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#Department of Environment

# department-of-environment - Friday 22 July, 2016

Bin collectors to hand over customer details to help figure out who is fly-tipping

Under new rules, local authorities can request the information from private waste companies.

# department-of-environment - Sunday 19 June, 2016

Snapshot of one county: How Ireland's housing crisis grew out of control

Bray town councillor Pat Vance told his colleagues in 2013: “I’ll keep on saying it, time and time again, something needs to be done.”

# department-of-environment - Monday 16 November, 2015

It looks like just 200 council houses will be built in the whole of 2015

Alan Kelly said that “ten times” more social houses than the 20 built so far this year will be completed by the end of 2015.

# department-of-environment - Monday 7 September, 2015

The housing crisis may be much worse than we thought

Figures released by Fianna Fáil show the social housing waiting list stands at 130,000 and not the 89,000 the government claims.

# department-of-environment - Thursday 25 June, 2015

Catherine Murphy claims there have been secret changes to the water charges bill

…but the government says her comments are “baffling”.

# department-of-environment - Wednesday 27 May, 2015

14,559 dogs came into Irish pounds last year, here's what happened the ones in your county

2,896 dogs were put to sleep – a drop of 620 from 2013.

# department-of-environment - Friday 20 March, 2015

Firefighters have been given the thumbs up to go on strike

The government wants to make fire crews smaller.

# department-of-environment - Monday 22 December, 2014

There are no records of some meetings Phil Hogan had about Irish Water

Fresh details – or the lack of – about discussions between Bord Gáis and the then-environment minister have emerged.

# department-of-environment - Tuesday 9 December, 2014

Management company threatens to cut off water until tenants register with Irish Water Exclusive

But they say “unclear policies” on water charges have forced their hand.

# department-of-environment - Sunday 23 November, 2014

Cost of water meters underestimated by €107 million

RTÉ’s This Week programme says the guide price provided to Government was way off.

# department-of-environment - Thursday 2 October, 2014

The Department of Environment has given projects led by the Orange Order €2 million since 2012

The money was paid out under an EU scheme.

# department-of-environment - Friday 18 July, 2014

Funding to be restored to 30 health and disability groups

A number of the groups faced closure due to the loss of funding.

# department-of-environment - Thursday 26 June, 2014

It turns out the Mahon Tribunal is going to cost less than was previously thought*

*Though it’s still a whopping €159 million.

# department-of-environment - Wednesday 23 April, 2014

"Little more than lipstick on a pig." Environment groups not happy with Ireland's climate change plan

The draft plans commit Ireland to a “low-carbon economy by 2050″ but Friends of the Earth say detailed targets are needed.

# department-of-environment - Tuesday 18 March, 2014

Insurance levy on the horizon to help pay for flood repairs

A spokesperson for Minister Hogan said he was “expressing his frustration” with the insurance industry when he spoke about the levy in a recent interview.

# department-of-environment - Tuesday 25 February, 2014

Over 30 syringes found in a boarded up council house

Sinn Fein Councillor John Brady said it is not an isolated incident and that boarded up houses are becoming drug dens in towns across the country.

# department-of-environment - Friday 21 February, 2014

Dole cut for long-term unemployed who refuse to work in local authorities

The INOU said participants need to be matched appropriately to suitable positions.

# department-of-environment - Thursday 20 February, 2014

Hogan's department slams 'usual rhetoric from Green Party' after mayor survey

This week the party said the minister was leaving people guessing on plans for a directly-elected mayor in Dublin when the survey showed 30 councillors were undecided on the issue.

# department-of-environment - Monday 17 February, 2014

Selling your home? You might have to test it for radon

A new report from the Department of Environment makes the suggestion as part of the effort to tackle the cancer-causing gas.

# department-of-environment - Thursday 16 January, 2014

'Did it come from the taxpayer?': PAC chief slams Hogan's officials over Irish Water funding

A suggestion that the exchequer is not funding Irish Water drew criticism from the Public Accounts Committee chairman John McGuinness last night.

# department-of-environment - Wednesday 15 January, 2014

Water charges will be announced ‘in or around August’

The charges are set to begin in October with the first bills due in early 2015 but a pricing structure has yet to be decided.

