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Official Opening oF Clonmore National School

Posted on October 02, 2017 by Alan Kelly

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I was delighted to take part in the official opening of Clonmore National School last week.  In 2015 I announced  that Clonmore National School  had been allocated funding for major renovations/extension at the school.  The school was approved for funding for two mainstream classrooms, refurbishment costs to including new partitions, electrical and mechanical upgrade, dry lining where necessary, wheelchair access and prefab removal.  The announcement followed many meetings with the then Minister for Education & Skills Jan O'Sullivan TD.

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Nenagh Castle

Posted on September 13, 2017 by Alan Kelly

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I have been raising the issue of the funding required to carry out phase two works on Nenagh Castle with the Minister for Public Works for months now.

After his visit last week, I have subsequently been in touch with him and I am confident that the Minister will provide funding to commence the works that have been planned for many years now.

Nenagh Castle looks fantastic and has had record numbers of visitors over the last year. We need to continue this and developing the original entrance to the castle, completing more renovation works and looking at an interpretive centre would really enhance the visitor experience of this fabulous attraction. I'm confident that Minister Moran will help us with this and that funding will be provided in the coming months.

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McGraths Partitionist Railway Line Stance Unacceptable

Posted on September 04, 2017 by Alan Kelly

Deputy Mattie McGrath's Partitionist position on Tipperary's railway lines is completely unacceptable. Last week he stated that he couldn't justify supporting the continuance of the Ballybrophy line but he could support the Limerick Junction to Waterford line. So in effect Deputy McGrath wants to keep the line that is running in the Southern end of the county but wants to close the one in the Northern end. How can he adopt such a stance and still say he wants to represent all the people of Tipperary equally. 

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HPV Vaccine campaign

Posted on September 04, 2017 by Alan Kelly

I support the HSE’s Protect our Future HPV vaccine campaign and has condemned the comments of his constituency colleague Deputy Mattie McGrath.

This week, more than 30,000 young girls started secondary school and are due to receive the HPV vaccine in the coming weeks. Due to a large misinformation campaign, medical groups are rightly worried that we will see another dramatic fall in the uptake of the vaccination.

I support this life-saving vaccine and the HSE’s information campaign encouraging parents to allow their children to receive the vaccine.

As a father of two young children, the fact that 40 women will die because of non-uptake of the HPV vaccine last year is startling.

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Opening of a Class Above Tipperary Town

Posted on September 04, 2017 by Alan Kelly

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Delighted to be asked to conduct the official opening of Kate Barry's new ladies boutique shop in Tipp Town last night. A fabulous lady who deserves to be supported. Great to see a new retail unit opening on one of the main street's in the town again.

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Nenagh/Ballybrophy Railway Line

Posted on August 29, 2017 by Alan Kelly

The report that Irish Rail are looking at closing four railway lines, two of them going through Tipperary is nothing new. This has been mooted for many years and something I have fought against.

Tearing up infrastructure that is critical to Tipperary is not acceptable. Across the world Government's are looking at getting goods and the travelling public off roads and on to rail and here we are looking at closing more railway lines.

Have we not learnt any lessons from the closure of so many lines in the last century that would be so valuable now.

Furthermore, how could the Government support such a proposal given it flies in the face of Government policy across a range of areas. This would be contrary to the Regional Action Plans for Jobs, the Government's Action Plan for Rural Ireland and indeed commitments the Government have in relation to climate change.

What needs to happen is proper investment in both the Ballybrophy and Limerick-Waterford lines. The lines are too slow, have too many crossings and do not have attractive services, with very little offering to commute to Dublin. Many of the services aren't even available online.

I am asking the people of Tipperary to fight against these proposals. Having rail lines are very important for inward investment opportunities so how could this Government say they have any interest in Tipperary if they allow this to go ahead.

Minister Ross and this Government needs to get the message that the closure of services at 9 train stations in Tipperary will not be tolerated. I won't accept it and I don't believe the people of Tipperary will either.

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New St Conlons 50 Bed Nursing Home To Be Located Beside Nenagh Hospital

Posted on August 08, 2017 by Alan Kelly

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I'm absolutely delighted that this state of the art 50 bed facility which I announced €9 million funding for while a Government Minister in January last year will be built beside Nenagh Hospital. > > The HSE have just secured a 3.5 acre site beside the hospital. I want to thank them for their tireless work and perseverance in delivering this site. > > This new facility will not just double the bed capacity of St. Conlon's but will also provide a range of other services including badly needed respite and rehabilitation beds and facilities. > > It is absolutely necessary that this purpose built facility advances over the coming years in order to meet HIQA requirements.

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Expansion of Services at Nenagh Courthouse

Posted on August 08, 2017 by Alan Kelly

I welcome the news that work on the Courthouse in Nenagh will get underway to expand the services.  

Deputy Kelly said "I am delighted that work will take place on the Courthouse in Nenagh.  The works will see the provision of a full time office for the Circuit Court. The contract has been awarded to Roscrea building firm, Frank Murray Builders.  The works will start this month and are due to be completed in September.
 
"This is good news for the area, as prior to this Circuit Court business was carried out through the Courthouse in Clonmel or Limerick

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Over 8 million For Improvement of Childcare Services

Posted on July 19, 2017 by Alan Kelly

I welcome allocation of €8.4 million to improve childcare services across the country by the Department for Children and Youth Affairs.
I welcome the allocation of €8.4 million to 683 pre-school providers across the country.  This funding will be used to provide more than 2,200 new childcare places, maintenance and building work as well as outdoor play areas and is available for immediate draw-down by the successful applicants. The good news will benefit children, families and childcare providers under the Early Years programmes

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Extra Special Needs Assistants for Tipperary Schools

Posted on July 10, 2017 by Alan Kelly

I welcome he news that 25 new Special Needs Assistants will be taken on in Tipperary schools from September.  

I am delighted that 25 new Special Needs Assistants will be taken on in schools across Tipperary from September.  This is very welcome news for pupils parents and staff in the relevant schools.  

Education Minister Richard Bruton has announced an additional 975 posts across the country for the 2017/18 academic year.

This brings to over 13,800 the number of SNA’s in Primary, Post Primary and Special Schools".

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