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The Scally Report into the Cervical Check Scandal

Posted on September 12, 2018 by Alan Kelly

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Today was busy day as the Scally Report into the Cervical Check Scandal was published. It was an emotional day too for the women and families affected. It is a comprehensive and very good report. I met and spoke with Dr Scally for over two hours. It is now critical that his recommendations are implemented immediately. There is also more work to be done to investigate why, how and when some of this happened. However, today is an important milestone. It creates a pathwa...y to help us eradicate cervical cancer as a main cancer in Ireland and to help protect future generations of both girls and boys. Tonight I’m thinking of Vicky Phelan as without her determination and courage we wouldn’t have reached this milestone. I’m also thinking of Stephen Teap and Lorraine Walsh who have tirelessly worked with Vicky and Dr Scally over the last few months. These are incredible people. Some of the best people I have ever met. The country owes them a debt of gratitude.

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Old O'Connor's Shopping Centre Site

Posted on September 10, 2018 by Alan Kelly

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I want to thank developer Martin Healy for the interest he has shown in Nenagh by redeveloping the former O’Connor’s shopping site.

The site was left derelict for many years until Martin purchased it and only for him it may have remained so. I was delighted to be able to work with him to develop the site and ensure vibrancy was brought back to that very special site in Nenagh.

This district has a great future with future shopping potential in the area along with the redevelopment of Sheehan’s Hardware and the proposed redevelopment of the Mr Price building as well.

I look forward to all this work going ahead and I know there are other future development plans in the town as well that will compliment these developments.

It shows how Nenagh as a town is growing and that was reinforced recently when it was announced that Nenagh is he fastest growing town in Tipperary.

With new industries such as First Data and new has, water and sewage infrastructure aided to a fantastic location Nenagh will go from strength to strength in the coming years

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Vicky Phelan's Visit to Nenagh

Posted on September 09, 2018 by Alan Kelly

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Due to the publication on Wednesday/Thursday of the Scally Report into the CervicalCheck Scandal which was exposed by Vicky Phelan, the public meeting that Vicky was due to speak at on Thursday next in the Abbey Court Hotel, Nenagh has changed date.

The meeting will now take place on Monday 24th September at 7:30pm in the Abbey Court Hotel. Admission is free. Please come along.

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Nenagh Lawn Tennis Club

Posted on September 09, 2018 by Alan Kelly

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Today I visited Nenagh Lawn Tennis Club for the Summer Cup Finals. There’s lots going on in the club on Limerick Road, well done to all involved. I am pictured with Margaret Folan President of the Club.

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Peter Ryan

Posted on September 09, 2018 by Alan Kelly

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Great night last night in Drombane with local hero Peter Ryan and his cycling partner and friend Sean Hahessy who celebrated being the first tandem cyclists to ever complete the 2150 KM non-stop cycle race around the whole of Ireland.

Peter who began losing his sight when he was 20 and Sean did this massive endurance cycle in 5 days to raise funds for two local Tipperary families who are very much in need of support; the Doran and Gleeson Families.

I know Peter. He is a grea...t guy who in his spare time gives talks to schools and groups about disabilities and his own unique story. After he recovers from this test he will return to training intensely and preparing for the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo, Japan.

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St Conlons Home

Posted on September 05, 2018 by Alan Kelly

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The new St. Conlon’s Home which I secured €9 million funding for will go for planning this year. This is a state of the art new nursing home that will have a full range of facilities built on a 3.5 acre site.

The design team has been appointed and a planning application will then be submitted to Tipperary County Council.

Subject to planning the project should then proceed to tender for construction which would be built over the following year and a half.

This is great news and something I’m particularly happy about given the affection with which St. Conlon’s is held by all local people.

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Carers Allowance

Posted on September 03, 2018 by Alan Kelly

An additional 14,000 Carers are eligible for free GP Services.

I would encourage all carers in receipt of full or half rate Carer’s Allowance or Carer’s Benefit, who do not currently hold a medical or GP visit card to apply online, following the extension of the GP Visit Scheme. The HSE has set up an online system for carers to register for their free GP Visit Card on www.mymedicalcard.ie, and paper registration is also available ile by downloading a form from the website. Carers play such a crucial role in our society today. This is a very welcome initiative and goes some way to recognise the important role played by carers.

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Sports Capital Programme

Posted on August 29, 2018 by Alan Kelly

€40 million is being made available under a new round of the Sports Capital Programme (SCP). The SCP is the State’s primary vehicle for providing support to sports clubs and communities to develop sports infrastructure around the country. Applications can only be made online from 9am on Friday 7th September until 5pm on Friday 19th October, 2018.

All applicants must be registered on the Department’s online system and I am encouraging any clubs which are not already registered to do so now. The guide to making an application was also published on the Department’s website today on www.sportscapitalprogramme.ie. Registrations will close at 5pm on Friday 5th October.

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Craft Brewers Bill

Posted on July 16, 2018 by Alan Kelly

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I am pictured following the passing of the Craft Brewers Bill in Leinster House with Cuilian Loughnane from White Gypsy Brewery along with other craft brewers from around the country. The bill will allow craft brewers, distillers and cider makers to sell their own produce on site from their own premises.

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OPW Funding for Nenagh

Posted on July 10, 2018 by Alan Kelly

I’m delighted to confirm following discussions with Minister for the OPW, Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran that significant funding is being provided to Nenagh Garda Station to upgrade a number of areas in the station and to provide a Single Storey Motorcycle Enclosure for the garda fleet. This is a badly needed upgrade for the station.

Furthermore, Minister Moran has confirmed to me that the study he commissioned regarding Nenagh Castle is nearly completed and he hopes to be in a position to review the plan in the coming weeks. One area he has committed to me as a priority is to fund the provision of lights for the castle. This will be a fantastic addition to the town and will highlight the fantastic heritage of the town of which the castle is the centrepiece’

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