Monaghan County Council Notices 8th April 2021



Temporary Closing of Roads – Emergency Closure

Monaghan County Council hereby gives notice of Emergency Closure in accordance with Section 75 of the Roads Act 1993 & Article 12 of the Roads Regulations 1994 that it will close the following road in the Municipal District of Ballybay-Clones in County Monaghan:


Date & Time:  Monday 12th April 2021 to Sunday 30th April 2021


To Facilitate:   Bridge Rehabilitation Works.


Roads Closed:

L-2201-0 in the townlands of Scarvy/Coolnalong Co. Monaghan


Division Route: –

Traffic wishing to proceed on the L-2200/L-2201 in the direction of Scarvy from the R212 will be diverted by remaining on the R-212 to Clones town, then turning right on to the R-183, then turning right on to the L-6240.


Traffic wishing to proceed on to the R-212 from the Townland of Scarvy will be diverted by turning right on to the L-6240, then turning left on to the R-183 to Clones town, then turning left on to the R-212.


All Detours will be signposted to direct the Traffic. (Local Access only, no through road).


If you have any queries concerning this Road Closure, please contact the Roads Section, Mtek 2, Knockaconny, Monaghan at 047 30597 or email



Gareth McMahon

A/Senior Engineer

Roads and Transportation

8th April 2021




Expressions of Interest Sought

Operation of Bike Rental

Scheme in Inniskeen Village,

Co. Monaghan


Monaghan County Council is seeking Expressions of Interest from individuals or companies for the operation of a Bike Rental Scheme based in Inniskeen Village, Co. Monaghan.

It is the Council’s intention that the Bike Rental Scheme will enhance the tourism appeal of the locality. It is intended that a minimum of 15 bicycles shall be provided for under the scheme. The successful applicant must demonstrate strong financial vi-ability, including a solid business model indicating how the applicant will assist the Local Authority in enhancing the tourism appeal of Inniskeen Village and the Patrick Kavanagh Centre.

In your expression please include your name, contact details and a brief description of the proposed business model.

For the purposes of evaluation, persons expressing an interest before the below closing date, shall be invited to submit further detailed proposals at a later stage.

Expressions should be made in writing to the following address on or before the 22nd of April 2021 and be clearly marked “Inniskeen Village Bike Rental Scheme”.


Carrickmacross-Castleblayney Municipal District,

Riverside Road, Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan.




Monaghan County Council Notices 1st April 2021




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) by Monaghan County Council to develop a greenway from Monaghan Town’s Coolshannagh roundabout (N2 junction with N12) to Ardgonnell Bridge, located on the border with Northern Ireland near the N12.

The proposed greenway measures 7.3 kms in length and follows the route of the Ulster Canal as it proceeds alongside the N12 national primary road to Middletown, County Armagh. The proposed stretch of Greenway within Monaghan Town connects to the existing greenway near Coolshannagh roundabout and passes along the rear of Monaghan Institute on the N12 Armagh Road.

The proposed greenway passes through the following Townlands: An Tulaigh Thirim (Tullyhirm); Cnoc an Chonnaidh (Knockaconny); Droim Ruatach (Drumrutagh); Droim Achaidh Chruitin (Drumacruttan); An Chorr Bheag (Corbeg); Cruail (Crowey); Sceith na gCeann (Skinnagin); Táite an Teampaill (Templetate); Tulaigh Loiscthe (Tullylish); Táite Mhuileann an Ūcaire (Tuckmilltate); Coill Uí Néill (Killyneill); Coillidh Liaf (Killeef) and Tamlacht (Tamlat).

The proposed Greenway will consist of the following:

  • 5m corridor incorporating a pathway up to 3m wide with a drainage/buffer verge up to 1m on each side. The pathway will consist of an unbound, granular surface course of gravel and dust, with asphalt in certain locations such as road crossing points.
  • Stock proof timber fencing (1.2m tall) at each side of the greenway where appropriate, as well as chicane railings at road crossing points.
  • Four pedestrian timber footbridges for connectivity across the canal and watercourses.
  • Underpass guardrails at the following bridges: Drumrutagh Bridge; Crowey Bridge; Glebe Bridge and Pipers Bridge.
  • Information boards at the termination point in Monaghan Town, together with way-marking and advanced warning signage for users along the route where appropriate.
  • All necessary associated site works such as route clearance, tree felling where unavoidable, drainage improvements, road junction improvements for pedestrians (dropped kerbs, tactile paving), site levelling/re-grading works and cut and fill earthworks.

