The public are being invited to have their say on the preparation of a new regional plan that will set out a framework for waste management in ten countries across the south of the country during the next six years.
The Southern Region Waste Management Plan, which encompasses 10 local authorities and is one of three being developed in Ireland, also sets out a range of policies and actions in order to meet the specified mandatory and performance targets.
The Southern Waste Region encompasses the local authorities in Tipperary, Carlow, Clare, Cork City, Cork County, Kerry, Kilkenny, Limerick City & County, Waterford City & County and Wexford.
This week’s launch of the three draft regional waste management plans took place in Galway City Council’s offices and was also attended by the Chief Executives of the three Regional Local Authorities, namely Tipperary County Council (Southern), Limerick City and County Council, Dublin City Council (Eastern and Midlands), and Mayo County Council (Connacht Ulster).
The launch coincided with the commencement of a period of public consultation which will continue until January 30th 2015, while the regional waste management plans are expected to be finalised by the end of March 2015.
“Most importantly the plan seeks to assist and support the community and local business to develop resource efficiency and waste prevention initiatives,” explained Ms Philippa King, Regional Waste Co-ordinator, Southern Waste Region.
She continued: “A key plan target is to achieve a 1% reduction per annum in the quantity of household waste generated per capita over the period of the plan. In tandem the plan identifies measures to develop a circular economy where waste management initiatives stop being confined to treating and disposing of waste, instead supporting initiatives that value waste as a resource or potential raw material.”
Ms. King added: “We want to hear your views on achievements to date and about what more needs to be done. Have your say in the future of waste management by telling us your views. The more feedback we receive the greater the potential for improving Ireland’s environment into the future. A feedback form and the full plan is available on www.southernwasteregion.ie”
The preparation of new regional waste management plans for the regions have been under way since late 2013, following an evaluation of the previous plans which covered ten regions nationally.
Since the last plans were published between 2004 and 2006, a southern region network of 770 Bottle bank sites and 50 Civic Amenity Sites accepting more than 25 categories of waste have been maintained, while a household recovery/recycling rate of 63% and a commercial recovery / recycling rate of 61% have been achieved. Nationally, a packaging recovery rate of 87% was achieved while an average of 7.3 kg of WEEE was collected per person from private households.
For more on the public consultation process and the draft plans visit www.southernwasteregion.ie.
Five small provincial shopping centre are to be offered for sale on the instructions of the National Asset Management Agency, (NAMA).
Joint agents Bannon & Lisney are to seek in excess of €50 million for these grocery-led centres which includes Thurles shopping centre, where Dunnes Stores are the major attraction. The other four centres are named as Mullingar, Navan, Dungarvan and Cashel, latter situated some 15 miles from Thurles and anchored by Tesco.
The combined Portfolio currently produces a rent of €4.8 million which will give any future purchaser an initial yield of slightly over 9%.
There are some 100 traders operating in all these five centres, which have an overall combined floor area of some 24,154sq metres (260,000sq ft) and a vacancy rate of 2,787 sq metres (30,000sq ft).
This portfolio also includes more than five acres of development land, much of which is expected to be further developed should any pick up in the Irish retail market transpire.
Thurles Shopping Centre has an overall retail area of 4,645 sq metres (50,000sq ft) not including the main supermarket which is owned by Dunnes Stores. The centre is producing a rental income of €1.15 million and with an average of 6.9 years still unexpired on the various leases the centre could well be valued at about €12 million.
One of Tipperary’s largest annual charity fund-raising organisations, the North Tipperary Vintage and Machinery Club, pictured here with members presenting a cheque for €5,000, to Ms Carol Mackenzie, latter representing Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Ireland.
The club’s annual presentations are always donated prior to Christmas here in Corcoran’s Pub, Two-Mile-Borris, Thurles, in Co.Tipperary.
Mr John Dunne, the Club’s Chairman, spoke of the magnificent efforts again this year from all who had so generously & unselfishly supported their numerous fund-raising events over the past year, not just financially, but also by donating their much valued time to all fund-raising projects undertaken.
Ms Carol Mackenzie, in accepting the donation on behalf of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Ireland, explained in detail the work currently being undertaken by the organisation she represents.
All present later shared in finger food refreshments specially organised, which included a surprise birthday cake for Ms Josephine Stapleton, present at the event.
A bomb threat was made against the offices of the Environment Minister, Mr Alan Kelly, here in Tipperary this morning.
Minister Kelly is tasked with overseeing ‘Irish Water,’ yet another mismanaged “banana skin to slip on” left behind by the exit of Fine Gael Minister Phil Hogan to Europe.
It is understood that the bomb threat was made to Mr Kelly’s constituency office, latter situated in Nenagh, Co Tipperary, earlier this morning.
Through a spokesperson for Mr Kelly, Labour’s Junior Minister Aodhan O’Riordain, has confirmed that a member of staff in Mr Kelly’s Nenagh office was extremely upset, having receiving this anonymous telephone communication. It is understood Gardaí have been notified with regard to this rather unsavoury communication.
Meanwhile, protesters have gathered in neighbouring Limerick at an event involving the Minister for Finance, Mr Michael Noonan. The crowd have been chanting anti-water charge slogans and Gardaí and plain clothes detectives have been drafted into the area to ensure that the protest remains peaceful.
In another incident, Gardaí in West Cork are forensically investigating the burning of two Irish Water vans over the weekend. The believed malicious incident happened in the early hours of yesterday morning. Gardaí in Bantry confirm that both Renault vans were the property of a contractor working for Irish Water.
This year two entrants have been nominated by Tipperary County Council to represent our county in the all-Ireland IPB Pride of Place Awards annual competition.
The Tipperary County Council’s nominees for 2014 are:
Cloughjordan Community Development Committee (eco-community Initiative).
Cashel Gold Star Disability Project (Community Innovation category).
According to the organisers tonight (Saturday 15th Nov) the IPB Pride of Place Awards will be broadcast live online. Websites www.prideofplace.ie and www.clare.ie will provide the live streaming coverage for this ceremony.
Up to 1,000 people from all over the island of Ireland will gather in Treacy’s West County Hotel, Ennis, Co. Clare, for a ceremony hosted by our neighbouring Council of Clare County Council and Cooperation Ireland, which run the competition both north and south of the border.
The categories in this year’s competition have been expanded to include Eco Community Initiative, Community Innovation, Community Health Initiative (Theme Categories), Housing Estates, Population Categories up to 250 people, between 250-750 people, between 750 – 1,500, between 1,500 – 4,000 people, and in excess of 4,000, Islands & Coastal Communities and urban neighbourhoods.
Pride of Place, which is run by Co-Operation Ireland in conjunction with local authorities and IPB, is an all island competition which allows entrants to showcase the excellent work being carried out by volunteers, in making their area a better place in which to reside.