Friday, September 25, 2015

Swords is celebrating today after learning it has achieved the prestigious Purple Flag status for its evening and night-time economy. Purple Flag is a town and city centre award – similar to the Blue Flag for beaches – which aims to raise the standard and broaden the appeal of town and city centres between the hours of 18:00 and 05:00. Towns awarded the Purple Flag are recognised for providing a vibrant mix of entertainment while promoting the safety and well being of visitors and local residents. 

Since 2007, 65 towns and cities in Ireland and the UK have achieved Purple Flag status. Purple Flag accredited towns have all reported a consistent increase in footfall and a decrease in crime within the evening and night-time economy.


Launch of the Public Consultation Stage of the Independent Organisational Review of An Bord Pleanála

Thursday, September 24, 2015

An Bord Pleanála was established in 1977 and has a wide range of functions including the determination of appeals and certain other matters under planning legislation and determination of applications for strategic infrastructure development. An Bord Pleanála’s functions have expanded significantly since its establishment and it is anticipated that new functions will continue to be assigned to it into the future.

The terms of the scope of the review are set out in the Terms of Reference available here.


New local authority homes to benefit elderly and disabled people

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Further Investment in Social Housing Delivery with €180m of Project Approvals

Another 54 social housing construction projects kicked off.

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Alan Kelly, and Minister for State for Housing, Planning & Construction, Paudie Coffey, have today, July 23rd, 2015 announced further progress on social housing delivery with the funding of almost 1200 new units across the country. (Breakdowns below).

Minister Leo Varadkar and Cllr. Kieran Dennison
launch Hansfield Housing Development


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