WEST Cork Sinn Féin has accused Minister Phil Hogan of putting rural people last with local government reforms.
Speaking as the Local Government Reform Bill 2013 passes through the Houses of the Oireachtas at present, West Cork SF’s Paul Hayes said, “Minister Phil Hogans’s document on local Government Reform entitled ‘Putting People First’ is actually going to result in putting rural people last if implemented.
WEST Cork Labour TD for Cork South West, Michael McCarthy has welcomed news that local groups from Cork South West were successful in obtaining funding as part of the Go For Life scheme.
The scheme encourages older people to become more active, and is an Age & Opportunity initiative funded by the Irish Sports Council. Around €300,000 was awarded to a record number of 1,009 groups who can use the funding for activities of their own choosing.
LOCAL Labour TD for Cork South West, Michael McCarthy has welcomed the announcement that payments for 2013 AEOS 1, AEOS 2 and REPS 4 will commence this week.
“This scheme puts environmentally-friendly farming to the forefront and recognises the vital role farmers play in delivering public goods for the benefit of all.
Speaking during the second stage debate on the Forestry Bill 2013 in Dáil Éireann Fine Gael Cork South West Deputy, Noel Harrington said the creation of a Special Purpose Vehicle to allow citizens to invest in a forestry development company managed by Coillte, would assist us in meeting our forestry land mass targets.
FINE Gael TD for Cork South West, Noel Harington, has welcomed the announcement by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) that 58,000 jobs have been created in the private sector in the last 12 months.
Deputy Harrington’s comments were made following the release of the Central Statistics Office Quarterly National Household Survey Quarter 3 2013 report which showed that 58,000 jobs have been created in the last year.
THE residents and businesses of Bandon have been “abandoned” by the government and Cork County Council according to local Sinn Fein Cllr Rachel McCarthy.
This comes after the local council was this week informed that the main drainage scheme which was halted suddenly in October last year will now move under the remit of the yet to be formed Irish Water.
Following the meeting Cllr McCarthy said, “What is happening now is an absolute disgrace.
FINE Gael TD for Cork South West, Noel Harrington, has said that Ireland’s exit from the bailout will help attract jobs and investment to the country.
“While we are not there yet, exiting the bailout is a milestone on the road to economic recovery for Ireland. The fact that, from December 15th we will no longer be a bailout country will send a further signal to home-grown and foreign investors that Ireland is a great place to base their business and create jobs.
Labour T.D. for Cork South West, Michael McCarthy has welcomed the extension of the JobBridge pilot internship scheme to the craft sector.
“A pilot initiative was launched earlier this year with 50 internships and following the success of this, Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton has now extended the scheme with a further 50 internships, bringing the total number to 100. more »
LABOUR TD Michael McCarthy is urging local schools to apply for the new €40 million 2014 Summer Works Scheme.
“€40 million is being allocated for the purposes of a Summer Works Scheme for schools in 2014. The scheme will be open to primary and post-primary schools. The fund will allow schools to carry out small and medium scale building works such as gas, electrical and mechanical works, roof and window upgrades. In order to minimise disruption to students, this scheme will apply to work undertaken during non-school time.
LABOUR TD Michael McCarthy today welcomed an initiative outlined by the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore and Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn, which could see the cost of school uniforms falling.
Under the new proposals, schools will be encouraged to engage with parents and discuss school uniform policy and the possibility of introducing generic uniforms. The aim of this move is to tackle the rising cost of school uniforms by strengthening the role of parents in how schools decide their policies on uniforms. Parents will be balloted by schools to find out whether they want a school uniform or not.