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June Newsletter from Minister Noonan

June 2023

From launching the national Leave No Trace campaign to voting at the EU Council of Ministers on the Nature Restoration Law, it was a very busy June. Catch up on my local and national highlights via the links below...

Top 5 as Minister

1. Representing Ireland at the EU Council in Luxembourg for a critical vote on the Nature Restoration Law (click on link for more information)

In Luxembourg with Minister Eamon Ryan at a meeting of EU Environment Ministersof EU

2. Launching the first Strategic Plan for the National Parks and Wildlife Service

Meeting NPWS staff on the Ground in Killarney National Park during National Biodiversity Week.

3. Announcing a new Conservation Advice Grant Scheme for vacant farmhouse renovation

A traditional, or vernacular, Irish farmhouse. The new €7,500 grant will help people pay for conservation advice.

4. Launching the 2023 'Leave no Trace' campaign

Launching the national Leave no Trace campaign with Leave No Trace Ireland Chief Executive, Maura Kiely.

5. Opening the World Ocean Day conference in Cork

On stage at Cork city hall giving the opening address of the Fair Seas World Ocean Day Conference

Top 5 Constituency

1. Getting a trial run on the brand new Carlow town bus route

In the driver's seat on CW1 - one of two new Carlow Town bus routes coming into operation next month.

2. Welcoming over €300,000 in funding for 121 community groups in Carlow

3. Announcing almost €4 million in funding to connect households in Carlow and Kilkenny to the Uisce Éireann network

With my colleague, Minister Darragh O'Brien, who announced this year's capital funding for Developer Provided Water Services Infrastructure

4. Welcoming €3.4 million in capital funding for SETU

SETU awarded €3.4m as part of a €40m fund for 20 third level institutions to improve college campuses.

5. Welcoming €75,000 for improvements and upgrades to forest trails and parks.

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