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Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme 2023

The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, has announced funding of €4.1 million to develop and enhance over 150 outdoor recreation projects.

The investment, under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme (ORIS), will be key to enhancing our mountain trails, forest walks, cycleways, rivers, lakes and beaches.

It will also provide a boost to local economies by attracting more visitors to our rural communities.

Up to €30,000 will be invested in each project under today’s round of funding – with a focus being placed on small scale enhancements, upgrades and repairs.

The Waterford projects being funded include:

Waterford ORIS Recipients

Announcing the funding, Minister Humphreys said:

“With summer just a couple of months away, I’m really pleased to announce over €4.1 million to develop over 150 outdoor recreation projects right across Rural Ireland. The investment I’m announcing today will greatly enhance the natural amenities right on our doorstep – from our walkways, mountain trails and forest walks, to our cycleways, beaches and rivers. I believe the projects receiving funding today will play an important role in attracting more visitors to our rural towns and villages. So my big message as Minister today is to get out and explore those hidden gems in your community. The clocks are going forward this weekend – a perfect reason to go on that hike or cycle and enjoy the great outdoors.”

Minister Humphreys continued:

“The Government’s Rural Development policy, ‘Our Rural Future’ and the new National Outdoor Recreation Strategy, ‘Embracing Ireland’s Outdoors’, have together set the stage to strengthen and support the sustainable development of the outdoor recreation sector in Ireland for years to come. The health benefits from engaging in outdoor activity combined with the economic and social benefits that can be achieved by this investment for rural Ireland, will no doubt serve us well in to the future. That is why I am making this funding available today and I look forward to making further announcement for larger scale investment in this sector in the coming weeks.”

A full list of successful projects is available here .

The announcement today will also benefit local communities with new or enhanced outdoor facilities while also helping to support local economies by continuing to offer domestic and international visitors an attractive and exciting array of outdoor amenities.

This funding will be invested in 151 outdoor recreation projects, bringing the total number of projects funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development, since its establishment in 2017, to almost 1,600 nationwide.

These projects, under Measure 1, are to receive funding of up to €30,000 and will be delivered by September 2025. Further announcements of successful projects under Measures 2 and 3 of ORIS 2023 will be made in the coming weeks.

The funding announced today is in addition to the €2.3m which was announced in November 2023 for 50 projects under the Project Development Measure of ORIS.

ENDS

Delays with phone service

There could be delays in answering Waterford City & County Council phone 0818 102020 today – on line email and payment options continue to be available.

There is also a facility to request call back and we will revert to requests during the day.

Interruption to phone services : 0818 10 20 20

UPDATE: 15:35  Phone lines are now back in operation

Our public facing phone number – 0818 102020 – is currently experiencing an issue and cannot receive calls … we are working to resolve this issue and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Queries can still be handled through email contact@waterfordcouncil.ie or via social media.

Interruption to phone services

UPDATE: 1615 – Our phone lines are back working again.

Our public facing phone number – 0818 102020 – is currently experiencing an issue and cannot receive calls … we are working to resolve this issue and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Queries can still be handled through email contact@waterfordcouncil.ie or via social media.

Reminder : Service Disruption – Online Payments

Due to essential maintenance the online payments service will be unavailable between 9am and 1 pm, today, Friday 9th of December 2022.

Apologies for any inconvenience cause.

Service Interruption – Phone Lines

UPDATE : 14:30
All phone lines are now working again.

 

There is an interruption to our phone lines this morning – the 0818 102020 number is currently experiencing issues.

Please call 058-22000 or email contact@waterfordcouncil.ie in the meantime.

Waterford City & County County apologise for an inconvenience caused.

Service Disruption – Online Payments

Due to essential maintenance the online payments service will be unavailable between 9am and 1 pm on Friday 9th of December 2022.

Apologies for any inconvenience cause.

Telephone Outage, tomorrow Friday 21st

Waterford Council’s telephone system will be unavailable due to essential maintenance on Friday 21st October 2022 from 8am to 6pm.  During that time, calls will be directed to our out-of-hours answering service.  Automated phone payments will not be available.

Customers can still contact Waterford Council via the email contact@waterfordcouncil.ie or via social media, as normal and our online services, including online payments, will not be affected.  

Our Customer Service Offices will remain open. 

Waterford Council apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Advanced Notice : Telephone Outage, Friday 21st

Waterford Council’s telephone system will be unavailable due to essential maintenance on Friday 21st October 2022 from 8am to 6pm.  During that time, calls will be directed to our out-of-hours answering service.

Customers can still contact Waterford Council via the email contact@waterfordcouncil.ie or via social media, as normal and our online services, including payments, will not be affected.  Our Customer Service Offices will remain open. 

Waterford Council apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Power Outage – Some systems and phone lines affected

Due to a power outage overnight in Waterford city, some of our systems and phone lines are experiencing issues this morning.

We are working to resolve the problems. Apologies for the inconvenience.

Dog Pound I Póna Madraí

Dog Pound

Please note that Waterford City and County Council Dog Pound, Bilberry, Waterford will be closed on the following dates, (inclusive).  This is to facilitate essential works at the Pound

Monday, 30th August

to

Wednesday, 1st September, 2021

For enquiries, please

telephone 0761 10 20 20 or

e-mail contact@waterfordcouncil.ie

Waterford City and County Council regrets any inconvenience caused.

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Póna Madraí

Luain, 30ū Lūnasa,

go dtí

  Céadaoin, 1ū Mean Fomhair 2021

Tabhair faoi deara go mbeidh Póna Madraí Chomhairle Cathrach agus Contae Phort Láirge, Carraig na bhFraochán, Port Láirge dúnta ar na dataí thuas, (an trí lá sin san áireamh).  Seo ar mhaithe le hoibreacha riachtanach ag an bPóna a éascú.

Is ceart fiosruithe a chur chuig

Teileafón 0761 10 20 20 nó

r-phost contact@waterfordcouncil.ie

Is oth le Comhairle Cathrach agus Contae Phort Láirge aon chur isteach ar chustaiméirí.

 

 

Two-day Closure of 3 Playgrounds

Is mian le Comhairle Cathrach & Contae Phort Láirge a chur in iúl don bpobal go mbeidh na clós súgartha ag an bPáirc Líneach, Dún Garbhán, Páirc Walton, Dún Garbhán agus i Bóthar na Sagart, Trá Mhór dúnta 10/11/2020 go dtí 12/11/2020. Caithfear na clós súgartha a dhúnadh chun go ndéanfar obair chothabhála riachtanach ar an áit.

Waterford City & County Council wishes to advise the public that playgrounds at the Linear Park, Dungarvan, Walton Park, Dungarvan and Priests Road, Tramore will be closed on 10/11/2020 to 12/11/2020. Closure of the playgrounds is required to facilitate the carrying out of essential maintenance work.

F. Galvin,
Stiúrthóir Seirbhísí
Director of Services