€30,000 for 4 Meath based Animal Welfare groups

Funding, Meath

Damien English, Meath West Fine Gael T.D. and Minister for Housing and Urban Development, has welcomed funding awards of €30,000 for four Meath based animal welfare organisations recently.

According to Minister English, these local organisations provide a vital service throughout the County in protecting animal welfare. The organisations that will benefit from the Government announcement include: Dogs in Distress Ltd, Ash Hill, Dunboyne, (€11,000), Last Hope Animal Charity, Navan, (€10,000), Leinster Horse & Pony Rescue, Navan Road, Trim, (€4,000), and Mollies Animal Rescue, Duleek (€5,000). The payments will be made with immediate effect, meaning a positive start for animal welfare in Co. Meath in the New Year.

Minister English stated: “These local organisations contribute greatly to protecting animals in Meath, by providing sanctuary for in many instances surrendered, abandoned and at risk animals and the funding being awarded is evidence of Fine Gael in Government’s on-going commitment in the area of animal welfare and is a recognition of the important role played by these organisations in safeguarding animals particularly pet and companion animals.”

He continued: “I join with my colleague the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine in acknowledging the work of the welfare organisations locally and nationally. I take this opportunity to thank their staff and volunteers, especially over the Christmas and New Year period when many of them will have to work especially hard.”

Meath and Westmeath Libraries set to benefit from over €456k in Local and Nat. Govt. funding – English

Library Services, Meath, Navan, North Meath, Science, Skills, Wesmeath

Thursday, 9th November 2017

Libraries in Meath are set to benefit from €206,644 in Government
funding, whilst in Westmeath Government has allocated €135,486, local
Minister Damien English T.D. has said. This will be matched with Local
Authority funding of €68,881in Meath and €45,162 in Westmeath
resulting in a total investment of €456,171 in Libraries in Counties
Meath and Westmeath.

The funding was announced this week by the Minister for Rural &
Community Development, Michael Ring TD.

Minister English said this represents an unprecedented Government
investment in our Meath and Westmeath public libraries. The funding
will allow for the modernisation of our library service and for the
extension of library opening hours.

Minister English continued “This investment package comprises €342,130
into Counties Meath and Westmeath from the Department of Rural and
Community Development, supplemented by additional funding locally of
€114,043 from the 2 Counties. This funding is in addition to
significant funding already provided by Minister Ring’s Department for
public libraries here this year.

“Here in Meath West this investment will enable the implementation of
our new public library strategy which will be launched early next year
and which will be focused on modernising the public library service
and enhancing the range and quality of services available to users.
It’s an ambitious strategy which is aimed at increasing library
membership and usage of our public libraries. This programme of
funding demonstrates Fine Gael’s continued commitment to the public
library service over the coming five-year period of the strategy.”

Minister Ring said: ““This is an exciting time for the public library
service and for library staff. The roll out of self-service technology
in our libraries will free up librarians who can use their expertise
to assist library users and direct people to the many excellent
services offered by the libraries.

“The public library service has recently introduced a single library
management system and a national distribution service that provides
branch to branch collection and delivery.

“Through this ground-breaking new lending service there is access to
15 million items for all library users in Ireland and nationwide
access to all library services.”

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€20 million in funding available for rural towns and villages – English

Action Plan for Jobs, Athboy, Ballinacree, Ballinlough, Ballivor, Bohermeen, Castlepollard, Clonard, Collinstown, Enfield, Jobs, Johnstown, Killyon, Longwood, Meath, Navan, North Meath, Oldcastle, Summerhill, Trim, Wesmeath

Friday, 14th April 2017

The Government has announced €20 million in funding for rural towns
and villages as part of the Action Plan for Rural Development

Damien English T.D., Minister for Housing and Urban Renewal, and Meath
West Fine Gael T.D. has said this will bring tangible benefits to
people and revitalise rural communities in Meath.

“The funding announced this week by Minister for Arts, Heritage,
Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys, is great
news for rural Ireland and I strongly encourage Meath County Council
to apply.

“The Town and Village Renewal Scheme is an initiative under the
Government’s Action Plan for Rural Development, Realising our Rural
Potential, and is part of a package of national and local support
measures to rejuvenate rural towns and villages throughout Ireland.

The Scheme will be funded by the Department of Arts, Heritage,
Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs and administered by the Local
Authorities.

“Fine Gael in Government, is using the resources created by our strong
economy to deliver real benefits to people and communities all across
the country.  The Government’s new Action Plan for Rural Ireland
contains over 270 targeted actions that will help to deliver these
benefits to people here in Meath.

