Siro Announces €6 Million Investment In New Full Fibre Broadband Network For Carrickmacross And Monaghan Town

  • 5,300 homes and businesses will have access full fibre-to-the-premises broadband 
  • Build already underway in Carrickmacross, with Monaghan town to follow
SIRO announces €6 million investment in 100% fibre broadband for Carrickmacross and Monaghan town, with network to go live in early 2023, the launch took place in the Civic Offices, Carrickmacross on Monday morning last (L-R) Damien Thornton (Carrickmacross-Castleblayney MD Co-Ordinator), John McArdle (Monaghan County Council Broadband Officer), Carmel O’Hare (Director of Corporate Services & Innovation Monaghan County Council), Suzanne Tracy (Chief Technology Officer SIRO), Amanda Glancy (Director of Corporate Affairs SIRO), Micheal Crowe, Councillor Aoife McCooey, Rodney Howard (Build Manager SIRO), Aidan Campbell (MD Chairman) and Damien Murray (SIRO). Pic. Pat Byrne

Tuesday, 25 October – SIRO, the broadband network operator, has today announced that it is investing €6 million in the roll out of a new full fibre network to Carrickmacross and Monaghan town.

As part of the roll out, 5,300 premises in these towns can connect to SIRO’s gigabit, 100% fibre network. SIRO is targeting 2,800 premises in Monaghan and 2,500 premises in Carrickmacross, respectively. The investment was officially announced by the company as part of a presentation made to Carrickmacross-Castleblaney Municipal District Councillors and Monaghan County Council representatives by senior SIRO management.

Areas across Carrickmacross that will receive SIRO’s fibre broadband include (but not limited to) include: Alderwood, Cluain Alainn, Coill An Rí, Farney Street, The Elms, Castleblayney Road, Saint McCartan’s Villa.

Some areas across Monaghan Town that will receive SIRO’s fibre broadband include (but not limited to)include: Drumbear Lawn, Dublin Street, Tully Estate, Belgium Park, Doctor McKenna Park, Montfort, and Manor Wood.

Works by SIRO and its contractors on the ground commenced in Carrickmacross in September, with Monaghan town set to begin in December, with works continuing into early next year.

It’s expected that homes and businesses will be able to connect to the network in quarter one and quarter two 2023 in Carrickmacross and Monaghan Town, respectively. The roll out is part of SIRO’s ongoing national network expansion, where the broadband network operator is working to roll out its network to 770,000 premises across 154 towns.

SIRO is a joint venture between ESB and Vodafone, established in 2015. To date, the wholesale operator has already connected over 450,000 premises in 75 towns.

 

Commenting on the announcement, SIRO Chief Technology Officer Suzanne Tracy, noted:

SIRO’s announcement that we are bringing our 100% fibre broadband to Carrickmacross and Monaghan Town continues our commitment to ensure equality of access to high speed, reliable and future proofed broadband to towns across Ireland.

“Connectivity is now vital to how we work, live or learn online. SIRO’s fibre broadband is future-proofed to deliver speeds of up to 10 Gigabits, ensuring that regional towns such as Carrickmacross or Monaghan are not left behind but can fully participate in our digital society and economy.

“At its core, SIRO’s fibre broadband gives power back to people and communities, allowing them to choose how they live and work today, and over the longer term,” added Ms. Tracy.

 

Welcoming today’s announcement, Monaghan County Council Director of Services for Carrickmacross-Castleblayney Municipal District of Carmel O’Hare, said:

We are delighted to welcome SIRO to Co. Monaghan and to see SIRO commence their broadband rollout in the Carrickmacross and Monaghan town areas. The rollout of the SIRO network throughout Carrickmacross marks a milestone for the urban area and will offer significant broadband improvements for all of the many business interests in the town and for residential customers.”

SIRO will be available to order for residents and businesses of Monaghan in early 2023. To register your interest, please visit www.siro.ie

South Dublin Street & Backlands Regeneration Project

Monaghan County Council has submitted a planning application to An Bord Pleanála seeking approval under Sections 175 and 177AE of the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended) and the Planning and Development Regulations 2001 (as amended) for the above project.

