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Notice Of Rates Having Been Made

Notice is hereby given that County Rates have been duly made on the property rateable thereto in the above named County Health District of Offaly. The annual rate on valuation (ARV - formerly Rates in the pound) for the ordinary expenditure of Offaly County Council for service of the year ending on 31st December 2017 is €66.00

Rural Development Programme (LEADER) 2014-2020

Offaly Local Development Company is the implementing partner delivering the Rural Development Programme (LEADER) 2014 – 2020 in Offaly on behalf of Offaly Local Community Development Committee. A call for applications for funding under the following themes is now open:

STRUCTURES AT RISK FUND 2017

The Department of Arts Heritage Regional Rural and the Gaeltacht Affairs (DAHRRGA) has announced the Structures at Risk Fund for 2017 with a total (countrywide) fund available of €824,000. The purpose of the SRF is to assist with works to safeguard structures included in the Record of Protected Structures and structures which contribute to the character of Architectural Conservation Areas.  Only structures or parts of structures in immediate danger of significant deterioration will qualify for consideration  for funding by DAHRRGA.

BUILT HERITAGE INVESTMENT SCHEME 2017

Offaly County Council wishes to invite applications under the Built Heritage Investment Scheme (BHIS) for 2017, as operated by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. This scheme seeks to encourage the leveraging of private capital to invest in a number of small-scale, labour-intensive projects to repair and conserve Protected Structures and Proposed Protected Structures and in certain cases, for the conservation of structures within Architectural Conservation Areas, and to support the employment of skilled and experienced conservation professionals, craftworkers and tradespeople.

Speed Limits Review

 DRAFT ROAD TRAFFIC SPECIAL SPEED LIMIT BYE-LAWS 2017 In accordance with Section 9 of the Road Traffic Act 2004, the Draft Offaly County Council Road Traffic Special Speed Limit Bye Laws 2017 have been prepared and will be available for inspection during normal office hours (9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.) Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays) from Wednesday 7th December, 2016 to Friday, 27th January, 2017 (both dates inclusive) at the following locations:

Notice Of Deposit Of Rate Book For Inspection And Of Intention To Make A Rate

Notice is hereby given that Offaly County Council is about to make a County Rate on the property rateable thereto in the above named County Health District of Offaly. 

Changes to Site Suitability Assessments for On-Site Wastewater Treatment (Percolation Testing)

Offaly County Council will no longer be completing Site Suitability Assessments for On-Site Wastewater Treatment (Percolation Testing) in-house. All applicants proposing to submit a Planning Application where on-site wastewater treatment is required must engage a suitable Assessor to undertake a Site Suitability Assessment. 

Finance Publications

The Adopted Budget can now be found on the Finance Publications page

Pride of Place Competition

Congratulations to Ferbane Food Campus, awarded national winner in the ‘Community Business Enterprise Initiatives’ category in the annual Pride of Place Awards - known affectionately by many as the ‘Community Oscars’ - on Saturday (26 November) in Belfast. The Ferbane Food Campus is an innovative flagship project in West Offaly. For more info. see http://www.ferbanefoodcampus.ie

Offaly County Council win Best Library Service Award at Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards

Offaly County Council was presented with the Award for Best Library Service at the 2016 Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards in Dublin on Thursday 24th November. The award was for the My Open Library Service which has now been running for 2 years in Offaly.

Competitive Call for Expression of Interest for Festival Funding

The Offaly Local Community Development Committee is seeking Expressions of Interest from Community/Voluntary Groups, Business / Enterprise Networks and / or Private Enterprises who wish to apply for grant assistance under the LEADER Rural Development Programme 2014 – 2020 to support the development and expansion of locally based festivals and events that will take place in 2017. Closing Date for Expressions of Interest: 30th November 2016.

Adopted Local Authority Budget of Offaly County Council 2017

The Local Authority Budget of Offaly County Council, for the financial year ending on 31st December 2017 was adopted on 21st November, 2016.

Tullamore Street Enhancement Project

Offaly County Council and the Tullamore Municipal District are seeking your views on proposals for works for the enhancement of Columcille Street, O’Connor Square and High Street, to include a pedestrian bridge from Millennium Square. Consultation will be ongoing over the period 24th October 2016 to 11th November 2016 (inclusive) and includes a drop-in consultation evening in Our Arts Centre (formerly Kilroys, High Street) on Thursday the 27th October 2016 from 4.30pm until 8pm, where you are invited to attend at the time that suits you and where council staff and the design team will be available to discuss the project and answer any questions you may have.

Draft Register of Electors 2017/2018

Notice is hereby given that the Draft Register of Electors for 2017/2018 was published on the 1st November 2016. This Draft Register of Electors can be checked at your local Post Office, Public Library, Garda Station, Courthouse or Local Authority Office. Make sure you can vote by ensuring that your name is on the Draft Register of Electors by 25th November 2016.

