Minister English urges Meath West voluntary organisations in health sector to apply for Lotto funding

Funding, Health

Local Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation, and Meath West
Fine Gael T.D. Damien English has urged Meath and Westmeath based
voluntary organisations in the health and disability sectors to apply
for the Department of Health’s National Lottery Grant Scheme. It
should be noted that this is a separate National Lottery Grant Scheme
to the one provided by the HSE locally.

Under the National Lottery Act (1986), the Department of Health
operates a National Lottery Discretionary fund under which it can
provide once-off grants to organisations for the provision of health
related services.  The fund is aimed at community groups and voluntary
organisations operating in Ireland providing health services to
specific client groups (like people with an intellectual and/or
physical disability), providing information and support for various
disabilities and illnesses or groups with a specific interest (like
providing equipment for hospitals, for example).

The closing date for receipt of application forms is 12 noon on the
6th May 2016.

If you have any queries relating to National Lottery funding, please
contact the Department of Health’s Finance Unit on 01-6354281 or
01-6354019.

Your organisation must have a valid tax clearance certificate or be a
registered charity to be eligible for a grant.  Click here  for more
information on getting a tax clearance certificate.

This funding is for ONCE-OFF INITIATIVES, NOT for ongoing running
costs or staff. Projects may like to apply for once-off programmes or
capital projects (including equipment or minibuses) for initiatives
addressing obesity/mental health/disability/health promotion/drug &
alcohol prevention.

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

ENDS

387 additional new Enterprise Ireland jobs in Meath in 2015, an increase of 6% on the previous year.

Action Plan for Jobs, Business, Jobs, Meath, Wesmeath

“In Meath, 6,855 people are employed in the 164 companies supported by the Department of Jobs, through Enterprise Ireland.

“These companies created 387 additional new jobs in Meath in 2015, an increase of 6% on the previous year.

“Over 2,050 additional new EI jobs have been created in Meath since the launch of the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs. This compares to over 800 job losses in the last three years of Fianna Fáil’s term in Government (2008 – 2010).

“This job creation is having an important knock on impact. For every job created in an EI supported company, it is estimated that one additional job is created elsewhere in the economy, so approximately another 2,000 indirect jobs have been created in Meath since the launch of the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs.

Fall of 36.5% in Meath Live Register as local economy strengthens – English

Action Plan for Jobs, Budget 2016, Business, Jobs, Meath, Navan, Startups

Fine Gael TD for Meath West, Damien English, has said that the steady reduction in the number of people signing on the Live Register in Meath is strengthening the growing local economy.

“The latest CSO data shows that the Live Register in Meath has fallen by 36.5% since the launch of the Action Plan for Jobs in 2012, while the national unemployment rate is now 8.9%.

“We are seeing economic progress, with over 135,000 more people at work, but we cannot take for granted that stability and recovery will continue. It is also important that we ensure the recovery continues to spread to all parts of the country, including here in Meath.

“A drop in the number of people signing on the Live Register is very positive and highlights the growth in the local economy. More people in work creates the resources to cut taxes for working people and invest in better services.

“It is important that jobs are created that pay more than welfare and where hard work is rewarded. Fine Gael has a plan to ensure that parents earning the minimum wage receive a top-up to encourage them to enter the work-force. This move will also support small local businesses.

“Plans are also in place to eliminate the USC during the term of the next Government. This harsh tax, introduced by Fianna Fáil, is a burden on workers and I have been working for some time on behalf of the people of Meath to get rid of it.

“This Government will work to keep the economic recovery going, which helps to provide better services for all of society. The Regional Action Plan for Jobs is being rolled out to drive further job creation in Meath and I am optimistic that the numbers signing onto the Live Register will continue to fall as the Government continues to implement our plan.”

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.”

Minister English highlights Tara Mines impact on Meath economy at national launch for €18 million in Geoscience research

Innovation, Jobs, Meath, Navan, Research and Innovation
Photo of Prof. Mark Ferguson, John Ashton, Chief Exploration Geologist, Boliden Tara Mines Limited and Minister English at iCrag Launch.