In addition to the above, and in accordance with the provisions of Article 81(2)(c) of the Planning & Development Regulations 2001, the proposed development comprises enhancements to protected structures, as well as similar features of architectural/historical heritage along the route of canal. These include bridges, locks and tracts of canal basin. Enhancements mainly consist of clearance of overgrown vegetation and re-pointing of brickwork. The protected structures are: Crowey East Lock (41101059); Crowey Bridge (41101060); Glebe Bridge (41101061); Tuckmiltate Lock (41101063); Leitrim Bridge (41101062); Pipers Bridge (41101058) and Ardgonnell Bridge (41401008).

In accordance with Article 81(ca) and 120(1B)(b)(i) of the above-mentioned regulations, Monaghan County Council, as the competent authority, has concluded from a Screening Determination, 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 (EIA) is not required. The details of this Screening Determination are available for inspection by the general public.

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.

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 normal office hours from Thursday, 1st April 2021 until Thursday 29th April 2021 (inclusive) at the following locations:

Monaghan County Council, County Offices, No1 Dublin Street, Monaghan, H18 X982, and their website:

Submissions or observations with respect to the proposed development, dealing with the proper planning and sustainable development of the area in which the development would be situated, and clearly marked ‘Part 8 – Cross Border Greenway from Monaghan Town to Middletown’, may be made in writing by post or email to the undersigned at Monaghan County Council, No1 Dublin street, Monaghan, H18 X982, before 5.00pm on Thursday 13th May 2021.

This project has been supported by the EU’s INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.

Dated this Thursday 1st April 2021.

Anthony Morrow, Project Manager, Ulster Canal Greenway, Monaghan County Council.              Email:




Temporary Closing of Roads – Emergency Closure

Monaghan County Council hereby gives notice of Emergency Closure in accordance with Section 75 of the Roads Act 1993 & Article 12 of the Roads Regulations 1994 that it will close the following road in the Municipal District of Ballybay-Clones in County Monaghan:


Date & Time:  Monday 12th April 2021 to Sunday 30th April 2021


To Facilitate:   Bridge Rehabilitation Works.


Roads Closed:

L-2200-0 in the townlands of Scarvy/Coolnalong Co. Monaghan


Division Route: –

Traffic wishing to proceed on the L-2200 in the direction of Scarvy from the R212 will be diverted by remaining on the R-212 to Clones town, then turning right on to the R-183, then turning right on to the L-6240.


Traffic wishing to proceed on to the R-212 from the Townland of Scarvy will be diverted by turning right on to the L-6240, then turning left on to the R-183 to Clones town, then turning left on to the R-212.


All Detours will be signposted to direct the Traffic. (Local Access only, no through road).


If you have any queries concerning this Road Closure, please contact the Roads Section, Mtek 2, Knockaconny, Monaghan at 047 30597 or email



Gareth McMahon

A/Senior Engineer

Roads and Transportation

1st April 2021



Monaghan PPN Climate Conversation – Planning For Local Change

Monaghan Public Participation Network (PPN) in collaboration with Monaghan County Council Environment Section were delighted to be one of the PPN’s who recently held a Climate Conversation which is part of an initiative of the Dept. of Environment, Climate and Communications.

The conversations are happening across the country with the aim to give the community and voluntary sector an opportunity to engage in the development of the Climate Action Plan 2021 and the key local priorities for the Climate Action Fund. Monaghan PPN Climate Conversation was facilitated by PPN Environmental Representatives Candice Moen and Liam Murtagh of Transition Monaghan. A very diverse group of volunteers brought their local expertise and knowledge to highlight what needs to be done to make Climate Action happen in County Monaghan in areas such as food, shopping, transport, energy and buildings and biodiversity. They also shared their hopes and concerns for now and future generations.

Leona Keenan PPN Resource Manager stated “that the PPN is delighted to have been a part of this initiative because we are the “go to” vehicle when local and national governments want to consult with the community sector on a local or national policy or plan. It was evident during the workshop that there is a real appetite from our members to be taking on initiatives to deal with local climate action. The feedback from the workshop will be used to develop further PPN training and environmental themed events later in the year”.

Online Public Meeting to present the findings from the Castleblayney Market House & Market Square Public Engagement Report.

Online Public Meeting to present the findings from the Castleblayney Market House & Market Square Public Engagement Report.

Wednesday 7th April at 6.30pm

Please join us for an Online Public Meeting to see a presentation on the findings from the Castleblayney Market House & Market Square Public Engagement Report. We will briefly go through the key findings from the research and point to the next steps in the process.



Monaghan County Council buildings light up in green for Organ Donor Awareness Week 2021

Monaghan County Council is delighted to support an Irish Kidney Association led initiative by demonstrating solidarity in support of organ donation.