Congratulations Tullamore Town

Congratulations Tullamore Town on winning a Gold Award in Entente Florale Europe Competition on Friday and a Gold Medal in the National Tidy Towns Competition

Offaly County Council Social Housing Needs Assessment 2016

·   Please complete the following form to update your application for social housing with Offaly County Council. ·   Documents needed to update your application are listed below. Please send in the relevant documents with this form. ·   If you have any questions, please call the Housing Department on 057 935 7409 or email hna@offalycoco.ie

Local Property Tax LPT 2017

The Finance (Local Property Tax) Act 2012 (as amended), makes specific provision that elected members of a Local Authority may pass a formal resolution to vary the basic rate of the Local Property Tax for their administrative area by a percentage known as the local adjustment factor. At the meeting set by Offaly County Council to consider this matter, the members may set a local adjustment factor within the range of +/- 15% of the basic rate, or, may decide not to adjust the basic rate. Offaly County Council will meet on 19th September 2016 to consider the setting of a local adjustment factor for 2017.

Launch of Rebuilding Ireland – Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness

Mr. Simon Coveney T.D., Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, today (19 July) published “Rebuilding Ireland – an Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness”, following Government approval of the comprehensive and ambitious Plan at today’s Cabinet meeting.  He was joined by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny and Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform, Paschal Donohoe.

Capital Assistance Scheme 'Call for Proposals 2016'

Approved housing bodies are invited to submit proposals under the Capital Assistance Scheme (CAS) for the provision of housing to cater for priority groups such as elderly people, homeless persons and people with a disability with a particular emphasis, but not exclusively, on moving people with a disability from a congregated setting into community based living. The proposals may be for new Capital Assistance Scheme construction projects and/or acquisition proposals.

Road Closures / Current Works

Current Road Works / Road Closures. Follow link to view current work being done in the county

Public Notice: Identification of Bathing Waters

Local authorities must identify official bathing areas in their area every year so that they can be monitored for safety, water quality and their level of use.  To help with this process, Offaly County Council is asking people who swim at beaches, lakes and rivers to tell them if they think they should maintain existing designated bathing waters designations or give a new official bathing area designation to areas that are commonly used for swimming, but not identified at the moment.

Municipal District of Tullamore - Community Grants 2016 Estate Enhancement

Application forms and details are available from the offices of Municipal District of Tullamore, Town Hall, Cormac St., Tullamore – 057 93 52470, during normal office hours, or alternatively can be downloaded from Offaly County Council’s website  Fully completed applications must be submitted in writing on the official Application Form to the offices of Municipal District of Tullamore, Town Hall, Cormac St., Tullamore by 4.00pm on 24th June, 2016

Kinnitty Company Wins Overall National Enterprise Award

Blast machine manufacturer from Offaly, supported by Local Enterprise Office Offaly, wins this year’s National Enterprise Award. The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Ms. Mary Mitchell O’ Connor T.D. has presented the top prize in the National Enterprise Awards to Applied Concepts, an Offaly-based manufacturer and exporter of blast machines used by builders and restoration companies. Set-up by Mark Clendennen and supported by Local Enterprise Office Offaly, the Kinnitty-based company began trading in 2010 and employs ten people. Its machines are used in building and restoration projects in countries such as Finland, Estonia, Venezuela and Ethiopia.

National Bike Week 11th to the 19th of June

National Bike Week, which takes place annually, returns to Offaly this summer from Saturday, 11th June to Sunday, 19th June. Enjoy eight days on two wheels celebrating and promoting all that is great about cycling. There are a wide range of events taking place throughout Offaly including:

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Proposed New Ferbane Fire Station

Offaly County Council are inviting members of the public to comment on a proposal to construct a new Fire Station at the site of the existing Council Depot at Gallen, Ferbane. Members of the public are invited to view the drawings for the proposed work and make a submission to the Council.

Lead Replacement Grant Scheme for Homeowners

The Department of the Environment Community & Local Government have announced a grant scheme that is available to homeowners to assist with the cost of replacing lead pipes and fittings containing lead in their property. If you want to test your water for lead: • You should use a laboratory with accreditation (approval) for testing for lead in drinking water. Using an accredited laboratory means you have independent assurance that the test is carried out properly. • You should take a sample before and after water has been flushed through the pipe for 3 minutes. The Irish National Accreditation Board (INAB) assesses and certifies laboratories. It lists all accredited laboratories on its website and you can check with it for suitable laboratories in your area. It is a good idea to ring a few laboratories as prices can vary. The website address is: http://www.inab.ie/Directory-of-Accredited-Bodies/Laboratory-Accreditation/Testing/ You can find information and details on how to apply under the Lead Replacement Grant scheme at the following link:

Municipal District of Tullamore Community Grants Scheme 2016

Application forms and details are available from the offices of Municipal District of Tullamore, Town Hall, Cormac St., Tullamore – 057 93 52470, during normal office hours, or alternatively can be downloaded from Offaly County Council’s website www.offaly.ie.   Fully completed applications must be submitted in writing on the official Application Form to the offices of Municipal District of Tullamore, Town Hall, Cormac St., Tullamore by   4.00pm on 26th February, 2016

Notice of Rates having been made

Notice is hereby given that County Rates have been duly made on the property rateable thereto in the above named County Health District of Offaly.  The annual rates on valuation (formerly rates in the pound) for the ordinary expenditure of Offaly County Council for service of the year ending on 31st December, 2016 is

Valuation Office

John O’Sullivan, Commissioner of Valuation, in exercise of the powers conferred on me by section 19 (1) of the Valuation Act 2001 (No. 13 of 2001), as amended by the Valuation (Amendment) Act 2015 (No. 10 of 2015), after consultation with the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government and Offaly County Council, hereby order as follows...

