I welcome the announcements of different streams of funding for projects in North Cork. There has been a series of announcements from government ministers of funding for local organisations, to help them develop and provide facilities for local people. These are welcome as they allow local groups and organisations to improve on their facilities as well as expand the services they offer to local communities. Continue reading
Recent comments from the Taoiseach should not distract from the work being done by those working in agriculture to reduce carbon emissions. Continue reading
I welcome the application by the OPW for planning permission to undertake works at Doneraile Court. The permission being sought includes renovation works, the installation of toilets, a lift, and an exhibition space. Continue reading
I welcome the announcements by Minister Michael Ring of funding for projects in Mallow. Two separate streams of funding were announced in the last week, with three Mallow organisations benefiting from the Community Enhancement Programme, and the continuing development of Mallow Castle receiving support under the Outdoor Recreational Infrastructure Scheme. Continue reading
Members of the Permanent Defence Forces and their families have been campaigning for better pay and conditions for the work they undertake in protecting the State. Over the last few weeks I have met several members of the army and navy who have outlined to me the hardship that many families face, as they struggle to meet the costs of providing for themselves. Like all of the public sector, members of the Defence Forces received cuts to their pay during the economic crisis. The Fine Gael led government has made efforts to restore pay cuts (see letter), but it is clear that special consideration needs to be made for the Defence Forces, particularly those at private level.
I took the opportunity at the Fine Gael Ard Fheis to raise this with Paul Kehoe, Minister with Responsibility for Defence, and Gabrielle McFadden, Fine Gael Seanad Spokesperson on Defence. I raised the issue during a motion on security and defence, and afterwards met with Minister Kehoe and Senator McFadden to explain in more detail the issues that have been raised with me by members of the Defence Forces.
Last week I met with the new Minister for Education Joe McHugh, at the Department of Education offices in Tullamore. I requested the meeting to raise a number of issues regarding schools in North Cork. These included the ongoing work to the extension at Coláiste an Chraoibhín (Fermoy), the need for a new PE Hall in St Colman’s College (Fermoy), and the need for an extension to Coláiste Pobail Naomh Mhuire (Buttevant). Continue reading