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Tuesday 28 March 2023 Dublin: 15°C

# Department of Environment

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# Department of Environment
First of three €200 electricity credits to appear on bills from tomorrow
The credit line will appear on bills from the start of November and into December
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# Eamon Ryan
Eamon Ryan will travel to Cop26 after second test gives negative Covid-19 result
Minister Ryan had received news of a positive Covid-19 test on Saturday.
# waste charges
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.
# Long Time Coming
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.”
# Housing
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.
# waiting list
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.
Catherine Murphy claims there have been secret changes to the water charges bill
…but the government says her comments are “baffling”.
# Dog's Life
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.
# Emergency
Firefighters have been given the thumbs up to go on strike
The government wants to make fire crews smaller.
# Big Philly Style
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.
# you can't do that!
Management company threatens to cut off water until tenants register with Irish Water
But they say “unclear policies” on water charges have forced their hand.
# Price hike
Cost of water meters underestimated by €107 million
RTÉ’s This Week programme says the guide price provided to Government was way off.
# orange you glad
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.
# Saved
Funding to be restored to 30 health and disability groups
A number of the groups faced closure due to the loss of funding.
# Small mercies
It turns out the Mahon Tribunal is going to cost less than was previously thought*
*Though it’s still a whopping €159 million.
# looking to 2050
"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.
# premiums
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.
# Wicklow
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.
# Back to Work
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.
# gloves are off
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.
# tackling cancer
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.
# Hot Water
'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.
# Water Charges
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.
# Planning
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.
# Pyrite
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.
# Priory Hall
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.
# dormant accounts
€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.
# Not being silly
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”.
# Homelessness
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.
# Protest
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.
# dog control
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.
# abandoned
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.
# Property Tax
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.
# Roisin Shortall
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.
# Priory Hall
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.
# Penalty Points
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.
# Firefighters
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.
# Drilling
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.
# Industrial Action
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.
# septic tanks
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.