Press Release: New ‘visitoffaly.ie’ Tourism Website Launched

Cathaoirleach of Offaly County Council, Eamonn Dooley, said: “It is an honour for us here today to proudly launch our new ‘visitoffaly.ie’ Tourism Website for Offaly. Offaly Tourism Group has to be highly commended for this excellent initiative which is a follow on to the new tourism brand, “Offaly – Ireland’s Hidden Gem. Developing this new ‘visitoffaly’ website will allow us showcase all the tourism ‘Gem’s’ that we have in Offaly

Road Safety Authority Issues Warning over NDLS Text Messaging Scam

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has today 23 September 2015 become aware of fraudulent mobile phone text messages, purporting to come from the RSA’s National Driver Licence Service (NDLS), containing a link to a website seeking personal identity and banking details.

Draft Register of Electors 2016-2017

Offaly County Council is currently preparing the Draft Register of Electors for 2016 / 2017.  This Register of Electors will come into effect as the Live Register of Electors on 15th February, 2016.  Any person who: will be 18 years of age on or before 15th February 2016; has recently changed address; is seeking a Postal Vote or Special Vote; or who wishes to ensure that their registration details are entered accurately on the 2016 / 2017 Register of Electors, should email registerofelectors@offalycoco.ie or contact the Franchise Section, Offaly County Council, Áras an Chontae, Charleville Road, Tullamore, telephone 057 9357402 before 25th November 2015.

Part 8: Proposed Development - Grand Canal Blueway Shared Walking and Cycling Route

Offaly County Council in partnership with Waterways Ireland are inviting members of the public to comment on a proposal to upgrade the towpaths of the Grand Canal to accommodate a shared walking and cycling facility. The proposal is to upgrade the existing towpaths from Digby Bridge, Cappancur, to Turraun where it will connect with the existing cycle network of Lough Boora Discovery Park. Members of the public are invited to view the drawings for the proposed work and make a submission to the Council.

Part 8 Planning Process re Pedestrian Bridge at Bridge St., Birr

Details of the proposed scheme will be on display between the hours of 9.30am to 1.300pm and 2.00pm to 4.00pm on working days from Thursday 13th August to Wednesday 23rd of September 2015  at Birr Civic Offices, Wilmer Road, Birr, Co. Offaly. Submissions or observations with respect to the proposed development, dealing with the proper planning and development of the area in which the development would be situated, may be made in writing before 4.00pm on Wednesday 7th October 2015 to Mr Tom Shanahan, Acting Director of Services, Birr Civic Offices, Wilmer Road, Birr, Co. Offaly.

New Building Control Amendment Regulations 2015

Mr. Paudie Coffey, T.D., Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, has announced new regulations that will ease the application of the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2014 in relation to a single domestic dwelling on a single development unit, or a proposed domestic extension. Owners which include self-builders now have the choice to opt out of the general requirements to have construction works designed, inspected and certified by registered construction professionals in relation to such buildings.

Partial Exemption From Commercial Rates For Community Sports Clubs

The Valuation (Amendment) Act 2015 provides a new partial exemption from commercial rates for Community Sports Clubs that are registered under the Registration of Clubs (Ireland) Act 1904. Buildings or part of buildings used for or in conjunction with the sale or consumption of alcohol or food, retail use or hire to non-community organisations continue to be liable for rates. In order to avail of this partial exemption, Community Sports Clubs registered under the Registration of Clubs (Ireland) Act 1904 are required to complete and submit an application, with supporting documentation, to the Valuation Office on or before Tuesday September 15th 2015.

Offaly County Council Public Consultation Tullamore Street Enhancement Programme

Offaly County Council has developed a number of options for the enhancement of Columcille Street, O’Connor Square and High Street.  Options include, undergrounding cables, new paving, lighting, street furniture, planting, new layout of public areas including wider footpaths and increasing pedestrian priority within O’Connor Square. Public consultation will take place over the period 12th August 2015 to 3rd September 2015 (inclusive) by way of the following. click for more information

Press Release : Belmont's Darragh Kenny claims Aga Khan Trophy at Dublin Horse Show

Darragh Kenny from Belmont represented the Irish team which won its first Aga Khan Trophy for three years at the Dublin Horse Show at the RDS on Friday. Cllr Eamon Dooley, Cathaoirleach of Offaly County Council, said I'd like to congratulate Darragh Kenny who had the biggest win of his career on home soil when he captured his first Aga Khan Trophy. Darraghs’ performance on Sans Soucis Z was foot perfect and he did not incur any faults. Offaly County Council wishes Darragh continued success in his future equestrian career.

Press Release : Offaly County Council congratulates Shane Lowry on momentous victory at WGC- Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio

Cllr Eamon Dooley, Cathaoirleach of Offaly County Council, said: Shane Lowrys’ latest and greatest win at the WGC- Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio has brought immense pride and joy to the county of Offaly and has shown that Shane can compete with and beat the best golfers in the world. Shane Lowry is an Offaly man to the core and watching him yesterday winning in his native Clara colours reminded me of how down to earth and talented he is.

