I was also delighted to be able to deliver €47,000 for Oranmore Park Committee. This funding will go towards the refurbishment of the Oranmore Community Centre and will assist in much needed work on the roof, heating and electrical systems. The upgrade of the facilities has been hugely beneficial to the Oranmore area and the committee hopes to continue to build on the success afforded by these improvements through continued promotion and encouragement of young people’s involvement in sport.
On October the 8th the Government announced the latest round of Sports Capital Grants. I am delighted to say that Galway received an allocation of €2,230,045. Among those in receipt of funding are;
- Claregalway Handball Club €95,000
- Colga FC €95,000
- Cregmore Claregalway Football Club €30,000
- Galway Bay Sailing Club – Oranmore €42,000
- Oranmore Park Committee – Oranmore Community Centre €47,000
While some extremely good repair work, and valuable sea defences, have been put in place for several hundred metres of the walkway, there is much more urgently required. The vast majority of the area is now being undermined and quickly eroding. It also poses an immediate health and safety risk to users.
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Senator Hildegarde Naughton with Minister Frances Fitzgerald, Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan and Padraic Rhatigan.
As Fine Gael spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation I am committed to balanced regional development as opposed to the traditional concentration on Dublin and Cork.
I will continue to promote Oranmore as an ideal location for investment as it is strategically located off the M6 motorway and the Gort/Tuam bypass and is 45 mins from Shannon Airport.
Among the Galway schools given a building commencement date are: Claregalway Educate Together National School, Scoil Iosaif Naofa, Oranmore, Scoil Mhuire, Oranmore, SN Bhride Lackagh & Turloughmore.
€3.8 billion investment in Social Housing Strategy 2014 -2020 which will provide 35,000 new social housing units
Galway is included in the ‘Levy Rebate Scheme’ cutting the cost of starter homes
Unfinished housing developments decreased by 75%
- Galway City has reactivated 40% of unfinished estates
Knut Frostad CEO of Volvo Ocean Race, Mayor of Galway City Hildegarde Naughton and Niall Gibbons CEO of Tourism Ireland with the Galway Hooker the ‘Nora Bheag’ which was transported to Abu Dhabi to promote the 2012 finale of the Volvo Ocean Race in Galway.
- Live Register in Galway City is at its lowest in 6 years
- 2015 saw major investment in Galway including multinationals such as
- Apple (300 jobs)
- Zimmer (250 jobs)
- As Fine Gael spokesperson for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation
- I will continue to advocate Galway as an attractive place to invest
Many of the concerns raised by parents and childcare providers at the meeting were addressed in Budget 2016:
- Children will be eligible for free childcare from age of 3 until the age of five-and-a-half or until they start school
- Two weeks paid paternity leave from September 2016
- Child benefit will rise by €5
- €15 million to support children with special needs in Pre-school
- €1.2 million to assist the up skilling of Childcare professionals
- €1.3 million for inspections of Childcare facilities
- €3 million capital funding for After School Services
- Capitation rates restored to €64.50 per child p/w and €75 per child p/w