly teachers in primary and second level schools, whose pupils take part in the annual Texaco Children’s Art Competition, are reminded that the closing date for receipt of entries this year is Wednesday, 28th February next.   Now in its 70th year, the Texaco Children’s Art Competition is widely acknowledged as the longest running arts sponsorship in Ireland. Details are available at www.texacochildrensart.com

Irish Beverage Council and Drinks Ireland welcome the launch of Ireland’s Deposit Return Scheme (DRS)

The Irish Beverage Council and Drinks Ireland, the Ibec groups representing the non-alcohol and alcohol beverage industries on the Island of Ireland, welcome the launch of the Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) in Ireland, following a long-term constructive and dynamic partnership across industry, Government, and NGOs. DRS represents a significant change in how beverage manufacturers, retailers, […]

EPA’s Review of 2023 showcases work to address environmental challenges

In 2023 the EPA: Carried out over 1,200 inspections of industrial and waste facilities, along with 205 urban waste water and 154 drinking water site inspections. Obtained 19 convictions for environmental offences. Monitored more than 2,500 waterbodies – with data showing no significant improvement in water quality – largely caused by high nutrient levels. Provided […]

No Bottles or Cans Purchased Before 1 February Eligible for Deposit Refund

This Thursday, 1 February, Ireland’s Deposit Return Scheme goes live. The operator of the nationwide scheme, Re-turn, is advising that only bottles and cans purchased after 1 February are eligible for a deposit refund, as these drinks containers will have had a deposit charged.   Niamh Kelly, Head of Marketing and Communications for Re-turn, said, […]

Bord na Móna reveals the eight green innovation companies participating in its 2024 Accelerate Green Programme

ACEL Energy, Voltclub Renewables, Konree Innovation, Weev, SomaTech , I/O Agri, AffinityEV and Universal Graphics announced as this year’s Accelerate Green participants 25 green innovators supported in the last 2 years, with 60% reporting rising profits since they participated in the programme   Bord na Móna has announced the eight rising green businesses from across Ireland […]

Holiday World Show Dublin welcomes over 25,000 visitors

Holiday World Show Dublin, which took place this weekend, in the RDS Simmonscourt saw over 25,000 visitors looking for expert travel advice, show-only deals and the opportunity to win holiday prizes.   Maria Hourican, CEO, Business Exhibitions, organisers of Holiday World Show, said “This year’s show was filled with new exhibitors, new energy and excitement. […]

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