Public Water Forum

The Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) is inviting applications from people who are interested in being domestic consumer members of the new Public Water Forum. This Forum will represent the interests of all water consumers, providing feedback and comments to Irish Water and to the CER.

Applications for membership must be received by close of business on Friday 16 October 2015.

You can find more information about the Public Water Forum, including application details, on the CER’s website.

Jobs Week starts today

National Jobs Week takes place from 28 September to 2 October 2015.

The week aims to  facilitate links between jobseekers and employers and to raise awareness of the supports the Department of Social Protection (DSP) offers. Events are taking place nationwide for both employers and jobseekers — and include jobs fairs, career advice workshops, networking events with employers and briefings for employers on DSP services and supports.

Find out about events during the week.

 

Irish Sign Language (ISL) Awareness Week

The annual ISL Awareness Week is taking place from 19 – 27 September 2015. The week is in conjunction with the International Week of the Deaf set up by the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD).  The theme for this year is ‘With Sign Language Rights, Our Children Can’.

ISL Awareness Week will be launched on Saturday 19 September in Waterford by the Lord Mayor of Waterford.

Visit the Irish Deaf Society Facebook page for information about what’s on during ISL awareness week.

 

Microchipping of dogs

A microchip is a tiny device about the size of a grain of rice. It is inserted under the dog’s skin between the shoulder blades. Microchips contain a unique 15 digit numerical code which is linked with the owner’s details.

Many dogs in Ireland are already microchipped. Under the Microchipping of Dogs Regulations 2015, a programme of compulsory microchipping is being introduced.

From September 2015 on, all newborn pups will be legally required to be microchipped and registered on an authorised database (pdf).

From 31 March 2016, the Regulations will apply to all dogs. This means that if your dog is already microchipped, you will have to register it on an authorised database as well.

Read more in this press release.and in these Frequently Asked Questions (pdf).

It’s European Mobility Week

Since 2002, the original European Car Free Day concept has grown and developed into European Mobility Week (EMW) which takes place from 16-22 September 2015. European Mobility Week (EMW) is a voluntary initiative that promotes sustainable urban transport and, in particular, tries to reduce car use.

The programme invites local authorities across Europe to arrange a week of activities and events to promote sustainable transport and concludes with In Town, Without My Car! day (formerly known as Car Free day) which takes place on 22 September each year.

 

New myAccount service from Revenue

Revenue has a new online service, myAccount.

This provides a single access point for Revenue’s online services including PAYE Anytime, the Home Renovation Incentive (HRI), eForm 12 and MyEnquiries using a single log-in and password. Revenue Online Service (ROS) customers can continue to access these services through ROS.

You can also access Local Property Tax (LPT) through myAccount and ROS but the existing LPT portal will continue to remain open.

Find out more about myAccount and register for myAccount.

Offering help to refugees

Many people would like to offer help and support to refugees following the Government announcement of a new Irish Refugee Protection Programme. 

A hotline and email facility has been established by the Irish Red Cross to accept pledges of accommodation from the public.

Anyone who wishes to pledge accommodation or other assistance should contact the Irish Red Cross on (01) 6424600 or migrationcrisis@redcross.ie.

It’s World Suicide Prevention Day

On World Suicide Prevention Day visit yourmentalhealth.ie to get help and information about mental health, and how to support yourself and the people you love. Find support services near you, and learn about the #littlethings that can make a big difference to how we all feel. The website was developed by the HSE, the National Office for Suicide Prevention and other organisations across the country.

 

Name a storm…

Naming storms raises awareness of severe weather before it strikes. As storms moving in from the Atlantic often first make landfall on our shores, Met Éireann and the Met Office will be naming severe storms through the autumn and winter 2015/16 in a pilot project.

A storm will be named when it is deemed to have the potential to cause ‘medium’ or ‘high’ wind impacts on the UK and/or Ireland. This means a yellow, orange or red warning for wind has been issued by Met Éireann and/or the Met Office.

You can suggest names to Met Éireann via its Facebook page or by emailing customer.liaison@met.ie with the subject name of ‘nameourstorms’ and the suggested name in the email.

The names will be collated and a list compiled to include those proposed by Met Éireann. Storm names will then be taken from this list, in alphabetical order, alternating between male and female names.

Read more from Met Éireann.