# department-of-environment - Tuesday 7 January, 2014

Planning process criticised as Government publishes details of public consultation

Ireland has submitted its first report on the implementation of the Aarhus Convention which ensures public participation in environmental planning.

# department-of-environment - Wednesday 16 October, 2013

Government announces €10 million for pyrite repairs

The funding will be available for about 1,000 properties that require immediate repair but homeowners who have already paid for repairs will not be compensated.

# department-of-environment - Monday 16 September, 2013

Hogan wants proposed resolution to Priory Hall debacle within three weeks

A spokesperson for the Priory Hall Residents Committee hasn’t “had any contact” with the Department of Environment despite press reports of a planned meeting today.

# department-of-environment - Friday 2 August, 2013

€43 million collected from dormant accounts this year

Already this year €37, 556 has been released from the Dormant Accounts Fund for charity donations or community projects.

# department-of-environment - Thursday 1 August, 2013

A councillor wants an all-Ireland ban on the sale of silly string

A Northern Ireland councillor is not happy about the sale of silly string which he said is “messy” and “unsightly”.

# department-of-environment - Sunday 14 April, 2013

How community living is bringing the homeless in from the cold

A former homeless addict explains how his experience with the charity Stepping Stone worked for him.

# department-of-environment - Saturday 13 April, 2013

Protest under way in Dublin city centre against Local Property Tax (pics)

The route includes Dublin Castle, where EU finance ministers are meeting this weekend.

Huge variations in payment of dog fines by local authorities

Figures from 2012 show payment rates varied from full compliance to just 3.6 per cent.

# department-of-environment - Tuesday 9 April, 2013

30 dogs abandoned every day in Ireland

Pedigree has launched its annual adoption drive, which is now in its sixth year., with the aim of increasing the adoption of dogs in Ireland.

# department-of-environment - Wednesday 20 March, 2013

Details of 5,100 property tax exemptions to be published tomorrow

While 43,000 households were exempted from last year’s household charge, only 5,100 households have been exempted from the local property tax.

# department-of-environment - Saturday 16 March, 2013

Róisín Shortall resignation 'a wrong decision' - Jan O'Sullivan

The Minister of State also spoke about Minister Hogan’s Traveller letter controversy, why gender quotas are a positive thing, and why she’s not in politics for a career.

# department-of-environment - Friday 15 March, 2013

Minister for housing says ex-residents of Priory Hall are 'in a dreadful situation'

Minister of State Jan O’Sullivan also spoke of Ireland’s ghost estates, the pyrite crisis, and her plans to end homelessness.

# department-of-environment - Thursday 14 March, 2013

Junior minister says Ming's behaviour is 'despicable and hypocritical' Penalty Points This post contains videos

Junior minister says Ming's behaviour is 'despicable and hypocritical'

Minister of State Jan O’Sullivan told of her own penalty points, and why she has no “sympathy whatsoever” for Deputy Flanagan.

# department-of-environment - Friday 15 February, 2013

Firefighter union chief says he's been barred from all Dublin fire stations

John Kidd, whose union claims to represent most of the firefighters working in Dublin, says he is barred from entering any fire station in the capital amid disputes with management over cuts to resources.

# department-of-environment - Tuesday 12 February, 2013

Providence surrenders licence for site off coast of Dublin

The company said the government in 1999 failed to transpose EU legislation into law which left it open to legal challenges.

# department-of-environment - Wednesday 6 February, 2013

SIPTU firefighters set to ballot for industrial action

SIPTU said new proposals to cut the numbers responding to incidents will put firefighters in danger and claim lives.

# department-of-environment - Monday 4 February, 2013

Almost a quarter of homes fail to register septic tank by deadline

76.6 per cent of homes had registered their tank by this morning – with 113,957 homes risking a €5,000 fine.

# department-of-environment - Monday 28 January, 2013

Septic tank registrations so far: how does your county rate?

Kerry county has the highest registration rate – but Dublin city residents have a lot of ground to make up.

Deadline looms as one third of waste water treatment systems remain unregistered

Those who don’t register by this Friday could face a fine of up to €5,000.

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