County of Offaly Polling Scheme

A new Polling Scheme for County Offaly is being prepared by Offaly County Council in accordance with the Electoral (Polling Schemes) Regulations 2005. Copies of the Draft Polling Scheme are available for inspection on our website or during office hours at Áras an Chontae, Charleville Road, Tullamore and at the following Council Offices: Civic Offices, Wilmer Road, Birr; Town Hall, Edenderry. Representations in relation to the Draft Polling Scheme, received on or before Friday 11th September 2015, will be considered by the Council.   Representations, in writing, should be addressed to Corporate Services Section, Offaly County Council, Áras an Chontae, Charleville Road, Tullamore. Further details and documents here.

Connecting People-Connecting Places Walking and Cycling Strategy

Offaly County Council are inviting members of the public to comment on the Draft Walking and Cycling Strategy for Offaly entitled 'Connecting People-Connecting Places'. The draft strategy outlines the vision for where walking and cycling projects can be improved and developed around the county with particular emphasis on improving existing routes in addition to creating new loops. More information and documents here.

Experience Offaly Marquee at the Tullamore Show

Offaly County Council invite you to step inside the Experience Offaly marquee at the Tullamore Show on August, 9th. There will be a variety of exciting tourism activities for you to choose from. If you wish to cruise the River Shannon or Grand Canal why not speak to representatives from Silverline or Barrowline Cruises. To uncover the unique flora and fauna of the Irish Midlands then the Lough Boora Discovery Park and Clara Bog Visitor Centre stands look forward to seeing you. More info here

Tellus Takes Off Over Offaly

It’s a case of ‘eyes to the sky’ over Offaly as the latest airborne phase of Tellus, a major geological survey of Ireland, has taken to the air.  Due to fly over the summer months (weather permitting), the plane will survey Eastern Ireland including counties Meath, Kildare, rural Dublin and northern parts of Wicklow and Laois. Tellus is led by the Geological Survey of Ireland and is funded by the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources.  The current survey is the fourth phase of a wider geological mapping project which collects and analyses geochemical and geophysical data on rocks, soil and water across Ireland. 

Local Propert Tax(LPT) 2016 : Notice of consideration of setting a Local Adjustment Factor

  The Finance (Local Property Tax) Act 2012 (as amended), makes specific provision that elected members of a local authority may pass a formal resolution to vary the basic rate of the Local Property Tax for their administrative area by a percentage known as the local adjustment factor. At the meeting set by Offaly County Council to consider this matter, the members may set a local adjustment factor within the range of +/- 15% of the basic rate, or, may decide not to adjust the basic rate. Offaly County Council will meet on 21st September 2015 to consider the setting of a local adjustment factor for 2016. Offaly County Council welcomes written submissions from the public on this matter specifically covering the potential effects of varying the basic rate of the Local Property Tax on businesses, individuals and on Local Authority services.

Library Summer Events

There’s plenty to keep you occupied this summer at your local library. All libraries in Offaly are running a “Summer Reading Adventure” for children. From the 1st July, children can register to take part and the first 500 children to complete the challenge will receive a certificate and a library bag. Arts and Crafts classes for children will be run over July and August in all libraries, places are limited so book your place early! There will be art exhibitions, heritage talks and walks, vintage week celebrations and a whole lot more. Full event guides are available in your local library or you can download them here:

Edenderry Town Park Part VIII

Notice is hereby given that Offaly County Council proposes to carry out development at Blundell Park, Edenderry, County Offaly. For a period of 6 (six) weeks, beginning on Wednesday, 24 June 2015, plans and particulars of the proposed development will be available for inspection or purchase at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy during office hours at the offices of Edenderry Municipal District, Town Hall, Edenderry, and Offaly County Council, Planning Department, Áras an Chontae, Charleville Road, Tullamore, County Offaly.

National Bikeweek 13th-21st June 2015

Offaly Sports Partnership, HSE Health Promotion and An Taisce have organised a number of initiatives to promote cycling during National Bikeweek 2015 which takes place from Saturday 13th – 21st June.  There are a number of activities organised in county Offaly to celebrate all things bike including cycle safety training for primary school children, lunchtime cycle on the Wednesday, try a tandem bike in Lough Boora Parklands and a fun family day in Lough Boora Parklands on Sunday 21st from 12pm until 4pm. Find us on Facebook Offaly Sports Partnership or log onto www.bikeweek.ie

Geological Survey of Ireland mapping project across counties Roscommon, Longford, Westmeath and adjacent parts of Mayo, Galway, Offaly, Kildare and Meath

This summer, the Geological Survey of Ireland will be embarking on Tellus North Midlands, a geo-environmental mapping project across counties Roscommon, Longford, Westmeath and adjacent parts of Mayo, Galway, Offaly, Kildare and Meath. The project will consist of an airborne geophysical survey and a ground-based geochemical soil survey. The project follows on from Tellus Border, which successfully completed in December 2013 following mapping of the border region. The results from Tellus Border are available, free of charge, at www.tellusborder.eu

Notice of Rates Having Been Made

Notice is hereby given that County Rates have been duly made on the property rateable thereto in the above named County Health District of Offaly.  The annual rates on valuation (formerly rates in the pound) for the ordinary expenditure of Offaly County Council for service of the year ending on 31st December, 2015 is as follows

National Award : Lough Boora Discovery Park

Lough Boora Discovery Park Winner of Best Environmental Tourism Innovation Award at the Irish Tourism Industry Awards 2015 Lough Boora Discovery Park was presented with this award on Friday 24th April. Congratulations to them on this fantastic win.  This award goes to a business or organisation that has demonstrated a commitment to the development, delivery, promotion and successful sales of a new and innovative tourism product or service that emphasises harmonious integration with the environment and maximises conservation of environmental resources

Referendums : Are you Registered to Vote?

