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August Newsletter from Minister Noonan

August 2023

August was a busy end to the summer. From an encouraging rise in corncrake numbers to the release of our first osprey chicks, this month has been filled with good news for nature! Meanwhile in my constituency, a celebration of natural and culture heritage took place across both counties during Heritage Week, and we watched with interest as the Electoral Commission published its long-awaited boundary review. Catch up on my local and national highlights via the links below...

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With broadcaster Derek Mooney and my colleague Marc Ó Cathasaigh watching the osprey return to Irish skies.
I wrote for about the need for larger constituencies and less parish pump politics.

A tiny natterjack toad - small but hugely important to their native habitat.

2023 data shows an overall 35% increase in the population of corncrakes in Ireland over the past five years.
One of our white tailed eagle chicks is checked, tagged and prepared for release. Photo by Valerie O'Sullivan.
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A talk on Carlow's geological heritage in the beautiful Borris library.
Playing host to Kilkenny-based visual artists Claire Mulcahy and Marie Cleere during KAF50
With Kathleen Funchion TD in the KCLR studios to discuss the redrawing of the Carlow Kilkenny constituency.
Greener, warmer childcare facilities, with reduced running costs for providers.
I'm encouraging families in Carlow Kilkenny who can avail of this expanded scheme to apply now.


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