Give the ‘Gift of a Lift’ this Christmas

With the festive party season now underway, those of us who are preparing to go out celebrating in Co Monaghan are being asked to think ahead to ensure everyone gets home safely. Adrian O’Sullivan, Road Safety Officer with Monaghan County Council has the following timely advice: “The Christmas party season is getting into full swing and it’s a time when many of us will be out enjoying the festivities.  To encourage people to get home safely, Monaghan County Council have launched their ‘Gift A Lift’ road safety Christmas card campaign. The idea is that you commit to give a family member or friend one lift home or organise a taxi for them over the festive season using the specially designed ‘Here’s something that will give you a little lift this Christmas’ card”.

Adrian added “The ‘Gift of a lift’ card is a novel way of getting across a serous message as road users need to be extra careful at this time of year when roads are at their busiest and conditions can be dangerous.  We have had five fatal collisions in County Monaghan to date in 2022 which has resulted in six people losing their lives, leaving behind devastated families who will be spending their first Christmas without their loved ones.  In addition, there have been several serious collisions, some of which didn’t make the news headlines, but which have left people with life changing injuries.  I would appeal to everyone to ensure they have a safe and happy festive season and to take extra care when using the roads. It’s not worth taking a chance on driving if you have consumed any alcohol or drugs. Don’t let your actions spoil a good night out and bring tragedy to your family this Christmas.”

While alcohol remains the most frequently detected intoxicant in driving in Ireland, cannabis is the second most frequently found intoxicant with detection rates among drivers continuing to increase, with cocaine being the third most found intoxicant drug detected. As drug use in Irish society continues to increase and diversify this translates into more dangerous intoxicated driving.

Also speaking at the launch of the campaign was Sergeant Niall Leech from the Co Monaghan Garda Roads Policing Unit who welcoming the initiative had this advice: “An Garda Síochána are reminding drivers to plan ahead when going out to celebrate over the holiday period.  Leave the car keys at home and either get a taxi or designate a driver.  Don’t forget you may still be over the legal alcohol limit the following morning, so don’t take any chances.  The Gardaí will continue to focus on locations and times where fatal and serious injury collisions have previously occurred.  One of our primary goals is to reduce the number of people driving while under the influence of alcohol and illegal drugs. The new preliminary testing equipment which has been operational since 1st December will increase our capability to test drivers for the presence of illegal drugs. The new Securetec® Drugwipe 6s roadside drug testing device, which has been introduced by the Medical Bureau of Road Safety (MBRS) and rolled out to Gardaí across the country”.

“The new system allows for the collection of the oral fluid in a very rapid fashion, reducing the test time to 2 – 8 minutes and is similar to a Covid Antigen test.  It can detect the presence of Cannabis, Cocaine, Benzodiazepines, Opiates, Amphetamine and Methamphetamine.  This enhanced drug testing system is timely as drug use in Irish society continues to increase and diversify which in turn translates into more dangerous intoxicated driving.  Roads Policing continues throughout the year in County Monaghan and Christmas time will be no different. Our advice is simple: Arrive home safe this Christmas and don’t ever drink or drive while under the influence of either alcohol or drugs” added Sergeant Leech.

Monaghan Ambulance Service and Monaghan Fire and Civil Protection are also supporting the Christmas road safety campaign as the effects of attending the scene of road traffic collisions can have a profound effect on their members as well as families, friends and local communities.

Dermot Brannigan, Chief Fire Officer, Monaghan Fire & Civil Protection has this message: “I am urging all road users to act responsibly and to not drink or drug drive when using the roads throughout the Christmas and New Year period. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs can have catastrophic consequences with members of the emergency services having to deal with the horrific aftermath of such collisions.  There has been a marked increase in the number of road traffic accidents attended by Monaghan Fire Service to date in 2022, accounting for approximately of 33% of all call outs.  I would appeal to all road users not to take risks on the road and to make safer choices. Slow down, don’t drink or drug drive, wear your seatbelt and watch out for vulnerable road users this festive season. No members of the emergency services want to attend a crash which will result in an empty seat at some family’s table this Christmas following a road death”.

We all know someone for whom it can be difficult to choose a Christmas present, so why not give them the ‘Gift of a Lift’ and ensure they get home safely over the party season. The card can be collected from any County Monaghan library branch (subject to availability) or downloaded for free from the Road Safety section at www.Monaghan.ie.

148 people have died on the roads as at 6th December 2022 – this represents an increase of 27 on the same day last year. Separately, 1,174 people were seriously injured on our roads this year up to 27 November 2022.

Gift of a Lift- Monaghan Card

 

Irish Water launches public consultation on its plans to provide more secure and sustainable water supply to homes and businesses across the North West region over the next 25 years

Public Consultation runs from 22 November 2022 to 21 February 2023

We want to hear from you! 

