Today, I visited the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, where I saw projects from school across Tipperary. There was an incredibly high standard of local entries.
I met students from St. Joseph's College, Borrisoleigh, the CBS in Thurles, the Presentation Secondary School in Thurles, Comeragh College in Carrick on Suir, Our Lady's Secondary School, Templemore, Colaiste Phobal Roscrea and St. Mary's Secondary School, Newport,
Congratulation to all the students and teachers involved
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)
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 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
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.
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.
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 ColaistePhobail 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.
I welcome the opening of the registration process for over 70s freeGP 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 freeGP 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 freeGP 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.