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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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State Must Intervene in Slivermines Land

Posted on March 13, 2017 by Alan Kelly

I beleive that the State has to intervene and invest on behalf of the people of the Silvermines in the old mining lands.

We've had some very positive developments in the Silvermines in recent times with the announcement of the Hydro Electric Project which is progressing along nicely. I've had several meetings in relation to the project in recent months and I expect there will be a further update on the progression of the project before the Summer. This is an incredible project that will supply up to 10% of the country's electricity when completed. It will provide employment and also clean up an environmental legacy.

However, we also have the rather concerning developments regarding some of the other old mining lands in the area and they need to be addressed.

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Need for more ASD classes in schools in the Nenagh area

Posted on March 13, 2017 by Alan Kelly

I have a number of parents who are struggling to get their children into an ASD class despite it being clear that this is the best choice for their children. They are willing to go to the ends of the earth in order to help their children and travel long distances to get to a designated school but even with such sacrifices there are some who cannot get a place.

 
There are approximately 14,000 students with ASD in the school system and of these approximately 23% are educated in special classes in mainstream primary and post-primary schools. These special classes operate across Tipperary in over 40 schools but we simly do not have enough of them to meet the obvious needs of the children that require them.

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Work Experience Forum at Nenagh College

Posted on March 13, 2017 by Alan Kelly

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Denis Finnerty, Nenagh Chamber of Commerce, myself, Rosemary Reilly (Vice President of Human Resources First Data) and Pete Kennedy First Data at the work experience forum in Nenagh College on Thursday last

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First Data Jobs Update

Posted on January 16, 2017 by Alan Kelly

First Data, the world leader in FinTech are setting up their European R&D Headquarters in Nenagh and work on their site in Stereame on the Limerick road is about to commence.  They have already announced that they will be recruiting 300 people for the site and are opening an recruitment office in the town centre in the coming weeks.

I have just spoken to First Data executives over the last week and they have now created the following page https://www.firstdata.com/en_ie/about-first-data/careers.html for prospective candidates to put forward their interest in any of the positions that will become available. People can email the company directly at recruitmentnenagh@firstdata.com and express their interest or get more information.

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First Data to Open Recruitment Office in Nenagh

Posted on January 02, 2017 by Alan Kelly

I am delighted to confirm that First Data will be opening a new recruitment office in the town centre in Nenagh early in the New Year. This is in preparation for the opening of the new R&D facility in the town which is expected to commence construction in the coming weeks.

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Petition calling on the Constituency Commission to reassign the areas of North Tipperary from the Offaly constituency back into Tipperary before the next General Election

Posted on December 05, 2016 by Alan Kelly

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I am calling on every one in Tipperary to sign this petition before January 6, 2017, the petition will then be sent as a submission to the constituency commission.  The countdown has now commenced to the next boundary review report which should be completed by Summer 2017. We need to make sure that the electoral commission get a very clear understanding that breaking county boundaries is not acceptable, particularly for large counties like Tipperary.
Earlier this year over 10,000 people from North Tipperary were forced to vote in the Offaly constituency in the General Election.  This is a decision that they were not consulted on enough and which flies in the face of common sense considering they're represented locally on Tipperary County Council. 

Minor Works Grant Scheme

Posted on November 22, 2016 by Alan Kelly

I welcome the announcement by the Minister for Education, Richard Bruton, that 159 primary and special schools in Tipperary are to benefit under the minor works grant scheme

Each school will get a fixed sum of €5,500 and then they’re allocated €18.5 per pupil on the basis of their 2015/16 figures.

This is extremely valuable money for the school as it allows them to carry out vital minor works such as the replacement of doors or painting works for example, which need to be attended to urgently and on a frequent basis. This will also be of benefit to the students who will learn in an improved environment.”

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Good News on Railway Lines

Posted on November 22, 2016 by Alan Kelly

I welcome the confirmation from Minister Shane Ross in the Seanad that no railway will close but it caused unnecessary fears across rural Ireland.
Minister Ross must secure the necessary investment to make our railway lines the success that they can be.  Our railway network is crucial for attracting investment into our rural towns.
If we want people to use our trains, we need certainty on their future, timetables that are convenient for working people, and investment to improve speeds and reliability.

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First Data Visit Nenagh To Update on Project

Posted on November 14, 2016 by Alan Kelly

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I was delighted to accompany First Data executives to Nenagh last week as they met with the local authority and local businesses to update them on their plans for their new and exciting research and development centre in the town.

The company had a large team in Ireland last week led by their CAO Tom Higgins. Speaking to the local chamber of commerce he confirmed that work is well underway in relation to the move and that the company is aiming to commence the recruitment process for their centre very soon. A separate First Data team spent time in Mid West visiting local colleges last week.

The work on the site will commence early in January once all assessments and tendering are concluded and it's aimed to have the building and full site ready by the summer with some employees on site by the the third quarter of 2016. It is hoped many of their future employees will be local to the area or family members working elsewhere in Ireland or abroad wishing to return home.

I was delighted to spend a number of days meeting with First Data executives last week and I'm thrilled with the progress being made.

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