For the first time, demonstrating wide scale solidarity in support of organ donation, a large number of County and City Councils around the country have committed to lighting up public sites at night in the colour green.


Green is not just the national colour for Ireland, it is also the official international colour of organ and tissue donation, symbolising the hope organ donors provide to patients in need and their families.

Green is the colour of nature, associated with sustainability and renewal.  When days are dark and the future is uncertain, the green colour provides confidence and optimism.

Patients on the transplant list, live in hope, that organ donation will become available to them. This is also a dark time as their future is uncertain and they know some other family has to experience death for their lives to change.


By lighting up public sites in green we are drawing attention to organ donation, being an integral part of active citizenship and that we should have family discussion on our organ donor wishes.

From dusk to dawn over 30 locations nationwide will be lit up in green, undoubtedly prompting much discussion about organ donation.


While ensuring compliance with public health guidelines to prevent the spread of  COVID-19, we encourage visitors to take photographs of themselves outside the building.


You can share your photo and wishes on social media using  the hashtag #LifeIsAGift. Then tag three or more of your friends to do the same!


Here is a suggested post you could use:

Life Is A Gift, Pass It On! I’m saying yes to Organ Donation, and I’m asking @friend1 @friend2 & @friend3 to do the same! Freetext DONOR to 50050 to get your Organ Donor Card. #LifeIsAGift


Win a facemask

By using the one of the tags below, your social media post will be entered into a raffle to win one of 100 quality face masks.

#LifeIsAGift, #Donorweek21,

@irishkidneyAs on Twitter

@irishkidneyA on Instagram,

@Irishkidneyassociation on Facebook


More details can be found at where a range of posters and school educational tool kits can be downloaded or simply scan the QR code below.


Individuals who wish to support organ donation are encouraged to keep the reminders of their decision available by carrying the organ donor card, permitting Code 115 to be included on their driver’s licence and having the ‘digital organ donor card’ APP on their smartphone. Organ Donor Cards can be obtained by phoning the Irish Kidney Association on 01 6205306 or Free text the word DONOR to 50050. You can also visit the website or download a free ‘digital organ donor card’ APP to your phone.  

Our Rural Future: Government’s blueprint to transform rural Ireland

Our Rural Future: Government’s blueprint to transform rural Ireland

  • Unprecedented opportunity for Rural Development post COVID-19


  • Major focus on attracting Remote Workers to rural communities


  • Revitalising town centres, rural jobs, adventure tourism, green economy and island development central to new policy


  • Broadband roll-out to bring new opportunities in areas like eHealth, remote learning, online trading and new technologies


  • Five-year strategy will be underpinned by updated National Development Plan


The Government has today published Our Rural Future, the most ambitious and transformational policy for rural development in decades.

The policy reflects the unprecedented change in living and working patterns during COVID-19 and the significant opportunities this presents for rural communities – from remote working and revitalising our town centres to job creation, developing a green economy and enhancing our outdoor amenities.

The five year strategy was launched in Croke Park by An Taoiseach Micheál Martin, An Tánaiste Leo Varadkar, Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys, and Minister for Transport and the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan.

Our Rural Future sets out a blueprint for the development of rural Ireland over the next five years.

It is supported by 150 commitments across Government, which will address the challenges facing communities and deliver new opportunities for people living in rural areas.

The policy will help rural Ireland to recover from the impacts of COVID-19, enable long-term development of rural areas, and create more resilient rural economies and communities for the future.

Speaking at the launch of the policy, An Taoiseach Micheál Martin said:

“Ireland is heading into an era of unprecedented change, and with that comes unprecedented opportunity.

“Over the course of the pandemic, we have discovered new ways of working and we have rediscovered our communities.

“The policy we launch today, Our Rural Future, provides a framework for the development of rural areas over the next five years.

“The policy is forward-looking and ambitious and addresses both the challenges facing rural areas and the opportunities which rural economies and communities can capitalise on.

“The Government’s vision is for a rural Ireland which is integral to our national economic, social, cultural and environmental wellbeing and development.

“That vision is built on the talent, skills and creativity of people in rural communities; on the importance of vibrant and lived-in rural places; and on the potential to create quality jobs and sustain our shared environment.

“Rural Ireland will play a central role in our recovery from the impact of COVID-19.

“The commitments outlined today will benefit individuals, families, communities and businesses. It will enhance the wellbeing and quality of life of people living in rural areas.

“It will build resilient and sustainable rural communities and economies through investment, supports and services. And it will ensure that rural communities are at the heart of designing and delivering responses that meet local needs.”

