Alan Kelly MEP Alan Kelly TD

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I am delighted to now serve as Minister of Environment, Community & Local Government, having previously been Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport with special responsibility for Public and Commuter Transport.

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Contract Signed to Bring Gas to Nenagh

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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

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

 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.

 

I welcome this growth for the local airport. I am really happy with the passenger numbers so far this year. I have worked closely with the airport over the last couple of years. They have worked hard with their airline partners to secure the new services and there has been a really positive response from the public. They have made huge strides this year in meeting the demand for services to and from Shannon with the nine new routes for the summer. The upcoming winter season will also see five additional services that Ryanair have announced. This is a positive upturn for all the surrounding area.

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€489,000 allocated to Tipperary to tackle vacant housing issue

I welcome the second round of funding to support the vacant unit programme. I am delighted that this week my colleague Minister Jan O’Sullivan has allocated €15m in funding to bring back into use 1008 vacant local authority units. Tipperary will receive€489,000 which will allow 37 units around the county return to beneficial use. This funding brings total investment to €30m already this year in relation to this important programme. This is a positive programme that increases social housing supply quickly. This investment will also create and sustain hundreds of jobs in the construction area.

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