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




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


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



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Bulky Goods Disposal: 50% Price Reduction

Bulky Goods Disposal: 50% price reduction extended for a further two weeks. Ends Saturday September 12th 2020
Monaghan County Council through the Anti-Dumping Initiative 2020, funded by the Government of Ireland, is reducing the cost of disposing bulky goods at Carrickmacross and Scotch Corner Recycling Centre by 50%.

For more details and new pricing structure check out or

Bulky Goods Disposal: 50% Price Reduction

Draft Waste Bye-Laws 2019

Pursuant to Section 35(1) of the Waste Management Act 1996 as amended and Section 199(1) of the Local Government Act 2001 as amended and in accordance with Part 19 of the Local Government Act 2001 as amended, Monaghan County Council proposes to make a bye-law entitled ‘County of Monaghan (Segregation, Storage and Presentation of Household and Commercial Waste) Bye-Laws, 2019.

The purpose of making the bye-law is to ensure that households and businesses provide evidence of participation in an authorised waste collection service, use approved receptacles and storage, appropriately segregate waste and remove hazardous waste and ensure that an orderly waste collection is carried out in County Monaghan.

The penalties proposed for contravention of the bye-law is a fixed payment notice of €75 to be paid within 21 days and failing payment of the fixed penalty notice a maximum penalty on conviction of €2,500. Penalties for continued offences post-conviction are also provided for.

A copy of the proposed bye-law is available for inspection at the offices of Environmental Services, Monaghan County Council, Riverside Road, Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan between the hours of 9am –, Monday to Friday for an eight-week period from Thursday 10th  October  until the 5th December  2019 or at the link below. A copy of the draft bye-law may be obtained by any person on the payment to Monaghan County Council of such fee (if any) as the local authority fixes not exceeding the reasonable cost of copying it.


Dréacht Fhodhlíthe (Dramhaíl Teaghlaigh Agus Tráchtála A Leithlisiú, A Stóráil Agus A Thabhairt I Láthair), 2019 (PDF)

Draft Waste Presentation Bye Laws 2019 (PDF)


Monaghan County Council will consider any submissions in relation to the draft bye-law which are submitted in writing to:

Nial O’Connor

Administrative Officer

Environment Section,

Monaghan County Council,

Riverside Road


Co. Monaghan


Or by email to


for a further period ending on 12th  December 2019 at 5pm. It is also proposed through the above Bye-Laws to revoke existing Bye-Laws entitled “County of Monaghan (Collection, storage and presentation of waste and certain related waste management matters) Bye-Laws 2008.


Tá cóip den Dréacht-Fhodhlíthe le fail as Gaeilge agus fáiltíonn an Comhairle roimh aighneacht i nGaeilge .


Adge King

Director of Services



2019 Community Environment Action Fund

2019 Community Environment Action Fund

 Do you have a project or initiative that could help to increase awareness of environmental issues locally, or that could help your community to become more sustainable?

If so, you may qualify for financial assistance from the

2019 Community Environment Action Fund (previously called Local Agenda 21 Fund). This Fund promotes sustainable development by assisting small scale, non-profit environmental projects at local level.

Does Your Project Qualify?

Projects should focus on environmental awareness and actions which support and complement national environmental policies such as those on waste, biodiversity, water conservation and climate change.

A wide variety of projects and schemes have been supported under the Fund in previous years, including community gardens and allotments, compost schemes, rainwater harvesting, biodiversity projects, waste reduction initiatives, educational initiatives and environmental exhibitions. Lists of previously funded projects can be viewed online at:

Depending on number of applications the maximum grant is expected to be in the region of €1,500

 How to Apply

Application forms are available here:  Community Environment Action Fund Application Form 2019 (MS Word)

or directly from Environment Services, Monaghan County Council, Carrickmacross, Civic Offices, Carrickmacross. 042 9661240 contact person: Mary McCoy

Applications must be made no later than 5pm Friday 27 September, 2019,  on an official application form to the above address or via email to

 For general information on the Fund or to discuss a project contact Moira Kelly 042 9661240


A King

Director of Services


Public Participation: Identification of Bathing Waters

Local authorities must identify official bathing areas in their area every year so that they can be monitored for safety, water quality and their level of use. To help with this process, Monaghan County Council are asking people who swim at lakes and rivers in the County to tell them if they think they should maintain existing designated bathing waters designations or give a new official bathing area designation to areas that are commonly used for swimming, but not identified at the moment.

