IT Blanchardstown to form part of Technological University

Thursday, May 30, 2013

The Institute of Technology Blanchardstown is to join up with The Dublin Institute of Technology and the Institute of Technology Tallaght to form a new Technological University. The announcement by the Department for Education is part of a reorganisation of the higher education recommended by the Higher Education Authority (HEA). The colleges must now prepare a plan to meet the criteria to become a full Technological University.
Ireland has 39 publicly funded higher education institutes which is way above international norms. None of them figure in international league tables and all struggle for funding.


Pyrite Resolution Board Launches new Website

Monday, May 27, 2013

The Pyrite Resolution Board, established by the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Mr. Phil Hogan, T.D., has been engaged in developing a scheme for homeowners who have no other viable means of undertaking the remediation of significant pyrite damage to their dwellings.

The development of the Pyrite Remediation Scheme is progressing satisfactorily and the Board has today launched a website to inform homeowners and the general public of the outline of the scheme. This is a significant first step in putting in place an effective remediation programme.
The website summarises the scope of the scheme, the qualification criteria and the various steps involved in the remediation process. It also provides answers to questions that have been raised by homeowners and their representatives.


New Link Road Brings Multi Million Euro Investment

Friday, May 24, 2013

Over a 100 new jobs are planned for Blanchardstown as part of a multi-million euro investment by Limerick-based Pallas Foods.

Kevin Quinn, Leo Varadkar TD, Minister for Transport Tourism and Sport  with Councillor Kieran Dennison at the opening of the N2/N3 link Road
Fingal County Council has granted planning permission to build a massive new distribution centre along the new N2/N3 Link road near Tyrrelstown. It expects that 200 people will be employed by Arup during the 15-month construction phase.


Energy Efficiency Upgrade for Council Houses

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

AROUND 25,000 council houses are set to get an energy efficiency upgrade as part of the Government's new stimulus package. The €14m plan is expected to create 1,000 building jobs and reduce the heating bills of council tenants.

Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin is due to bring a memo to Cabinet on Wednesday, detailing the plan along with other employment-boosting projects such as new school buildings and local road upgrades.

Many of the country's 120,000 council houses and flats date back to the 1950s and 1960s and have Building Energy Ratings of "G" or "F" – which means that tenants find it very difficult to keep them heated in winter.


Local Enterprise Offices Launched

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, and the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan TD, together with the Minister of State for Small Business, John Perry TD, yesterday showcased a Local Enterprise Office (LEO) in Fingal County Council, and announced details of the improved new support service for micro and small enterprises to be provided.

Ministers Bruton, Hogan and Perry announcing details of new Local Enterprise Offices


Cherryhound Local Area Plan - Opportunities for Employment

Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Local Area Plan lands comprise 240 hectares (593 acres) and are zoned ‘GE’ – General Employment in the Fingal Development Plan 2011-2017 where the objective is to - ‘provide opportunities for general enterprise and employment’.

The New M2M3 Link Road with lands Zoned General Enterprise


Proposed Closure of Porterstown Railway Level Crossing

The opening of the new Porterstown Link Road has greatly reduced the traffic levels on the Clonsilla section of the old Porterstown road. The new road combined with Dr. Troy bridge provides an alternative route for traffic in the general area to avoid delays at the railway level crossings.
 Fingal County Council and the National Transport Authority are now proposing to permanently close the level crossing at Porterstown. It is an objective of Irish Rail to close the level crossing for safety and operational reasons.


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