Alan Kelly MEP Alan Kelly TD

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40 Jobs for Thurles

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I have today announced the creation of 40 new, high grade jobs in Thurles, Co. Tipperary as part of wider plans to develop a major green energy hub in the county.

The new jobs - hiring for which will begin in Q4 of this year - will be created at Premier Green Energy (PGE), which is located on the site of the former Thurles Sugar Factory and is the brainchild of Tom Comerford from Holycross who I have been working with on this for over three years.

The jobs will involve engineering posts and be assigned to activities related to applied research for third level institutes and industrial partners arising from PGE’s ongoing association with the Technology Centre for Biorefining and Bioenergy (TCBB) - an amalgam of research facilities in green energy at third level universities across the country - as well as the company’s deployment of its own developed technology.

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Review of Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2014 (S.I. No. 9 of 2014).

I have today announced a review of the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2014 (S.I. No. 9 of 2014).

The new Regulations commenced in March last year and the Department is now initiating a review, as the regulations have now been operational for 12 months. The review will focus particularly on the cost burden involved for one-off houses, including self-build, and extensions to existing dwellings.

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Sanction of a further 250 new Garda recruits

I welcome the announcement last week of the sanctioning of a further 250 new Garda recruits by Minister Brendan Howlin.

A total of 550 Gardaí will have been recruited by this Government between September 2014 and 2015. This is in addition to the €27.5 million invested in new Garda vehicles between 2012 and 2014, marking a massive increase on the €4.8 million provided for in Budgets 2009-2011.

The latest 370 new Garda vehicles have come on stream since the start of this year. This announcement also comes as extremely positive news for the town of Templemore. 

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€57 million in funding for Social Housing in County Tipperary

I have today announced over €57 million in funding for County Tipperary that will significantly reduce the housing waiting list to 2015.

As a result, the housing list in Tipperary is set to reduce by over 40% to 2017.  The funding will see the refurbishment of 51 vacant social housing units in Tipperary this year as well as starting building projects in Gortnahoe, Cloughjordan, Templemore and Thurles.

A total of 832 housing units will be built, bought or leased in Tipperary for social housing between now and 2017.

Tipperary is going to benefit significantly from this housing investment. €57 million will be spent over the next three years. Currently my Department are in the process of assessing the housing build projects submitted by Tipperary County council and I hope to be in a position to announce those in the coming weeks,” said Minister Kelly

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