The planning application submission is available to view online from Wednesday 7th September 2022 to Wednesday 19th October 2022 (inclusive of both dates), at the links below:

 

 

This information is also available in hard copy to inspect and purchase at the following locations:

  • Monaghan County Council Planning Offices, 1 Dublin Street, Monaghan, H18 X982 between 09:15-13.00hrs and 13.30-17.00hrs from Wednesday 7th September 2022 to Wednesday 19th October 2022 (inclusive of both dates).
  • The offices of An Bord Pleanála, 64 Marlborough Street, Dublin 1, D01 V902 between 09:15hrs and 17:30hrs from Wednesday 7th September 2022 to Wednesday 19th October 2022 (inclusive of both dates).

 

Submissions and Observations

Any person may, within the period of 6 weeks from Wednesday 7th September 2022 to Wednesday 19th October 2022 (inclusive of both dates), make a submission or observations in writing to An Bord Pleanála, 64 Marlborough Street, Dublin 1 D01 V902 or online at www.pleanala.ie in respect of:

  1. the implications of the proposed development, if carried out, for proper planning and sustainable development in the area or areas concerned, and
  2. the likely effects on the environment or the likely effects on a European site, as the case may be, of the proposed development, if carried out.

 

Any submission or observations must also include the following information:

  1. the name of the person, authority or body making the submission or observations, the name of the person, if any, acting on behalf of that person, authority or body, and the address to which any correspondence relating to the application should be sent,
  2. the subject matter of the submission or observations, and
  3. the reasons, considerations, and arguments on which the submission or observations is or are based.

 

Any submission or observations must be accompanied by a fee of €50 (except for certain prescribed bodies) and must be received by An Bord Pleanala not later than 17.30hrs on Wednesday 19th October 2022.  Submissions or observations duly made will be considered by An Bord Pleanála in making a decision on the application.

Submissions or observations made directly to Monaghan County Council in respect of this proposal will not be considered as valid submissions/observations by An Bord Pleanala.

(Submission received)

ABP Cover Letter

An Taisce

Heritage Council

Sheridan

Eddie OGara Love Monaghan Save Dublin St

Dept of Housing Local Government and Heritage

 

Public Alert: Drinking Water Restriction – Three Mile House & Togan

Public Alert: Drinking Water Restriction

Irish Water and Monaghan County Council

Three Mile House & Togan
PUBLIC WATER SUPPLY SCHEME

Date of Drinking Water Restriction Notice:
2nd of September 2022

Due to elevated levels of manganese in the Three Mile House & Togan network. The public drinking water quality is considerably compromised and an immediate risk to your health.

As a result and following consultation with the Health Service Executive (HSE), Irish Water and Monaghan County Council are issuing a Do Not Consume Notice with immediate effect to protect the health of all consumers on this scheme. This Do Not Consume Notice applies to all customers served by the Three Mile House and Togan PWS and as indicated in the pink areas of the map.

Three Mile House & Togan PUBLIC WATER SUPPLY SCHEME

IMPORTANT: Boiling your water will not render it safe to drink.

1: Please use an alternative safe source of drinking water (e.g. Bottled Water) for the following:

• Drinking
• Preparing Drinks made with water
• Cooking of Food.
• Food Preparation including washing and preparation of salads and similar foods, which are not cooked prior to eating
• Brushing of teeth and/or gargling
• Making of ice. However, ensure you first discard all existing ice cubes in fridges and freezers and filtered water in fridges

IMPORTANT: Water from the hot tap of kitchen or bathroom sinks is not safe to drink.

Alternative supply’s will be provided at the following locations Darley National School and White Horse Hotel. Remember to boil this water before use for drinking or for food preparation.

2: You can continue to use your internal water supply for the following:

• Flushing of toilets
• Personal Hygiene (showering/bathing)
• Laundry and washing utensils

3: Caution:

• Domestic water filters will not render your water safe to drink
• Discard ice cubes in fridges and freezers and filtered water in fridges. Make ice from an alternative safe source of water (e.g. Bottled Water)
• If you have pets and are concerned about the impact of providing mains water while this restriction is in place, you should ask your local vet for advice

4: Only use an alternative safe source of drinking water (e.g. Bottled Water) for the following situations.

• When preparing foods that will not be cooked (e.g. washing and preparing salads)
• Preparing Infant Formula. Where a Do Not Consume Notice is in place, you can prepare infant formula from bottled water. All bottled water, with the exception of natural mineral water, is regulated to the same standard as drinking water. It is best not to use bottled water labelled as ‘Natural Mineral Water’ as it can have high levels of sodium (salt) and other minerals, although it rarely does. ‘Natural Mineral Water’ can be used if no other water is available, for as short a time as possible, as it is important to keep babies hydrated. If bottled water is used to make up infant formula it should be boiled once (rolling boil for 1 minute), and cooled in the normal way. Ready-to-use formula that does not need added water can also be used.

