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Tidy Towns

Posted on September 08, 2014 by Alan Kelly

Tidy Towns
Tidy Towns

I would like to congratulate the Tipperary towns and villages who took part in this year’s Tidy Towns Competition.

 I would particularly like to congratulate Gold medal winners: Birdhill Emly & Clonmel Silver Medal winner: Terryglass, Bronze Medal winners: Kilsheelan and Silvermines The County award winners: Birdhill (Tipperary North) and Emly (Tipperary South). Highly commended: Terryglass, Clonmel, Silvermines and Kilsheehan Endeavour award winners were Two-mile-Borris in north Tipperary and Kilross in Tipperary south. National winner of the Notice Nature Biodiversity Award: Cloughjordan/Scohaboy Raised Bog Restoration Project Climate Change award: Emily Tidy Towns.

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Templemore Athletic Club

Posted on September 03, 2014 by Alan Kelly

Templmore
Templmore

I am pictured with members of  Templemore Atheletic Club recently where I announced the allocation of €50,000 through the governments Sports Capital Grant.

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€45,000 for Roscrea Hurling Club

Posted on September 02, 2014 by Alan Kelly

Roscrea Gaa
Roscrea Gaa

I was delighted to help Roscrea Hurling Club with their recent Sports Capital Grant application where they successfully received €45,000. I want to say well done to all and keep up the good work being done within the club. 

I am pictured here with Dan Kennedy, Michael Phelan, Shane Lee, Christopher Neville and Donald Kennedy.

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€100,000 for Dr Morris Park

Posted on September 02, 2014 by Alan Kelly

Dr Morris Park
Dr Morris Park

I was delighted to recently announce that Dr Morris Park, Thurles had been allocated €100,000 through the Government's regional sports capital funding programme. I have always stated my intention to help the Tipperary County Board out in any way I can and this announcement highlights my commitment. 

The county board has over seen immense work over the last few years and they deserve huge credit. I am in no doubt that this funding will help to improve the facilities of Dr Morris Park greatly and help create a center of excellence in the future for GAA in TIpperary.

I am pictured here in Thurles last week with County Treasurer Eamon Buckley, Conor O'Mahony, Michael Breen, County Chairman Sean Nugent, Darren Gleeson and County Secretary Tim Floyd.

Best of luck to the lads in the All Ireland on Sunday. Up Tipp!

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Major Boost for Tipperary Town

Posted on August 29, 2014 by Alan Kelly

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pinergy

Tipperary’s economy gets a boost today (Friday, August 29th) with the announcement of 46 new jobs created by Irish energy provider PINERGY in association with local sales management company DSM. The jobs will be formally announced today in DSM’s Tipperary office by the company CEOs, Rugby star Paul O’Connell and myself. The new jobs are in the area of sales and come as PINERGY plans expansion across Tipperary and Limerick. PINERGY is an Irish-owned, pay as you go energy company that provides households with a ‘no more bills’ solution to their electricity utility with the PINERGY Smart Meter. 14 of the jobs will be based in Tipperary town with a further 32 staff who will be on the road. DSM is an Irish-owned sales management firm that provides sales, business development, sales management and brand recognition services to clients across Ireland. Environment Minister and Deputy leader of the Labour party.

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I WELCOME ADVANCEMENTS IN COLLECTIVE BARGAINING LEGISLATION

Posted on August 11, 2014 by Alan Kelly

I am delighted that Minister Ged Nash is working to have legislation on collective bargaining rights enacted by the end of this year. The Bill is currently being drafted with the expectation that the new legislation will be in place by the end of 2014. Once agreed, the legislation will proceed through the Oireachtas during the autumn.

This legislation will significantly strengthen the rights of workers in companies that refuse to engage in collective bargaining while also giving, for the first time, statutory protection to guard against the victimisation of workers in such companies. For employees, it will significantly enhance their ability to negotiate their working conditions. For employers, it will provide certainty in managing their workplaces in the years ahead.

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Annual Fall in Live Register for Tipperary

Posted on August 05, 2014 by Alan Kelly

I welcome the further annual fall in the Live Register in July for Tipperary.

The Live Register has fallen by 8.47% in North Tipperary and 8.05% in South Tipperary, with decreases of 8.04% in Nenagh, 8.80% in Roscrea, 8.73% in Thurles.

These are encouraging figures, and show the progress we are making in reducing the numbers of unemployed people in Tipperary.

Labour Ministers have introduced schemes such as JobsPlus and Springboard that are already helping people to move out of long-term unemployment into high-quality training, education and full-time employment.

The recent ESRI report, showing that the gap between rich and poor in Ireland has actually narrowed in recent years, is proof that we have protected social welfare while helping people move into work.

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Contract Signed to Bring Gas to Nenagh

Posted on July 21, 2014 by Alan Kelly

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This is the largest infrastructural development for Nenagh and surrounds in 40 years

I was delighted to attend the signing of the contract for the delivery of gas to Nenagh this morning. This is a hugely significant development for the town, it is the single largest investment in Nenagh in many decades.

 

The plan involves an upgrade of the current East Limerick pipeline that runs to Birdhill and serves Ballina and Killaloe. The pipeline will then be extended to Nenagh with the proposal to run it along the old N7 route. The pipeline will be comprehensive covering every artery in and out of the town and every street in the town.

 

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Government announces capital funding for community childcare providers

Posted on July 16, 2014 by Alan Kelly

The government have announced that €2.5 million in capital funding has been allocated to 163 grantees. The 2014 Early Years Capital programme was open to community not-for-profit services, reflecting the government’s commitment to securing the sustainability of community services, particularly in disadvantaged areas. In addition to the capital funding associated with this approval a further €5 million has been made available to the Department of Children and Youth Affairs in the current year under the Phase 4 Infrastructure Stimulus which is being introduced by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform.

 

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Shannon records 15% increase in passengers in first half of year

Posted on July 15, 2014 by Alan Kelly

 Shannon Airport’s year has taken-off emphatically with the 16 service enhancements, including nine new Ryanair routes, for the summer season resulting in a 15% increase in the first half of the year in terminal passenger numbers. The bulk of the increase has been driven by the nine new services - to Munich, Paris, Faro, Warsaw, Krakow, Nice, Poitiers, Berlin, Fuerteventura - launched by Ryanair in April.

 

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