Photo of Prof. Mark Ferguson, John Ashton, Chief Exploration Geologist, Boliden Tara Mines Limited and Minister English at iCrag Launch.

RTE 6.1 News coverage: http://www.rte.ie/news/player/six-one-news-web/2015/1202/

On December 2nd local T.D. and Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation, Damien English officially launched iCRAG, the Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences. The new Research Centre will focus on the discovery, de-risking and sourcing of raw materials, water and energy resources that are critical to our economy locally and nationally Minister English said.

The centre will receive funding of €18 million from Minister English’s Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through Science Foundation Ireland’s (SFI) Research Centres Programme, with an additional €8 million from 55 industry partners that include Tara Mines owner Boliden, as well as Geoscience Ireland, Tullow Oil and Petroleum Infrastructure Programme.

Speaking at the announcement, Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation, Damien English TD, said, “A key part of the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs is to continue to build on the major achievements in scientific research with a focus on turning great ideas into good, sustainable jobs and keeping our recovery going. iCRAG is an exciting new research centre which will ultimately grow jobs and support further participation in the STEM sector.”

Tara Mines

“Ireland has a 50 year history of zinc and lead mineral exploration and production. The industry has employed many people particularly in Meath – where Tara Mines is Europe’s largest zinc mine and the world’s ninth largest, it makes a major contribution to the economy of Navan and the wider county. We need to encourage and support industry in their efforts to find the next Navan, and extending the life of this important sector for our economy” Minister English said.

iCRAG will help companies de-risk the exploration for groundwater, hydrocarbons and minerals. This will ultimately help companies explore our natural resources for our benefit. At a time when 95% of our fossil fuels are imported, iCRAG research will help to decrease the risks of Irish exploration and attract more companies to invest in exploration. Security of access to energy is a critical issue for Ireland, given our huge dependence on imported fuels.

Clean Water

Security of access to clean water is a basic requirement for the people of Ireland. Surprisingly nearly 20% of that water comes from under the ground and has to be discovered by geologists. Modern industries are becoming more water hungry, e.g. the IT sector with Facebook’s location at Clonee in Co. Meath, and agri-business. Some of the main growth areas for Ireland are underpinned by the provision of secure supplies of water. iCRAG’s research will help to better discover and sustain these important sources of water.

English encourages potential Gardaí in Meath to apply for new posts

Jobs, Law and Order
Recruitment of 600 new Gardaí now underway on publicjobs.ie


Minister of State with Special Responsibility for Skills, Research and Innovation and Fine Gael TD for Meath West, Damien English, has encouraged those interested in Meath to apply for one of 600 new positions available with An Garda Síochána. The recruitment campaign is now underway and applications are being accepted on
www.publicjobs.ie until 5th January 2016.

“The Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, today (Friday) announced the opening of a recruitment campaign for new members of An Garda Síochána in 2016. The 600 new Gardaí, to be recruited next year, will bring to 1,150 the total number of new recruits since the reopening of Templemore in September 2014.  

“So far 295 new recruits have completed their training and are now are on the ground in communities nationwide as fully fledged members of An Garda Síochána. It is expected that successful candidates from the 2016 campaign will enter the Garda College from mid-2016.

“Serving as a member of An Garda Síochána is a great privilege, but the position comes with great responsibility. I know that there are many capable and ambitious people in Meath who would make an excellent contribution to the force and I would encourage anyone interested to apply.

“The ongoing recruitment of Gardaí is testament to this Government’s commitment to supporting An Garda Síochána and to ensuring that they have to resources necessary to protect our communities.

“This Government has reopened Templemore after it was closed by the previous Government; €46 million has been allocated for Garda vehicles, many of which will be high-power vehicles for targeted operations; €18 million is being provided for the refurbishment of Garda stations and €205 million has been invested in new technology for An Garda Síochána This is part of an unprecedented allocation of €875 million in capital funding for the Justice sector.

“We know that 75% of burglaries are carried out by 25% of criminals so Minister Fitzgerald has published the Criminal Justice (Burglary of Dwellings) Bill, which will mean tougher sentences for repeat burglars and she has launched Operation Thor to tackle rural crime.