The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys said:

“Our Rural Future represents a new milestone in the approach to rural development for Ireland.

“As we recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have a unique opportunity to reimagine rural Ireland and harness the talent, skills and creativity running through our rural communities.

“For decades we have seen global trends where young people leave their local communities to live and work in larger cities. As we emerge from COVID-19 we will never have a better opportunity to reverse that long-standing trend.

“The move to remote working, underpinned by the rollout of the National Broadband Plan, has the potential to transform Rural Ireland like never before.

“It will allow people to work from their own local communities, revitalise our town centres, reduce commuting times, lower transport emissions and most importantly – improve the quality of life of our people.”

An Tánaiste, Leo Varadkar said:

“We want to have more people working in all parts of Ireland, with good quality jobs on offer and good career prospects. The COVID-19 pandemic has already shown us what’s possible in terms of remote working and flexible working. Our Rural Future is one of the ways that the Government is making that a permanent option.

“Our Rural Future will help the tourism and hospitality sectors to recover after the pandemic, create jobs in the Green Economy and the Agri-food sector, and make it easier to set up and grow a business in Rural Ireland.

“It means more people will be able to live in their communities, or move to new ones, with the option of good quality employment. It will mean less commuting, and more vibrant communities as people have more time to spend with their families, their neighbours, and local clubs and organisations.

“Broadband and new technologies are key to making this happen. That work has already started. I am proud to have been part of the Government that kicked off the National Broadband Plan – the biggest investment in rural Ireland since electrification. And I’m equally proud to be part of the Government that is now making it happen.”

Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications and Minister for Transport, Eamon Ryan stated:

“Now is the time to be ambitious for rural Ireland. The governments investment in climate action will bring new job opportunities to rural communities, in areas such as renewable energy, retrofitting and sustainable farming and tourism. The National Broadband Plan will act as a key enabler for the development of new businesses in regional and rural Ireland, together with an increased opportunity for people to work from home. Through the Just Transition Fund, Government is supporting the retraining and reskilling of rural workers and assisting local communities and businesses to adjust to the low carbon transition.

“We want to put the development and regeneration of our rural towns and villages at the heart of decision making, so that they are vibrant centres where people can live, work and socialise, with walking, cycling and public transport options connecting people and places. The Government will continue to support this active mobility through the National Transport Authority, with €72m in funding being allocated in 2021 for high quality cycling and walking infrastructure for our more rural towns and villages across the country. Through the implementation of Our Rural Future, Government will seize this unprecedented opportunity for rural Ireland.”

Our Rural Future, Ireland’s Rural Development Policy 2021-2025 is available here.

Interagency Easter Covid-19 Appeal from the HSE Department of Public Health North East, An Garda Síochána, Cavan, Monaghan, Louth, and Meath County Councils

Interagency Easter Covid-19 Appeal from the HSE Department of Public Health North East, An Garda Síochána, Cavan, Monaghan, Louth, and Meath County Councils

The HSE’s Department of Public Health North East, Louth, Cavan, Monaghan, Meath County Councils and An Garda Síochána are appealing to the public to stay home and stay safe this Easter.


As Easter approaches and the anticipation of a break from routine looms there is the potential to drop our guard. Today the HSE, An Garda Síochána and local authorities in the North East are reminding the public that Covid-19 does not take a holiday and we must remain alert to the dangers it poses to our families and communities. Together each agency is calling on the public to limit their contacts this Easter to stop the spread of COVID-19.


An Garda Síochána will continue its high visibility checkpoints and patrols at public amenities, parks and beauty spots across the country and encourages the public to plan your activities to ensure you exercise within your 5km.


An Garda Síochána continues to find groups gathering (house parties, social gatherings are not just breaches of regulations, but create a real risk for those attending and everyone they come into contact with afterwards including loved ones, neighbours, colleagues and their local community.


Assistant Commissioner Barry O’Brien of the North Western Region of An Garda Síochána said, “An Garda Síochána is appealing to the public over the Easter period to continue to follow the public health guidelines by staying home and staying safe. Covid-19 remains a public health concern and we as individuals have the power to protect ourselves and our communities.


“The vast majority of people are complying with the public health regulations but now is not the time to let your guard down. We must keep it up. We know this has been incredibly difficult and has involved significant sacrifices, but by continuing to follow the guidance you help save lives and protect those on the front-line.


“The best way of keeping safe is to stay home. If you are going out, please only undertake necessary journeys and exercise within 5km of your home. Limit your contacts, always maintain social distancing, wear a facemask and ensure you are practicing regular hand washing.”


