Monaghan County Council lodge planning for an exciting new Civic Headquarters at Rooskey Monaghan

Proposed new Civic Office Headquarters

Monaghan County Council recently submitted a Part VIII Planning Application for new Civic Offices located at the Rooskey Lands in Monaghan Town. The purpose of the development is to consolidate and improve Monaghan County Council’s civic facilities, office accommodation and improve our customer service offering. The project will ultimately lead to service efficiency improvements by  lowering operational costs; by eliminating current office rental arrangements and reducing the Local Authority’s energy demand. The new office accommodation will have a gross floor area of 5,601m2, distributed over three tiered floors, incorporating an entrance foyer, office spaces, meeting rooms, a staff canteen, council chamber, customer service desks, welfare facilities and internal landscaped courtyards. The planning application also provides for a new Rooskey Lands access road, improved pedestrian and cycle links, a car park and all associated site development works.

The proposed Civic Offices marks the first phase of an ambitious economic development and regeneration strategy for the Rooskey Lands and Dublin Street areas. The project is aligned with the provisions of the Rooskey Master Plan and the approved Variations of the County Monaghan Development Plan. The Masterplan and approved Variations seek to regenerate an area in urban decline, generate employment and contribute to the creation of a new urban quarter, whilst integrating successfully with the established built-up area of the town and providing a consolidated home for Local Authority service provision. The project will also act as a catalyst for the regeneration of Dublin Street and its back lands, making Monaghan a better place to work, live and visit.

Some of the Key features of the Project are identified in Image 1 and described briefly below.

Pedestrian Access to Diamond Centre/Square

The project Architects Henry J Lyons, propose a number of pedestrian and cycle paths through the site linking directly to the town centre through the Diamond Car Park, Dublin Street and Old Cross Square areas.

Active Travel Access Road to Roosky Lands

The town centre site encourages sustainable modes of travel. The proposed new access to the Rooskey Lands and Civic Offices provides dedicated cycle lanes and pedestrian footpaths which link to the existing Ulster Canal Greenway, St Davnet’s Healthcare and Monaghan Harps GAA Club, promoting active modes of travel for locals and visitors. The new Rooskey Lands access road will also provide the vehicular route for people arriving to avail of Monaghan County Council services, as well as providing access to the remaining Roosky Lands for future mixed use development.

Farney Place

The Public Plaza marks the entrance to the Civic Offices and provides visitor and accessible parking spaces. Farney Place is also one of the key pedestrian spaces; connecting the proposed Dublin Street North Regeneration Plan and the future development of the Rooskey Lands.

Infirmary Hill Walk

The existing pedestrian path beside the Old Infirmary and leading to St Davnet’s HSE facility is proposed to be widened and upgraded from Old Cross Square, it will intersect with the proposed pedestrian and cycle facility on St. Davnet’s Row and on to Farney Place.

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Image 1. Bird’s Eye View from Old Cross Square – The proposed new Civic Offices for Monaghan County Council will provide a modern, inclusive building which engages with the town and serves its population through an enhanced public realm design and high-quality architecture.

Image 2. Bird’s Eye View from Dublin Street North – The scale and massing of the Proposed Civic Offices has been carefully considered to provide an appropriate and sympathetic interface between the proposed site and existing properties of Dublin Street and the Apartments of The Diamond Centre.

Image 3. Approach from Diamond Square – Pedestrian movement, cycling and the creation of public spaces are defining principals of the site strategy, improving the connections with the existing network of streets and the future connections proposed in the Dublin Street North masterplan.

Image 4. Approach from proposed new Roosky Access Road – The consideration of scale started at the site edges and perimeters with the concept of three volumes being placed centrally on the site. These three volumes are interlinked and overlap each other to sit comfortably on the site, framed by a series of landscaped spaces.

Image 5. Approach from Farney Place – Farney Place is one of the key pedestrian spaces. The public plaza is designed to be flexible to allow for community events while also catering for the daily needs of customers and visitors.

Everyone Everywhere is Entitled to a Brown Bin Collection Service in 2024, as legislation changes.

There is good news for households in rural areas. New legislation, coming into effect in January 2024, means all householders in Ireland will be entitled to a brown bin recycling collection service from their waste collector.

“Whether you live low in a valley, or high on a hill, the forthcoming household food and biowaste regulations means everyone, everywhere can now avail of a brown bin service,” said Pauline McDonogh, spokesperson for

“There are many households who are already fantastic at recycling and make a great effort to separate food waste. This change in legislation will make it easier for them as they can now finally access a brown bin collection service. If you don’t currently have a brown bin, I’d encourage you to organise one early in 2024.  Contact your current waste collector – because you’re never too remote to recycle.” she added.