5: Always Take Care:

If you are boiling bottled water to prepare infant formula, care should be taken with boiled water to avoid burns and scalds. Accidents can easily happen, especially with children.

6: How long before the Do Not Consume Notice can be lifted?

We do not know at present, but Irish Water and Monaghan County Council will continue to liaise with the Health Service Executive (HSE) with a view to lifting the restriction as soon as practicable.

7: How will we keep you informed?

You will be kept informed through the following media: Website: www.water.ie ; www.monaghancoco.ie
Irish Water Customer Contact Centre: 1800 278 278
Local Media –Radio and Press
(IW registered vulnerable customers will be directly contacted)

8: Awareness for commercial premises

Irish water request that this Restriction is placed in a prominent position within your commercial premises.

Remember – Do not use your tap water for drinking or food preparation until further notice.

Do Not Consume Notice Issued by:
Anthony Skeffington, Regional Manager, Irish Water.

Nuala Woods, Director of Services Monaghan County Council.

Cavan Monaghan Divisional Centenary Event in Carrickmacross

Cavan Monaghan Divisional Centenary Event

11am Centenary Parade – Commencing at Carrickmacross Court House passing through
Carrickmacross Main Street and ending at Carrickmacross Civic Offices. Parade featuring the Garda Band, Regional Ceremonial Unit, Garda Members, Garda Staff and Retired Members

12noon Academic Event with Guest Speakers – Professor Fearghal McGarry, Sergeant John Reynolds
and Rita Delaney, GSRMA. Speakers followed by a panel discussion.

12:00-16:00 Family Friendly Community Engagement Event (sensory hour 12:00-13:00)
Come discover our Specialist Units there will be lots of activities on the day.

Tacaithe ag Comhairle Contae Mhuineacháin.

Supported by Monaghan County Council.

Check if your child’s up-to-date with their routine childhood vaccines

26th August, 2022: HSE Public Health Area A (Cavan, Louth, Meath, Monaghan & North Dublin) are reminding parents and guardians to ensure their child’s routine vaccinations are up to date, including the Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR) vaccines.

The most recent data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre shows a worrying drop in the uptake of childhood vaccines in 2 year olds. By the time children reach their second birthday they should have completed their Primary Childhood Immunisation Schedule, including 1st dose of MMR vaccine. A decrease was seen across all childhood vaccines in Ireland, with the percentage of 2 year olds who received one dose of MMR vaccine falling below 90%. Prior to the pandemic period, uptake rates had not dropped below 90% since 2010.

In Area A (Cavan, Louth, Meath, Monaghan and North Dublin), the uptake is even lower than the national rate and significantly lower than the 95% target, which means that many children are not protected from these highly contagious and potentially very dangerous diseases.

 

o    In Louth, approximately 1 in 6 two-year olds are unvaccinated against measles.

o    In Meath, approximately 1 in 8 two year olds are unvaccinated against measles.

o    In Cavan/Monaghan, approximately 1 in 8 two year olds are unvaccinated against measles, and

o    In North Dublin, approximately 1 in 8 two year olds are unvaccinated against measles.

 

Measles is an acute, highly contagious infectious disease that can lead to serious complications such as ear infections, pneumonia, and inflammation of the brain and even death. Young children especially those aged under 5 and individuals with underlying immune conditions are particularly at risk. Although it is usually considered a childhood disease, it can be contracted at any age.

Dr Lois O’Connor, Public Health Doctor, HSE Public Health Area A, is urging parents and guardians to make sure their child gets their childhood vaccinations. She said: “Children who have missed their recommended childhood vaccinations during the pandemic are at risk of catching measles. The MMR vaccines can be given at any age, if missed out during infancy.”

“The MMR vaccine is included in the national childhood immunisation programme, and is a safe and effective vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella infections. To ensure full protection, two doses are administered to babies and young children with the first dose at 12 months from your practice nurse or GP and the second dose when your child is in junior infants as part of the HSE school vaccination programme.”

Dr Kenneth Beatty, Public Health Doctor, HSE Public Health Area A, said; “Ensuring your child is up-to-date with their vaccines is important to protect your child and those around them from these highly contagious infectious diseases.”