Meet our team at a public webinar and have your say on our plans to supply water in your area

Irish Water today begins a three-month public consultation on the draft Regional Water Resource Plan – North West (RWRP-NW). The plan sets out options for providing a more secure, reliable and sustainable water supply for 732,700 customers in the North West region over the next 25 years. The plan includes counties Cavan, Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Monaghan, Sligo and parts of Clare, Longford, Louth, Meath and Roscommon. Eight islands off the coast of Ireland are also included in the region.

Irish Water’s National Water Resources Plan will be the first resources plan for the entire public water supply in Ireland. The National Plan will identify the needs across our existing supplies and the challenges and opportunities that we face over the coming years including legislation, climate change, the environment, growth and economic development. The National Plan will allow us to understand the actions and activities required to transform our water supplies and provide a safe, secure, reliable, and sustainable water supply for our current and future customers. The National Plan will also provide a transparent roadmap on how Irish Water will plan for its water assets to align with national policy.

Given the scale of the area to be covered, the National Plan is being rolled out in two phases. The National Plan was first adopted in the summer of 2021 and Irish Water has since moved into Phase 2 and is preparing four Regional Water Resources Plans.

The four regions are:

  • Regional Water Resources Plan: North West
  • Regional Water Resources Plan: South West
  • Regional Water Resources Plan: South East
  • Regional Water Resources Plan: Eastern and Midlands

Each Regional Plan is subject to its own consultation and, once adopted, all of the Regional Plans and the Framework Plan will be treated as a unified National Plan.

Public consultation on the draft Regional Water Resources Plan North West launches today and will continue until 21 February 2023.

The draft RWRP-NW describes the North West Region and the current challenges faced now and into the future in terms of delivering a safe, secure and resilient water supply. It identifies progress made to date, for instance through leakage reductions, capital investment works, and works in progress. It applies the methodology as adopted in the Framework Plan to (i) identify the Need across the 119 Water Resource Zones, in terms of quality, quantity, reliability and sustainability of supply, and (ii) identify Plan level solutions to meet this Need across the region.

There are 142 Water Treatment Plants (WTPs) in the North West Region, which collectively serve 732,700 people or 18% of the population of Ireland, via approximately 17,732 kilometres of distribution network and 119 Water Resource Zones. These treatment plants also serve 74,000 businesses. The region itself covers approximately 26,912 square kilometres, encompassing counties Cavan, Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Monaghan, Sligo and parts of Clare, Longford, Louth, Meath and Roscommon. Eight islands off the coast of Ireland are also included in the region.

Speaking at the launch of the public consultation, Mairéad Conlon, Regional Water Resources Strategy Lead for Irish Water said, “The development of a draft plan on how Irish Water will supply water across the North West region is an important step. It will allow Irish Water to review water supply needs across the region and consider local options to resolve these needs.

“The draft Regional Plan will offer key benefits in terms of transformation of our supplies, including the ability to cater for growth and economic development in a sustainable way, through improved interconnectivity between our supplies to ensure balanced regional development and new sustainable water sources that are adaptable to climate change.

“The draft plan sets out how we envisage water will be supplied to homes and businesses across counties Cavan, Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Monaghan, Sligo and parts of Clare, Longford, Louth, Meath and Roscommon over the next 25 years. Eight islands off the coast of Ireland are also included in the region. Our team hopes to meet as many people as possible and hear from them about their local areas, to ensure that our plan is the best fit for the North West region,” explained Mairéad.

Irish Water is now seeking feedback on the public consultation for the draft RWRP-NW and associated SEA Environmental Report and Natura Impact Statement (NIS). The documents are available to view on our website at www.water.ie/rwrp/north-west.

A 12-week statutory public consultation will run from 22 November 2022 to 21 February 2023.

Submissions can be made by post or email by 21 February 2023 to:

Emailnwrp@water.ie

Post:  National Water Resources Plan, Irish Water, PO Box 13216, Glenageary, Co. Dublin

This public consultation is everyone’s opportunity to feed into the process of how Irish Water identifies the water supply issues in the region and determines what the options are to provide a more resilient water supply to customers within the region.

Public webinars will be facilitated in January and February 2023. These webinars will provide information on the draft Regional Water Resources Plan – North West and allow opportunities to pose questions to our team. If you would like to be part of an online public webinar on the draft Regional Water Resources Plan – North West and associated environmental reports, you can register your interest on our website at www.water.ie/rwrp/north-west.

Irish Water is also seeking feedback on how it will develop options to address any problems identified.

All submissions will be taken into consideration and responses to the issues raised will be summarised in a Consultation Report, which will be published on www.water.ie/nwrp.

