Updates June 1st 2022


Hello all,
A few details on the current SDG process.

The draftSDG National Implementation Plan (NIP) 2022-2024has been published. It is available to downloadhere.

TheFinal Consultationon the draft has also commenced – detailshere.If you would like to share your views on the draft Implementation Plan and actions due for delivery from 2022 to 2024, please, 14 June 2022. Please note, submissions by post will not be accepted.

The SDG civil society coalition, Coalition 2030, haveseven tests for the National Implementation Planand it may be useful to consider these as you read through the NIP. These are availablehere

The firstSDGNational Stakeholder Forumsince October 2019will take place online on June 2nd – the registration was made available with less than a week’s noticetoday (May 27th). The Departmetn are limiting capacity so if you want to attend register asap.

NSF Details

Date: Thursday 2nd June 2022
Time: 9:30 – 12:45
Registration link:

We are writing to update you on the Celtic Interconnector project.

Planning Approval

Planning Approval has been received from An Bord Pleanála on the 19thMay for the onshore Strategic Infrastructure Development aspect of the project. This is an important step and we are very grateful to all stakeholders and communities who have contributed to the consultation, assessment and decision-making process over the past number of years.

What happens next?

Our focus now moves to progressing the project to the construction phase, in accordance with the planning conditions set by An Bord Pleanála. During this phase we will carry out ongoing detailed design and surveys and will continue to engage with and listen to communities and stakeholders.

A Foreshore Licence has been submitted for the offshore elements of the project in Ireland, and a marine licence is also required from the UK Marine Management Organisation.

Subject to securing these consents, it is expected the project will continue to progress to schedule and be built and energised by 2026.

We would like to thank you for your continued interest in this project. We value all the engagement we have had with stakeholders over the past number of years.

To keep updated please review ourproject pagesincluding theCeltic Community Forumpage and contact us with any question you may have.

Yours faithfully,


Michelle Walsh

Community Liaison Officer

Celtic Interconnector Project

Annual Leave Notice : 25thMay – 7thJune 2022


As you registered for one ofiCommunity‘s sustainability-focused events in recent months, we wanted to reach out and let you know about the launch of two new episodes of our podcast,Across Divides.

Across Dividesis series of conversations and creative reflections about civil society and community work, andhow they contribute to tackling Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland’s shared challenges.

Episodesfiveandsixtackle the subjects of biodiversity and access to nature, and feature guests from the National Biodiversity Data Centre, the Rivers Trust, Monaghan County Council, Coastwatch, Love Your Lough, and Social Farms and Gardens.

We’d love to hear your feedback on these episodes, so please do emailsuzie@wheel.iewith any comments.

Happy listening!

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The Waters and Communities Special Award is now open for 2022, with a closing date of Friday, 10thJune. This award has been a regular feature in the SuperValu TidyTowns competition since 2017. Prizes are awarded to communities for projects and initiatives that deliver local benefits for water and biodiversity.

Applications to this award highlight the importance of a local stream, river, estuary, canal, lake, or beach and tell us what winning this award would mean to their local community. In previous years, the range of community initiatives has included local clean-ups, enhancement of public amenities, conservation of biodiversity and heritage, citizen science, promotion of angling and water-based activities, education and awareness raising, promotion of local actions in support of water, biodiversity, and climate action goals.

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