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Thursday 7 December 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# Department of the Environment

This year
Generators of offshore wind to pay coastal communities 'up to €20 million per year'
Generators will be required to appoint a professional fund administrator, but decision making on the allocation funds is to remain within communities.
Last year
Staff shortages leave energy regulator scrambling to keep the lights on
A report by
Niall Sargent
Noteworthy reveals the CRU needs almost 70 more staff to deliver on its security of supply and climate roles.
Core work of the energy regulator ‘frequently delayed by a lack of staff’, Government told
Concerns over staff burnout repeatedly raised by the regulator’s risk committee
Tánaiste says to prepare for risk of amber alerts in the run-up to Christmas
Government seeks permission to build two emergency electricity generators in Dublin
The two generators are planned to be located in North Wall and Huntstown Power Station in Co Dublin.
All time
Experts give their tips on how to reduce your waste (and save your money)
We found out some great tips from people in the know like chef Catherine Fulvio and the Environmental Protection Agency.
There are now 6,000 people living homeless in Ireland
The number of those living without accommodation in Ireland increased by 152 in March.
The government is ordering 4 million new polling cards
The Department of the Environment has said that this is “normal procedure”.
The way that apartments are built in Ireland is changing
New guidelines are aimed at tackling the housing crisis and bringing down rents.
€100 water charges grant WON'T be scrapped, despite EU concerns
The European Commission is concerned about the Government’s revised water charges package.
Environment Department denies Europe could force us to pay higher water charges
Independent MEP Marian Harkin said the Commission could tell the Government to increase the controversial charge.
Countdown's over (finally), here's what you need to vote today
You don’t need a polling card, but might need some ID.
Simplify ballot papers? It could cause legal problems, say Environment officials
55 per cent of people found last year’s referendum ballot papers confusing…
Vintage cars, fracking and the Russian ambassador
Everything happening in Leinster House today.
Association uses new funding approach to redevelop homes for older people
FOLD Ireland used private funds to redevelop a housing project in north Dublin after ownership was transferred from Dublin City Council.
Government knew of outside consultants procured at Irish Water almost a year ago
Costs were released for the first time today but Irish Water has said that the Government knew of the completion of the procurement process 10 months ago.
Poll: Should we introduce self-service public libraries?
It’s worked in Denmark but would it work here?
'Domestic users will not be charged VAT' by Irish Water
Government sources said that the framework in Irish Water is still being set up but that the government does not want to see households pay extra taxes on their Irish Water bills.
Councils given legal guidelines on new local area plans
The new guidelines mark the first time that councils have been given legal guidelines on their plans.
Inspections show 90pc of Dublin's flats aren't up to standard
Of the 1,499 houses inspected as part of the Intensified Inspection Programme, 1,384 homes (over 92 per cent) did not meet the required standard.
€200m EIB loan to finance 23 Irish water investment projects
The projects will provide new water mains, water and wastewater treatment facilities and reservoirs, as well as measures to improve water conservation.
Poll: Do you think the water charge will be largely boycotted?
Government is concerned that people won’t pay. Are they right to be worried?
1982 Papers reveal changes recommended to fire service in aftermath of Stardust disaster
The government said the capital’s fire service was not adequately equipped to meet “the needs of a modern fire brigade” at the time of the tragedy.
Referendum will save €600k by opening polls for two hours fewer than usual
Polls usually open from 7am but this time around they won’t open until 9am.
Council abandons household charge-student grant link 'on legal advice'
South Tipperary County Council says it decided not to link grant payments with the household charge after looking more closely.
Hogan admits water charges law will be behind Troika schedule
A European Commission report yesterday said legislation would be tabled in the coming days – but Phil Hogan says it’ll be later this year.
Abbeyshrule adds to the trophy cabinet with European award
The Longford village won Ireland’s TidyTowns Award earlier this week.
Landfill levy set for additional increase in July 2013
Levy to deter landfill use and increase recycling increased by 30 per cent last month – but Phil Hogan says plans are in place for another increase next summer.
E-Voting machines finally put to use
The company which bought and scrapped the machines has donated €10,000 to charity.
Registration for septic tank inspections may begin this month
The Department of the Environment says testing for the delayed registration is underway, and the rollout could be soon.
FitzPatrick, Bradshaw and ministers could be forced to address TDs on Docklands debacle
The Public Accounts Committee chairman says he has the power to compel people to attend meetings if he deems it necessary.
C&AG report questions decisions made by DDDA in bid for Glass Bottle site
Report highlights Dublin Dockland Development Authority’s involvement in record bid for property now valued at €45m.
Dublin Docklands Development Authority to be wound up, says Hogan
Minister says C&AG’s “damning” report on the DDDA means a standalone authority is no longer “a viable vehicle”.
Today's your last chance to post your application for a Fiscal Compact vote
Your local council needs to receive your form by Monday – meaning today is your last chance to get it posted off.
You have two days to register for a referendum postal vote
The polling order has been signed for the Fiscal Compact referendum – so here’s how to sort out your vote.
‘Serial planning objector’ appointed to An Bord Pleanála
Questions raised over impartiality of new board member due to past planning appeals but Environment Minister Phil Hogan is “happy” with the appointment of Greenstar founder director Dr Gabriel Dennison.
Plumbers' association 'ready to start work' on installing water meters
The Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors says it has 350 firms which could be used to install meters quickly.
17 questions (and answers) about those new water charges’s Q&A on one of the most controversial issues of the day…
New State body Irish Water will be part of Bord Gáis
Minister Phil Hogan has also confirmed that there will be no up-front charge for the water-metering programme.
Poll: Should households pay for their own water meters?
The Government says it would be in line with international practice but is it fair?
Homeowners will have to pay for their own water meters
The cost of water meters will be passed onto consumers, the Government has revealed.
Environment Minister announces review of ban on smokey coal
The ban on smokey coal in Dublin is believed to have resulted in at least 350 fewer deaths each year. Phil Hogan has announced a public consultation on the regulations around the ban.