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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€45,000 for Roscrea Hurling Club

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

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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I WELCOME ADVANCEMENTS IN COLLECTIVE BARGAINING LEGISLATION

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

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.

The country is in recovery mode, with consumer confidence up and the Central Bank forecasting increased economic growth of 2.5% for 2014.

The key challenge is to ensure that Tipperary benefits from the recovery, and that we create good jobs for people here.

 

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