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# department-of-the-environment - Saturday 21 May, 2016

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.

# department-of-the-environment - Thursday 12 May, 2016

There are now 6,000 people living homeless in Ireland

The number of those living without accommodation in Ireland increased by 152 in March.

# department-of-the-environment - Wednesday 6 April, 2016

The government is ordering 4 million new polling cards

The Department of the Environment has said that this is “normal procedure”.

# department-of-the-environment - Tuesday 22 December, 2015

The way that apartments are built in Ireland is changing

New guidelines are aimed at tackling the housing crisis and bringing down rents.

# department-of-the-environment - Friday 23 January, 2015

€100 water charges grant WON'T be scrapped, despite EU concerns

The European Commission is concerned about the Government’s revised water charges package.

# department-of-the-environment - Thursday 18 December, 2014

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.

# department-of-the-environment - Friday 23 May, 2014

Countdown's over (finally), here's what you need to vote today

You don’t need a polling card, but might need some ID.

# department-of-the-environment - Wednesday 16 April, 2014

Simplify ballot papers? It could cause legal problems, say Environment officials

55 per cent of people found last year’s referendum ballot papers confusing…

# department-of-the-environment - Wednesday 12 March, 2014

Vintage cars, fracking and the Russian ambassador

Everything happening in Leinster House today.

# department-of-the-environment - Wednesday 26 February, 2014

Association uses new funding approach to redevelop homes for older people FOLD IReland This post contains images

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.

# department-of-the-environment - Tuesday 14 January, 2014

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.

# department-of-the-environment - Monday 30 December, 2013

Poll: Should we introduce self-service public libraries? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should we introduce self-service public libraries?

It’s worked in Denmark but would it work here?

# department-of-the-environment - Friday 13 September, 2013

'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.

# department-of-the-environment - Tuesday 25 June, 2013

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.

# department-of-the-environment - Friday 26 April, 2013

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.

# department-of-the-environment - Thursday 24 January, 2013

€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.

# department-of-the-environment - Saturday 12 January, 2013

Poll: Do you think the water charge will be largely boycotted? Your Say This post contains a poll

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?

# department-of-the-environment - Saturday 29 December, 2012

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.

# department-of-the-environment - Monday 8 October, 2012

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.

# department-of-the-environment - Wednesday 19 September, 2012

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.

# department-of-the-environment - Friday 14 September, 2012

Abbeyshrule adds to the trophy cabinet with European award

The Longford village won Ireland’s TidyTowns Award earlier this week.

# department-of-the-environment - Sunday 5 August, 2012

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.

# department-of-the-environment - Wednesday 11 July, 2012

E-Voting machines finally put to use In Pictures This post contains images

E-Voting machines finally put to use

The company which bought and scrapped the machines has donated €10,000 to charity.

# department-of-the-environment - Monday 18 June, 2012

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.

# department-of-the-environment - Friday 1 June, 2012

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.

# department-of-the-environment - Thursday 31 May, 2012

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”.

# department-of-the-environment - Friday 11 May, 2012

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.

# department-of-the-environment - Monday 30 April, 2012

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.

# department-of-the-environment - Monday 23 April, 2012

‘Serial planning objector’ appointed to An Bord Pleanála Exclusive

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.

# department-of-the-environment - Tuesday 17 April, 2012

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.

# department-of-the-environment - Monday 16 April, 2012

Poll: Should households pay for their own water meters? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should households pay for their own water meters?

The Government says it would be in line with international practice but is it fair?

# department-of-the-environment - Sunday 15 April, 2012

Homeowners will have to pay for their own water meters

The cost of water meters will be passed onto consumers, the Government has revealed.

# department-of-the-environment - Thursday 12 April, 2012

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.

# department-of-the-environment - Friday 30 March, 2012

Updated: €62 million collected from Household Charge so far

Just one day before the deadline, the Department says figures are showing “momentum”.

# department-of-the-environment - Wednesday 28 March, 2012

Homeowners warned over bogus household charge collectors

Con artists are reportedly using the household charge deadline as a way to extort money from residents in some areas.

# department-of-the-environment - Tuesday 27 March, 2012

Three-quarters of homes still to pay household charge

395,232 homes had paid the charge by 5pm this evening – that’s just under a quarter of the 1.6 million liable homes.

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