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Ploughing Championship

Posted on September 23, 2014 by Alan Kelly

The Cottage Loughmore
The Cottage Loughmore

I was delighted to attend the Ploughing Championship last week, which was a massive success and was attended by huge crowds, congratulations to all involved in the organisation.  The Labour Party had a tent and had a large number of visitors over the three days.  I was delighted to meet Mary Fogarty and Maeve O'Hair of the Cottage in Loughmore. which is a community co-operative shop and tearoom.  The village hadn't a shop for a number of years, so I have no doubt this is a welcome addition.  This is a unique venture and is the first one in the country.

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Official Opening of New School Extension at the Presentation Secondary School in Thurles

Posted on September 23, 2014 by Alan Kelly

Thurles Presentation
Thurles Presentation

On Friday last, I officially opened the new school extension at the Presentation Secondary School in Thurles.

Last year, I was delighted to announce a huge investment for the Presentation Secondary School in Thurles. The school received in the region of €500,000 which allowed the school to build six new classrooms and four new resource rooms as well as other works. The school is one of the first two schools in the country to receive funding under phase 2 of the Governments School Building Capital Programme for extensions and renovations. The new extension of adds to the magnificent building.

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Official Opening of the 'Who to Talk to' Event

Posted on September 18, 2014 by Alan Kelly

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IMG_9751

I was delighted to officially open the 'Who to Talk to' Event which was organised by Tipperary Local Enterprise Office and held in LIT Thurles. 

This event is an excellent example of collaboration and collective effort. Tipperary County Council in conjunction with Enterprise Ireland, the Education & Training Board, LIT, Local Development Companies, Teagasc and the Local Enterprise Office came together to repeat the successful ‘Who To Talk To’ initiative which is now in it’s third year. 

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St. Anne's School Tipperary Town

Posted on September 18, 2014 by Alan Kelly

green flag
green flag

On Friday last I was delighted to visit St Anne's School in Tipperary Town where I raised a green flag. This flag was my first green flag as Minister, it was also the first Green flag for St. Anne’s.  It was great to meet the students and staff at the school.  I have no doubt that the school will be successful in its quest for more green flags.

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Tidy Towns

Posted on September 08, 2014 by Alan Kelly

Tidy Towns
Tidy Towns

I would like to congratulate the Tipperary towns and villages who took part in this year’s Tidy Towns Competition.

 I would particularly like to congratulate Gold medal winners: Birdhill Emly & Clonmel Silver Medal winner: Terryglass, Bronze Medal winners: Kilsheelan and Silvermines The County award winners: Birdhill (Tipperary North) and Emly (Tipperary South). Highly commended: Terryglass, Clonmel, Silvermines and Kilsheehan Endeavour award winners were Two-mile-Borris in north Tipperary and Kilross in Tipperary south. National winner of the Notice Nature Biodiversity Award: Cloughjordan/Scohaboy Raised Bog Restoration Project Climate Change award: Emily Tidy Towns.

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Templemore Athletic Club

Posted on September 03, 2014 by Alan Kelly

Templmore
Templmore

I am pictured with members of  Templemore Atheletic Club recently where I announced the allocation of €50,000 through the governments Sports Capital Grant.

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€45,000 for Roscrea Hurling Club

Posted on September 02, 2014 by Alan Kelly

Roscrea Gaa
Roscrea Gaa

I was delighted to help Roscrea Hurling Club with their recent Sports Capital Grant application where they successfully received €45,000. I want to say well done to all and keep up the good work being done within the club. 

I am pictured here with Dan Kennedy, Michael Phelan, Shane Lee, Christopher Neville and Donald Kennedy.

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€100,000 for Dr Morris Park

Posted on September 02, 2014 by Alan Kelly

Dr Morris Park
Dr Morris Park

I was delighted to recently announce that Dr Morris Park, Thurles had been allocated €100,000 through the Government's regional sports capital funding programme. I have always stated my intention to help the Tipperary County Board out in any way I can and this announcement highlights my commitment. 

The county board has over seen immense work over the last few years and they deserve huge credit. I am in no doubt that this funding will help to improve the facilities of Dr Morris Park greatly and help create a center of excellence in the future for GAA in TIpperary.

I am pictured here in Thurles last week with County Treasurer Eamon Buckley, Conor O'Mahony, Michael Breen, County Chairman Sean Nugent, Darren Gleeson and County Secretary Tim Floyd.

Best of luck to the lads in the All Ireland on Sunday. Up Tipp!

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Major Boost for Tipperary Town

Posted on August 29, 2014 by Alan Kelly

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pinergy

Tipperary’s economy gets a boost today (Friday, August 29th) with the announcement of 46 new jobs created by Irish energy provider PINERGY in association with local sales management company DSM. The jobs will be formally announced today in DSM’s Tipperary office by the company CEOs, Rugby star Paul O’Connell and myself. The new jobs are in the area of sales and come as PINERGY plans expansion across Tipperary and Limerick. PINERGY is an Irish-owned, pay as you go energy company that provides households with a ‘no more bills’ solution to their electricity utility with the PINERGY Smart Meter. 14 of the jobs will be based in Tipperary town with a further 32 staff who will be on the road. DSM is an Irish-owned sales management firm that provides sales, business development, sales management and brand recognition services to clients across Ireland. Environment Minister and Deputy leader of the Labour party.

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I WELCOME ADVANCEMENTS IN COLLECTIVE BARGAINING LEGISLATION

Posted on August 11, 2014 by Alan Kelly

I am delighted that Minister Ged Nash is working to have legislation on collective bargaining rights enacted by the end of this year. The Bill is currently being drafted with the expectation that the new legislation will be in place by the end of 2014. Once agreed, the legislation will proceed through the Oireachtas during the autumn.

This legislation will significantly strengthen the rights of workers in companies that refuse to engage in collective bargaining while also giving, for the first time, statutory protection to guard against the victimisation of workers in such companies. For employees, it will significantly enhance their ability to negotiate their working conditions. For employers, it will provide certainty in managing their workplaces in the years ahead.

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