“An Garda Síochána’s high visibility checkpoints continue throughout the region and patrols at local amenity sites will continue throughout the Easter period under Operation Fanacht. This proactive policing is being conducted in support of the public health measures to save lives and to protect our communities. Community engagement patrols continue. An Garda Síochána is here to help and Gardaí continue to engage with the most vulnerable in society to provide them with the necessary supports. Should you or someone you know require assistance don’t hesitate in contacting your local Garda station or in an emergency dial 999 or 112,” Assistant Commissioner O’ Brien concluded.

Dr Augustine Pereira, Director of Public Health, HSE North East, commented:

“During the past week, we have seen a 20% increase in the number of COVID-19 cases reported to the Department of Public Health in the North East. It is vital therefore, as we approach Easter, that everyone plays their part to protect themselves, their families, friends, neighbours and communities. This Easter is unfortunately not a time we can take a break from our hard work, rather, pay more attention by continuing to stay at home and adhere to public health guidelines to suppress transmission of COVID-19.”


“We acknowledge people are getting tired of COVID-19, but unfortunately this virus does not get tired and it continues to infect people when we drop our guard. We are seeing evidence of this across all ages and in a range of settings, including household visits among neighbours, social gatherings, funerals, not using appropriate PPE and distancing in some workplaces. We are seeing avoidable social interactions leading to larger outbreaks across multiple settings.”


“Attending gatherings of any size increases your risk of getting and spreading COVID-19 and is against the current government guidelines. Everyone must take personal responsibility to avoid situations that are a risk to themselves, their family, friends and colleagues.”


“Our individual actions matter and we need to adhere to public health guidelines, to keep our schools open, resume non-COVID healthcare and protect our communities. Together, we have achieved so much. Now it is up to each of us to keep up the great work,” he added.


Chief Executive of Louth County Council Joan Martin said, “I would like to thank the people of Louth who have sacrificed much over the last year to keep friends and family safe during this very trying time.  Many families have lost loved ones and our hearts are filled with sadness for those who passed, for those who mourn, and for those who are still suffering due to Covid.

“Louth, like other counties, saw huge rates of transmission, and it was only through the concerted efforts of every resident in Louth that we saw those numbers gradually decrease.

“I know that everyone is fatigued and we are all missing each other and we yearn to get together.  But, we are not there yet.

“Easter is traditionally a time for families but it is also a symbol of resurrection and renewal, and I firmly believe if we can just hold on a while longer and limit our contacts, there will come a time when families can be safely back together,” she said.


Chief Executive of Monaghan County Council, Eamonn O’Sullivan praised the work of communities, but reminded of the need to be vigilant in the coming weeks.

“We have seen over the past few months how the sacrifices you are making are helping drive case numbers down, but we are not there yet.  We would urge you to follow public health advice and adhere to government guidelines.  I would ask the people of Monaghan to continue to stay at home to help stop community transmission of COVID-19.  If anyone needs assistance, practical support or someone to talk to, please remember that help is available, you can call the Monaghan COVID-19 Community Helpline free on 1800 804 158 or email for assistance,” he said.

Chief Executive of Cavan County Council, Mr Tommy Ryan, hailed the extraordinary community effort to bring the county’s transmission levels down in recent weeks and urged continued vigilance over the Easter period.


“Cavan people have worked incredibly hard to bring this virus under control in their locality. It has been a very difficult year and everyone is understandably feeling the strain, but I think we can all take great heart in the knowledge that our sacrifices are saving lives. I ask the people of Cavan to maintain their solidarity and their determination to continue to protect our most vulnerable citizens and our health service while the vaccine rollout continues. There is light at the end of tunnel and, together, we will overcome this crisis.

“For those that need assistance with essentials such as transport or food deliveries, or even just a friendly, sympathetic ear, please remember the Cavan Community Call Helpline is there for you. Call freephone 1800 300 404 or email,” said Mr Ryan.


Chief Executive of Meath County Council, Jackie Maguire added “I want to thank everyone for playing their part in tackling the spread of the virus.  The disease however is still in our communities and Meath is very much in the frontline. Every one of us knows loved ones, friends or neighbours who could be very severely affected if exposed to the virus and this underlines why we all need to do our bit to protect those most at risk. While there is a general Covid fatigue, there is no room for complacency. We all need to keep up the great effort shown to date throughout Meath in the weeks ahead. Our behaviours are central to the solution and this includes what we do and how we do it in our daily lives”.

