17th June 2021 | Green Gazette

Green Ministers announce plans for a Circular Economy, funding for an outdoor summer, and promotion of Irish arts globally


Minister Ryan announces new legislation to implement a Circular Economy

Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan TD, this week announced that the Government is to draft new legislation to implement a circular economy, involving a radical change to production and consumption, limiting single use products and clamping down on littering and dumping, among other measures. The Bill will implement many of the actions in the Government’s Waste Action Plan for a Circular Economy and the forthcoming Circular Economy Strategy, and will put that strategy on a statutory footing.

“The Government is committed to a more ambitious, transformative approach to production and consumption to achieve a systemically circular economy”, Minister Ryan said. “It is vital that waste and resource use are minimised by default; that good design preserves product value for as long as possible, via durability and repair; and that, when a product has reached the end of its life, its parts can be readily used again and again to create further useful products.

“This Bill, along with the circular economy strategy which we will publish shortly will replace our current, unsustainable ‘take, make, dispose’ model with a circular economy that also helps us meet our Climate ambitions. The Bill will also empower local authorities deal with illegal dumping and littering, support food-waste prevention and incentivise the use of sustainable alternatives over wasteful single-use disposable items.”

234 projects to receive funding under ‘Additional Outdoor Infrastructure Fund’

Allocations for the new ‘Additional Outdoor Infrastructure Fund’ were also announced by Minister Ryan this week. The fund, which will help ensure a Safe Outdoor Summer, will support 234 projects across 30 local authorities to the tune of over €13 million. The measures are now being introduced as quickly as possible to support the gradual re-opening of society in a safe manner and include projects such as kerb widening to facilitate outdoor dining, new on street furniture, improved cycling facilities, and traffic management changes that prioritise pedestrians and cyclists.

“We want to ensure that local authorities have the resources they need to help communities enjoy a safe outdoor summer”, Minister Ryan said. “The Additional Outdoor Infrastructure Fund enables measures such as cycling and walking infrastructure, the re-allocation of road and street space and traffic management arrangements.”

“These measures, combined with other government initiatives for outdoor dining and outdoor recreation infrastructure, will support local authorities in re-creating open spaces and facilities which will both take into account public health guidelines and allow communities to thrive once again.”


Minister Martin announces recipients of funding under Live Performance Support Scheme (LPSS) 2021

The Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin TD, this week announced recipients of the €25 million in funding to assist commercial venues, producers and promoters to plan live performances across the country over the summer months, with a total of 237 organisations benefitting from the scheme.

“I am very pleased to announce this funding, which will encompass and support a wide range of performances over the coming summer months”, Minister Martin said. “I know this funding will assist in the employment of performers, artists, technicians, creative and performance support staff across the sector, bringing much-needed employment to many who have not had work for many, many months. I look forward to the high-quality artistic output, as demonstrated in the pilot, which has been so important and enjoyed by so many.”

Minister Martin announces €455,000 in funding for the promotion of Irish arts globally

Minister Catherine Martin TD also announced funding this week of €455,000 by Culture Ireland for the promotion of Irish arts globally in 2021 and 2022. The funding is to support 51 projects presenting Irish film, literature, music, theatre and the visual arts worldwide and includes a special focus on Irish theatre showcasing in Edinburgh this August.

“This funding will help many artists continue to present their work online, reaching international audiences. I am delighted that the recently announced Government roadmap for international travel has enabled support of artists to travel again to present their work in person, starting with the prestigious Edinburgh International Festival this August,” Minister Martin said.

Minister O’Gorman invites applications to the Communities Integration Fund 2021

The Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman TD, announced €500,000 in funding under the Communities Integration Fund 2021.

Now in its fifth year, the Communities Integration Fund celebrates the rich cultural diversity within local communities and enables local community-based organisations across Ireland to play a greater role in supporting the integration of migrants. Eligible organisations can apply for grant funding of €1,000 – €5,000 to support local integration initiatives.

Announcing the funding, Minister O’Gorman said:

“I am delighted to announce the launch of the Communities Integration Fund 2021. Irish society has been enriched by increased cultural diversity and we must ensure that migrants are supported to actively participate in Irish society without having to relinquish their own cultural identity. This funding will bolster the great work being done by local communities to welcome new cultures.”

Minister Noonan announces 2021 Community Monuments Fund grants of over €4 million

Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan TD, has announced the approval of 139 project grants across all 31 Local Authorities for a wide range of archaeological heritage projects under the Department’s Community Monuments Fund. First established in 2020, the fund was increased from just over €1 million last year to €4.2 million in 2021.

“I’m delighted to be able to increase the Community Monuments Fund awards for 2021 to €4.2 million,” Minister Noonan said. “This fund will support 139 projects all over Ireland to protect our archaeological heritage, make it more accessible and help to build resilience against extreme weather and the impacts of climate change – a key priority action in our Climate Adaptation Plan.

“There are communities in every county who care for and champion their local monuments, and I’m delighted that they will benefit from this scheme. And it is a massive support to the heritage sector, providing job opportunities across these projects for archaeologists, conservation architects, stone masons, and other professional trades.”