Economic recovery allows for over €12m investment in Meath  roads – English

Funding, Meath, North Meath, Roads

Local Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation and Meath West T.D.Damien English has today (Tuesday) welcomed the news that €12,271,812 has been allocated to Meath for road improvement and maintenance works. The funding is part of a €298 million national investment programme for 2016 for regional and local roads.

“Meath is getting a real boost from this significant investment of
€12,271,812 in our local and regional roads. The announcement of this
funding allocation today by Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport,
Paschal Donohoe, allows Meath County Council to plan its work
programme for the year.

“The funding package will allow approximately 2,000 kilometres of
regional and local roads to be maintained nationally and close to
2,000 kilometres strengthened this year.

“It is thanks to our recovering economy that we can make these kinds
of investments in our road network which is a hugely important. It is
good for tourism, increases efficiencies for businesses and benefits
the local people who use the roads on a daily basis.

“Fine Gael has a long term economic plan designed to keep the recovery
going which will ensure we can continue to make these kinds of
investments. The plan has three steps: more and better jobs, making
work pay more than welfare, and investment in better public services,
which will only be possible as a result of the increased revenue
generated by creating more jobs. This plan will ensure that more
people feel the benefits of a recovering economy in their own lives”
Minister English said,

Meath County Council

Restoration Improvement€6,557,759
Restoration Maintenance€1,845,869
Discretionary Grant€3,040,184
Bridge Rehabilitation€435,000
Specific Imp. Grants€50,000
Safety Improvement Works€192,500
Speed Limits€82,500
Training Grant€68,000

Total Allocation€12,271,812

2016 Specific Improvement Grant

Scheme NameLA Allocation
SG: Bettystown to Laytown Link Road€50,000
Meath County Council Total€50,000

2016 Bridge Rehabilitation Works on Regional and Local Roads

Local AuthorityRoad NumberLocationLA Allocation
Meath County CouncilR-125-194Donaghmore Bridge€60,000
Meath County CouncilR-125-211Dun Bridge€60,000
Meath County CouncilL-5027Ballintry Bridge€60,000
Meath County CouncilL-62261-11Rathcore Bridge€60,000
Meath County CouncilL-1604-51Rathbran Culvert€40,000
Meath County CouncilR-163-120Headfort Bridge€155,000
Meath County Council Total€435,000

2016 Safety Improvement Works on Regional and Local Roads

Local AuthorityRoad NumberLocationLA Allocation
Meath County CouncilR153Casey’s Cross Roads €30,000
Meath County CouncilR152Platin (R152 / L-56131-0)€32,000
Meath County CouncilR156 R156 junction with the L4021at Moyfeagher€30,000
Meath County CouncilL2207Junction of the L6200, L6224 & L2207 at Belper X€32,500
Meath County CouncilL1002Rathfeigh L-5003-11 / L-1002-21€35,000
Meath County CouncilR162Proudstown Road (R162/L 7415-0)€33,000
Meath County Council Total€192,500

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Basic Farm Payments of almost €44.5m supporting farmers in Meath – English

Farming, Food, Funding

Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation and Fine Gael TD for Meath West, Damien English, has said that Basic Farm Payments of almost €44.5 million paid so far in 2015, are supporting Meath farmers.

“In Meath, 3,483 farmers have received Basic Farm Payments so far in 2015, making up 95.9% of payments. In 2016, €1.2 billion in direct funding will be made available from the EU to fund the Basic Payment Scheme nationally.

“This money is essential to support agriculture and farming families in Meath. Basic Farm Payments are also key to supporting the local economy as farmers can spend this money with local suppliers and in small businesses.

“The food industry in Ireland is worth €26 billion and directly employs 170,000 people. Farmers are at the centre of this and it is essential that we offer every support possible.  For two successive budgets farming agri-taxation measures have played a central part in the Budget.