You can check at Offaly County Council’s offices and on-line at www.checktheregister.ie. If you’re not registered, there is time to apply for inclusion in the Supplement in order to vote at the referendums   The referendums will take place on Friday, 22 May 2015. To vote in the referendums you must be an Irish Citizen who meets the qualifying conditions, including a requirement to be 18 years or over on polling day and ordinarily resident at the address at which you want to register. If you are on the register and have moved address recently, you may apply to get on the supplement at your new address.

Press Release: Attention all SME in Offaly

At the March Monthly meeting of Offaly County Council the Elected Members asked that the attached presentation be made available to assist  Small and Medium Enterprises and Sole Traders to understand the procurement requirements for Public Service contracts. One of the most important messages from this presentation is the requirement to register on the appropriate sites in order to compete for these contracts. More info here.

Housing Capital Assistance Scheme

Offaly County Council seeks proposals from Approved Housing Bodies for the construction and/or acquisition of homes to meet the needs of homeless persons, older people and people with a disability. This scheme aims to promote sustainable communities and to foster mixed tenure development. Priority will be given to modest developments of 10-16 dwellings. Details of the conditions of the scheme and the criteria to be used by Offaly County Council in recommending proposals to the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government for approval are available by request. Approved Housing Bodies are asked to complete and submit their proposals to the undersigned by 5 p.m. on Wednesday April 15th.

Notice of deposit of rate book for inspection and of intention to make a rate

Offaly County Council Notice of deposit of rate book for inspection and of intention to make a rate. Notice is hereby given that Offaly County Council is about to make a county rate of the property rateable thereto in the county of Offaly.  The annual rate on valuation (ARV) for the ordinary expenditure of Offaly County Council for service of the year ending on 31st December, 2015 is €66.00.

IPB Community Engagement Fund – closing date 20th March 2015

Irish Public Bodies now welcome applications to the 2015 Community Engagement Fund. The Fund initiative titled ‘IPB Community Engagement Fund’ follows on from the successful community awarding programme in 2014 that led to 173 organisations receiving much needed support. Applications to IPB should be made directly by community groups. The closing date is 20th March 2015 and you are referred to http://www.ipb.ie for further information and application forms.

Local Community Development & Tourism News

‘Community Tourism Diaspora’ Project Funds, administered by Offaly County Council. Closing Date 31st March 2015 This initiative is a three-way partnership between Fáilte Ireland, IPB Insurance and Offaly County Council and has been established as a follow on from the success of the Gathering in mobilising local communities to harness diaspora links for the benefit of local tourism.

Press Release : Open for Business Incentive Grant Scheme

The Open for Business scheme is a business incentive scheme that will provide grant on commercial rates for up to three years for businesses re-occupying properties that have been vacant for long periods of time. Offaly County Council wants to encourage thriving and diverse business centres and wants to see the number of vacant retail/ commercial properties decrease. This grant is intended to incentivise and encourage reoccupation of vacant retail/commercial properties.

Press Release: The Local Enterprise Office has produced a Commercial  Property Listing for County Offaly

The Local Enterprise Office has produced a Commercial  Property Listing for County Offaly. The Property Listing covers space available For sale/To let            ·         Industrial ·         Office              ·         Retail This quarterly listing has been developed with the co-operation of local Estate Agents and Developers and the use of Internet property search engines during  January and February 2015. ”It is a great addition to the Business community searching for premises,  as the listing enables users to source space suitable to their requirements in a quick and easy way.”  Orla Martin, Head of Enterprise .

Press Release - Offaly Product Design Exhibition Opens

2015 has been designated Year of Irish Design. To celebrate it, the Local Enterprise Office is showcasing details of products designed by Offaly companies. The exhibition highlights the diverse range of design and manufacturing capability in the County, and celebrates innovation in all its forms. The exhibition is taking place throughout the week of 23rd to 27th February in the Atrium of Offaly County Council - a building that has received its own design awards.

Tender for the Provision of Crèche Facilities

Offaly County Council invites applications (Expressions of Interest) to continue the provision of a Crèche service at Áras an Chontae, Charleville Road, Tullamore County Offaly. The existing crèche has operated successfully since 2003. The crèche is in prime location and is well known in the locality. The crèche represents a solid business opportunity.

Municipal District of Tullamore Community Grants Scheme 2015

Application forms and details are available from the offices of Municipal District of Tullamore, Town Hall, Cormac St., Tullamore - 05793/52470, during normal office hours, or alternatively can be downloaded from Offaly County Council’s website www.offaly.ie.   Fully completed applications must be submitted in writing on the official Application Form to the offices of Municipal District of Tullamore, Town Hall, Cormac St., Tullamore by  4.00pm on 6th March, 2015

Adoption of the Corporate Plan

The Cathaoirleach, Cllr Sinead Dooley, welcomed the unanimous adoption of the Corporate Plan which covers the life of the current Council. The Plan for 2015 to 2019 places a strong emphasis on economic and tourist development.  The objective is to increase visitor numbers through the establishment of an identity and brand for the county and to maximise the potential of Offaly’s rich natural and built heritage resources.

