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Cataract Surgery in Nenagh

Posted on June 20, 2018 by Alan Kelly

Following discussions with Minister Simon Harris I’m delighted to announce that Nenagh Hospital is to become a major hub for Cataract surgery in Ireland.

I have been pursuing the issue of ophthalmology surgery for some time as there are so many people who are waiting for operations, particularly cataract operations.

Nenagh Hospital has been chosen after the Network of Limerick Hospitals put forward the case internally in the HSE of need for such a Centre for ophthalmology surgery. One of the key reasons Nenagh was chosen is because of its central location in the country.

There is a huge backlog for cataract surgery across Tipperary and the backlog in the county and the Mid West will be cleared first. Then Nenagh will become the base for surgery across the country.

It is expected cataract surgery will commence in Nenagh in July initially one day a week but moving relatively quickly to 5 days a week. It is expected that Nenagh will clear over 50 patients a week. The Centre will deal with the full patient journey from referral to surgery to follow up.

This is a huge boost to Nenagh Hospital and I would like to congratulate the team there and in the HSE Mid West on this initiative’

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Tipperary Parkinson's Support

Posted on April 03, 2018 by Alan Kelly

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Pictured last week at Leinster House were Alan Kelly TD and members of Tipperary’s Parkinson’s Ireland Support Group.

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Increase in Regional & Local Roads Funding For Tipperary

Posted on January 25, 2018 by Alan Kelly

I very much welcome that the Department of Transport has increased the funding for Regional and Local roads in Tipperary by €2.5m to €21m. While this is a welcome development more needs to be done. The condition of our regional and local roads are in such a state that a massive increase in funding is required. Every year this lack of investment continues the bigger the problem is going to get.

The allocation of €6.5m to the Ballina/Killaloe bridge is particularly important as it progresses to construction phase after I ensured it was put into the capital spending plans.

I welcome the €650,000 that is badly needed for the Ardfinnan bridge, the €210k for the Latteragh upgrade and the €210k for the Newcastle bridge. Furthermore the €175,000 for the Lackamore Bridge in Newport is most welcome as is the €100,000 for the Ragg, Bouladuff and another €100,000 for Ballytarsna bend improvements.

However there are huge requirements across our  roads in Tipperary and the investment in our roads needs to improve dramatically. The fact is that Tipperary is probably one of the most traversed counties in Ireland given our geographical location. We need greater proportional funding as a result and we need to deal with a number of safety issues as well.

Furthermore there needs to be an assessment of the on/off ramps at Roscrea/Moneygal which are unique on the M7. All other junctions have a longer lead in and is believe there are safety issues with these junctions. I’ve spoken to TII and they are going to look at these and see if improvements can be made to them.

Furthermore they are going to look at the whole route from Roscrea to Birdhill on the M7. There have been a number of accidents on the M7 and this really does need to be looked at. The Birdhill area in in particular needs to be looked at’.

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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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