Irish Water and Monaghan County Council advise customers in Clones and surrounding areas of a planned water outage as they progress with essential works to safeguard water supply for customers

Irish Water and Monaghan County Council advise customers in Clones and surrounding areas of a planned water outage as they progress with essential works to safeguard water supply for customers

Issued Friday, 26 March 2021 – Irish Water, working in partnership with Monaghan County Council, is progressing essential works at the reservoir at Clones Water Treatment Plant, to improve monitoring of the water supply to homes and businesses in Clones and surrounding areas.

In order to safely facilitate the works a water outage is scheduled to take place from 10am to 2pm on Tuesday, 30 March 2021. While these works are ongoing customers in Clones town, Scotshouse village and environs and Drumully will experience a water outage. Following the completion of the works it may take a number of hours for the network to refill and for normal water supply to return to all impacted customers. Works are being carried out by Veolia Water on behalf of Irish Water and will be delivered in adherence with current government and HSE advice on COVID-19.

Speaking about the works, Irish Water’s Drinking Water Lead, Peter Gallagher said: “These works are part of the National Disinfection Programme. Irish Water is investing €65 million to upgrade and standardise disinfection systems across the country involving over 864 water treatment plants, pumping stations, and reservoirs. The works at the reservoir at Clones Water Treatment Plant will allow improved monitoring at the treatment plant.”

Irish Water and Monaghan County Council understand the inconvenience when outages occur and thank customers for their patience while we complete these essential works to safeguard water supply for customers in these areas.

Our customer care helpline is open 24/7 on 1850 278 278 and customers can also contact us on Twitter @IWCare with any queries. For updates please see the water and supply services section of the Irish Water website.

Irish Water continues to work at this time, with our Local Authority partners, contractors and others to safeguard the health and well-being of both staff and the public and to ensure the continuity of critical drinking water and wastewater services. Irish Water would like to remind people to follow the HSE COVID-19 advice and ensure frequent handwashing.

Ireland’s Tidiest Town, Glaslough, welcomes completed watermain improvement works and improved drinking water quality

Ireland’s Tidiest Town, Glaslough, welcomes completed watermain improvement works and improved drinking water quality


Irish Water working in partnership with Monaghan County Council, is delighted to confirm that works replacing over 1km of old problematic water mains in Glaslough is now complete. This will ensure improved water quality and a more reliable water supply to customers in the area.

The works involved the replacement of 1,164m of problematic water mains with high density polyethylene (plastic) pipes. The programme to replace the water mains in Glaslough was completed in December 2020. The works were carried out by Farran’s Construction Limited on behalf of Irish Water as part of Irish Water’s National Leakage Reduction Programme.

Coordinator of the Glaslough Tidy Towns, Louise Duffy, has welcomed the investment by Irish Water which will benefit the village and surround area: “Glaslough is a picturesque, magical village with impressive historical and architectural features, beautiful stone cut period buildings and a unique, vibrant and welcoming community. It is renowned for its beauty as a tourist destination, and we have worked hard to make it a special place to live and visit. Glaslough are the current winners of the National Tidy Towns Competition, which was achieved in 2019. Part of Glaslough’s success in the competition is the strategic planning and works of the community in terms of protecting our environment and our resources. Glaslough were keen to work with Irish Water and Monaghan County Council to ensure the water mains replacement works were undertaken with minimum impact on the village. We are delighted that the works are now complete and that the village will now benefit from improved water quality.”

Explaining the details of what the project delivered, Irish Water’s Leakage Reduction Programme Regional Lead Declan Cawley added: “We are delighted to confirm that sections of problematic water mains have now been successfully replaced in Glaslough. To improve drinking water supply and quality, reduce leaks and outages in the area and create operational efficiencies we decommissioned and replaced 1,164m of water mains along Main Street, Barrack Hill and the R185. We also took this opportunity to lay new water service connections from the public water main to customers’ property boundaries and connect them to the customer’s water supply as required.”

Declan added: “The works did involve some short-term water shut offs and traffic management measures which we understand causes inconvenience to the local community. However, we would like to take this opportunity to thank customers and businesses for their patience while we completed these essential works.”

The important role that the customers and businesses of Glaslough had to play in this project are also discussed by Irish Water’s Stakeholder Co-Ordinator and Communications Lead Grainne Carey. Grainne said: “The success of this project is also due to the public’s participation in this project and in particular the close relationships built with the community of Glaslough. We were delighted to meet with members of the community prior to works commencing and explain the need for the works, the benefits of the works as well as providing technical details and introduce the project team including contractors.”

Grainne continued: “We were delighted to build upon the relationship we had throughout this project and meet with students from St Mary’s National School, Glaslough. This also afforded us an opportunity to explain the project and develop awareness around water conservation and how to effectively manage this important resource in our schools and at home.”