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

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

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

If you wish to propose your favourite lake or river as a new bathing water site or comment on an existing site please contact:

Monaghan County Council,
Environmental Services,
Civic Offices,
Riverside Road,
Co. Monaghan.

Or email to :

Closing date for submissions to Monaghan County Council is 17th July 2019

Monaghan County Council Draft Climate Change Adaptation Strategy Public Consultation

Monaghan County Council has prepared a draft Local Authority Climate Change Adaptation Strategy in accordance with the provisions of The Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act 2015 and the National Adaptation Framework (NAF), 2018.

Closing date for receipt of submission is midnight on Wednesday 26th June 2019.

Full information is available here

National Spring Clean 2019 Launch


Cathaoirleach David Maxwell launches National Spring Clean 2019

Monaghan County Council appeals to everyone to play their part in tackling Ireland’s litter problem as a way to help fighting climate change

Cathaoirleach David Maxwell, along with National Spring Clean Ambassador Sarah McGovern Vaughan and students from Gaelscoil Ultain, officially launched the 2019 National Spring Clean in County Monaghan.

Over the past 21 years, The National Spring Clean has focused on the collective responsibility we share in tackling and preventing our national litter problem. Participating in organised clean-ups is an opportunity for groups and individuals of all ages to make a meaningful and positive contribution in their own communities.

This year, the initiative wants to raise awareness about another crucial issue: the link between litter and climate change – the biggest environmental challenge of our time – and highlight how combined local actions can have a global effect.

With the participation in 2018 of over 500,000 volunteers and 2,600 tonnes of litter collected, of which 35% was recycled, the National Spring Clean 2019 aims to build on the progress and momentum from prior years to make 2019 the most successful anti–litter campaign yet.

Speaking at the launch, Cathaoirleach David Maxwell said:

‘Despite the great work by the Spring Clean, litter pollution remains a problem.  And yet litter is one of the most easily solvable of our environmental problems.  While the link between litter and climate change might not be immediately obvious, the two are connected. When waste goes to landfill, it generates methane, a gas which is approximately 30 times more potent as a GHG than CO2. For this reason, reducing waste is more important than recycling, and adopting sustainable consumption patterns is of the utmost importance.

Today, I am calling on local residents, community groups and businesses to volunteer their time and energy in the fight against litter. In the spirit of volunteerism, The National Spring Clean 2019 aims to build a sense of collective responsibility to environmental protection through community participation. Collective responsibility at a local level can influence positive change’.

National Spring Clean, Chairperson, Michael John O’Mahony, commented:

‘National Spring Clean represents the best of our community capacity to meet a challenge and have an outcome that is good for all. Participants come together to give back to their local community and the environment. For the 2019 campaign, we are focusing on the link between waste and climate change, the most pressing issues of our time. Our consumption patterns and how we dispose and treat our waste has a substantial impact on the levels of emissions of several greenhouse gases which contribute to climate change. For example: recycling one aluminum can uses 20 times less energy and therefore emissions, than making a can from virgin material. Encouraging the avoidance of single use items where possible has a substantial positive impact on litter levels along with reduced greenhouse gas emissions”


About National Spring Clean

The National Spring Clean campaign Ireland is largest and longest running anti-litter campaign. It is organized by An Taisce and sponsored by the Wrigley Company. It is supported by Local Authorities who help co-ordinate clean-up activities for communities within their counties. They also provide for the disposal of all rubbish and waste materials collected.  All those wishing to take part in the campaign should register on

All clean up groups registering with the National Spring Clean campaign receive a FREE clean-up kit comprising information, posters, colour coded refuse sacks for segregation of waste materials, protective gloves and tabards to keep participants clean! Groups registered with National Spring Clean are covered under a public liability insurance policy while engaged in clean-up activities for the duration of the campaign.

An Taisce encourages everyone taking part in ‘#springclean19’ activities to tell everyone about it. Post photos using the #SpringClean19 hashtag to your favourite social media platforms. You can tag the campaign on Twitter or Instagram using either the twitter handle @NationalSpringC, and on Instagram using the Campaign’s Instagram handle @nationalspringclean.

To register for the National Spring Clean call 01 4002219 or visit the website at