Alan Kelly MEP Alan Kelly TD

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29 homes to be provided in Tipperary through a scheme to bring back into use long-term vacant local authority units

29 homes in Tipperary will be provided through a scheme to bring back into use long-term vacant local authority units. €433,000 has been allocated for these homes - 15 home for North Tipperary and an allocation of €216,000, and 14 for homes for South Tipperary and an allocation of €217,000.    This is good news for the area, there is significant pressure on social housing supply in North Tipperary and these houses will ease some of that pressure.

This funding is part of a scheme to bring back into use long-term vacant local authority units announced by my colleague Minister for Housing and Planning, Jan O'Sullivan TD this morning.  The €15m fund will create homes for 952 families across the country.

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All Primary Schools Will Benefit from School Book Rental Scheme Fund

I am delighted with the news that that all primary schools who currently operate a school book rental scheme will be able to benefit from the €15 million School Book Rental Scheme Fund.  When this fund was first announced it was targeted at the schools that didn't have a book rental scheme in place.  This caused concern among the  schools that had a scheme in place.  A number of schools in Tippe...rary contacted me, so this will be very welcome news for them. I have  spoken to Minister Quinn in relation to this issue on a number of  occasions. This will provide an extra boost to these schools which should allow them to expand or replace some books on their own schemes.
531 schools who previously indicated that they did not have book loan schemes were invited to apply for the funding.  Of these, three quarters of these schools have now applied. I am delighted that twenty two schools in Tipperary have been allocated a total of €211,111 to support the setting up of their book rental schemes. Minister Quinn has now decided that the balance of the fund, some €8.3 million, will be divided among all other primary schools that currently operate book rental schemes, in 2015 and 2016.  These schools are expected to receive a total of €18 per pupil or €20 in  DEIS schools over those two years.  This is on top of the annual book  grant of €15 million which is paid to all schools on a per pupil basis. This forms part of the Minister's wider agenda to tackle the  high costs of going to school for parents.
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Michael O'Dwyer

Five years ago today young Ballinderry man Michael Dwyer was murdered in Bolivia. I believe in effect Michael was executed by the State and as time passes this becomes even more obvious. I have always supported the family in their quest for... the truth whether as MEP or local TD/Minister and I will continue to do so. The Dwyer family deserve to know what happened to Michael. I have huge admiration for the dignified but determined way in which they have pursued the truth.

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Cullenagh Road Ballina Upgrade

 Last year I ensured €100k was provided directly from my Dept to completely relay the main road through Ballina (R494) from the Portroe end down to the roundabout outside Mills/McKeoghs as it was in an awful state for such a busy road and tourist trail. From the roundabout to the Grange road was done and now from Tuesday/Friday 22nd to 25th April the remaining sectio...n from the Grange road to the Portroe end all the way up through Cullenagh will be done. A stop/go system will be in place while the works are being undertaken. Please note that this funding was not provided through the Council's roadworks programme. It was provided directly from the Department of Transport. I was delighted to have been in a position to deliver this for the people of Ballina. Thanks to Jonathan Meaney for working with me on this.

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