Offaly Greenways public information Sessions

Offaly County Council are inviting members of the public to comment on the draft ‘Offaly Greenways Strategy’ in 2015. The Strategy will include projects outlining where walking and cycling projects can be improved and developed around the county with particular emphasis on improving existing routes in addition to creating new loops. Speaking ahead of the December Council Meeting, Cathaoirleach Sinead Dooley welcomed the initiative. Read full press release here.

Christmas Holiday Arrangements

The offices will be closed from 4p.m. on Tuesday 23rd December and will re-open on Wednesday 31st December (9.30a.m. to 4p.m.). They will close on Thursday 1st January and re-open on Friday 2nd January and thereafter as normal.  Please call 1890 750 750 for out of office hours emergencies relating to Council services.

Draft Corporate Plan 2015 to 2019

The members of Offaly County Council agreed at their Monthly meeting held on 14th November 2014 to place the Draft Corporate Plan 2015 to 2019, on public display. A copy of the document can be viewed at the link below. The public are invited to comment on the Plan, and submissions will be accepted up to 4.00 pm on Monday 8th December 2014.

Christmas lights being switched on this Sunday

The Christmas season is officially set to commence in Tullamore on Sunday, 23rd November. That’s because the town’s Christmas lights will be switched on in a ceremony beginning at 5:00pm in O’Connor Square, Tullamore. As is now customary, the lights switch-on extravaganza should prove to be a highly enjoyable affair with the music and fun for all the family. Santa Claus will also take time-out from the festive build-up in the North Pole to visit Tullamore for the occasion. Entertainment starts at 5pm with the Stage Stars Academy with boys and girls performing various routines live on stage. Tullamore Town Band and St Columcille’s Pipe Band will lead out Santa from the GAA grounds at 5.30pm making his way to O’Connor Square.

Draft Budget 2015

Downoad the Draft Budget 2015 here

Notice of Draft Local Authority Budget for 2015

Notice is hereby given that the Draft Local Authority Budget of Offaly County Council, for the financial year ending on 31st December 2015 has been prepared and will be considered by the Council at the Statutory Annual Budget Meeting to be held in the Council Chamber, Aras an Chontae, Tullamore on Monday 17th November 2014 at 2pm.

Walking in Offaly

Offaly Walking Festival is on between the 10th and the 12th of October. All events can be found in the following document.

Municipal District of Birr the Traffic Management System at Emmet Square

Update September 2014 : At the monthly meeting on the 8th September 2014 of the Municipal District of Birr the Traffic Management System at Emmet Square was adopted.

Non Principal Private Residence (NPPR) Charge

Offaly County Council advises that making contact with their offices or the NPPR Bureau by e-mail before the deadline can freeze any additional penalties that might otherwise come into effect on 1st September. 

Tender - Instrumental Tutor for Music Generation Offaly/Westmeath

Offaly and Westmeath are among twelve counties selected for participation in Music Generation – the U2 and Ireland Funds’ supported National Music Education Programme, initiated by Music Network. In response, Offaly County Council, on behalf of Music Generation Offaly Westmeath is now seeking to create a pool of instrumental instructors for the Music Generation Offaly Westmeath Instrument Outreach Programme.  Expressions of interest from individuals or groups to deliver The Instrumental Outreach Programme in schools and other settings across both counties are welcomed.

Draft Strategic Policy Committee Scheme 2014

Following the local elections in May 2014, Offaly County Council is establishing new Strategic Policy Committees (SPCs). The purpose of the SPCs is to advise and assist the Council in the formulation, development and review of policy.  The membership of each SPC will consist of elected members and sectoral representatives. The Draft Scheme provides for 4 SPCs. Submissions are now invited in relation to the Draft Scheme, which may be viewed online or can be obtained from any public office of Offaly County Council.  Any comment or submission in relation to the Draft Scheme should be forwarded to the undersigned to be received no later than 3.30pm on 28th August 2014.

Local Property Tax - Public Consultation on Setting Local Adjustment Factor - FAQ

Local Property Tax (LPT) is an annual tax charged on all residential properties in the State and came into effect in 2013. A half-year payment was due in 2013, with a full-year payment due in 2014. The LPT is collected by the Revenue Commissioners. Here is some Frequently Asked Questions

Offaly Innovation Centre is open for Business

The Innovation Centre is an exciting new addition to the suite of business supports available in the County. This new venture is a multi functional space, offering hot desk space, desk space, office space for rental and meeting room hire. It is designed to assist innovative people develop their business idea and interact with other people doing the same. It is much more than just office space. The Innovation Centre is supported by the Local Enterprise Office and other partners and these will provide ongoing training and mentoring support to people working in the Centre.

Official Launch of Offaly's Local Enterprise Office

There was an upbeat and positive mood in the County Council building today, as the new Local Enterprise Office (LEO) was officially launched. Existing business owners, aspiring business people, County Council staff, Councillors and enterprise and development agencies all gathered in the Atrium for the event. Minister Charles Flanagan, Department of Children and Youth Affairs officiated at the launch. He complimented the work undertaken to date by both Offaly County Council and the former Offaly County Enterprise Board. The Minister outlined how this initiative formed part of the Action Plan for Jobs, and that additional staff and funding was being provided to support the work of the Local Enterprise Office.

