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Congratulations Molly Sterling

Posted on February 27, 2015 by Alan Kelly

I would like to congratulate Molly Sterling on winning Eurosong.

This is a huge achievement for a 16 year old to win this competition.   We are all very proud of Molly in Tipperary and will be behind her all the way. The very best of luck to Molly in the Eurovision in Vienna later this year.
Congratulations to her parents Rachel and Andrew, her grandmother Hilary and the extended Sterling and Henry families. 
 

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Roscrea Playground

Posted on February 23, 2015 by Alan Kelly

I recently announced that works will take place at the Children's Playground, the Glebe, Roscrea.
I am delighted to announce that following representations to Tipperary County Council, work will take place at the Children's Playground at the Glebe in Roscrea. These works will include the repair of the swings, repair of part of the surface, the replacing of one piece of outdoor equipment and replacing of any missing parts of the equipment.  The work will take place in the coming weeks.
This is very welcome news for the children in the area who use the facilities at the playground.   I would like to thank Shane Lee for bringing this issue to my attention.

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Funding for Two Schools in Tipperary

Posted on February 20, 2015 by Alan Kelly

I am delighted to announce that Killea National School Templemore and Dualla National School, Cashel have both been allocated funding for an 80m2 Mainstream classroom. This is good news for the staff, pupils and teachers at both schools. 

Earlier this year I announced funding had been allocated for emergency works in four schools in Tipperary, the four schools were St. Mary's Junior Boys School Nenagh, SN Gort na Huaighe, Ballinahinch National School and Borrisokane Community College. 

 

Before Christmas I announced significant funding had been allocated for new builds at Carrig National School and Sacred Heart Roscrea. 

All of these funding announcements for schools in Tipperary shows the Labour Party's commitment to education in the county.

 

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New Policy for Small Schools Good for Tipperary

Posted on February 17, 2015 by Alan Kelly

I welcome the announcement of two new policies to support smaller schools.  

The new policies will see improved changes to the staffing schedule and a voluntary protocol for future sustainability of one teacher schools with reducing enrolments.

 

This will assist many schools in Tipperary.  Small schools play a vital role in many parts of the county and are key to local communities. It is a vital piece of social infrastructure to rural communities and particularly in isolated areas. The new policies today will provide some improvement to the staffing levels of our smallest schools. These improvements recognise the challenges faced by small schools that are more than 8km from the nearest school type.

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Climate Change

Posted on February 13, 2015 by Alan Kelly

Alan Kelly
Alan Kelly

I am urging people to play their part in a national drive to tackle climate change, as new laws aimed at protecting the environment are set to come into force soon.

Tackling climate change so that future generations of people in Tipperary can live in a safer, cleaner environment is a critical issue.

It is vital that local people now work together to protect the environment in areas given that Ireland is bound by new low carbon rules for the very first time.

The Climate Change Bill - the first piece of legislation of its kind - continued to progress through the Dail this week.

Labour is acting now to protect the environment so that our children and future generations have a safe and sustainable future.

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Arrabawn Co-op

Posted on February 02, 2015 by Alan Kelly

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arrabawn2

Congratulations to Arrabawn Co-op on a €35million innovation investment. This investment will help the dairy sector maximise post-quota opportunities will help support further growth at the co-op.

The overall investment will see a €25 million Dairy Processing Technology Centre (DPTC), supported by the Department of Jobs through Enterprise Ireland and the dairy industry partners including Arrabawn, at nearby University of Limerick. This will make a research and technology facility, manned by highly-skilled researchers, available to Arrabawn and the nine other co-ops to support the processors in achieving greater efficiencies.

 A further €10 million by Teagasc and the dairy industry shareholders in the expansion of the Moorepark Technology Ltd (MTL) pilot plant facility in Fermoy Co. Cork.  Both of these investments will offer significant research supports to support further growth at Arrabawn.

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Planning Permission for Nenagh Hospital Development

Posted on February 02, 2015 by Alan Kelly

I can confirm that planning permission has been granted for significant works at Nenagh Hospital.  


On January 8, 2014 I announced €2.2m in funding for a new medical wing in Nenagh Hospital, planning permission has been granted for this building work.   The work will go to tender in the near future.  This is a complete new build and will contain 16 new modern single room units. No buildings will be demolished as part of this extension. There will also be a new day room added as part of the build. The project is scalable, so it can increased in size in the future if necessary and will be completed by 2015.

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Digital Award for St. Mary's Primary School Nenagh.

Posted on January 29, 2015 by Alan Kelly

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Digital Award 1

I was delighted to present a Digital School of Distinction Award to St. Mary's Convent Primary School, Nenagh yeseterday evening. I am pictured with Ciara Lewis, Lorraine McLoone, Pamela O'Brien, (Board of Management), Peader O'Dwyer (Principal) and Leanne Lynch

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Launch of Dive Ireland 2015

Posted on January 14, 2015 by Alan Kelly

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Dive Ireland

Last night I launched Dive Ireland 2015 in the Abbey Court Hotel.

It is a wonderful tribute and testament to the strength of Lough Derg Sub Aqua & Search & Rescue and the ability of its members that they successfully pitched for and were awarded the opportunity to host Dive Ireland 2015.

Allowing that there are 80 + Dive clubs in Ireland and Northern Ireland, and that their delegates and representatives will attend the A.G.M., as well as the Diving Officers and Training Of...ficers meeting, we are looking forward to 1500 / 2000 visitors over the Dive Ireland Weekend and it will be a wonderful boost to the local economy and a fantastic opportunity to show case Nenagh.

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Gas Works Start

Posted on January 12, 2015 by Alan Kelly

Work begins today to bring gas to Nenagh. Phase 1 will bring gas to the major user in the town - Arrabawn. The laying of pipes will start this morning, with work starting at Stafford Street with a number of crews working in the area. As the saying goes you can't make an omellete without breaking eggs, so there will some disruption over the coming weeks.

I worked tirelessly to make this happen, it was the single most important project I wanted to deliver for Nenagh. It gives Nenagh huge capacity and fantastic opportunities that it never saw before.

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