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Dail Constituency Boundary Changes

Posted on July 03, 2017 by Alan Kelly

I very much welcome the decision by the constituency commission to bring Lower Ormond and its environs back into the Tipperary constituency.

This is something I campaigned for and submitted a petition to the Commission on. I was alone amongst Tipperary TDs in doing so. It was something I researched for some time and put forward both legal and moral arguments as to why the area should be put back into Tipperary.

I asked the people of Lower Ormond to support me on this and almost 1500 did so by way of a petition I organised. I want to thank them all for their support and in particular the many local businesses who organised the petition for me.

It was always totally wrong that over 10,000 people were moved into Offaly. They were furious at such a move and it didn't make sense particularly as the county council and VEC mergers created an alignment of services in Tipperary and this went totally against this.

On the other hand I am deeply upset and annoyed that the Commission has decided to move Newport, Birdhill and some related areas into Offaly. This is a disgraceful move.

The very correct reasons given for moving Lower Ormond back into Tipperary are contradicted by their decision to move the Newport and Birdhill  areas into Limerick.

These areas part of Tipperary. They are not part of Limerick. I've represented the people of this area for a decade and they've been good to me. I've been fielding calls all week at how furious they are with this move. It doesn't make sense to them and it doesn't make sense to me. Myself and my colleague Cllr Fiona Bonfield will be fighting to get this area back into Tipperary at the earliest opportunity.

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Appointment of Thurles Civil Registration Service Officer

Posted on June 13, 2017 by Alan Kelly

I welcome the appointment of the Thurles Civil Registration Service Officer. 

The position of Registrar in Thurles has been vacant since early last year following a retirement forcing locals to travel to other offices in the county to avail of the services. 

The new Civil Registration Service Officer started in the role yesterday, and will work on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursday.  This is good news for Thurles.   I had been in contact with the HSE in relation to this issue  following representations from a number of constituents in the Thurles area.

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Where are the IDA jobs for Tipp?

Posted on June 12, 2017 by Alan Kelly

While I very much welcome the announcement of another 400 jobs in Northern Trust for Limerick and the Mid West, I have to ask what is happening now for County Tipperary.

I hope some jobseekers from Tipperary will indeed get jobs as part of this announcement but the simple fact is that there has been little or no job announcements from the IDA for Tipperary during the term of this Government. So I have to ask is County Tipperary really a priority for this Fine Gael led Government supported by Fianna Fáil and Michael Lowry and when it suits him Mattie McGrath?

We have heard so much from this Government about their concentration on rural Ireland but I don't see any evidence of it. We have had much fanfare around the launch of the Action Plan For Rural Development but I don't see anything new happening. Besides much of the plan is work already underway so there is little if anything new in it.

Tipperary is suffering because of the policies or lack of them of this Government and their supporters in Fianna Fáil and Michael Lowry. We haven't a focus on Tipperary anymore under this charade of a Government. It's as simple as that. His is despite the best efforts of various organisations like Tipperary County Council, Invest Tipp, Jobs For Tipp, Tipperary Chamber and others.

When I was a member of Cabinet, I was able to ensure Tipperary was represented at the highest level. I also made sure the IDA delivered for County Tipperary with Amneal and First Data being prime examples of this. Even in opposition, as Jobs Spokesperson, I've delivered a platform for the IDA in the coming years to finally deliver much needed jobs in the new Sky Innovation Park site in Tipperary Town.

However, it seems definitive now that County Tipperary is no longer a priority for this current Government or their supporters in Tipperary.

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New Emergency Department in University Hospital Limerick

Posted on May 29, 2017 by Alan Kelly

I am delighted that the new Emergency Department in University Hospital Limerick has opened ahead of schedule.  I fully supported CEO Collette Cowan when she made the decision to open the department today, despite there been problems with funding the department for part of 2017.  It is hugely important that the new emergency department opened as soon as possible as the previous situation was unsustainable for both patients, their families and staff.

The new Emergency Department is three-and-a-half times the size of the current one, and is state-of-the-art when it comes to design and use of technology and meets patient safety and privacy requirements, including a designated waiting are for pediatric patients.  The total cost of the project is €24 million.

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Visitor Signs in Rearcross

Posted on May 09, 2017 by Alan Kelly

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Pictured following the installation of new Visitor Signs in Rearcross following the completion of work there are Alan Kelly TD & Cllr Fiona Bonfield and with members of Rearcross Tidy Towns. Deputy Kelly when Minister announced large scale funding for Rearcross.

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Funding of €4 million for Tipperary Projects

Posted on May 02, 2017 by Alan Kelly

I welcome an allocation of funding from the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Mr Denis Naughten, of €4 million for community energy projects in Tipperary.
This year's funding will provide for energy efficiency upgrades to more than 2,013 homes across the country, of which 1,510 are energy poor, and a further 479 community, public and commercial facilities.
The Better Energy Communities Schemes is intended to assist private and public buildings achieve energy efficiency upgrading. The projects in Tipperary will see the installation and/or upgrading of energy efficient heating systems; energy efficient lighting, and solar heating.

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Labour Party Conference in Wexford

Posted on April 24, 2017 by Alan Kelly

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Group photo at the Labour Party Conference in Wexford at the weekend: Back; Pat Gill, Nan and Tom Kelly, Gus Ryan, Joe O'Donnell (Long Service Award Recipient), Tom Slattery, (Long Service Award Recipient), Kathleen Slattery, Olive Maguire and Sarah Dunne

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Launch of Darkness into Light

Posted on April 09, 2017 by Alan Kelly

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Helping to launch Darkness Into Light Ballina/Killaloe last weekend with Event Organiser Mairead Kennedy.

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National Meeting of Irish Greyhound Owners & Breeders Fédération

Posted on April 04, 2017 by Alan Kelly

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Pictured with Roscrea native and President of the Irish Greyhound Owners & Breeders Fédération John Moloney at their national meeting which was held in the Horse & Jockey where they voted to remove the Board of the Irish Greyhound Board

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Allocation of Funding for St Joseph's CBS Nenagh

Posted on March 20, 2017 by Alan Kelly

I am delighted to confirm that the Department of Education & Skills has approved funding for five mainstream classrooms, toilet facilities and funding for the demolition of prefabs for St. Joseph's CBS in Nenagh.  This is very welcome news for the school, I am delighted for the staff, management and pupils there.  St. Joseph's CBS in Nenagh is a very progressive school.  In 2013 I was delighted to be in a position to officially open the €470,734.00 extension at the school. It is great to see further development taking place.

I would like to wish principal Karen O'Donnell, the staff, pupils and Board of Management of the school continued success and congratulate them on their hard work and commitment to the school.

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