“Up to 300 towns and villages will benefit from funding under the 2017
Town and Village Renewal Scheme, which will be made available through
Local Authorities over the next 15 months to support rural
regeneration.

“The scheme is specifically targeted at rural towns and villages with
populations of less than 10,000. Applications from towns can range
from €20,000 to a maximum of €100,000. Funding of up to €200,000 will
also be considered for a limited number of projects which can deliver
exceptionally strong economic benefit to a town and its outlying
areas.

“A number of towns and villages across Meath were badly affected by
the recession of recent years and part of Fine Gael’s Action Plan will
review planning legislation to allow the change of use of vacant
commercial properties in rural towns and villages. I hope to see this
having an impact on our local towns and villages.

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English encourages local community groups to apply for newly available CCTV funding

Athboy, Ballinacree, Ballinlough, Ballivor, Bohermeen, Castlepollard, Clonard, Collinstown, Enfield, Johnstown, Killyon, Longwood, Meath, Navan, North Meath, Oldcastle, Summerhill, Trim, Wesmeath

Thursday, 13th April 2017

Meath and Westmeath communities are set to benefit from a new grant
scheme for community CCTV.That’s according to Minister for Housing and
Urban Renewal, Damien English T.D. who was informed by the Minister for
Justice and Equality, Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald, that her Department
has announced a grant-aid scheme to assist community groups with
establishing community-based CCTV systems.

“Under the scheme, eligible community groups can apply for grant-aid
of up to 60% of the total capital cost of a proposed CCTV system, up
to a maximum grant of €40,000. Upon approval of the grant, the
applicant will receive an up-front payment of 50% of the grant with
the balance to be paid when the system is fully operational.

“Some of the key objectives of the Scheme are to enhance existing
policing provision within the community, to assist in the prevention
and reduction of local crime, disorder and anti-social activity and to
increase community involvement in the provision of legitimate,
integrated responses to prevent and reduce crime in local areas in
association with appropriate agencies.

“These CCTV systems will act as a deterrent to anti-social behaviour
and enhance existing policing provision here in Meath and Westmeath.
It is intended that the scheme will run for 3 years with funding of €1
million being made available each year.

“I am delighted to see the Government following through on the
commitments set out in the Programme for Government.

“Fine Gael is committed to continuing to strengthen and update
Ireland’s laws to tackle new and emerging crime trends.

“We will also continue to work with Garda management and the Policing
Authority to implement reforms that will provide greater confidence,
protection, transparency and efficiency to crime reduction, detection
and prosecution, here in Counties Meath and Westmeath.

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Minister English welcomes €1,866,495 in ICT funding for Meath and Westmeath schools

Education, Funding, Innovation, Meath, Navan, School extension, Science, Trim, Wesmeath

Meath West Fine Gael T.D. and Minister for Housing and Urban Renewal
Damien English has welcomed the news that Minister for Education and
Skills, Richard Bruton T.D., has today Tuesday 3rd January 2017
announced he will invest €30m in ICT infrastructure grants for all
primary and post-primary schools in the country.

According to Minister English, today’s investment will be worth €1,202,651 to Meath’s 123 primary and post primary schools and €663,844 to the 89 primary and post primary schools in Westmeath. This is a total of €1,866,495 between the 2 counties. No application is necessary and the payments are being made directly into the schools’ accounts.

Minister English stated: “This investment marks the start of the
implementation of the Government’s new €210 Million Digital Strategy
for Schools. This funding will support the development and
implementation of an eLearning Plan for each school to embed ICT into
teaching and learning. No matter what career a young person
contemplates, there is one thing for sure, digital technology is
revolutionising it. We want our young people in Meath West to be leading
this revolution and have the best prospects in life.”

Notes to Editor

The rates payable are €2,000 per school plus €22.20 per mainstream
pupil in primary schools, with additional per capita payments for
pupils in DEIS schools, Special Classes and Special Schools.

At post-primary, the rates payable are €2,000 per school plus €31.90 per
student, with an additional per capita payment for students in DEIS
schools. The grant is worth approximately €4,000 for a 100 pupil
school and approximately €11,000 for a 500 pupil school at primary
level. At post-primary level, the grant is worth circa €15,000 for a
500 student school, and over €27,000 for a 1,000 student school.