Dr Beatty added: “If you are unsure of your child’s vaccine record, contact your local health office. For contact details for your local health office, visit: https://www.hse.ie/eng/health/immunisation/whoweare/lhos.html. If your child has missed a vaccine, speak with your practice nurse, GP or your local health office as a catch-up vaccine schedule can be arranged.”

 

For more information about these infectious diseases and the vaccines, visit: www.immunisation.ie

 

Part 8 Planning & Development at N54 Broad Road, Co. Monaghan.

PART 8
Part XI Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended)
Part 8, Article 81 Planning and Development Regulations 2001 (as amended)
Monaghan County Council hereby gives notice that it proposes to carry out development at N54 Broad Road, Co. Monaghan.

The proposed development will consist of:
the construction of a new surface carpark along with all associated infrastructure works including surface water drainage pipework and street lighting.

In accordance with Article 81(2)(ca) and 120(1B)(b)(i) of the above-mentioned regulations, Monaghan County Council, as the competent authority, has concluded from a Screening Determination, which is based on an examination of the nature, size and location of the proposed development, that there is no real likelihood of significant effects on the environment arising from the proposed development, and as such has determined that an Environmental Impact Assessment is not required. This Screening Determination is available for inspection, and at any time before the expiration of 4 weeks from the date of publication of this notice, any person may apply to An Bord Pleanala for a screening determination as to whether the proposed development would be
likely to have significant effects on the environment.

In accordance with Article 250(1)(ca) of the above-mentioned regulations, Monaghan County Council, as the competent authority, has concluded from a Screening Determination, which is based on an assessment of best scientific knowledge, that the proposed development, either individually or in combination with other plans or projects, is not likely to have a significant effect on a European site1 and as such has determined that an Appropriate Assessment is not required. This Screening Determination is available for inspection, and any person may apply to An Bord Pleanala for a screening determination as to whether the proposed development would be likely to have significant effect on a European site.

The scheme will comprise of the following;
a) Surface carpark consisting of approx. 90 car parking spaces and 18 bicycle spaces
b) A ‘T’ junction entryway from N54 Broad Road to carpark
c) The provision of appropriate public lighting, road markings & signage
d) The provision of a surface water drainage system consisting of kerbs, gullies, manholes & sealed pipes
e) The provision of Sustainable drainage systems including Attenuation Storage Volume
f) The diversion of existing statutory services affected by the works

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 public opening hours at Monaghan County Council, Planning Offices, 1 Dublin Street, Monaghan, H18 X982 and Monaghan Municipal District Office, Monaghan County Council, The Glen, Monaghan up to and including 15th September 2022. The plans and particulars of the proposed development may also be inspected on line at http://www.eplanning.ie/MonghanCC/searchtypes by searching under Monaghan County Council and entering the address of the development.

Submissions or observations with respect to the proposed development, dealing with the proper planning and sustainable development of the area in which the development will be situated, may be made in writing to Monaghan County Planning Offices, 1 Dublin Street, Monaghan, H18 X982 up to 5pm on 29th September 2022,

Signed:

John Murray
Director of Services
Monaghan County Council

Date: 16/08/2022

PART 8 Planning & Development Notice – at The Market House / Court House Castleblayney

PART 8

Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended)

Planning and Development Regulations 2001 (as amended)

Notice is hereby given pursuant to Article 81(1) of the Planning and Development Regulations 2001 (as amended) for development at The Market House / Court House and surrounding Market Square environs in the townlands of Onomy and Drumillard Little in Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan.

                                                                                                                                                                               

The proposed development will consist of:

 

  • The change of use, refurbishment and restoration of the former Castleblayney Market House / Court House (a protected structure) into a public facility providing cultural, retail, hospitality, office uses and associated ancillary spaces. Works will include new floors, internal walls, stairs and lift within the existing building, a new roof top events space and open air viewing deck, the provision of solar PV panels at roof level along the southern elevation and the restoration of the bell tower.
  • Alterations and improvements to the public realm of Upper and Lower Market Square environs to include the realignment of vehicular carriageways, alterations to traffic and parking layouts, pedestrian crossing facilities, expansion of the plaza surrounding the Big Tom statue, upgrading and widening of footpaths, landscaping works, public lighting works and new street furniture.
  • All associated site works.

 

In accordance with Article 81(2)(ca) and 120(1B)(b)(i) of the above-mentioned regulations, Monaghan County Council, as the competent authority, has concluded from a Screening Determination, which is based on an examination of the nature, size and location of the proposed development, that there is no real likelihood of significant effects on the environment arising from the proposed development, and as such has determined that an Environmental Impact Assessment is not required. This Screening Determination is available for inspection, and at any time before the expiration of 4 weeks from the date of publication of this notice, any person may apply to An Bord Pleanála for a screening determination as to whether the proposed development would be likely to have significant effects on the environment.