This project is one example of how we are working in partnership with Monaghan County Council to reduce leaks every day. Fixing leaks can be complicated with over 63,000 km of water pipe in Ireland. Most leaks aren’t visible, resulting in precious water being lost but we are making progress. In 2018 the rate of leakage nationally was 46%, by the end of 2019 it was 42% and we are currently on course to achieve a national leakage rate of 38% by 2021.
The National Leakage Reduction Programme helps provide a more reliable water supply to Irish communities, reduce high levels of leakage and improve water quality. Its delivery means investment of over €500 million between 2017 and 2021 to reduce leakage and replace old pipes on the water network.

Further information on Irish Water’s Leakage Reduction Programme is also available on the Irish Water website





















Monaghan County Council Notices 25th March 2021













Lambing time has now begun.

In the last month two sheep attacks were reported to the Dog Warden, one near Clones and one near Lough Egish.

These attacks cause great cruelty to sheep and lambs. These attacks result in serious losses for the farmer.


Any dog, large or small, may become involved in attacking sheep – MAKE SURE YOUR DOG DOESN’T GET THE CHANCE!

If you own a dog or dogs, you are required to:

  • Keep your dog under control at all times. This means not allowing your dog off your property unaccompanied.
  • Have a microchip certificate of registration which proves that your dog is microchipped and registered to you. (Required since 2016)
  • Ensure that every dog under your control wears a collar bearing the name and address of the owner at all times and that the name and address are legible.
  • Have a current licence for each dog in your possession or a general dog licence to cover all dogs in your possession. YOU CAN NOW BUY YOUR DOG LICENCE ONLINE AT


Brendan Smyth

County Veterinary Officer

25th March 2021




Clár Funding Scheme 2021


CLÁR (Ceantair Laga Árd-Riachtanais) is a targeted investment programme for rural areas that aims to provide funding for small infrastructural projects in rural areas that have experienced significant levels of de-population. The funding works in conjunction with local/Agency and other Departmental funding programmes and on the basis of locally identified priorities.


CLÁR Programme for 2021

There is a 10% increase in funding, bringing the allocation for 2021 to €5.5 million. The 2021 CLÁR programme will be delivered through four separate Measures as follows:


Measure 1:                                                         Support for Schools/Community Safety Measure

Measure 2:                                                         Outdoor Community Recreation Facilities

Measure 3:                                                         Community Wellbeing Measure

  • Community Gardens & Allotments
  • Mobility and Cancer Care Transport


CLÁR Innovation Measure:                           Funding for innovative or pilot projects that address specific challenges faced by communities in CLÁR areas.



Measure 1       Support for Schools/Community Safety Measures

Up to 90% funding available


Types of Intervention eligible:

Amber Safety Lights, Child Safety Lights, Speed Safety Lights, Pedestrian Crossings, Access footpaths, Bus Shelters, Car Parking Facilities, Public Lighting, COVID-19 Safety related projects


Grant Range €5,000 up to €50,000


Measure 2       Community Recreation Areas

Up to 90% funding available


Types of Intervention eligible (this is not an exhaustive list):

Outdoor Cinema Screen, Bandstand/Amphitheatre, Outdoor Drinking Water Fountain, Covered Seating & Picnic Benches, Associated Landscaping & Path Widening, Playgrounds/MUGAs (new or upgrades), Skateboard Parks, Exercise Class Space, Public Toilets & Bins, Car & Bike Parking


Grant Range € 5,000 to € 50,000


Measure 3(a):    Community Gardens and Allotments

Up to 90% funding available


Types of Intervention eligible (this is not an exhaustive list):

Groundworks, Footpaths, Raised Beds, Native pollinator plants, Sensory planting and equipment, Polytunnels, Sheds, Rainwater harvesting tanks, Fencing, Gates, Tools as appropriate, Benches, Picnic tables, Shelters and Outdoor pizza ovens/BBQ areas


Grant Range € 5,000 to € 50,000



Measure 3(b) – Mobility & Cancer Care Transport

To assist groups providing mobility and cancer care transport services to people living in CLÁR areas.


CLÁR Innovation Measure (New measure for 2021)

Funding under this new measure will be targeted at piloting new ideas which address specific challenges faced by communities in CLÁR areas, including rural isolation, population change, social disadvantage and marginalisation.


Measure 3(b) and the CLÁR innovation Measure are being managed directly by the Department of Rural & Community Development, (DRCD), Rural Schemes, Government Offices, Ballina, Co Mayo F26 E8N6 – Phone – (076)1064900 and applications under those Measures should be made directly to DRCD  by the due dates, i.e., 7th May & 21st May respectively.


