New EPA Radon maps show more homes and workplaces at risk from cancer-causing gas

The EPA has published new radon maps for Ireland that update the radon risk assessment for the country. 170,000 homes in the country are now predicted to be at risk from radon.  This is an increase of 45,000 homes from the previous estimate in 2002. Radon is a cancer-causing radioactive gas, and every year in […]

Minister Humphreys opens information event for the Community Centres Investment Fund

Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys, has today opened the pre-application information event for the new €15 million Community Centres Investment Fund. Over 600 people registered to attend the online information event hosted by the Department of Rural and Community Development today. The department will host a further information event on Wednesday 1 […]

More Farm Families to Qualify for Higher Education Support

IFA Farm Family & Social Affairs Chair Alice Doyle said farm families should be aware of the upcoming closing date and changes to the Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) education grants.   “The priority closing dates for the SUSI grant are Thurs, June 9th for grant renewal applications and Thurs, July 7th for new grant […]

EPA publishes Guidelines on the information to be contained in Environmental Impact Assessment Reports

The EPA has published updated Guidelines for preparing Environmental Impact Assessment Reports (EIARs) for projects covered by the EIA Directive. The Guidelines are a statutory document that should be regarded by those preparing EIARs and the decision makers considering the EIARs. These guidelines should improve the quality of EIARs, making the overall process clearer and […]

EPA Climate Change Lecture Series – The Role of Communications in Driving Climate Action

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is delighted to welcome Dr. Anthony Leiserowitz, founder and Director of the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and a Senior Research Scientist at the Yale School of the Environment. The public lecture will take place on Thursday 28th at 7:15 pm at the EPIC Museum Dublin and will also […]

Potato Planting Under Threat Unless Growers are Supported

IFA National Potato Chairman Sean Ryan said spiralling input costs will lead to less planting of potatoes.  He said the margin for growing potatoes has always been tight, but the upcoming season will not be viable if growers don’t get price increases.   “Many growers will simply not plant. They had to pay up-front to […]

IFA & An Garda Síochána Join Forces With The National Rural Safety Forum for National Community Engagement Day

An Garda Síochána, IFA and the members of the National Rural Safety Forum will invite local community members to partake in the National Community Engagement Day this Wed, April 27th.   IFA President, Tim Cullinan said IFA are delighted to work alongside An Garda Síochána to see how best we can keep our rural communities […]

National Energy Security Framework sets out the government’s response to the impacts of the war in Ukraine on the energy system in Ireland

The government today launched the National Energy Security Framework, which provides an overarching and comprehensive response to Ireland’s energy security needs in the context of the war in Ukraine. The Framework sets out how the government can support households and businesses, with a particular focus on protecting those most at risk of fuel poverty, how it is […]

‘The story of tissues’ video claims top prize in the EPA’s The Story of Your Stuff 2022 competition

A video exploring the environmental lifecycle and impact of tissues has won the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) The Story of Your Stuff 2022 competition. This year’s competition attracted over 200 entries from schools across the country, as well as the highest number of Irish language entries to date. The winning entry was created by Wong Cheuk Yin Cayden from […]

Improved Homes for Older People and Disabled Persons in Offaly as €1.54 million in Funding Announced

Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien TD and Minister of State for Local Government and Planning, Peter Burke TD, have today (28 March 2022) announced €1.54 million in funding for Housing Adaptation Grants for Older People and People with a Disability living in Offaly. The allocation is an increase of €174,945 on […]

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