 

In accordance with Article 250(1)(ca) of the above-mentioned regulations, Monaghan County Council, as the competent authority, has concluded from a Screening Determination, which is based on an assessment of best scientific knowledge, that the proposed development, either individually or in combination with other plans or projects, is not likely to have a significant effect on a European site,

and as such has determined that an Appropriate Assessment is not required. This Screening Determination is available for inspection, and any person may apply to An Bord Pleanála for a screening determination as to whether the proposed development would be likely to have significant effect on a European site.

 

Plans and particulars of the proposed development may be inspected or purchased, at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy during office hours at the offices of Monaghan County Council, Planning Section, No.1 Dublin Street, Monaghan H18 X982 and Carrickmacross-Castleblayney Municipal District, Civic Offices, Riverside Road, Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan, A81 RY22 until 5pm on 15th September 2022.

 

The plans and particulars of the proposed development may also be inspected online at http://www.eplanning.ie/MonaghanCC/searchtypes by searching under Monaghan County Council and entering the address of the development.

 

Submissions or observations with respect to the proposed development, dealing with proper planning and sustainable development of the area in which the development will be situated may be made in writing to Monaghan County Council, Planning Section, No.1 Dublin Street, Monaghan H18 X982 before 5pm on 29th September 2022.

 

 

Signed:            Cathal Flynn,

Director of Services,

Monaghan County Council.

 

Date:               18th August 2022.

Monaghan Destination Experience Development Plan Launched

On 2nd June, the newly developed Monaghan Destination and Experience Development Plan (MDEDP) was launched by Ministers Catherine Martin and Heather Humphreys at an event in Castle Leslie Estate, Glaslough.

The MDEDP is a five year commercial destination and experience development plan. The role of the MDEDP is to support the development of unique and compelling destination experiences focused on a number of immediate and strategic destination opportunities. The MDEDP was developed through a consultative process involving tourism industry representatives, members of the local community and Monaghan County Council.

The MDEDP will guide tourism development through a roadmap of projects linked to a number of destination development opportunities. Over the course of the plan implementation, success will be measured by achieving growth across a range of indicators from new experience supply, visitor demand patterns, growing the value per visitor and a number of additional destination competitiveness indicators.

Please click here to view the document: Monaghan Destination and Experience Development Plan (PDF)

Public Participation: 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, Monaghan County Council are asking people who swim 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.  Monaghan County Council has presently no designated bathing waters and the vast majority of bathing waters in Ireland are at coastal locations.

Under European and Irish law, Irish local authorities must identify bathing waters each year so that these areas can be monitored to ensure they meet stringent microbiological water quality standards. In some cases, the official bathing areas are also the areas where local authorities focus their resources providing lifeguards during the summer season.  These laws also require that the local authority prepares detailed descriptions or profiles for each of the identified bathing water sites that describe not just the bathing area but also areas in the surface waters catchment area that could be a source of pollution. The profiles include an assessment the risk of pollution and what action would be taken if pollution occurs.

If you are a regular swimmer and want to help your Council decide which bathing areas if any should be classified as such, it might be helpful to consider the following:

  • How your swimming area has been used up to now;
  • How many people use the site;
  • What facilities exist at the site and how accessible it is;
  • Any safety issues.

 

If you have a submission to make on the identification of bathing waters you can do so by clicking on the link below:

https://documents.monaghancoco.ie/Forms/PPIBW2022

Closing date for submissions Monaghan County Council is 9th June 2022

Notification of Works – Castleblayney Town Parking Control Scheme 2021

Subsequent to the adoption of the Castleblayney Town Parking Control Scheme 2021, Monaghan County Council wishes to notify the public of upcoming delineation works to facilitate the implementation of the Parking Control Scheme. The proposed schedule of works is as outlined below.

 

Thursday 31st March

Time 7pm – 2am

Parking bays on Main St from junction with York St to the roundabout at Monaghan Rd.

 

Monaghan County Council wish to thank you in advance for your cooperation and apologise for any inconvenience or disruption the delineation works may cause.

If you have any queries in relation to these works please contact the Municipal District Office at 042 9661236 or alternatively email us at carrickmacross@monaghancoco.ie