“It is essential that we keep the recovery going so that we can continue to invest in public services and to provide resources for An Garda Síochána who do such valuable work.”

English: Capital plan for education will see €4 Billion invested from 2016 to 2022

Bohermeen, Education, Enfield, Johnstown, Killyon, Longwood, Meath, Navan, North Meath, School extension

Meath schools and students to benefit from new facilities

Local Meath West T.D. Damien English,  the Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation, has welcomed the Government’s new €2.8 Billion Schools Capital Programme 2016 to 2022 announced today (Tuesday 17th November) which includes some good news for Meath schools, and is part of the Department’s overall Capital spend of €4 Billion during this period.

This new Capital Programme outlines the details of the major schools projects that will create 62,000 additional school places nationally at primary and post-primary level to address future demographic demands.  Funding will also be available for the refurbishment of schools in older buildings that require improvement.  The plan also provides for important investment of €210m in IT and wireless broadband capacity in schools.

The schools in Meath that will receive major capital funding for projects include:

Meath 18106P
    SN Na Trionoide Naofa, Lios Muilinn
Primary
Meath 19560T
    St Mary’s Special School, Johnstown, Navan
Special School
Meath 19671F
    St Paul’s NS, Abbeylands, Navan
Primary
Meath 19813W
    Kildalkey Central NS
Primary
Meath 64410F
    Eureka Secondary School, Kells
Post Primary
Meath 16100Q
    Mercy Convent NS, Navan
Primary
Meath 20032B
    Dunboyne Junior NS
Primary
Meath 20033D
    Dunboyne Senior NS
Primary
Meath 20352S
    Ard Rí Community NS
Primary
Meath 71980O
    O’Carolan College, Nobber
Post Primary
Meath 91508C
    Boyne Community School, Trim
Post Primary
Meath 19216E
    St. Ultan’s Special School, Navan
Special School
Meath 20191V
    St. Peter’s COI NS, Dunboyne
Primary
Meath 64360Q
    St Joseph’s Mercy Secondary School, Navan
Post Primary
Meath 64420I
    Franciscan College, Gormanston
Post Primary
Meath 64450R
    Scoil Mhuire, Trim
Post Primary
Meath 76374U
    ETB Dunboyne College
Post Primary
Meath 91495T
    Ashbourne Community School
Post Primary
Meath 76196W
    De Lacy College, Ashbourne
Post Primary

“This is a very significant investment for education locally in Meath and indeed nationally.  We are responding to local needs and reaffirming commitments outstanding from the previous plan and ensuring the right funding is in place.  This represents a very clear and strategic choice by this Government and shows the importance of education and schools to the life of our country as well as education’s importance to our overall economy” Minister English said.

Enfield

“Enfield is included under the category ‘other areas where additional provision may be required’.  A range of areas nationwide are experiencing increased demographic pressure and will be kept under ongoing review.  At post-primary level, it is apparent at this point that this ongoing demographic analysis will include areas such as Enfield (Kilcock feeder area). Additional provision may be required post 2018 based on this ongoing analysis. I am glad that Enfield is now recognised as an area under consideration given the growth in primary school pupils in the town and its environs” Minister English said.
Minister English noted this new plan is capital funding, money for major new infrastructural projects, and is different from day to day spending in education, which will also grow in line with the expanding economy.  Schools that require additional school classrooms or other minor accommodation works continue to be progressed through the usual channels outside of this major capital programme.
“This new Schools Capital Programme (2016-2022) will build on this Government’s current 5 year programme.  In this regard I want to confirm that Phase 2 of Colaiste na Mí in Johnstown, St. Mary’s Special School in Navan and St. Pauls National School have funding ring fenced for the delivery of the new school buildings.  It is especially pleasing to see that planning permission for Colaiste na Mí phase 2 and St. Mary’s Special School has been lodged last week” Minister English said.
He stated that an additional 60,000 school places at primary and post-primary level have already been provided by this Government since 2011 through new build and extensions projects, including many in Co. Meath.  He highlighted schools such as Beaufort College, Baconstown N.S., Killyon NS, Bohermeen NS & Longwood that have seen great developments recently in their educational facilities.
“The quality of these new purpose built school building projects in Meath is top class and they provide our youngest generation with a fantastic learning environment” stated Minister English.

