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Paul Curran and Eoin Kelly

Posted on December 29, 2015 by Alan Kelly

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I recently attended an event in Mullinahone to mark the retirement of Paul Curran and Eoin Kelly from inter-county hurling earlier this year.  I am photographed with the two hurling greats.

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Turning the Sod for the new school in Carrig, Ballycommon

Posted on December 18, 2015 by Alan Kelly

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Before Christmas I turned  the sod for the new school in Carrig, Ballycommon.  In late 2014 I announced that the school had been granted funding for a new build.    The project at the school consists of a two storey build to provide an eight classroom school.   The protected structure on the site is being retained and this together with the prefabs will provide accommodation when the construction is taking place. 
I am pictured with Martin Nolan, Clerk Of Works, Fr Willie Mc Cormack PP, Adrian McIntyre (Board of Management)​, Brian Hanly,(Chairperson Board of Management), Mairead O Halloran, Principal,Margaret Grace ((Board of Management),Paul Henry (Pinnacle Homes) PJ Fogarty, Site Foreman, Jeanette Seymour (Board of Management),Maire Comer (Board of Management) and Perry Maloney (Deputy Principal)

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New Fitness Factory for Nenagh

Posted on December 16, 2015 by Alan Kelly

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I recently visited the new venture Fitness Factory on the old Aluminum Factory in Tyone, Nenagh, where I met Graham Quirke and Andy Duffy.  The Fitness Factory opened on December 19th and is open for membership.

I am pictured with Graham and Andy.

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Visit to Ballinhinch National School

Posted on December 14, 2015 by Alan Kelly

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I  visited Ballinahinch National School recently.   Last year I announced that Ballinahinch School had been allocated funding for a new classroom, I was delighted to visit the school recently, meet the staff and students and see the new classroom. 
I am pictured with my cousin Jack Ryan, pupil at the school and school principal Tony Hartnett

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At My Cop of Tree at the World Climage Change Conference

Posted on December 09, 2015 by Alan Kelly

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I am pictured at My Cop of tree with flags from 196 countries with letters from school children around the world, at the World Climate Change Conference in Le Bourget, near Paris.

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Inaugural Enhancement Awards in Roscrea

Posted on December 06, 2015 by Alan Kelly

This afternoon I attended the Inaugural Enhancement Awards in Roscrea yesterday. 

Roscrea is a town that I’ve gotten to know very well during my tenure as Minister and indeed it is a town that I am proud to be associated with. The spirit of volunteerism and the ‘can do’ attitude of the people of Roscrea which has been referred to earlier is something which sets Roscrea apart from other towns.

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Launch of the Roscrea Community Action Plan

Posted on December 04, 2015 by Alan Kelly

Today I launched the Roscrea Community Action Plan.

The plan was developed over the last six months and identifies key actions in the business, social, community & environment areas.  There was widespread consultation with all stakeholders and the community.  There will be ongoing commitment to the implementation of the plan from all key stakeholders. 

 The appropriate structures are now in place which allow communities to interact and interface with all of the key agencies on a respectful and productive basis.  Tipperary County Council will facilitate and administer these structures and the various agencies have committed to working with the community on a partnership basis.

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5 Major Education Projects for Tipperary

Posted on November 16, 2015 by Alan Kelly

I am delighted to announce that five Tipperary Schools have been listed as part of the schools building programme for the period of 2016 - 2021.  The five Tipperary Schools are Sn Mhuire na Trocaire, Cahir, Gaelscoil Chluain Meala, Baile Gaelach, Gaelscoil Charraig Na Siuire, the amalgamation of St Colmcille's NS & St Joseph's NS, Templemore and Colaiste Phobail Ros Cré.  The five Tipperary projects which will proceed to construction between 2016 and 2021. 
 
This represents an extra investment in the education sector and construction industry, and is a further indication of the Labour Party's commitment to education in Tipperary.  

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Over 70s can sign up for free GP care

Posted on August 03, 2015 by Alan Kelly

I welcome the opening of the registration process for over 70s free GP care last week.  

Anyone who is over 70 and does not have a medical card or GP visit card is now eligible to sign up for free doctor’s visits. The service will be available from today.

I am delighted that those over 70 years of age can now avail of the free GP care scheme. This was a key focus for my colleague and the Minister for Primary Care, Kathleen Lynch, and builds on the recent successful launch of free GP care for under 6s. The fact that we are now at this juncture proves that Labour is delivering in Government and recognises the need to support and strengthen primary care services.

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New Building Regulations Will Slash Costs and Red Tape for Self Build Homes

Posted on July 31, 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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