Andrew Doyle, has said that the 4th Taste of Wicklow was another huge success.

“I’d like to congratulate the organisers of the 4th Taste of Wicklow for another hugely successful event.

“Despite poor weather conditions, over 2,500 people turned out for the festival last Sunday (19th July), which was held in the Abbey Grounds in Wicklow Town.

“Some of the highlights included the cooking demonstrations by Neven Maguire and Derry Clarke, who cooked beautiful food, using local ingredients, such as Wicklow Oils and Killmullin Apple juice. Other more local and hugely supportive chefs Paul Kelly, Rory Morahan, Veronica O’Reilly from Healthy Habits Cafe, Alan Hegarty from the Fishman and Andy McDaniel from the Bridge Tavern all contributed to making it a very enjoyable day.

“It was also great to see students from Dominic College and East Glendalough Wicklow wow the audience by cooking up fantastic food in the Chefs Theatre.

“This great event showcased the best of Wicklow, featuring over 30 local artisan producers.

“It was an extremely well organised festival and I would like to congratulate Councillor Irene Winters and Pascal Burke from Wicklow Chamber of Commerce for organising it and SuperValu Wicklow Town for co-sponsoring.

“Taste of Wicklow coincided with the Round Ireland Sailfest, meaning this was a great weekend for Wicklow Town. I look forward to the Sailfest returning to Wicklow Sailing Club in the future and the 2017 Taste of Wicklow.”

Wicklow’s Live Register down over 26% since the launch of the Action Plan for Jobs in 2012

action plan 2016Fine Gael TD for Wicklow/East Carlow, Andrew Doyle, has said that a drop of 3,376 in the Live Register in Wicklow 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.

“The annual decline in the Live Register from May 2015 to May 2016, in Wicklow, was 11.82%, while the drop since the launch of the Action Plan for Jobs in February 2012 was 26.91%.

“This is very positive news and evidence of Fine Gael’s commitment to create an environment to allow people in Wicklow to get back to work.

“Unemployment has decreased 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 Wicklow 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 Wicklow 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 Wicklow and around the country.”

Doyle welcomes funding for emergency works in 8 Wicklow and East Carlow schools

DES-logo-with-name-blue-background-Department-of-Education-and-SkillsFine Gael TD  for  Wicklow and East Carlow, Doyle, has welcomed the announcement by Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, that  8 schools in the constituency will  receive funding  for  Emergency Works.   .

“Colaiste Bhride, Carnew, St. Kilian’s CS, Bray, Dominican College, Wicklow, Newtownmountkennedy PS, St. Patrick’s Loreto PS, St Catherines School, Newcastle, Wicklow ETNS, Wicklow Town and Bigstone National School, Rathvilly has been approved for funding under the Emergency Works Scheme, which will allow it to carry out roof repairs, accessibility to the school and structural improvements.

“Each school is being contacted directly by the Department of Education’s School Building Unit with details on the relevant projects and the funding amounts awarded. These works are really necessary for the 8 schools involved and I welcome the allocation of this funding.

Local Diaspora and Architectural Heritage; Structures at Risk schemes set to benefit local communities in Wicklow

irish-diasporaMinister of State for Food, Forestry & Horticulture & Wicklow TD, Andrew Doyle, has this week welcomed announcements that a total of five projects in Wicklow are to be awarded funding of €46,300 from the Local Diaspora Engagement Fund and the Structures at Risk Fund as part of the built Heritage project scheme.
“The Local Diaspora fund 2016, overseen by the Department of Diaspora & Overseas Aid, is designed to promote diaspora engagement at a county, local & community level in line with the objectives of Global Irish:Ireland’s Diaspora Policy published in March 2015. The Tinahely Courthouse and Arts Centre and the Glendalough Heritage Forum in Co. Wicklow have received €6,500 from this stream of funding, with grants totalling €350,000 allocated to 105 local and community organisations around the country.

“The Structures at Risk Fund administered by Department of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht has allocated over €900,000 to 57 heritage projects nationwide. This scheme designed to protect Irelands built heritage has awarded a total of just under €40,000 to Co.Wicklow projects: Ballymurrin House Kilbride, Wicklow parish Church of Ireland & Kilmurray Catholic Church Ruin Kilmurray in Newtownmountkennedy
“Both funds are key to supporting local communities in their own different ways. The Government’s rural regeneration plans will be served by boosting local employment in the conservation and construction around the preservation of our built heritage and Tinahely & Glendalough will benefit through increased visitor numbers as a result of their efforts in genealogy and literary and cultural events involving the diaspora.
“I am delighted to see Co.Wicklow receiving allocations under these funds and this shows our continued Government commitment to rural regeneration.”


BPS Payment scheme preliminary checks will make process easier for Farmers‏

bps“New preliminary checks for the online Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) will simplify the application process for Wicklow farmers,” says local Fine Gael TD & Minister of State Andrew Doyle.

“The preliminary checks, which have already begun, will allow the Department to notify applicants of any non-compliance in the areas of overclaims, dual claims, and overlaps.

“Applicants will have until the 20th of June to rectify any non-compliance online, and there will be no penalty or reduction where such non-compliance is fully rectified by that date.