This is not an exhaustive list, and schools will be advised to
consider how best to support an eLearning Plan for their school in
allocating this funding. Advice and support for schools will be
available from the PDST Technology in Education website –
www.pdsttechnologyineducation.ie.

Further information about the terms applying to this funding are
available at circular:

http://www.education.ie/en/Circulars-and-Forms/Active-Circulars/cl0001_2017.pdf

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Just over €31m paid to Meath farmers under 2016 Basic Payment Scheme – English

Farming, Food, Funding, Meath, Trim, Wesmeath

Monday, 24th October 2016

Fine Gael T.D. for Meath West and local Minister Damien English T.D.
has confirmed that just over €31 million has been paid out to farmers
in Co. Meath under the 2016 Basic Payment Scheme.

“The Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed, has confirmed to me
that €31,098,025 has been paid out to farmers in Meath under the 2016
Basic Payment Scheme. Nationally, payments worth over €714 million
began issuing to in excess of 109,000 farmers last week.

“The Department has received 3,959 applications from Meath farmers
under the Basic Payment Scheme, with 3,354 paid out so far to the tune
of €31,098,025.

“In times of price volatility for farmers, it is crucial that these
payments are issued in the most efficient way possible to farmers here
in Meath who so depend on them. Minister Creed has prioritised the
delivery of these payments at the earliest possible date allowable
under EU legislation and it is good to note also that with the move to
full online application by 2018, the Department of Agriculture will be
able to introduce further efficiencies into the processing of
payments. This will make life a lot easier for farmers here in Meath.

“Minister Creed also confirmed that payments to farmers under the
Areas of Natural Constraints (ANC) Scheme also continue to issue as
cases are confirmed for payment. Under the ANC Scheme, €177 million
has now issued to some 82,000 farmers since payments commenced on 20th
September. The advance BPS payment and the ANC payments taken together
mean that over €890M has now issued to Irish farmers in the last
month. Payments under the Young Farmers Scheme and the coupled Protein
Aid will commence in December 2016.

“Advance payments will continue issuing regularly until late November,
with balancing payments to issue from the 1st of December.  Any farmer
with a question in relation to their BPS or ANC payments, can contact
the Department at 076 106 4420. This helpline is running extended
hours- from 17th October to 29th October, farmers can ring the
Department between 9am and 8.30pm on weekdays and from 9am to 1pm on
Saturdays. I encourage any Meath farmer with a query about their
payment to contact this helpline, which is of great support to farm
families around the country.”

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Visit to North & East Housing Association Housing Scheme, Ardmore, Bettystown, Meath

Action Plan for Housing, Housing and Urban Renewal, Meath

Bettystown Bettystown with Resident and Cllrs Bettystown visit

I was delighted to be invited here today to the North & East Housing Association Housing Scheme, Ardmore, Bettystown, Meath to come on-site and walk around this wonderful development. At a time when social housing is at a critical point, the completion of the 29 apartments, duplexes and houses for social housing is no mean feat. I understand that 11 of these homes have been occupied for over a year now and the remaining 18 in phase 2 have just been tenanted. That represents 29 sets of families and couples who now have a place that they can call home.

This project is a great demonstration of what can happen when a number of stakeholders come together with a common purpose and vision.

All around Ireland we see evidence of the aftermath of the downturn in the construction and development sector. Unfinished housing estates are one of the saddest reminders of a very devastating time in the Irish economy. Indeed, I have seen photos of this site taken in 2012 before NAMA, the Council and North and East Housing Association began their collaboration and it is incredible to stand here today and see the difference. One particular image stood out to me and that was of the stairs leading to no-where. I suppose you could say that stairs was the metaphor for the entire estate.

Now today, I look around and see a very pleasant and welcoming estate, with homes in place of former semi-complete houses and apartments, well finished green areas and safe spaces to enjoy.

North and East Housing Association have been working in this area for almost 25 years, quietly building itself from a small scale voluntary organisation to the established and well respected Approved Housing Body that it now is.

The Housing Policy Statement 2011 and the Social Housing Strategy 2020 recognised the key contribution that AHBs had to make to the delivery of housing supports in Ireland, building on their track record in terms of both housing provision and management, and the Action Plan on Housing and Homelessness continues to recognise and support the central role of the AHB in the delivery of social housing.

The AHB sector has evolved in a short timeframe from the traditional grant-funded model to greater use of a loan finance approach, reflecting the prevailing arrangements in other jurisdictions. Working with the Housing Finance Agency, 15 AHBs with certified borrower status are currently progressing projects across the country. This is a significant contribution and the Government remains committed to enabling the sector to play a central role in the effort to meet social housing needs.