Public Notice: Public participation in the identication of ‘bathing waters’ under the bathing waters directive

All 31 city and county councils are inviting public participation in the identification of Bathing Waters under the Bathing Waters Directive and the Bathing Water Quality Regulations 2008 (SI No 79 of 2008). The Directive requires that water quality at all designated bathing waters meets stringent microbiological standards in order to protect the health of people who choose to bathe there. City and county councils are required under the 2008 Regulations to identify bathing waters on an annual basis.

News and Events re Tourism in Offaly

‘Community Tourism Diaspora Project’ - fund application process now available, closing date 9th May. This initiative is a three-way partnership between Fáilte Ireland, IPB Insurance and Offaly County Council (within the City and County Managers Association); and has been established as a follow on from the success of the Gathering in mobilising local communities to harness diaspora links for the benefit of local tourism.

Emmet Square Enhancement Project

Emmet Square Enhancement Project At the monthly meeting on 10th March 2014, Birr Town Council decided to park for further consideration the Emmet Square Enhancement Proposal. Key decisions to date relating to the project are recorded in the minutes of the monthly meetings of the 10th June 2013, 12th August 1213 and 13th January 2014.

New Building Control Regulations 2014

The new Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2014 will come into effect on the 1st March 2014. It is intended by the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government that this new legislation will become an important element in the pursuit of an improved culture of compliance.

Press Release - Sports Capital Funding

A new €40 million fund for important sports capital projects has been announced today by Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring. “The terms and conditions of the programme have been finalised and it will open for applications on 17th January 2014. Applications for the 2014 programme will only be accepted online, and organisations must be registered in order to apply.”

Press Release - Clara Swimming Pool Funding

The Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring, TD has announced that the tender report submitted by Offaly County Council for the proposed refurbishment of the swimming pool at Clara has been approved.  Accordingly a grant of €784,000 is being allocated to Offaly County Council under the Local Authority Swimming Pool Programme.

Watch our Video

Video launched this week promoting Offaly as the perfect location to start your business. This 2 minute video captures a visual blend of strong brands associated with the County, interspersed with lifestyle and landscape images. It is a very quick moving video with shots from across the County. Why not have a look, like it and share it!

Warning : Bogus Rate Collectors

It has come to our attention there are a number of bogus collectors operating in the vicinity. Reports state that there is a man and a woman claiming to be acting on behalf of Offaly County Council wearing high-visibility jackets and producing fake identification. They are requesting payment of Commercial Rates.

Be Winter Ready

Today, the Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Mr. Alan Shatter, T.D., and  Mr. Phil Hogan T.D. Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government launched the Government’s ‘Be Winter Ready’ 2013-2014 Information Campaign at the National Emergency Coordination Centre in Dublin.All information can be found on www.winterready.ie

Press Release - OMHTW 2013 Brochure

On Wednesday evening last 6th November, the third Offaly Mental Health Talk Week (OMHTW) was launched in Tullamore Library at 6.00 PM. This two week campaign has been organised to help raise awareness about mental health issues, to endeavour to reduce the taboo in relation to mental illness and to provide a showcase for the supports that exist in the local community. The week itself will take place from 16-30 November with something for everyone included in the talks and activities taking place so treat yourself come along to a talk and do something for your mental health that week.

Winter Service Plan 2013- 2014

The purpose of this document is to identify the processes, procedures and key personnel employed by Offaly County Council, to deliver the winter service operation for County Offaly.

County Development Plan 2014-2020

Following the consideration of the pre-draft Offaly County Development Plan 2014-2020 by the Elected Members on the 30th of September 2013 and the 3rd of October 2013, the Draft Offaly County Development Plan has been prepared. The Draft Plan is on public display from Wednesday 16th October 2013 to Monday 6th January 2014 (both dates inclusive).

Traveller Accommodation Programme 2014-2018

In accordance with Section 9 of the Housing (Traveller Accommodation) Act, 1998, Offaly County Council hereby gives notice that it has prepared a Draft Traveller Accommodation Programme for the 5 year period 2014-2018. A copy of this Draft Programme is available for inspection during normal opening hours

MotorTax : Non-use of Vehicle Declarations

We have received thousands of these forms recently due to the ending of the older RF100A tax renewal forms on 30th September. Customers should be assured that if their application has been received in this office on or before 30th September it will be processed in due course and receipts will issue. In some cases, we may need additional information or clarification and this will be requested as required.

Opportunity to Supply Works, Goods and Services

Offaly County Enterprise Board in association with Offaly County Council will be scheduling a number of free evening over the coming weeks. Please see document attached

Opportunities for Suppliers of Works, Goods and Services to Offaly Local Authorities

Offaly Local Authorities would like to inform all of our suppliers of the changes in Procurement across the Public Sector. National frameworks have been entered into for several categories of supplies. All Suppliers, regardless of their business should ensure that all opportunities of business with Offaly Local Authorities are availed of.  Many of these frameworks are coming near an end of term and will be advertised by the National Procurement Websites.

