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Councillors condemn “disgraceful act” of illegal gorse burning

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The elected members of Kerry County Council have unanimously condemned the illegal burning of gorse in the county following a further 16 callouts by the Kerry Fire Service in the last 24 hours.

At a teleconference meeting of party representatives and senior management of Kerry County Council this morning (Wednesday), councillors appealed to members of the public not to burn gorse and to stop putting a unacceptable strain on the resources of the emergency services at a time of national emergency.

 

“We deplore and condemn the illegal burning of gorse which is a disgraceful act at this time of the year anyway, but which is particularly despicable at a time when emergency services are working together on a once-in-a-century pandemic emergency,” Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Niall Kelleher said.

 

“All of the elected members are unanimous in their condemnation of these fires and this criminal activity. We thank the Fire Service for their exceptional effort in recent days in combatting these fires which are putting lives and livelihoods at risk.”

 

The Cathaoirleach urged members of the public with any information about the illegal burning of gorse to contact An Garda Síochána.

 

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Additional Flat fixture for Killarney Races next week

Horse Racing Ireland has announced there will be an additional Flat Meeting at Killarney next Monday (October 10). This meeting will close for entries by 12 noon this Wednesday (October […]

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Horse Racing Ireland has announced there will be an additional Flat Meeting at Killarney next Monday (October 10).

This meeting will close for entries by 12 noon this Wednesday (October 5) with declarations to run to be made by 10am this Saturday (October 8).

The race programme details for this fixture are on the HRI RAS website www.hri.ie.

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Lee Strand awarded Gold in Sustainability Programme

Lee Strand was recognised once again for their exceptional performance and commitment to sustainability with Gold Membership at the Origin Green 2022 awards. Origin Green is Ireland’s food and drink […]

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Lee Strand was recognised once again for their exceptional performance and commitment to sustainability with Gold Membership at the Origin Green 2022 awards.

Origin Green is Ireland’s food and drink sustainability programme led by Bord Bia – The Irish Food Board. Gold Membership is awarded to companies who demonstrate an exceptional annual performance on their sustainability targets.

“We are delighted Lee Strand is recognised once again with the prestigious Origin Green Gold Membership for our commitment to sustainability,” Gearoid Linnane, CEO said.

“In Lee Strand environmental management and sustainability are key elements of our business model, from launching 100% renewable cartons, to reducing water usage and energy efficiency. This is a great achievement by our sustainability team who are continually striving for higher levels of environmental excellence. We would also like to thank Veronica Kennelly from the Munster Technological University who assisted Lee Strand in the development of our Origin Green plan.”

Origin Green continues to evolve to ensure Bord Bia is helping Irish food and drink companies to remain up to date with the evolving needs of trade customers and their consumers, globally. With the introduction of the Origin Green credits system in early 2022, it is now easier to identify members who are performing at a high level or excelling in their sustainability performance.

To retain ongoing membership of Origin Green, companies must subsequently submit an annual review to demonstrate clear progress against the established targets and initiatives set. This annual review is subject to an independent third-party review by their verification authority Mabbett. This ensures minimum programme requirements are consistently met and maintained. Companies receive credits for their performance in areas such as raw material sourcing; water and energy efficiency; waste reduction; packaging; and social sustainability. Origin Green has established five different membership tiers based on company size and turnover, so that a real diversity of industry is reflected in the overall Gold Membership.

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