The brown bin service accepts all types of food including raw and cooked meat and fish, plate scrapings, along with fruit and vegetable peelings. Other items that can go into the brown bin include food-soiled paper napkins, paper towels, pizza boxes as well as grass clippings and light garden waste. There is lots of information available at

“With more and more households having access to the brown bin, it will allow more people to  play their part to separate waste into the different streams and help Ireland achieve its national recycling target,” said Des Crinion Chairperson of Irish Waste Management Association.

Recycling waste correctly, by putting it in the brown bin, is a vital step in our collective efforts to achieve targets and tackle climate change. The material from the brown bin is sent for composting or anaerobic digestion (AD) here on the island of Ireland. All waste collectors are preparing for these new regulations. To avail of this service from January, contact your current waste collector,” he added. has information on how to manage all waste types including preventing and recycling food waste in your home.

“Every single person can make a huge difference in helping our environment and contributing positively to Ireland achieving a recycling rate of 60% by 2030” said Pauline McDonogh, Spokesperson for

For more information, please visit

Click here to watch this video on how to recycle your food waste.


Community Climate Action Fund launches in County Monaghan

Monaghan County Council is delighted to announce the opening of a new community climate action fund which is being made available to community groups interested in developing projects and initiatives which relate to the challenge of addressing climate change. The programme is funded by the Department of Environment, Climate and Communications.

The overall objective of the Community Climate Action Programme is to support and empower communities to shape and build low carbon, sustainable communities in a coherent way to contribute to national climate and energy targets. The programme aims to support small and large, rural and urban communities to take climate action. This programme will help communities to both promote and assist in the scale up of community climate action from the respective starting points of the communities. The funding is for investment in small, medium, and large-scale community climate action projects.

There are two funding streams available:

  • Strand 1: Action: Building Low Carbon Communities:

Monaghan has been allocated a total of €392,000 under this strand to work in partnership with communities, small and large, rural and urban, within County Monaghan to build low carbon communities in a considered and structured way.

  • Strand 1a: Shared Island Community Climate Action:

In addition, a total of €3 million nationally is available to support cross-border and all-island community climate action partnerships between community organisations in County Monaghan and in Northern Ireland.

There are five themes that apply to projects. Community groups must carry out projects that fall under at least one theme but are encouraged to address as many of the five themes as possible.

The themes are:

  • Energy
  • Travel
  • Food and waste
  • Shopping and recycling
  • Local climate and environmental action.

The Community Climate Action Programme will support the delivery of the new five-year Climate Action Plan for County Monaghan, which is due to be adopted in February 2024. The plan aims to position County Monaghan as a national leader in climate action and strengthen the delivery of effective climate action at local and community levels, through place-based climate action.

The application process for the Community Climate Action Programme will be made available through the Monaghan County Council website from 9:00 am on the 13th of December.

Ahead of the launch of the Community Climate Action Programme, Cllr David Maxwell, Cathaoirleach of Monaghan County Council, said, “It is great to see application for the Community Climate Action Programme open. This programme places community leadership at the heart of local climate and environmental action. The programme will enable local community groups, supported by Monaghan County Council, to play a key role in helping Ireland to achieve its national target to become a climate neutral economy and resilient society by 2050.”

Chief Executive of Monaghan County Council, Robert Burns said, “The Community Climate Action Programme will aid community activation and will empower community groups to develop projects that will lead to real and meaningful climate action. We are looking forward to working alongside local communities in County Monaghan to drive the change needed to address climate adaptation and mitigation.”

For more information on the Community Climate Action Programme visit or scan QR code below:

or, contact the Community Climate Action Officer on

Taking in charge of Estates & Declaration of Public Roads

Section 180 of the Planning & Development Act 2000 (as amended) & Section 11 of the Roads Act 1993 (as amended)

Monaghan County Council propose to take in charge and make a declaration of the associated estate roads, footpaths, public lighting, storm water services and public open spaces at the following residential developments in accordance with the relevant sections of the above Acts.

  • Knocknamaddy, Ballybay.
  • Telayden Heights, Monaghan (latest phase).
  • An Crannog, Glen Road, Monaghan.
  • Glaslough Castle Leslie Estate (Main Street, Village Square, Village Green, Lough Lane), Monaghan.

Location maps of the estates and roads to be declared ‘public roads’ are available for inspection at the offices of Monaghan Council Planning Department, 1 Dublin Street, Monaghan during normal office hours, Monday to Friday, excluding Bank Holidays, for a period of one month commencing on the 07th of December 2023.  The Council will consider any objections / representations regarding the proposals which are submitted in writing to the undersigned.  Closing date for receipt of objections / representations is 5.00 p.m. on Monday the 05th February 2024.


