Minister English officially opens 2 class room extension to Castlepollard Community College last Friday

Castlepollard, Education, School extension, Wesmeath

On Friday  8th January Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation
Damien English T.D. officially visited Castlepollard College to open
their new extension, raise the school’s 3rd Green flag and sample the
formal and informal curriculum of the school. He was joined by local
Fine Gael Councillor and Chairman of the Board of Management Frank
McDermott, as well as other local public representatives, BOM members,
ETB members, other local School Principals and parents.

On 27th March, 2013, Longford and Westmeath Education & Training Board
was sanctioned a grant under the Department’s 2013 Additional
Accommodation Scheme to provide 2 additional 49m2 classrooms at
Castlepollard Community College.

Additional funding was approved for the provision of car parking and
set-down and for additional site works at the school.

Savings achieved in the construction budget were used towards the cost
of a fire alarm system upgrade, and a furniture grant of €5,000.00 was
also been approved.

The total grant approved for this building project is €374,288.83.

The classrooms have now been constructed and were occupied in September 2015.

Major building project:

Minister of State at the Department of Education Damien English also
announced details on Tuesday, 17th November 2015, of the major school
building projects that are scheduled to proceed to construction over
the next six years, as part of the Government’s €2.8 billion capital
investment programme. A project for Castlepollard Community College
was included in this announcement. It is envisaged that construction
will commence in 2018, as outlined in the programme.

See some pictures from the visit on Facebook:

Funding of €61,298 for sports clubs and organisations in Collinstown/Castlepollard – McDermott

Castlepollard, Collinstown, Wesmeath

Local Councillor Frank McDermott and Meath West T.D. and Minister Damien English have said that funding of €61,298 for sports clubs and organisations in Collinstown and Castlepollard is great news and a great boost for these local communities.

In total, funding of over €590,298 is being made available to clubs and local organisations around Westmeath under the Sports Capital Programme 2015, announced by Minister of State Michael Ring this week.

Councillor Frank McDermott said: “Under the programme €50,000 is being awarded to Lough Lene Gaels GAA in Collinstown, and Castlepollard Hurling Club is receiving €11,298. It is very welcome that once again, Sports Capital funding is being provided to clubs and local organisations here in Co. Westmeath and around the country. It was a pleasure to lobby for support for these local clubs along with local Meath West T.D. and Minister Damien English.”

Minister English said: “Locally and Nationally Fine Gael understand the importance of sport to communities around the country and the imperative to fund it. That is why we re-opened the Sports Capital Grants after there were closed during the Recession. Money spent on sport, is money saved on healthcare down the road. According to the Department of Sport, 90% of Sports Capital recipients say it has helped them to increase the numbers of people involved in sport. This Government, and our local Councillors like Frank McDermott are committed to supporting local rural communities.”

Unemployment down in Meath and Westmeath

Jobs, Meath, Wesmeath

Meath unemployment down 1,244 people or 12% in 12 months, and Westmeath unemployment down 935 people or 10% in 12 months

Today readers I want to highlight new figures from the Central Statistics Office on the monthly unemployment rate which now stands at 9.8% for the first time since 2009.

The seasonally adjusted number of people who are unemployed fell to a total of 209,700 nationally in May – the lowest level recorded since 2009.

In Westmeath the number stands at 8,725 in April 2015, a fall of 935 people since April 2014 or almost 10%.

In the Castlepollard Social Welfare District covering North East Westmeath 962 people were unemployed in April 2015, down 163 people on April 2014 or 14.5%.

In Meath the number stands at 8,394 in April 2015, a fall of 1,244 people since April 2014 or 12%, one of the highest in the country.

One year ago the unemployment rate stood at 11.7% nationally so it is clear that our plans to tackle unemployment are working.

Through the Action Plan for Jobs and Pathways to Work, people are returning to the workforce. Every one of those new jobs in the last 12 months is a life back on track, it is a family supported, it is human potential fulfilled. We want more of this to happen.

We cannot pause for one second until everyone in Meath, in Westmeath and Ireland who wants a jobs has a job.

My job as a local T.D. and Minister in Government is to ensure we have the right environment for business and employment to thrive, that will remain my priority.