Alan Kelly MEP Alan Kelly TD

Thank you for visiting my website. I was honoured to have been given a mandate to serve the people of Tipperary and will continue to do my best to deliver at national level for all my constituents.

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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Tipperary Broadband Plan gets Clearer as New Map Launched

A new map service enabling people in Tipperary to find out whether they will get high-speed broadband from a commercial operator or the State is very good news.  

Access to broadband is vital for every home and business in our county.

 

Not only does it help attract investment and jobs to rural areas, but it also enables people to interact socially with one another, access important information about public services, and to use it as a learning tool.

 

The new online map service launched today by my colleague, Communications Minister Alex White, allows people to easily identify the areas where broadband will be provided by a commercial operator by the end of 2016, and where the State will then intervene.

Each county gets its own map, giving us a very clear and accurate picture of the specific plan to deliver high-speed broadband to every single home, school and business in Tipperary.

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Tipperary Primary School Sets to Receive Funding Boost

Tipperary primary schools are set to receive a funding boost to carry out small-scale repairs, with the announcement of the 2014 Minor Works Grant by my colleague Education Minister, Jan O’Sullivan today.

Every primary school in Tipperary with permanent recognition will receive a small amount of funding to carry out small capital or improvement works to the school, with payments issuing to schools next week.

This funding will help schools make improvements to their school buildings and grounds, and invest in their furniture, and IT and sport equipment.

Each school will receive a payment of €5,500 per school, and a further €18.50 per mainstream pupil, or €74 per pupil with special needs. The grant is worth €6,425 for a 50 pupil school and more than €11,000 for a 300 pupil school.

I know from speaking to parents and principals that every investment we make in school buildings and equipment is money well spent, and today’s announcement by Minister Jan O’Sullivan is no different.

Labour is continuing to invest to improve educational infrastructure in local communities.

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Rural Dwellers are Entitled to €100 Conservation Grant

I was delighted to be in a position to include rural dwellers for the €100 Conservation Grant. Rural dwellers have been paying for water for years, whether they have their own well or are part of a group scheme, the also pay have also had to pay for their septic tank.

The Water Conservation Grant replaces the tax rebate and social protection measures previously announced, as it is a more straightforward means of addressing water issues for all households on equal terms and will reduce households’ outlay on water services both now and in the future.

The Department of Social Protection will administer the scheme on behalf of the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government. The detailed arrangements for its operation are being developed by the Departments with an expectation of it being operational from September 2015.

To be eligible for the grant, householders - with any element of public water/sewage water supply or on group water schemes or with private supplies - must submit a fully completed registration form. 

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An Post Sorting Facility in Roscrea

It was confirmed to me recently that planning permission has been granted to An Post for a sorting facility for An Post in Benamore Roscrea. Permission has been granted for the change of use of the ground floor to a new An Post Sorting Facility with alterations to include all the necessary ancillary works. This is great news for Roscrea, it is a significant investment in the town and represents another major step for the town.

The building will be modified for use as a Delivery Service Unit to serve Roscrea. It will meet the needs of the mail services in the area and improve facilities for customers as well as improving the working environment for employees. An Post hope to open the facility in mid 2015.

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