Minister Ryan announces €27 million for community climate action

Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan TD, has announced funding of €24 million for Local Authorities to support and build low carbon communities across the country. A further €3 million is being provided to support cross-border and all-island community climate action initiatives.   This funding is part of the Community Climate Action […]

70% of Irish car buyers are considering an electric vehicle as their next car

DoneDeal, Ireland’s largest car website, in association with the SEAI found that 70% of Irish consumers are considering an electric vehicle as their next car purchase. (Source: Survey of 1,000 car buyers in November & December 2022). For the first time ever,  2022 was the first year when an electric vehicle, the Volkswagen ID.4, was the […]

SOLAS Portarlington – Food, Potatoes & Upcoming Family Events

Last Sunday’s car boot sale was a big success with crowds from early and bargains to be haggled for. This type of event is what makes SOLAS unique as a garden centre and brings the constant buzz of ‘what will be on this weekend’. We have a busy calendar ahead such as: Sunday 5th February St. […]

EPA awards €10.7 million for research to support environmental protection in Ireland

 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced €10.7 million of research funding for 42 research projects addressing climate change and other emerging, complex environmental problems. This funding will contribute to the delivery of high-quality research, evidence-based policy development and further build Irish environmental research capacity. The funding is an important element of the EPA 2030 Research Strategy which delivers […]

Review Needed of Terms of Temporary Business Energy Support Scheme (TBESS)

The terms attached to the Temporary Business Energy Support Scheme (TBESS) need to be reviewed, according to IFA Farm Business Chair Rose Mary McDonagh.   Ms McDonagh said “as part of Budget 2023, TBESS was introduced to support businesses in dealing with increases in their energy costs between last September and next month, in comparison […]

Housing challenges harming Ireland’s attractiveness as a place to live and poses greatest threat to competitiveness – Ibec

Government must deliver suite of ambitious policies alongside new collective effort in the form of Social Dialogue to urgently address housing challenges. Proposed fiscal measures would cut the cost of new homes by €30,000   Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, says Government must urgently deliver a suite of ambitious policies to speed up the […]

The Time is Now! ECO UNESCO are issuing their final call for students to take action and apply to the 2023 Young Environmentalist Awards

The final call for submissions to the ECO-UNESCO 2023 Young Environmentalist Awards (YEAs) is Tuesday, 28th February 2023. The Young Environmentalist Awards are a nationwide programme that recognises and rewards young people aged 10-18 who have taken environmental action in their school or community by generating creative solutions to solve environmental issues. Encouraging young people […]

Ifac advises Offaly farm businesses that trade through a limited company to examine their options for succession

When one thinks of succession, one is looking at transferring over the business to the next generation. A complication to succession is the emergence of the farming company and the issues it brings up. No different from any succession conversation, the aim is to keep the asset and the business as intact as possible and to […]

Targeting German holidaymakers for Offaly

Tourism Ireland in Germany kicked off its 2023 programme of promotions at CMT (holiday exhibition) in Stuttgart this week. Tourism Ireland is joined at CMT by nine tourism businesses from Ireland – including Silverline Cruisers (based in Banagher). CMT is one of the biggest travel fairs in Germany, attracting around 300,000 visitors – or potential holidaymakers for […]

AA Ireland drives EV the full length of Ireland on one full charge

Drive took place on Wednesday, 11th of January Car completed 615km with 2% battery remaining   AA Ireland’s Blake Boland and Paddy Comyn have driven from Mizen Head in Cork to Malin Head in Donegal, the two extremities of Ireland, without stopping to charge. The famous route is regularly undertaken by keen cyclists and runners, […]

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