Cathal Flynn

Director of Services, Economic Development, Planning & Capital Projects

Monaghan County Council,

1 Dublin Street,


Dated this the 07th of December 2023.

Clones Marina – A Vision for Waterside Development – Prospectus & Questionnaire

Waterways Ireland and its partners, Monaghan County Council and Fáilte Ireland, are seeking to engage with those who might be interested in delivering a high-quality visitor experience(s) and community resource, with a focus on both on-water and land-based activities, from a new facility being developed in Clones, and are keen to encourage innovative and creative activities at and around the canal basin which will contribute to the overall vision for the site.

The Market Soundings will provide an opportunity to engage initially with interested parties who may have ideas on potential uses, and this will inform the next stage of the process.

At this stage, interested parties are invited to outline details of how their business might operate at this site by completing and returning the attached questionnaire to before Wednesday, 20th December 2023.

The Prospect and Questionnaire are available to view and completed via the following links:

Clones Marina – Prospectus

Clones Marina – Questionnaire

Have your say on the draft Town Centre First Plan for Carrickmacross

The public is warmly invited to have their say on draft plans for the future of Carrickmacross Town Centre through a consultation process taking place between 30 November and 4 January 2024.   

Carrickmacross is the first town in County Monaghan to participate in the national Town Centre First programme. This aims to create Town Centres that function as viable, vibrant and attractive locations for people to live, work and visit, while also functioning as the service, social, cultural and recreational hub for the local community.

The process for Carrickmacross has been led by a newly formed local Town Team with the support of Monaghan County Council and the assistance of consultants, The Paul Hogarth Company.   To inform the plan a first round of public consultations took place in October 2023 with over 500 responses received.

Welcoming the launch, Cllr Aoife McCooey, Cathaoirleach  of Carrickmacross-Castleblayney Municipal District said “I am delighted to see this Draft Plan being launched today and would like to congratulate the Town Team for all their hard work to date.  It is clear to me that together with the consultants, they have listened very carefully to the people of Carrickmacross and drawing upon their considerable knowledge of the town, have identified a series of compelling draft projects.”

The chair of the Town Team is local businessman Jim Hand. In launching the Draft Plan, Jim explained “We are now eager to hear again from everyone in Carrickmacross. We are inviting people to take a look at the draft plan and projects, to let us know what they think and to share their further ideas.  It is very important that this plan reflects the priorities of local people, so please take this opportunity to help us get it right for the town”.

Once complete in 2024, the Town Centre First Plan be used to inform funding applications for project delivery by a range of parties, from the public, community and private sectors. It will also be used to guide future policy and decision making in relation to the town centre.

Plans will available to view:
Consultation Responses via the survey can be made between
  • Thursday 30 November 2023, and
  • Thursday 4 January 2024
Drop in consultation event will be held at the following times and locations:
  • 4pm – 8pm, Wednesday 6 December 2023, Carrickmacross Civic Offices
  • 11am – 2pm, Thursday 14 December 2024, Market Square Shopping Centre

For further information please contact

Kevin McNally

Town Regeneration Officer,

1 Dublin Street, Monaghan.


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Rockcorry Vision Plan – Monaghan County Council

The Rockcorry Vision Plan has been funded by the Department of Rural & Community Development and Monaghan County Council under the Town & Village Renewal Scheme & was officially launched by Minister Heather Humphreys on November 16th.  The plan concentrates on a long-term vision for Rockcorry Village and its hinterlands and to identify and help prioritise projects from the development of Rockcorry to 2030 and beyond.

This plan identified 36 actions and has the potential to developed these under the plans overarching 6 themes.

  1. Community Spaces – Social, Leisure and Recreation.
  2. Economic Development and Employment.
  3. Digital Transformation.
  4. Built Heritage for future generations.
  5. Natural Heritage and Biodiversity.
  6. Places for People – Rockcorry as a Destination.

See plan here: Rockcorry Vision Plan Book


Drum Vision Plan – Monaghan County Council

The Drum Vision Plan has been funded by the Department of Rural & Community Development and Monaghan County Council under the Town & Village Renewal Scheme & was officially launched by Minister Heather Humphreys on November 20th.  The plan concentrates on a long-term vision for Drum Village and its hinterlands and to identify and help prioritise projects from the development of Drum to 2030 and beyond.

This plan identified 39 actions and has the potential to developed these under the plans overarching 6 themes.

  • A Vibrant and Sustainable Village centre
  • A Place to Live
  • Community Spaces for All
  • A Biodiverse and Sustainable Community
  • Digital Transformation
  • A Place to Visit

See plan here: Drum Vision Plan book