“This Government is increasing both current and capital investment in education in a safe and sustainable way in line with our growing economy, and so as to future proof our economy and the skill set of our younger generation.  This will benefit all our citizens, with a very positive impact on our economic, social and cultural life, especially in towns and parishes in across Co. Meath” concluded Minister English.

Consistent reductions in Meath unemployment will help to keep the economic recovery going – English

Action Plan for Jobs, Jobs, Meath, Startups

Damien English, Fine Gael TD and Mnister of State at the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation has said that the consistent reductions in the Meath unemployment figures will help to keep the economic recovery going.

“CSO figures for October show that the Live Register has dropped by 35.16% in Meath since the launch of the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs in February 2012.  This is the highest drop in the country.

“When this Government took office, we promised to fix the public finances, restore growth in the economy and get people back to work. The task now is to finish the job and keep that recovery going. Crucial to this is continued job creation and the consistent decreases in unemployment since 2012 are certainly helping to keep the economic recovery going in Meath.

“Replicating this all over the country via our Regional Action Plans for Jobs is how this Government will achieve its plan to see all the jobs lost during the economic crisis replaced by 2018.

“Budget 2016 introduced a whole range of pro jobs measures, as it incentivises innovative startups, rewards successful entrepreneurs and makes sure that the jobs that are created will really pay. It reduces the general tax burden which helps businesses create employment. It begins the process of tax equalisation for the self-employed in order to support job creators. The Budget also maintains the 9% VAT rate for the hospitality sector which will continue to assist small business owners working in the tourism sector, which has been such an integral part of our economic recovery. A modest but significant increase in the minimum wage ensures that work pays more than welfare, while Employers’ PRSI has been adjusted to cater for these wage increases to ensure that neither employees or employers are worse off.

“This Government will work to keep the economic recovery going which helps us to provide better services for all of society. Crucial to this is the ongoing job creation successes we are seeing in Meath and right across the country.”

 

English congratulates Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur regional finalists from Meath

Action Plan for Jobs, Business, Meath, Startups

Local Meath West Fine Gael T.D. and Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation Damien English T.D. has congratulated Meath’s regional finalists in Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur competition run by the Local Enterprise Offices of each Local Authority in Ireland. The prize giving by Minister English for the North Eastern Regional Final was held in Cabra Castle Hotel, Kingscourt on Tuesday night 3rd November.

Minister English commented: “A total of 165 young entrepreneurs across Cavan, Monaghan, Louth and Meath entered IBYE 2015. Almost half of the entrants have completed an intensive business bootcamp, giving them the opportunity to refine their ideas and develop their business plans further. Those entrants who did not participate in bootcamps are being offered other enterprise services by their LEO such as business advice meetings or training programmes. I am delighted that our County winners from Meath, who are now Regional Finalists, have also been able to avail of a total of €50,000 in funding in each County.”

Representing Meath in the category of Best Business Idea in the North Eastern region was Laura Browne, aged 21, from Tara, with her business Waterscout. Waterscout will develop a water usage monitoring system for industrial clients, initially focusing on data centres.

Representing Meath in the category of Best Start Up Business was Rachel Darby, aged 26, from Navan, with her business The Bubblins. Established in 2013, The Bubblins is a brand based around fictional characters that come from bubbles. Aimed at children between the ages of 4 and 7, they have already launched a picture book called ‘Can I play’? Their aim is to create a T.V. series based around the Bubblin characters along with developing Bubblin merchandise.

Representing Meath in the category of Best Established Business was Diarmuid Gryson, aged 24, from Tara with his business Envirosoil. Established in 2013, Envirosoil produce user-friendly compost for farmers, which is also environmentally-friendly. It is used for soil conditioning and as an alternative soil fertiliser. The company currently employs 5 people and has sold over 20,000 tonnes of compost in 2015. Future plans include selling to garden centres and landscape gardeners.

Minister English concluded by saying that Laura, Rachel and Diarmuid, and their companies were great Ambassadors for Meath, and its potential as a hub for innovation, investment and local sustainable jobs.