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Increase in SNAs for 2014/15 school year

Posted on June 25, 2014 by Alan Kelly

I welcome the news that nearly a third of schools will have increased Special Needs Assistant (SNA) support in the coming school year. The NCSE announced SNA allocations for the 2014/15 school year earlier  today.

The principle of providing every eligible child with SNA support is at the heart of what Labour is achieving in government. Today’s allocation confirms that commitment, despite the difficulty in resources.

Nearly a third of schools – 29 per cent - will see an increase in their SNA support, while over half, or 51 per cent, will see their current SNA allocation maintained. This is a remarkable achievement in the recessionary times we are in, and a testament to Labour’s commitment to education.

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My Priorities for Deputy Leader

Posted on June 09, 2014 by Alan Kelly

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- To shape the Irish economy and public services in a way that is true to Labour values.


- To give hard-pressed families a break from the financial stresses by easing their burden.


- To secure a sustainable living wage for all workers, in both the private and public sectors, as this will help revitalise the economy.


- To promote fairer redistribution of wealth by legislating for collective bargaining rights for workers.


- To lead the marriage equality referendum in 2015.


- To provide for fair access to education regardless of income.


- To revitalise the rural economy; creating a ministerial function to coordinate Government actions on rural economic development.


- To aggressively pursue our party’s goal of ending long-term homelessness.

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Candidate for Deputy Leader of the Labour Party

Posted on May 29, 2014 by Alan Kelly

Today I am declaring my candidacy for the position of Deputy Leader of the Labour Party. I would like to thank my proposer Willie Penrose TD as well as my seconder Robert Dowds TD and the many Labour TDs, Senators, councillors and members from across the country who are supporting my bid.

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€1,016,656 for four housing estates in Tipperary

Posted on May 02, 2014 by Alan Kelly

I welcome the annoucement by Jan O'Sullivan TD, Minister for Housing and Planning that 86 housing developments across the country will
benefit from €10m Special Resolution Fund announced in 2014.   This has leveraged a further €12 million in finance from third parties.  Of
this €7m will come from developer/further investment and €5m will come from bonds.

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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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