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Major Reform of Building Regulations

Posted on July 28, 2015 by Alan Kelly

I have announced major reforms to the Building Regulations that will slash costs and reduce red tape for people who want to self-build their homes.

Under the reforms, people building single dwellings or extensions will be given the choice of opting out of statutory certification and may instead show by alternative means that they have met their general obligation to build in accordance with the minimum requirements of the building regulations. Additional guidance, including a... Sample Preliminary Inspection Plan, will be published to assist with this process.

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Further Housing Boost for Tipperary

Posted on July 23, 2015 by Alan Kelly

Tipperary County Council is set for another housing boost following a further allocation  from my Department.

I have allocated €3.6million to Tipperary for the acquisition and purchase of homes for people with specific housing needs – the elderly, disabled persons and homeless persons.

The news is on top of the €57 million already announced by Minister Kelly last April for Tipperary County Council. This new funding now brings the total housing spend in Tipperary to 2017 to over €60 million.

The new funding will see 27 new housing units put in place in Tipperary. Seven of these will be acquired this year by voluntary housing bodies, Focus, Simon and Camphill Communities.

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Two Tipperary project groups have been successful in securing funding under the governments “Better Energy Communities” programme

Posted on June 10, 2015 by Alan Kelly

 I am delighted to confirm that a total of €2,939,731 had been allocated to Tipperary.

Energy Communities Tipperary Cooperative Ltd received €1,433,661. This project is a collaboration of eight communities within Tipperary coming together as a community run co-operative to carry out deep retrofits on 200 homes (Drombane, Kilcommmon, Lorha, Birdhill, Borrisokane, Loughmore, Cloughjordan, Riverstown and Carrig) and 2 community buildings. Measures include roof insulation, cavity and external wall insulation, full window replacement, high efficiency boilers with integrated controls, solar water heating installation, solid fuel room heater, electricity energy monitor, efficient lighting and chimney draught limiter. The key aim of the project is to increase user comfort, reduce energy usage within homes and communities, and to generate local employment.

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Have Your Say on the Future of Rural Ireland

Posted on June 09, 2015 by Alan Kelly

The Labour Party Tipperary are holding a Rural Affairs Evening in the Clonmel Park Hotel, tomorrow Thursday June 11th at 7.30pm. The night will focus on the developments that have been made in Rural Ireland over the past few years and also the aims for the future.

Marie Sherlock, who drawing up the Labour Party Manifesto for the next general election will be present on the night. All in attendance will be given the opportunity to s...hare their ideas and Marie will be collating the ideas, which will all be considered in the writing up of the manifesto.

Speaking on the night will be Minister for Rural Affairs Ann Phelan TD, Senator Denis Landy and myself.

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1 Million Euro Funding Scheme for Home Carers

Posted on June 09, 2015 by Alan Kelly

I urge eligible groups in Tipperary to apply for a new €1 million funding scheme that has been announced for Home Carers.

The Tánaiste and Social Protection Minister Joan Burton announced her Department was providing the €1m support and training fund. The money, which will come from the Dormant Accounts Fund, was confirmed in conjunction with National Carers’ Week.

I welcome this new scheme which will help fund schemes which provide training, information and related support... services for Home Carers.

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Funding for a Long Awaited New Fire Station in Templemore

Posted on June 08, 2015 by Alan Kelly

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This morning I announced funding for a long awaited new fire station in Templemore.

I have a huge affinity with the fire service so I was delighted to visit the fire service team in Templemore today to announce funding for a new fire station. They have waited way too long for this announcement. The current fire station was built in the 1960s and they desperately needed a new one which I'm delighted will go to tender now.

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Eircom to Deliver High-Speed Broadband Access to Additional 300,000 Addresses

Posted on June 05, 2015 by Alan Kelly

I welcome the announcement that eircom plans to deliver high-speed broadband access to an additional 300,000 addresses. Tipperary is to have access to speeds of up to 1Gb/s ‘end to end’ fibre to the home (FTTH) technology in 21 new locations as a result of this major regional investment by eircom.

The areas included under this new plan are Aherlow, Ballymackey, Ballingarry, Boherlahan, Ballyporeen, Coolbawn, Carrig, Cloughjordan, Golden, Goolds Cross, Gortnagowna, Moyne, Mullennaglough, Puckane, Portroe, Rosegreen, Rossoulty, Silvermines, Templederry, Toomevara and Templetouhy.

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Works on Nenagh Water's Supply and Wastewater System will begin in July

Posted on June 01, 2015 by Alan Kelly

I can confirm that major works on Nenagh's water supply and wastewater system will begin next month.

I announced in July last year that the contract for the new gas line into Nenagh had been signed at an investment of approximately €8.5 million. This new energy source will make Nenagh much more competitive for investment thereby creating and maintaining jobs. I expect the gas line to be turned on for Arrabawn Co-op in the coming weeks and then rolled out over 14 kilometres across the town. 

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Announcement of Funding for Clonmore National School

Posted on May 20, 2015 by Alan Kelly

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Today I announced  that Clonmore National School  has been allocated funding for major renovations/extension at the school.

The school has been approved for two mainstream classrooms, refurbishment costs to include new partitions, electrical and mechanical upgrade, dry lining where necessary and wheelchair access and prefab removal 
I am absolutely thrilled to announce this news for the school, I have no doubt whatsoever that it will be welcomed by pupils, staff, parents, Chairperson of the Board of Management Pat Murray and Board of Management at the school.   I have had many meetings with Minister Jan O'Sullivan and sent many letters  to the Department of Education in relation to the school.

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Four Bus Shelters for Tipperary Transport Users

Posted on May 11, 2015 by Alan Kelly

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Bansha

I have today announced funding for the provision of four new bus shelters for Tipperary transport users.

The villages of Bansha, Limerick Junction and Monard will see the provision of new shelters following an allocation of €80,000 for Tipperary County Council. The funding comes from a financial package secured for such shelters by myself prior to leaving the role of Minister for Public Transport. The National Transport Authority has written to Tipperary County Council informing them of the availability of funding.

I met numerous people and groups who requested the provision of such shelters for bus services going through these villages.

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