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Well done Daryl McCormack

Posted on October 04, 2013 by Alan Kelly

What a disgrace some people in this country are. Daryl is a fantastic young man from a great family and is 10 times better than all those ignorant clowns who engage in such behaviour. Begrudgery and ignorance is what it is. He's got a great future ahead of him & I'm looking forward to meeting him tonight at the Irish  Wheelchair Fashion Show in the Ormond hotel later

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Nenagh College and Nenagh College of Further Education

Posted on October 03, 2013 by Alan Kelly

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I was delighted to officially open the new €5.5 million school at the old vocational school in Nenagh. The new school is called Nenagh College and Nenagh College of Further Education. It is a fantastic school. Well done to Michael McNulty and all his staff and the Board of Management for all their work down the years. The school's facilities are state of the art and it has a really bright future. Well done to all the students today as well who participated in a great day and well organised event.I am pictured with Michael McNulty Principal Nenagh College & his good friend Cllr Virginia O'Dowd at the opening if the new school today. Michael has worked in the school for 37 years & the last 9 as Principal and without his work & dedication this new fabulous school simply wouldn't be open today.

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National Lottery Grants for Projects which Focus on Culture, Play and Recreation

Posted on October 01, 2013 by Alan Kelly

I am encouraging local community groups to apply for National Lottery grants for projects which focus on culture, play and recreation. The funds are administered by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, which offers a one-off grant to community groups and voluntary organisations involved in children and youth services. Money comes from the National Lottery Discretionary Fund, and involves grants of up to €15,000 for small-scale projects, with a total allocation of €500,000.

 

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Confirmation of Recruitment of Gardai

Posted on September 26, 2013 by Alan Kelly

I am delighted with the news this morning that Minister for Justice & Equality, Alan Shatter TD, has confirmed that full training of new members of An Garda Siochana will beginning in Templemore College in 2014.  This is great news for the town of Templemore, particularly businesses in the area with the extra revenue in the town as well as the potential for tourism.  I have been constantly pushing for this to happen and I'm happy that the Minister for Public Expenditure has listened to me and signed off on a plan for this.  The number of new recruits has yet to be confirmed but Minister Shatter has indicated that numbers of gardai must remain over 13,000.

 

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Update on Back to School Clothing & Footwear Allowance

Posted on September 23, 2013 by Alan Kelly


 Applications Back to School Clothing & Footwear Allowance from customers who did not receive an automated payment are now being processed from a centralised unit in the Department’s office in Letterkenny.  Some 68,000 additional applications have been received and an acknowledgement has issued by text to the 94% who requested one.  A total o...f 59,500 manual claims have been processed to date, including all claims received up to the end of August.  The BSCFA section is processing claims which were received on 4h September at present.  Payment in respect of these claims will issue on a daily basis, so it is expected that the majority of customers will have their payment within four weeks of applying. Some 92% of customers who are expected to qualify for payment of BSCFA in 2013 have now been paid and a total of €44.1million has already been paid out in respect of this scheme for 2013

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Public Bike Scheme for Limerick, Cork & Galway

Posted on September 20, 2013 by Alan Kelly

Delighted to have launched a new public bike scheme for Limerick, Cork & Galway today. Two years of work went into this and I know its going to be a great success. Thanks to Coca Cola who have come on board as our private sector partners.

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Coke Zero Bikes Schemes

Posted on September 20, 2013 by Alan Kelly

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Launching the new Coke Zero Bikes Scheme with Coca Cola's John Woods and Gerry Murphy from the NTA earlier today. Great day for Cork, Limerick and Galway. Delighted to have delivered this. It will be fantastic for all the cities involved and I hope to expand it to other areas as well.

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Announcement from Dew Valley

Posted on September 17, 2013 by Alan Kelly

I welcome the announcement that Dew Valley Foods Ltd has won a contract to supply all McDonald’s Irish restaurants with bacon. This deal is thought to be worth about 3 million euros over five years. It is thought that this deal will see the firm deliver up to 9 million pieces of cooked bacon to McDonalds each year. I congratulate Dew Valley Foods Ltd on winning this contract. This is a major boost to the Irish Agriculture Section and it is further proof that the produce of Irish Farmers is indeed of top quality.

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€500,000 of Road Project for South Tipperary

Posted on September 17, 2013 by Alan Kelly

I have announced over €500,000 worth of road projects for South Tipperary. The new funding came available following Tipperary Town councillors voting  not to let the Town's link road go ahead. When Tipperary town council voted not to let the link road proceed, I immediately ensured that funding would remain spent in Tipperary. Now we will have significant footpath works in Tipperary town, new resurfacing through Lattin and major improving works between Ballingarry and Urlingford. The €500,000 is only available to spend in 2013. A number of projects were identified that could the funding to its best use. Working in the Department, it was important that some portion of the funding would go towards repairs in Tipperary if the Link road was not to go ahead. The funding will now be used for a major road strengthening initiative on the road between Ballingarry and Urlingford, the R690. €238,000 works commence this week between the town lands of Crossogues and Foilacamin. The village of Lattin will also see over €110,000 spent resurfacing of the main road through the village. Tipperary town will also see additional footpaths connecting residential areas on the Dundrum Road and Galbally Road with the town by footpath. Finally a grant of €35,000 will be allocated to the Old Bridge in Carrick-on-Suir which was identified earlier in the year of in need some repairs. Having ensured that the funding would stay in Tipperary, I am glad that investment will be of real benefit to many people right across South Tipperary. These projects will ensure the level of funding South Tipp receive is maximised and will benefit the a significant number of road users from drivers to pedestrians. All of these works will improve the local environment for many Tipperary people and follows additional funding for road repairs from the Government's stimulus package announced earlier in the year.

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Minister Pat Rabbitte TD visits North Tipperary

Posted on September 16, 2013 by Alan Kelly

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Pat Rabbitte TD, Minister for Energy, Pat Rabbitte TD, visited the Wind Farm in Templederry and St. Joseph's Park to to visit the houses that have been upgraded as part of the Better Energy Warmer Homes. Some of the houses have had the work completed, and others are still in progress.
 

Pictured in Templederry with Minister Rabbitte are Paul Kenny CEO Tipperary Energy Agency, John Fogarty, Chairperson Templederry Wind Farm, and myself.

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