I congratulate North and East Housing Association, Meath County Council and NAMA for their work in demonstrating not only to locals, but to the country as a whole that the potential of these sites can be recognised, harnessed and delivered upon and I wish the tenants a very happy future in these wonderful homes.

3 Meath West schools to receive facilities boost – English

Bohermeen, Education, Meath, Navan, Trim

Meath West Fine Gael T.D. Damien English, the former Junior Education Minister in the last Government and current Minister for Housing and Urban Renewal, has welcome the news that 3 schools in Meath West are to receive extra funding from the Department of Education and Skills under the “Additional Accommodation Scheme”.

Scoil Caitriona Naofa in Oristown is to receive a new mainstream class room, WC for assisted users and a resource room.

St. Ultan’s N.S. Bohermeen is to receive a new mainstream classroom and WC for assisted users.

Scoil Mhuire Secondary School in Trim will see its Central Hall refurbished.

“Education was a key priority of the last Government, and remains so now.  Even in bad times Meath got its fair share of funding and many of our schools were refurbished, renewed or got totally new facilities. This must continue now as we bring about a social recovery that matches our economic recovery.  I was happy to play my part in this work for education in Meath, along with hard working Principals, dedicated voluntary Boards of Management and concerned parents. I welcome the facilities boost that Scoil Caitriona Naofa Oristown, St. Ultan’s N.S. and Schol Mhuire Trim have received, and wish all their staff and pupils well” stated Minister English.

Meath Live Register down 37% since the launch of the Action Plan for Jobs in 2012 – English

Jobs, Meath

Fine Gael TD for Meath West and Minister of State for Housing and Urban Renewal, Damien Englishhas said that a drop of 37% in the Live Register in Meath since the launch of the Action Plan for Jobs in early 2012, is a strong indication that Fine Gael is continuing to deliver on its pledge to prioritise job creation and reduce unemployment.

There are now 7,456 people in Meath on the live Register,  compared to a high of 11,841 in February 2012.

“The annual decline in the Live Register from May 2015 to May 2016, in Meath was an additional 11.4% while the drop since the launch of the Action Plan for Jobs in February 2012 was just over 37%.

“This is very positive news and proof of Fine Gael’s commitment and success in creating the environment to get people in Meath back to work.

“Employment has increased in every region of the country in the last 12 months. 155,000 new jobs have been created since the Action Plan for Jobs was launched in early 2012 and the Programme for Government has reaffirmed the Action Plan for Jobs as the best way to implement ideas on job creation across Government. With 15,400 new jobs created in the first three months of 2016 we are off to a great start in meeting Fine Gael’s target of 200,000 new jobs by 2020.

 

“Each new job created in Meath is another family looking forward to a brighter future and each new job created by a business is a sign of returning confidence and growth. In fact each new job created here in Meath leads to more resources which Fine Gael is committed to using to fix the many challenges we face as a society.

Fine Gael in Government continues to prioritise job creation because we believe that only a strong economy, supporting people at work, can pay for the services needed to create a fair society here in Meath and around the country.”

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Boost of €100,552 for Meath volunteers – English

Funding, Meath

Local Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation and Meath West Fine
Gael T.D. Damien English has said that funding of €100,552 for Meath
Volunteer Centre will provide a great boost for Meath’s volunteers.
This is part of national funding of €3.15 million for volunteering
organisations.

“Funding of €100,552 has been allocated to Meath Volunteer Centre to
help support Meath’s volunteers for 2016. This money will add to that
being raised locally by many hard working volunteers.

“Volunteerism helps people to feel involved in their communities and
to participate in local events. Volunteers drive local development,
sports organisations and charities in all parts of the country and
this funding will help to support the structures behind this valuable
work. The importance of volunteers in our local communities cannot be
understated.

“There is a wide range of social and community initiatives operating
in Meath, all of which are only possible because of alliances that
have formed between communities, voluntary agencies, government, and
business. The level of professionalism, skill and cooperation that
exists among volunteers here in Meath has never been greater.

“This funding has been provided to support volunteer centres and
volunteer information services in all parts of the country including
here in Meath. A number of national organisations such as Volunteer
Ireland, Young Social Innovators, Chambers Ireland and Focus have also
received support under this scheme.

“Supporting volunteers in our community is extremely important and now
possible due to resources available from growing employment. Fine Gael
has a long term economic plan to keep the keep the recovery going and
job creation is at its core. 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.”