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Funding allocation announced for regional and local roads

REGIONAL and local roads across West Cork are set to received a badly-needed investment following the announcement of funding road infrastructure in Cork by Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe. A total of €32.2 million has been allcated for regional and local roads in County Cork, part of a national investment programme of €294 million which will allow approximately 2,000km of regional and local road to be maintained and strengthened in

€8,300 in National Lottery Grants awarded in West Cork

Young people in West Cork are set to benefit from €8,300 in National Lottery Grants which have been awarded to a number of groups and organisations says Fine Gael TD Noel Harrington for Cork South West after the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, James Reilly TD announced the allocation of National Lottery funding for 2014. “The Department of Children and Youth Affairs has a National Lottery Discretionary fund which

Temporary funding lifeline secured for non-Gaeltacht islands

IRELAND’S non-Gaeltacht islands which include six of West Cork’s seven inhabited islands have had assurances that funding for community development offices on the islands will be put in place as far as March 2015. There was uproar from islanders when it appeared that state funding would be cut off completely in January with islanders claiming the move would see the end of viable communities on the islands.

Fisheries sector to benefit from China trade mission

Fine Gael Cork South West TD, Noel Harrington, has said that the Irish fisheries sector is to benefit from a successful trade mission to China by Minister for Agriculture and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD.   “The Government led trade mission to China has been really positive for our fisheries sector. Today in Qingdao city, Minister Coveney opened the opened the largest ever Irish pavilion at the China Seafood &

Governmentt TDs welcome Budget but opposition critical

WEST Cork Government TDs have welcomed Budget 2014 with Fine Gael’s Noel Harrington saying the Budget will lead to job creation and economic growth in rural Ireland. “The Budget has job creation and economic growth at its core and I have no doubt that it will directly lead to more jobs and more money for the people of rural Ireland. The provision of 400 new Garda vehicles will enhance Garda

National Broadband Plan must be prioritised for rural areas

FINE Gael Cork South West TD, Noel Harrington, has called for the National Broadband Plan to be prioritised for rural areas which he says cannot wait another six years. Deputy Harrington was speaking after a meeting of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport and Communications, where members received a briefing from officials in the Department of Communications, Energy & Natural Resources and the Commission of the Communications Regulation (ComReg).

Financial help for sports clubs

by Eoghan O’Connell Fine Gael Cork South West, TD Noel Harrington has welcomed the announcement by Minister of State at the Department of Finance, Simon Harris TD, that an amendment is to be made to ease the rates burden on many local sports clubs. The amendment will mean sports clubs that previously paid rates on its bar and on sporting buildings will now only pay rates for the part of

Disadvantaged Areas Scheme worth €10.7m for Co. Cork

THE Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney has annoucned that the 2014 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme will be worth some €149m nationally. The issuing of the 2014 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme will mean payments of €10,704,758.30 for 4,876 farmers in Co. Cork. Approximately 71,500 eligible farmers across the country will receive their payments in the coming days, but with such a large volume of payments due, it is expected

Government policy is working as economy grows and consumer spending increases says TD

FINE Gael TD for Cork South West, Noel Harrington, has welcomed the CSO Quarterly figures released today which show that the Irish economy grew by 7.7% in GDP terms and by 9% in GNP terms year on year. “I am very encouraged today with the news that the Irish economy has grown by 7.7% GDP and by 9% GNP since this time last year. Most encouragingly the figures are showing

LEO Microfinance Loan means business in West Cork

LOCAL Enterprise Offices (LEOs) and Microfinance Ireland have announced a new collaboration designed to support small businesses across the country. The LEO Microfinance Loan will see credit on offer to small companies employing 10 people or less, at a reduced rate of interest. West Cork TD Noael Harrington has welcomed the announcement saying, “I strongly welcome the introduction of the LEO Microfinance Loan, which could be extremely beneficial to sole

New Credit Union to service the Beara Peninsula confirmed

THE board of the Bantry Credit Union have confirmed that they will commence to provide Credit Union services for the people of the Beara Peninsula.   The decision was made at their recent board meeting where it was also agreed to open the office on Friday August 1st for the purpose of opening accounts; it was also confirmed that they will operate from the existing premises in Castletownbere.

€100,000 funding confirmed for underwater survey of Castletownbere Harbour

THE Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has confirmed funding of €100,000 towards the carrying out of an underwater survey on the sea bed, to ascertain the possibility for the construction of an additional deep water quay at Castletownbere.   The underwater survey on the southern shore of Dinish Island will ascertain if the construction of an additional deep water quay for Castletownbere is possible.

Vacant units ito be re-furbished into family homes

EIGHTY SEVEN vacant units in County Cork are set to be re-furbished into family homes following the allocation of the second round of funding to support the vacant unit programme.   Minister for Housing Jan O’Sullivan has allocated €1,181,000 in funding to bring back into use the 87 vacant local authority units. The funding is part of a year-long campaign that will see €30m invested and close to 2,000 vacant

Islands to benefit from Rural Development Programme

WEST Cork’s islands are set to benefit from a €4 billion draft Rural Development Programme which has just been submitted to the European Commission.   West Corn Fine Gael TD Noel Harrington said, “For a long time now I have been calling for greater supports for the islands and in particular the introduction of a top up payment for island farmers under the Areas of Natural Constraint (ANC) scheme.

€148 million EU funds secured for Irish seafood industry

FOLLOWING months of intense lobbying and negotiation, Marine Minister Simon Coveney has secured €148 million from the EU fund for the period 2014 to 2020 for the development of the Irish seafood industry and the coastal communities that depend upon it. The Minister said “This funding is more than double the amount that was available to Ireland during the last Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and will ensure a strong fishing

60,000 jobs can be created by 2020 by developing tourism

THE tourism sector has the potential to create 60,000 jobs by 2020 if we continue to invest and focus on what Ireland has to offer. That is according to Ireland South Candidate Deirdre Clune who has been on the road meeting with B&B owners, hoteliers, publicans and those involved in providing for our tourist market, “Tourism grew by over 7% in 2013. It is one way that we can generate

€250 million LEADER funding good news for West Cork says TD

A funding package of €250 million for the LEADER element of the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 announced by the Minister for Environment Phil Hogan TD is good news for West Cork according to local TD Noel Harrington.   “Investment in the LEADER programme is of huge significance to West Cork. EU regulations stipulate that 5% of the Rural Development Programme must be allocated to LEADER but the fact that the

Rural development programme signifies major investment

THE Minister for Agriculture and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD has announced details of the €4 billion Rural Development Programme (RDP) for 2014-2020.   The programme includes €1,450 million for the Agri-Environment Scheme (GLAS) providing for a maximum payment of €5,000 for up to 50,000 farmers and it is anticipated that some 25,000-30,000 farmers will be accepted into the scheme in 2015.

Jerry Sullivan launches campaign in Beara

Cllr Jerry Sullivan launched his campaign for election to Cork County Council recently in Castletownbere. There was a large enthusiastic crowd present from all over the Beara region. The campaign was launched by Noel Harrington TD. Speaking to the large crowd present Mr Harrington praised Jerry for his hard work and dedication to the area since his co-option three-years-ago, and he said he would be sure that this would not