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22 Tipperary Schools Successful Under Round 2 of the Summer Works Scheme

Posted on May 02, 2014 by Alan Kelly

I welcome the announcement by my colleague Ruairi Quinn TD, Minister for Education and Skills that 22 more schools across Tipperary will be able to undertake school improvements this summer following the announcement of round 2 of the summer work scheme.
I am delighted to see that 47 schools in total  in Tipperary will benefit from the scheme this year, 25 of which were announced in March this year.  The scheme covers essential works.  These works will be carried out in schools over the summer months, when the pupils are on holidays, so the disruption in the schools will be kept to a minimum.  The 22 schools are:

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79 rural communities in Tipperary are to get access to high-quality broadband

Posted on April 25, 2014 by Alan Kelly

I welcome the news that 79 of rural communities in Tipperary are to get access to high-quality broadband for the first time.

The villages are to be served by a new fibre-based connection announced by Minister for Communications, Pat Rabbitte, today (Friday). The fibre network will be rolled-out across a total of 1100 towns and villages nationwide.

This is great news for homes, schools, businesses and community facilities in Tipperary and it heralds a new era of faster telecommunications for rural Ireland.

It represents a major investment in our county's broadband infrastructure, and make no mistake - it has happened because the Government has recognised the need to respond to growing consumer and business demand in these locations.

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29 homes to be provided in Tipperary through a scheme to bring back into use long-term vacant local authority units

Posted on April 17, 2014 by Alan Kelly

29 homes in Tipperary will be provided through a scheme to bring back into use long-term vacant local authority units. €433,000 has been allocated for these homes - 15 home for North Tipperary and an allocation of €216,000, and 14 for homes for South Tipperary and an allocation of €217,000.    This is good news for the area, there is significant pressure on social housing supply in North Tipperary and these houses will ease some of that pressure.

This funding is part of a scheme to bring back into use long-term vacant local authority units announced by my colleague Minister for Housing and Planning, Jan O'Sullivan TD this morning.  The €15m fund will create homes for 952 families across the country.

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All Primary Schools Will Benefit from School Book Rental Scheme Fund

Posted on April 17, 2014 by Alan Kelly

I am delighted with the news that that all primary schools who currently operate a school book rental scheme will be able to benefit from the €15 million School Book Rental Scheme Fund.  When this fund was first announced it was targeted at the schools that didn't have a book rental scheme in place.  This caused concern among the  schools that had a scheme in place.  A number of schools in Tippe...rary contacted me, so this will be very welcome news for them. I have  spoken to Minister Quinn in relation to this issue on a number of  occasions. This will provide an extra boost to these schools which should allow them to expand or replace some books on their own schemes.
531 schools who previously indicated that they did not have book loan schemes were invited to apply for the funding.  Of these, three quarters of these schools have now applied. I am delighted that twenty two schools in Tipperary have been allocated a total of €211,111 to support the setting up of their book rental schemes. Minister Quinn has now decided that the balance of the fund, some €8.3 million, will be divided among all other primary schools that currently operate book rental schemes, in 2015 and 2016.  These schools are expected to receive a total of €18 per pupil or €20 in  DEIS schools over those two years.  This is on top of the annual book  grant of €15 million which is paid to all schools on a per pupil basis. This forms part of the Minister's wider agenda to tackle the  high costs of going to school for parents.
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Michael O'Dwyer

Posted on April 16, 2014 by Alan Kelly

Five years ago today young Ballinderry man Michael Dwyer was murdered in Bolivia. I believe in effect Michael was executed by the State and as time passes this becomes even more obvious. I have always supported the family in their quest for... the truth whether as MEP or local TD/Minister and I will continue to do so. The Dwyer family deserve to know what happened to Michael. I have huge admiration for the dignified but determined way in which they have pursued the truth.

