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Tipperary Student Enterprise Awards

Posted on March 06, 2015 by Alan Kelly

Alan St. Mary's Girls Tipp Enterprise Award 2015
Alan St. Mary's Girls Tipp Enterprise Award 2015

I was delighted to attend the inaugural all county Tipperary Student Enterprise Awards in LIT Thurles today.  I was very impressed with the all the hard work and dedication shown by all the teams at the envent.  The event is a brilliant platform to give students an idea of how a business operates and the exceptionally high standard of projects is a testaments to several months of hard work by all involved, students, their teachers and their families. 

I am pictured with the winning team Mary's Masterchefs from St. Mary's Secondary School, Nenagh at the Tipperary Student Enterprise Awards - Aisling Sheedy, Sorcha Nagle , Jade Corcoran, Roisin Taplin and Niamh Dolan. 

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Visit to Thomas Adlum's Workshop in Loughmore

Posted on March 06, 2015 by Alan Kelly

Thomas Adlum
Thomas Adlum

I am delighted to be promoting Thomas Adlum's Woodturning work on a trip I'm taking to China next week. Thomas is a gentleman, an artist and someone I have admired for a long time. .

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Funding for Six Tipperary Festivals

Posted on March 03, 2015 by Alan Kelly

Funding has been allocated to six Festivals in Tipperary, Terryglass Arts Festival, Spleodar Festival in Nenagh, Feile Brian Boru in Ballina/Killaloe, Glen of Aherlow Festival, Rock of Cashel Festival and Clonmel Junction Festival. 

Committees across the country work extremely hard organising festivals, and I'm sure the allocation of funding will be very welcome to all involved.

Local festivals are central to the Government's plans to develop the tourism industry. 2014 was a great success for Irish tourism and regional festivals and events across the country played a big part in that success.     The festivals sector has shown remarkable resilience over the last few years, which shows the resourcefulness and skills of the people and communities involved in the festivals sector.

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Lifetime Service Award for Billy Fitzpatrick

Posted on February 28, 2015 by Alan Kelly

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Congratulations to Nenagh's Billy Fitzpatrick who got a lifetime service award for his service to the Labour Party at our national conference this weekend. Billy is a great man and and good friend so I was so delighted to present him with his award. We had a few locals down to support him too! Also congratulations to Sean and Mary Doyle originally from Nenagh but now living in Dun Laoghaire who also received awards.

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Congratulations Molly Sterling

Posted on February 27, 2015 by Alan Kelly

I would like to congratulate Molly Sterling on winning Eurosong.

This is a huge achievement for a 16 year old to win this competition.   We are all very proud of Molly in Tipperary and will be behind her all the way. The very best of luck to Molly in the Eurovision in Vienna later this year.
Congratulations to her parents Rachel and Andrew, her grandmother Hilary and the extended Sterling and Henry families. 
 

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Roscrea Playground

Posted on February 23, 2015 by Alan Kelly

I recently announced that works will take place at the Children's Playground, the Glebe, Roscrea.
I am delighted to announce that following representations to Tipperary County Council, work will take place at the Children's Playground at the Glebe in Roscrea. These works will include the repair of the swings, repair of part of the surface, the replacing of one piece of outdoor equipment and replacing of any missing parts of the equipment.  The work will take place in the coming weeks.
This is very welcome news for the children in the area who use the facilities at the playground.   I would like to thank Shane Lee for bringing this issue to my attention.

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Funding for Two Schools in Tipperary

Posted on February 20, 2015 by Alan Kelly

I am delighted to announce that Killea National School Templemore and Dualla National School, Cashel have both been allocated funding for an 80m2 Mainstream classroom. This is good news for the staff, pupils and teachers at both schools. 

Earlier this year I announced funding had been allocated for emergency works in four schools in Tipperary, the four schools were St. Mary's Junior Boys School Nenagh, SN Gort na Huaighe, Ballinahinch National School and Borrisokane Community College. 

 

Before Christmas I announced significant funding had been allocated for new builds at Carrig National School and Sacred Heart Roscrea. 

All of these funding announcements for schools in Tipperary shows the Labour Party's commitment to education in the county.

 

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New Policy for Small Schools Good for Tipperary

Posted on February 17, 2015 by Alan Kelly

I welcome the announcement of two new policies to support smaller schools.  

The new policies will see improved changes to the staffing schedule and a voluntary protocol for future sustainability of one teacher schools with reducing enrolments.

 

This will assist many schools in Tipperary.  Small schools play a vital role in many parts of the county and are key to local communities. It is a vital piece of social infrastructure to rural communities and particularly in isolated areas. The new policies today will provide some improvement to the staffing levels of our smallest schools. These improvements recognise the challenges faced by small schools that are more than 8km from the nearest school type.

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Climate Change

Posted on February 13, 2015 by Alan Kelly

Alan Kelly
Alan Kelly

I am urging people to play their part in a national drive to tackle climate change, as new laws aimed at protecting the environment are set to come into force soon.

Tackling climate change so that future generations of people in Tipperary can live in a safer, cleaner environment is a critical issue.

It is vital that local people now work together to protect the environment in areas given that Ireland is bound by new low carbon rules for the very first time.

The Climate Change Bill - the first piece of legislation of its kind - continued to progress through the Dail this week.

Labour is acting now to protect the environment so that our children and future generations have a safe and sustainable future.

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Arrabawn Co-op

Posted on February 02, 2015 by Alan Kelly

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Congratulations to Arrabawn Co-op on a €35million innovation investment. This investment will help the dairy sector maximise post-quota opportunities will help support further growth at the co-op.

The overall investment will see a €25 million Dairy Processing Technology Centre (DPTC), supported by the Department of Jobs through Enterprise Ireland and the dairy industry partners including Arrabawn, at nearby University of Limerick. This will make a research and technology facility, manned by highly-skilled researchers, available to Arrabawn and the nine other co-ops to support the processors in achieving greater efficiencies.

 A further €10 million by Teagasc and the dairy industry shareholders in the expansion of the Moorepark Technology Ltd (MTL) pilot plant facility in Fermoy Co. Cork.  Both of these investments will offer significant research supports to support further growth at Arrabawn.

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