 

Look For Local this Christmas

If we all #LookForLocal this Winter, we’ll be supporting small businesses, jobs and communities. It works for everyone!

How can you support Look for Local?

When you are out and about this Winter, look for local products, services and experiences that you can avail of.

When you Look for Local the money you spend will benefit several different businesses in that area and every Euro that you give to a local business is an investment in that community.

Find local businesses & their websites in your area on the Local Enterprise Office directory here: https://www.localenterprise.ie/lookforlocal

 

 

Monaghan County Council Notices 12th August 2021

Temporary Closing of Roads

Monaghan County Council gives notice of its intention to close the following road in the Municipal District of Monaghan in County Monaghan:

Date & Time of Closure:                From 6pm Saturday 4th September to 6am Monday 6th September

To Facilitate:                                      Poc Fada Blues Festival

Road Closed:                                     LS5515 Lower Mill Street between North Road and Church Square

Alternative Routes:

Traffic coming from Upper Mill street LS5515 wishing to access Church Square may do so via North road N54, Plantation Road LP1413 and Glaslough Street N54.

Any interested person may lodge an objection to the closing of the above-mentioned roads with the Head of Roads, Monaghan County Council, MTEK II Building, Knockaconny, Monaghan not later than Tuesday 17th August 2021.  Any objections must be clearly marked on envelope “Objection to Road Closure”.

If you have any queries concerning this Road Closure please contact The Municipal of Monaghan, The Glen Offices, Monaghan at (047) 73777 or email monaghan@monaghancoco.ie

This notice complies with the Roads Act 1993 (Section 75)

Kevin West
A/Senior Engineer
Roads and Transportation
12th August 2021

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Temporary Closing Of Roads

 

Monaghan County Council gives notice to close the following road in the Municipal District of Monaghan in County Monaghan:

Date of Closure:               30th August 2021 to 30th September 2021 (9.30am to 4.00pm)

To Facilitate:                     Road Improvement and Junction Upgrade Works

Road Closed:                     L1155 – N2 Tirnaneill Junction

Diversion Routes:

N2 northbound traffic wishing to travel on the L-1150 from the townland of Tirnaneill in the direction of the townland of Drumhillagh/Legacurry will be diverted along the N2, then turning left on to the L-1170, then turning left onto the L-1155.

N2 southbound traffic wishing to travel on the L-1150 from the townland of Tirnaneill in the direction of the townland of Drumhillagh/Legacurry will be diverted along the N2, then turning right on to the L-16302, then turning right onto the L-5181 and continuing on to the L1155.

All Detours will be signposted to direct the Traffic.

This notice complies with the Roads Act 1993 (Section 75)

Kevin West
A/Senior Engineer
Roads and Transportation
12th August 2021

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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 Clones/Ballybay in County Monaghan:

Date & Time:     Friday 06/08/2021 to Monday 04/10/21

To Facilitate:      Emergency Bridge Repair Works

Road Closed:     L-6511 Urcher/Drumgreeny

Diversion Routes –

All Detours will be signposted in order to direct the Traffic. (Local Access Only, No through Road at Bridgeworks).

If you have any queries concerning this Road Closure, please contact Roads Section, Mtek 2 Building Knockaconny, Monaghan at (047) 30579 email roads@monaghancoco.ie or The Municipal District of Ballybay-Clones at (047) 51018 email  clones@monaghancoco.ie.

Kevin West
A/Senior Engineer
Roads and Transportation
12th August 2021

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Online Public Consultation Event to review Visioning Report for Lough Muckno Estate, Castleblayney

Monaghan County Council in conjunction with Fáilte Ireland has recently engaged with Terry Stevens and Associates, International Tourism Consultants, to prepare a Visioning Report for Lough Muckno Estate, Castleblayney and the surrounding area.

Please join us for an online webinar to get an overview of the vision for Lough Muckno on Thursday 12th August at 7pm. Access to the webinar is via the following link – https://tinyurl.com/MCCpublicevent

The Vision for Muckno presentation will be available to view on the Monaghan County Council website – www.monaghan.ie – from Friday 13th August 2021 and will remain open for public consultation until 10 September 2021.

Submissions can be made via the on-line form on the council website- www.monaghan.ie or via the dedicated email address – muckno@monaghancoco.ie

For further information contact Dympna Condra, Monaghan County Council Tourism Officer, by emailing dcondra@monaghancoco.ie

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NOTICE PUBLISHING COMMENCEMENT OF AUDIT

MONAGHAN COUNTY COUNCIL

Notice is hereby given that the audit of the accounts of the above-named local government authority for the financial year ended on the 31st day of December, 2020 will be commenced by Mr. Martin White, Local Government Auditor on the 31st day of August 2021. In accordance with article 17 of the Local Government (Financial and Audit Procedures) Regulations 2014, objections to any matter or matters contained in the said several accounts will be considered by the Local Government Auditor during the audit.

