Archive for 2018

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 Registrations will close at 5pm on Friday 5th October.

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Craft Brewers Bill

Posted on July 16, 2018 by Alan Kelly

Craft Breweries Bill
Craft Breweries Bill

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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Cataract Surgery in Nenagh

Posted on June 20, 2018 by Alan Kelly

Following discussions with Minister Simon Harris I’m delighted to announce that Nenagh Hospital is to become a major hub for Cataract surgery in Ireland.

I have been pursuing the issue of ophthalmology surgery for some time as there are so many people who are waiting for operations, particularly cataract operations.

Nenagh Hospital has been chosen after the Network of Limerick Hospitals put forward the case internally in the HSE of need for such a Centre for ophthalmology surgery. One of the key reasons Nenagh was chosen is because of its central location in the country.

There is a huge backlog for cataract surgery across Tipperary and the backlog in the county and the Mid West will be cleared first. Then Nenagh will become the base for surgery across the country.

It is expected cataract surgery will commence in Nenagh in July initially one day a week but moving relatively quickly to 5 days a week. It is expected that Nenagh will clear over 50 patients a week. The Centre will deal with the full patient journey from referral to surgery to follow up.

This is a huge boost to Nenagh Hospital and I would like to congratulate the team there and in the HSE Mid West on this initiative’

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Tipperary Parkinson's Support

Posted on April 03, 2018 by Alan Kelly


Pictured last week at Leinster House were Alan Kelly TD and members of Tipperary’s Parkinson’s Ireland Support Group.

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Increase in Regional & Local Roads Funding For Tipperary

Posted on January 25, 2018 by Alan Kelly

I very much welcome that the Department of Transport has increased the funding for Regional and Local roads in Tipperary by €2.5m to €21m. While this is a welcome development more needs to be done. The condition of our regional and local roads are in such a state that a massive increase in funding is required. Every year this lack of investment continues the bigger the problem is going to get.

The allocation of €6.5m to the Ballina/Killaloe bridge is particularly important as it progresses to construction phase after I ensured it was put into the capital spending plans.

I welcome the €650,000 that is badly needed for the Ardfinnan bridge, the €210k for the Latteragh upgrade and the €210k for the Newcastle bridge. Furthermore the €175,000 for the Lackamore Bridge in Newport is most welcome as is the €100,000 for the Ragg, Bouladuff and another €100,000 for Ballytarsna bend improvements.

However there are huge requirements across our  roads in Tipperary and the investment in our roads needs to improve dramatically. The fact is that Tipperary is probably one of the most traversed counties in Ireland given our geographical location. We need greater proportional funding as a result and we need to deal with a number of safety issues as well.

Furthermore there needs to be an assessment of the on/off ramps at Roscrea/Moneygal which are unique on the M7. All other junctions have a longer lead in and is believe there are safety issues with these junctions. I’ve spoken to TII and they are going to look at these and see if improvements can be made to them.

Furthermore they are going to look at the whole route from Roscrea to Birdhill on the M7. There have been a number of accidents on the M7 and this really does need to be looked at. The Birdhill area in in particular needs to be looked at’.

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