Applications are being accepted only though the online application process on Monaghan County Council’s website:

For information – The online application portal will go live from circa 31st March.

Any group applying will have plenty to occupy their time between now and then in preparing their application. It will be an online application process only. Closing date for applications to Monaghan County Council is Monday 26th April at 5pm.



CLÁR 2021 Guidelines Measures 1, 2 & 3(a) (MS Word)


Completed Applications for Measures 1, 2 and 3(a) must be submitted to Monaghan County Council on-line only. THIS FACILITY WILL OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS IN LATE MARCH. There will be a save option which will allow forms to be partially completed and returned to later.


Closing date for receipt of COMPLETED applications to Monaghan County Council is 5.00pm on Monday 26th April 2021.



Applications received after this deadline will not be considered.




Message from HSE: COVID-19 Updates

Public Health Measures

Ireland is at level 5 restrictions.

You can see the measures in place here.


COVID-19 Vaccination Programme

The vaccination programme continues to be rolled out nationwide, and more than 632,359 vaccines have been administered as of the 16th March 2021. Vaccination of Group 2 (frontline healthcare workers) and Group 3 (those aged 70 and over) continue, and we have also begun to vaccinate Group 4 (people with certain health conditions that put them at very high risk). Our hospital and healthcare teams continue to work to identify and plan for contacting people in Group 4. For now, people in these groups don’t need to take any action.


COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca® safety update

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has recommended the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine as safe and effective, whose benefits outweigh the risks, following a review of potential side effects carried out this week.


The National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC), which is the expert group that advises on vaccination in Ireland, has recommended that vaccination with COVID-19 vaccine AstraZeneca should recommence. The HSE will now resume using the AstraZeneca vaccine within our ongoing COVID-19 vaccination programme. Hospitals, CHOs, service providers and clinicians will be supporting colleagues and patients who will now be invited for their vaccine.


For further information pleases see: COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca® Safety Update (PDF)


A Parents’ Guide to Close Contacts in School

This guide sets out what to expect when your child has been told they are a close contact of COVID-19 in school. This guide is available here.


Support the Quit Leaders

Smoking increases your risk of acute respiratory infections like COVID-19 by damaging the natural barriers in your airways and lungs that help prevent infections. Thankfully, many people are giving up smoking because of the risk posed by COVID-19 and with the support of the HSE Quit programme, they have a much better chance of success. We have recruited 10 would-be quitters to tell their stories and help inspire others to join them on the journey towards becoming smoke-free. Please see the Quit 2021 partner pack attached to find out more about how you can follow their journey to inspire even more people to Quit.


Medical Cards for patients with Terminal Illnesses

The Government introduced a measure on Feb 9th 2021 that will enable individuals, who have been certified by their treating consultant as having a prognosis of less than 24 months to live, to be awarded a medical card without undergoing a means test. The measure is being introduced on an administrative basis pending legislative change. From 12th March 2021, a medical card can be awarded (without a means test) to an individual who has been certified by their treating consultant as having a prognosis of 24 months or less and the updated information is available on the HSE website here.

HSE Health and Wellbeing Webinar: Positive Psychology and Happiness

31st March 2021 (2-3pm)

You can register for the webinar here.


EU Web Survey to explore current drug trends in Ireland is open for Irish participation

HSE in collaboration with the Health Research Board and the EU drugs agency (EMCDDA) are asking adults in Ireland who use drugs to complete this survey to help shape the future of drug policies and interventions. The survey is anonymous and is open to adults aged 18 and over. The survey is open from today for a 6 week period.


The survey is available here.

Read more about the survey here.


For information and support relating to your own or someone else’s drug use, go to or Freephone the HSE Helpline on 1800 459 459 Monday – Friday 9:30 – 5:30 or email


Where to find COVID-19 Vaccination Information

We encourage everyone to read about the COVID-19 vaccine and to get their information from a factual, trusted source – here are the links to the pages with information on the vaccine:


Public Health Information

As always, for the most up to date information and advice on Coronavirus, please go to: and Clinical and professional guidance relating to COVID-19 is available on where you’ll find up to date guidance for healthcare settings and non-clinical settings.


Please check here for the most up to date partner resources for COVID-19.


You can find the COVID-19 A-Z information here from the HSE’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC).


Please also check the Healthy Ireland site here with further resources and information on the Keep Well campaign.


You can view the latest information on how Ireland is responding to cases of COVID-19 here.


Ireland’s COVID-19 Data Hub is available here.