Written notice of any proposed objection, setting out the relevant particulars and grounds on which it is to be made, should be sent to the above named Local Government Auditor at Monaghan County Council within ten days of the commencement of the audit. The annual financial statement will be available during office hours to the inspection of all persons interested for seven days before the commencement of the audit.

Dated this 12th day of August 2021
John Murray
Head of Finance, Housing and Culture
Monaghan County Council

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Comhairle Contae Mhuineacháin

Monaghan County Council

Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons for inclusion on the following panel from which future permanent or temporary vacancies arising during the lifetime of the panel may be filled:-

Clerical Officer (Grade III)

(€24,602 – €40,589

Starting pay for new entrants will be at the minimum of the scale in accordance with

Circular E.L. 02/2011

Application forms and further details are available to download from www.monaghan.ie

or can be obtained from the:

Human Resource Management Section,
Monaghan County Council,
County Offices,
The Glen,
Monaghan,

Telephone No: 047 73702/73703

E-mail: recruitment@monaghancoco.ie

Shortlisting will take place on the basis of the information provided on the application form and it is expected that given the qualifications and experience of prospective applicants that the shortlisting requirements will be significantly higher than the minimum standard set out.

Closing date for the receipt of completed application forms:

4.00pm on Friday 3rd September 2021

Applications must be submitted via the recruitment submission link available on our website www.monaghan.ie under current vacancies.

Monaghan County Council is an Equal Opportunities Employer

Canvassing will automatically disqualify

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Public Consultation – Draft Public Realm Spatial Plan for Inniskeen Village

 

Monaghan County Council in conjunction with The Paul Hogarth Company has developed a Draft Public Realm Spatial Plan for the village of Inniskeen. We now invite you to have your say and help us shape the Public Realm Spatial Plan so that it accurately reflects the needs of the village both now and in the future.

Please join us for an initial online webinar, on the Draft Spatial Plan, on Tuesday the 17th August 2021 at 7pm. The webinar shall be accessible via the following link:

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87497585137

Following the webinar, the Draft Plan, together with summary supporting documentation, shall be available for review on Monaghan County Council’s website, www.monaghan.ie, for a three-week period, commencing Wednesday the 18th August 2021. You may submit your views/comments via the completion of a dedicated online survey and/or by emailing them to inniskeen@paulhogarth.com on or before 5pm on Wednesday the 8th of September 2021.

It is understood that online information cannot be accessed by everyone. The Draft Public Realm Spatial Plan shall also be available for inspection at Carrickmacross Civic Offices, Riverside Road, Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan, during normal office hours (9.30am- 4.30pm), from Wednesday the 18th August 2021. Please contact the above-mentioned offices, via telephone on 042 9661236 or alternatively via Email at carrickmacross@monaghancoco.ie, to arrange an appointment to view the Draft Plan. Hardcopy/handwritten submissions with respect to the Draft Plan may be made in writing to:

Mr. Damien Thornton,

A/Municipal District Co-Ordinator,

Carrickmacross Civic Offices,
Riverside Road,
Carrickmacross,
Co. Monaghan
A81 RY22

no later than 5pm on Wednesday the 8th of September 2021.

 

Survey Carrickmacross Workhouse Campus

Carrickmacross Workhoue CampusMonaghan County Council together with Farney Community Development Committee are seeking funding to develop the whole site as a centre for community activity and use. The Workhouse Campus Project will encompass the restoration and repurposing of the old buildings on the site together with new-built designed centre to cater for the needs identified. The Iontas Centre in Castleblayney would be a model to aspire to for the people of Carrickmacross and south Monaghan.

The first step on the way is to ascertain what are the views and the needs of the people of Carrickmacross and its people. What services would they wish to see hosted in a newly developed Workhouse Campus? At present the Workhouse serves as a tourism and visitor attraction on the Famine, hosts a Community Childcare Creche, provides facilities for training and learning.

This moment provides an opportunity for other community groups and individuals to highlight facilities and services that could benefit the town and its catchment. For example the Arts sector is one that lacks a base in the town. During the pandemic, parents have state that young people require a safe place to meet. We are asking that you complete this short survey to give your initial thoughts on what could be facilitated in a newly developed Workhouse Campus. This is the first step on a journey to provide a new modern home for community, social and recreational services in Carrickmacross.

The sky is the limit in terms of our ambition to develop services and facilities for the community, so join in, complete the survey and get your friends and family to give their views also.

Complete the short Survey here:

Online Survey