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Cullenagh Road Ballina Upgrade

Posted on April 16, 2014 by Alan Kelly

 Last year I ensured €100k was provided directly from my Dept to completely relay the main road through Ballina (R494) from the Portroe end down to the roundabout outside Mills/McKeoghs as it was in an awful state for such a busy road and tourist trail. From the roundabout to the Grange road was done and now from Tuesday/Friday 22nd to 25th April the remaining sectio...n from the Grange road to the Portroe end all the way up through Cullenagh will be done. A stop/go system will be in place while the works are being undertaken. Please note that this funding was not provided through the Council's roadworks programme. It was provided directly from the Department of Transport. I was delighted to have been in a position to deliver this for the people of Ballina. Thanks to Jonathan Meaney for working with me on this.

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Launch of Nenagh as an Active Travel Town after investment of one and a half million euro

Posted on April 14, 2014 by Alan Kelly

Active Travel Town Nenagh
Active Travel Town Nenagh

I  officially launched Nenagh as an Active Travel Town today and was delighted to open the new footpaths and cycleways in Nenagh town this morning. Funding from my department of circa €1.5m went in to delivering Nenagh as an Active Travel Town over the last three years. So much progress has been made in the Nenagh area and I hope that this programme and future programmes will bring many changes to the way we travel when we travel around the town and throughout the county.

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Funding for Tipperary Schools

Posted on April 11, 2014 by Alan Kelly

I am delighted that four schools in Tipperary have been approved for funding.  Scoil Mhuire NS, Newcastle, Clonmel has been approved for funding for an 80m2 Mainstream Classroom. The following schools have been approved for emergency works.  CBS Primary School, Nenagh has been approved for funding for alterations to the building for special needs requirements.  Templetuohy National School has been granted funding for repairs to the roof and St. Joseph's NS, Ballingarry has got approval for funding for repairs to the heating pipework.

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Funding for Borrisokane Community College

Posted on April 09, 2014 by Alan Kelly

Alan and Greg Starr
Alan and Greg Starr

Following representations to Minister Ruairi Quinn TD from myself and local election candidate Greg Starr, I am delighted to announce that Borrisokane Community College has been granted funding to refurbish the old work house building which has fallen into disrepair. The funding also includes 4 new classrooms which will complete the building works in this new educational complex.


The workhouse which dates back to the 1800s had fallen into disrepair over the last few years.  As a result of recent storms the school authorities had to cordon off the area for safety reasons. This refurbishment will alleviate all the health and safety problems in the school and also supply the four new classrooms which are needed to fulfil the educational needs of the school.

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One and a half million euro Investment for Clonmel and Thurles

Posted on April 08, 2014 by Alan Kelly

Alan and John Kennedy
Alan and John Kennedy
I am delighted to announce that the towns of Clonmel and Thurles are to benefit from more than €1.5 million investment in cycling infrastructure with news that each town is to be designated an Active Travel Town.   The initiative sees nine... Irish towns granted funding for local cycling and walking strategies, including new cycle-lanes, provision of walkways and behavioural change initiatives in local schools and workplaces to encourage people to switch their transport mode. The total national fund comes to €6.6 million.    The investment in Clonmel will see the construction of a new greenway within the town environs connecting the East and West sides of the town along the proposed ‘Suir’ Greenway at a cost of €500,000. There will be improved cycling connections all over the town and these will be connected to the current cycle track along the inner relief road. Cycling will also be made easier for children and students with improved cycle links to LIT’s Clonmel Campus, linking up with the town’s secondary schools. Over €1 million will be allocated to the investment in Clonmel.   The funding for Thurles will see the creation of cycle routes through the town from Brittas road, Kickham street/Boheravoroom Road, Parnell Street and Stradavoher Road/Clongour road to be linked with off-road footpaths cycle paths along the Suir paths at Thomond Road Suir Crossing, College Lane Suir Crossing, College Lane Suir Crossing and at Scoil Bhride Railway crossing. Thurles will receive €510,000 which will go as an allocation to North Tipperary County Council.   The ‘Active Travel Towns’ programme represents further investment in the National Cycle Policy Framework as set out under the Programme for Government.   It will have a hugely positive benefit on both towns making cycling safer particularly for children, allowing them to get to and from school easier.

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