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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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Jobs Boost for Cashel

Posted on July 31, 2015 by Alan Kelly

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Good news this morning with the announcement of up to 300 jobs in Cashel. World-leading pharmaceutical company, Amneal, have today announced the creation of between 250-300 jobs.

The company has purchased the old Cordis Site in Cashel which has been vacant since 2011. The news follows confirmation of the sale of the site by Solidus.

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Having met with Solidus on several occasions and assisted in the completion of the sale, I am delighted that this day has come. Tipperary has a huge deal to offer multinational companies like Amneal and I look forward to assisting them as they set up their Cashel site. Access to talent and good infrastructure are vital for investments of this size – Amneal will find both here in Tipperary.

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Good News for the Court Service in Tipperary

Posted on July 31, 2015 by Alan Kelly

Having been in touch with the CEO of the Courts Service, Brendan Ryan, he informed me that the Courts Senior Management Team have agreed to the implementation of the key recommendations within the Report on the Review of Court Services in Co. Tipperary. This is extremely positive news for all of Tipperary and follows consistent representations by myself at the most senior level.

The key recommendations to be implemented are;

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Local Childcare Grants Announced as Labour Launches New Campaign

Posted on July 30, 2015 by Alan Kelly

I welcome the news that 88 childcare facilities in Tipperary have been awarded grants today as part of a €7m scheme for early years services.

Facilities in the local area which benefit from the fund include: Ladybird's Playschool & Childminding Service in Nenagh, Laethanta Sona Montessori Pre-School in Roscrea, The Old School House, Pouldine and Tumbletots Playschool in Clerihan, Clonmel.

The scheme covers large scale capital funding, essential medium-scale maintenance, and the upgrading of ICT equipment. These grants will help facilities keep up with the demands of a busy modern childcare service. The news comes as Labour launched their new ‘Let’s Talk About Childcare’ campaign this week.

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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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