Ballynacarry Bridge Scheme

Monaghan County Council is working in association with Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) and Department for Infrastructure NI (Roads) to develop a scheme to upgrade the Ballynacarry Bridge of the N53/A37 Castleblayney – Dundalk Road.

Figure 1 Ballynacarry Bridge location on N53/A37 route

In April 2022, Monaghan County Council appointed Arup as Technical Consultants for the delivery of the N53/A37 Ballynacarry Bridge Replacement Scheme. The N53/ A37 roadway links the towns of Castleblayney and Dundalk, passing through the counties of Monaghan, Armagh, and Louth. This cross-border National Road provides connectivity between Co. Monaghan and Dundalk, Co. Louth, the nearest “Gateway” town. The route also provides the most direct route to link to the M1 from north Monaghan and, on a wider scale, it is a strategic east-west route linking western counties and the north midlands to the Dundalk/Newry area.

The Ballynacarry Bridge Scheme proposes to address geometry and safety issues at the bridge, which is located on the border with Northern Ireland, on the N53 National Secondary route.

The principal issues with the N53 Ballynacarry Bridge are as follows:

  • Substandard carriageway width;
  • Substandard horizontal and vertical alignment;
  • Limited forward visibility;
  • Substandard stopping sight distance;
  • No hard shoulders/ hard strips on the carriageway

 

As well as improving the bridge geometry issues, the project will also achieve the following objectives:

  • Improved connectivity between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland on this important national border link road;
  • Improved promotion of economic development and accessibility for the entire region;
  • Improved road safety;
  • Reduced journey times between Monaghan and Dundalk /M1.

 

Figure 2 Ballynacarry Bridge crossing the River Fane

 

MC ELVANEY’S WASTE & RECYCLING – CO MONAGHAN CIVIC AMENITY SITE’S (CHRISTMAS OPENING HOURS 2022)

CHRISTMAS OPENING HOURS 2022

Monday       Dec 19th       9.00-17.30

Tuesday      Dec 20th     9.00-17.30

Wednesday  Dec 21st     9.00-17.30

Thursday     Dec 22nd     9.00-17.30

Friday         Dec 23rd     9.00-17.30

Saturday     Dec 24th     CLOSED

Sunday        Dec 25th        CLOSED

Monday       Dec 26th      CLOSED

Tuesday       Dec 27th       CLOSED

Wednesday  Dec 28th       9.00-16.00

Thursday      Dec 39th      9.00-16.00

Friday           Dec 30th      9.00-16.00

Saturday       Jan 31st        9.00-13.00

Sunday         Jan 1st          CLOSED

Monday        Jan 2nd      CLOSED

Tuesday        Jan 3rd       Normal Hours Resume

 

Let’s all make a special effort to recycle this Christmas.

Wishing all our customers a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

 

RECYCLING OF CHRISTMAS TREES

All real Household Christmas trees accepted in month of January FREE OF CHARGE

 

NEW SOLID FUEL REGULATIONS PAVING THE WAY FOR IMPROVED AIR QUALITY & HEALTH FOR ALL

The Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan TD, signed the New Solid Fuel Regulations into Irish Law and they came into effect on the 31st of October 2022.  The Air Pollution Act 1987 (Solid Fuel) Regulations 2022 aims to build upon previous efforts to improve Air Quality across Ireland and to reduce premature deaths and illnesses arising from air pollution. The new regulations are being introduced across a range of fuel types to ensure that the most polluting solid fuels will no longer be available for sale on the Irish market.

 

The primary focus of the draft regulations is on the large-scale, commercial sale of smoky fuels, including smoky coal, turf, and wet wood. These fuels are proven to be a major contributor to air pollution in Ireland.

Very low smoke emissions rates will be set for coal, coal-based products and manufactured solid fuel or peat briquettes, effectively prohibiting the use of bituminous coal i.e., smoky coal in the future. Smoky coal refers to coal that is branded Polish, Columbian, House coal etc. The New Regulations also introduce restrictions on the sale of wet wood and turf.  Burning of solid fuels, is a significant contributor to poor local air quality by increasing the amount of fine particulate matter (PM 2.5) and other pollutants in our homes and communities.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimate that each year there are 1,300 premature deaths in Ireland due to air pollution. The burning of bituminous coal and other smoky solid fuels releases particulate matter into the atmosphere. The most harmful of these, PM2.5particles, have been proven to have a significant detrimental effect on human health.

Medical research has shown links between the burning of bituminous coal in private houses and increased health risks including heart attack, stroke, cancer, brain tumors, asthma, bronchitis, bronchiolitis, and many other cardiac and respiratory conditions, as well as premature mortality. The elderly, the very young and other vulnerable groups, such as people with respiratory conditions, are particularly at risk.

Alternative, low-smoke fuels/ Smokeless Coals are cleaner, more cost-efficient and reduce exposure to harmful pollutants.

Householders should be aware that burning any type of waste in a domestic fire is illegal and leads to the release of toxic substances into the air in your home and the surrounding environment. Treated timber, which contains glues, resins, and paints, should also never be burned in a domestic fire for the same reasons.

Under the regulations the following new health standards for solid fuels will apply from 31st October this year.

  • Coal products and manufactured solid fuels must have a smoke emission rate of less than 10g/hour.
  • Manufactured part biomass products must have a smoke emission rate of less than 5g/hr.
  • Coal products and manufactured solid fuels, including manufactured part biomass products, must have a sulfur content of less than 2% by weight on a dry ash-free basis.
  • Fuel products which are 100% biomass products including wood products and wood logs, supplied in units under 2m³, must have a moisture content less than 25%.
  • Wet wood sold over these volumes will be required to come with instructions for the purchaser on how to appropriately dry the wood i.e., the need to store and season wet wood until it is sufficiently dried.
  • It will not be possible to sell turf via retail, online or other online or media outlets, in public houses or other public places. Persons with turbary rights may continue to cut turf for their own use and retain the ability to gift turf, therefore if you currently source turf from family, friends, neighbor’s, outside of the channels previously mentioned this can continue.

Monaghan County Council shall be responsible for enforcing these regulations in its functional area and are running an Environmental Awareness Campaign in December.

Compliance Inspections shall be carried out by Monaghan County Council’s Enforcement Officers, particularly in respect of retailers, coal merchants and coal delivery trucks. This will include Vehicle Checkpoints with An Garda Siochana throughout the county to ensure only Approved Solid Fuels are being sold within the county.

Further information on The New Solid Fuel Regulations can be found on Monaghan County Councils Website https://monaghan.ie/environment/solid-fuels-regulations-tab/,

 

What the new regulations mean to Householders: FAQ for Householders , Retailers: FAQ for Retailers , Producers/Importers: FAQ for Producers or Importers ,Couriers/Haulage Companies: FAQ for Couriers and Haulage Companies can be found on the Government website, Clean Air.ie or by the following the links displayed above from Monaghan County Councils Website.

County Monaghan’s Live Air Quality Data, can also be viewed on Monaghan County Council’s Website – Air Quality Section. (https://monaghan.ie/environment/air-quality-data/),

 

Monaghan County Council celebrates Earth Day 2022

Together with the local government sector,  Monaghan County Council is committed to taking a lead in #ClimateAction.

Today (22nd April 2022) is Earth Day, together, for everyone, everything, every day… #InvestInOurPlanet

Local authorities are uniquely placed to mobilise #ClimateAction in communities and that’s a key goal of our strategy to tackle climate change.

Watch this short video for further information on #EarthDay