“Major new initiatives on ‘Family Transfer Partnerships’ have been introduced to assist in the transfer of land. We have also renewed relief measures on general stock income tax; for young trained farmers and registered farm partnerships. Stamp duty exemptions have been maintained on transfers of land to young trained farmers. This Government has also increased the tax free threshold for Capital Acquisitions Tax by about one quarter from €225,000 to €280,000.

“Changes made to the taxation of the self-employed will impact on most farmers who will benefit from the new €550 tax credit and reduced USC rates. These changes will mean over €800 in additional net income.

“In 2016, €494 million has been ring-fenced for the Rural Development Programme, a 12% increase; €195 million for Areas of Natural Constraint (ANCs); €35.8 million for TAMS, €52 million for the Beef Data Genomics Programme and €203 million for Agri–Environment Schemes including GLAS, AEOS  and ORGANICS.

“This Government has prioritised agriculture and makes no apology for that. The agri-food sector has been essential in driving the recovery and is playing a major role as we work to keep the recovery going in Meath and in all parts of the country.”

Varadkar to officially open Navan’s Emergency Department – English

Health, Meath, Navan

“I am delighted that the Minister for Health, Dr. Leo Varadkar T.D., has accepted my long standing invitation as a colleague in Government and a local Minister to officially open the refurbished Emergency Department of Our Lady’s Hospital Navan.  While others seek to cast a cloud of doubt and uncertainty over the future of the Hospital, and undermine staff morale, this Government is investing in Our Lady’s Hospital in Navan and is commited to its future” local Minister for Skills Research and Innovation and Meath West Fine Gael T.D. Damien English has said.

Minister Varadkar will officially open the Emergency Department on Friday, 30th October, before travelling on to visit St. Joseph’s in Trim.

Our Lady’s Hospital in Navan provides a general acute hospital service to the catchment area of Meath and a Regional elective Orthopaedic service.

The new Emergency Department refurbished and up and running since last year, and to be officially opened by Minister for Health, Dr. Leo Varadkar T.D. on Friday 30th October provides a 24 hour seven day service to patients presenting with injuries/illness ranging from life threatening medical problems to those with minor injuries and illness  for adult and young persons (i.e. >14years).  

The ranges of acute services at Our Lady’s Hospital Navan are as follows;

·        General Medicine, including MAU

·        General Surgery

·        Elective Orthopaedics

·        Regional Rheumatology Service

·        ICU/HDU

·        CCU

·        Emergency Department

·        Paediatrics (Out-patient Services)

·        Gynaecology (Day Surgery & Out-patient)

·        Acute Psychiatry (under governance of PCCC)

·        Medical and Surgical Day Services

·        Out-patient Services

·        Pathology Services

·        Radiology Services

·        Physical Medicine Services

·        Occupational Therapy

·        TSSU L/M

·        Pre-op Assessment

·        Palliative Care

·        Anaesthetic Services

Surgery

The Department of Surgery at Our Lady’s Hospital Navan consists of 4 General Consultant Surgeons. The surgical teams provide an on call service to the Emergency Department, seeing approximately 200 patients monthly. However there are no Emergency Acute inpatient beds.

The Surgical Department also provides surgical consultation to the Intensive Care Unit, Orthopaedic and Medical Wards. It also has a busy out patient consultation and elective minor surgical and Endoscopy service. The Department is also supported by a Clinical Nurse Specialists in Pre- assessment and Infection Control.

Medicine

The Department of Medicine at Our Lady’s Hospital, Navan provides General Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Cardiology, Rheumatology, Endocrinology/Diabetes, Elderly Medicine, Physical Medicine and Palliative Care. The Department of Medicine is supported by Medical Assessment Unit which facilitates direct referrals from General Practitioners. The Department of Medicine is also supported by a number of Clinical Nurse Specialists in Rheumatology, Diabetes, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Heart Failure, Infection Control and Health Promotion. Surgical Acute presentations requiring admission are currently facilitated in a 1:5. A replacement Capital Project is currently in progress.

Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery
A regional elective Orthopaedic service is provided in Our Ladys Hospital Navan, this serves the population of Cavan, Monaghan, Louth, Meath and North Dublin.