Offaly Boundary Committee Report 2013

Offaly Local Electoral Area - Boundary Committee Report 2013 (Tuarascáil an Choiste um Theorainneacha - Toghlimistéar Áitiúil 2013)

Important Notice in Relation to Property Tax

As announced in Budget 2013, an Annual Property Tax (LPT) will come into effect from 1st July, 2013.All enquiries in relation to this charge should be referred to the revenue commissioners. A dedicated lo-call number for enquiries has been set up. Please click on link below to find out more infomation.

Unfinished Housing Developments - Local Property Tax Waiver

Offaly County Council has set up a dedicated team to focus on the resolution of the unfinished housing developments in Co. Offaly. Please see below link to information for residents living in an Unfinished Housing Development

Offaly Sports Partnership Announces 2012 Club Development Grant Scheme Allocations

Offaly Sports Partnership has announced its 2012 Club Development Grant Scheme allocations. 12 clubs shared a total of €6,000. Please follow link to see the clubs

DRAFT Budget Book for 2013

Attached is a DRAFT budget book for 2013, to be presented to the members on Monday at 12.00. Hardcopies of the budget and detailed of analysis by job are available on request, after Mondays meeting.

Go for Life Small Grant Scheme Awards Announced for Offaly

On Thursday, 29th November, Go for Life announced the results of their small grant scheme for 2012. The grant scheme is a joint initiative between Go for Life and the Irish Sports Council. It funds groups and clubs who cater for older people around the country so that they can buy equipment, run sports events or try new activities. Over the past eleven years, the scheme has awarded almost €4million in nearly 8,000 grants. This year, the allocation of €285,000 will benefit 872 groups across the country.

Notice of Draft Local Authority Budget for 2013

Notice is hereby given that the Draft Local Authority Budget of Offaly County Council, for the financial year ending on 31st December 2013 has been prepared and will be considered by the Council at the Statutory Annual Budget Meeting to be held in the Council Chamber, Aras an Chontae, Tullamore on Monday 17th December 2012 at 2pm.

The Gathering 2013

Communities across the county are building Gathering events for Offaly for 2013. Communities, organisations and individuals attended very successful Offaly meetings in Sept 2012 to develop ideas for next year and are starting their own event committee work now. Smaller Gathering meetings can be arranged for other localities, please contact Catriona Hilliard, The Gathering 2013 Offaly County Co-ordinator for the Gathering 2013 - the gathering@offalycoco.ie, or 0579346829

Hullabaloo! Offaly's Children's Arts Festival

The 6th annual Hullabaloo! Offaly's Children's Arts Festival takes place from 31 October to 3 November is packed with all sorts of workshops and performances for children aged 3 to 12 years.

A Grand Experience

Offaly County Council commissioned public art projects interpreting the Grand Canal in Offaly. The documentary film 'A Grand Experience', from this project will be broadcast on Tue 16th October 2012 at 22.15, RTE 1.

The Minister announces the local government enterprise and jobs strategy

The Minister announces the local government enterprise and jobs strategy - 'Supporting Economic Recovery and Jobs – Locally'. Please follow the link to download the strategy and other info.

New Offaly Tourism Website

Congrats to the recently formed Offaly Tourism Network, who launched a new offalytourism.com website on Saturday 29th Sept.

Roadworks - Edenderry to Tullamore Rd

Roadworks will be commencing on Monday the 24th Sept on the R402 Edenderry To Tullamore Road in the Townland of Ballycon near Mount Lucas. A Stop/Go and Traffic Light Sysytem will be in operation.Roadworks are scheduled to finish on Thursday the 27th Sept.Motorists are advised to expect delays. OCC Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Domestic Wastewater System Registration

Domestic Wastewater System Registration : Must Register by  1st February 2013

Offaly Festival and Events 2012

Launch of Offaly Calendar of Events for 2012. The Calendar is an initiative of the Tourism Interagency Group and aims to highlight festivals and events across Offaly this summer.

MidlandsIreland.ie - Best in Business Awards 2012

MidlandsIreland.ie and the Chambers of the Midland Region announce the launch of the Best in Business Awards 2012

Welcome home, Tullamore Dew

William Grant & Sons Ltd., the owner of Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey, today announced it will invest in a new, state of the art pot still whiskey and malt whiskey distillery in Tullamore town, bringing whiskey production back to the town for the first time since the original distillery closed in 1954.

Press Release : Household Charge Opening Hours

In response to public demand, Offaly County Council is extending its facilities for local payment of the Household Charge before the payment deadline of March 31st.  In addition to Aras an Chontae, Tullamore, payment will be accepted at Birr Civic Offices and Edenderry Town Hall from Monday to Friday (9:30am - 4:00pm).  Aras an Chontae Tullamore will open specially on Saturday March 31st to receive payments (9:30am – 4:00pm).

Brochures - Tullamore and District Tourist Guide 2012/13

Click on the link above to download the latest Tullamore Tourist Guide 2012/2013.

Information regarding the Non-Principal Private Residence Charge

The Local Government (Charges) Act 2009 introduces a 200 Euro annual charge on non principal private residences, payable by the owner(s) of the NPPR to the Local Authority in whose area the property concerned is located.

Student Grants Scheme

You may be entitled to a Student Grant if you are pursuing a University Degree or Postgraduate Course. Application forms and full details are available at www.studentfinance.ie

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