Archive for 2016

Petition calling on the Constituency Commission to reassign the areas of North Tipperary from the Offaly constituency back into Tipperary before the next General Election

Posted on December 05, 2016 by Alan Kelly

Petition for Newspapers
Petition for Newspapers
I am calling on every one in Tipperary to sign this petition before January 6, 2017, the petition will then be sent as a submission to the constituency commission.  The countdown has now commenced to the next boundary review report which should be completed by Summer 2017. We need to make sure that the electoral commission get a very clear understanding that breaking county boundaries is not acceptable, particularly for large counties like Tipperary.
Earlier this year over 10,000 people from North Tipperary were forced to vote in the Offaly constituency in the General Election.  This is a decision that they were not consulted on enough and which flies in the face of common sense considering they're represented locally on Tipperary County Council. 

Minor Works Grant Scheme

Posted on November 22, 2016 by Alan Kelly

I welcome the announcement by the Minister for Education, Richard Bruton, that 159 primary and special schools in Tipperary are to benefit under the minor works grant scheme

Each school will get a fixed sum of €5,500 and then they’re allocated €18.5 per pupil on the basis of their 2015/16 figures.

This is extremely valuable money for the school as it allows them to carry out vital minor works such as the replacement of doors or painting works for example, which need to be attended to urgently and on a frequent basis. This will also be of benefit to the students who will learn in an improved environment.”

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Good News on Railway Lines

Posted on November 22, 2016 by Alan Kelly

I welcome the confirmation from Minister Shane Ross in the Seanad that no railway will close but it caused unnecessary fears across rural Ireland.
Minister Ross must secure the necessary investment to make our railway lines the success that they can be.  Our railway network is crucial for attracting investment into our rural towns.
If we want people to use our trains, we need certainty on their future, timetables that are convenient for working people, and investment to improve speeds and reliability.

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First Data Visit Nenagh To Update on Project

Posted on November 14, 2016 by Alan Kelly

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I was delighted to accompany First Data executives to Nenagh last week as they met with the local authority and local businesses to update them on their plans for their new and exciting research and development centre in the town.

The company had a large team in Ireland last week led by their CAO Tom Higgins. Speaking to the local chamber of commerce he confirmed that work is well underway in relation to the move and that the company is aiming to commence the recruitment process for their centre very soon. A separate First Data team spent time in Mid West visiting local colleges last week.

The work on the site will commence early in January once all assessments and tendering are concluded and it's aimed to have the building and full site ready by the summer with some employees on site by the the third quarter of 2016. It is hoped many of their future employees will be local to the area or family members working elsewhere in Ireland or abroad wishing to return home.

I was delighted to spend a number of days meeting with First Data executives last week and I'm thrilled with the progress being made.

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New indoor market at Nenagh Institute

Posted on November 07, 2016 by Alan Kelly

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I was delighted to officially open the new indoor market at Nenagh Institute. 

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Tipperary Amublance Service

Posted on November 01, 2016 by Alan Kelly

I confronted Minister for Health Simon Harris on the review of Mid West ambulance services that is currently being undertaken amid the possibility of the withdrawal of advanced paramedic services int he area.

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Tipperary Tidy Towns Performance

Posted on September 27, 2016 by Alan Kelly

I commended the performance of towns and villages around Tipperary in this years Tidy Towns competition. 
Huge congratulations to Birdhill who won Ireland's Tidiest Village Award, which was an incredible achievement.  Congratulations to Gold Medal winners: Terryglass, Birdhill, Clonmel, Killsheelan and  Emly; Silvermines who won a Silver Medal, Nenagh and Roscrea who won Bronze medals. Congruatlations to Emly who also won the Clean Air Award, and to Tommy Lonergan from Kilsheelan who won the overall Community Heroes Award

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Good New for Residents, Business People and Visitors in Ballina

Posted on June 28, 2016 by Alan Kelly

I welcome the news that the Court of Appeal has refused an application to stop the building of the new bridge Ballina-Killaloe. This is good news for Ballina and Killaloe and the residents and business people in the area.
I announced that funding (€42 million) had been secured in the Capital Budget back in September for the proposed new bridge. I had made numerous representations to my colleague Brendan Howlin to ensure that this plan was included. This project has been a priority of mine since entering politics and it was my ambition to see it progress.  

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Nenagh Tourism Office

Posted on May 03, 2016 by Alan Kelly

I am delighted to confirme that following my intervention Failte Ireland has committed to opening Nenagh Tourist Office for eleven weeks.

This is good news from Failte Ireland, I used to worked there.   I am delighted that this news has been confirmed, it is very important to have a tourism office in Nenagh.  I've put a lot of time and funding into promoting Lough Derg, I will always promote Lough Derg whether I'm in politics or not. 

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€30m Investment for Schools under Summer Works Scheme

Posted on April 28, 2016 by Alan Kelly

I can cofirm today that 8 more schools across Tipperary will be able to undertake school improvements following the announcement  of the Summer Work's Scheme.
I am delighted that these schools in Tipperary will benefit from the scheme this year. Of the €80 million announced for the multi-annual Summer Works Scheme (2016-2017), €30 million is now being allocated for vital gas works and electrical upgrades in schools. The majority of works will be carried out in schools over the summer months, so as to minimise disruption to students, teachers and other school staff.
This is positive news for schools. It will also provide an important capital injection to the construction sector and boost job creation.

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