“It is great that Wicklow farmers will have this opportunity to iron out any issues well ahead of the final deadline. The system is modern and responsive; farmers will receive an online notification regarding any non-compliance and a text message alert if they have registered for them.  Where an application has been made via an advisor, the advisor will have received a notification also.

“The Department also has a dedicated helpline and any Wicklow farmers with queries should contact 0761 064424.”

Traffic management solution for Glendalough long overdue


Wicklow Way Glendalough

Andrew Doyle has said that the issue of traffic management in Glendalough has long been highlighted as is need of attention and has welcomed that the GAA pitch in Laragh is this weekend operating a trial shuttle bus service to Glendalough in an effort to alleviate some of the traffic congestion that occurs in the area at summer and bank holiday weekends.

“The announcement of the introduction of pay parking at the OPW Visitor Centre at weekends during the peak summer season as an element of ‘traffic control measures’ is designed to avoid congestion and to ensure that the people visiting the OPW centre can gain access by using the designated parking area and these visitors will receive a refund of the parking fee.

“The availability of parking and a shuttle service from the local GAA pitch in Laragh to the OPW centre on Sunday & Monday will hopefully allow walkers and other visitors to Glendalough to have adequate car parking options without taking up limited space at the OPW centre.

“There is also a need for the presence of yellow lines from the entrance of the monastic site and cemetary all the way up to the Upper Lake at Glendalough, on both sides of the road, and the implementation of a clamping system for this particular section of the road, as the parking situation that currently prevails is a risk for safety as emergency vehicles are unable to get through on this narrow section of the road.

“It will be interesting to see if traffic congestion is relieved in the Glendalough area with the opening of the GAA pitch this Sunday & Monday as it is essential to introduce such short term measures to cater for this upcoming summer season until such time as a longer term plan can be put in place.”


Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine with responsibility for forestry, Andrew Doyle, TD, at the opening of the National Forestry Conference organised by the Wood Marketing Federation and the Society of Irish Foresters pictured with L: Justin McCarthy, Editor ,Irish Farmers Journal and R: Fergal Leamy, CEO Coillte.
Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine with responsibility for forestry, Andrew Doyle, TD, at the opening of the National Forestry Conference organised by the Wood Marketing Federation and the Society of Irish Foresters pictured with L: Justin McCarthy, Editor ,Irish Farmers Journal and R: Fergal Leamy, CEO Coillte.

Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine with responsibility for forestry, Andrew Doyle, TD, speaking at the opening of the National Forestry Conference organised by the Wood Marketing Federation and the Society of Irish Foresters, highlighted the availability of grants under his Department’s Forest Road Scheme, the aim of which is to encourage and assist in the mobilisation of timber. The conference, the focus of which was ‘Wood Mobilisation’, took place today in the Johnstown House Hotel, Enfield, Co. Meath.

Minister of State Doyle, to whom responsibility for forestry was recently assigned, commented that the Conference was one of his first opportunities to meet and talk with people involved in the forestry sector.  The Minister of State added that, as well as ensuring that there is a continuous and ongoing programme of afforestation to supply Irish sawmills and timber processing industry, “we must also maximise the volume of raw material that is harvested from our existing forests, not just roundwood for our processers but also the less traditional assortments for our growing renewable energy sector”.

In his address to the Conference, the Minister of State updated the attendance on a range of measures currently being progressed by this Department under the Forestry Programme 2014-2020. In this context, he referred to the development of a Forest Machine Operator training course and the proposed establishment of forest certification groups, both of which would contribute to the mobilisation of timber and meeting demand for certified timber. He also noted the recent launch of the Irish Timber Growers Association Wood Price Quarterly initiative, adding that “While the ITGA’s roundwood price database has been in operation since 2005, important information on the value of a forest owner’s timber crop is now available to all for the first time.  This information will be invaluable to forest owners when assessing the market or making decisions on thinning and felling sales.”

Commenting on the range of topics and notable speakers participating in the Conference, Minister of State Doyle thanked the Wood Marketing Federation and the Society of Irish Foresters for organising the Conference as well as the companies, industry representative bodies and agencies who made it possible through their support and participation.

Hollywood-style film studio demonstrates need to maximise supports to the industry- Doyle

wicklow moviesFine Gael TD for Wicklow, and Minister of State, Andrew Doyle, says that plans to establish a large Hollywood-style film studio in Dublin will confirm Ireland’s status as a desirable film location and will help local authorities to raise the awareness of taking the necessary steps to bolster the industry in Co. Wicklow.
“I learned this week that plans to establish studios on the former Irish Glass Bottle site at Ringsend in Dublin, which would directly employ almost 3,000 people, are at an advanced stage and are likely to be announced shortly. Planning for this development has taken 5 years which shows the level of commitment and time to bring about such an investment.
“Wicklow has proven itself again and again to be a highly popular location for film production. Given the incentives that exist at national level, local authorities have a responsibility to improve the appeal of their own area for filming purposes. Wicklow County Council has shown great support for the industry ensuring that Wicklow provides an attractive location from a financial perspective.
“Ardmore Studios and Ashford Studios are now well known on the international stage, filming series such as The Vikings, The Tudors and Penny Dreadful. Both studios offer excellent opportunities for further development of the film industry in Wicklow.
“The Action Plan for Jobs for the Mid-East region emphasised the potential of the film industry and highlighted that Wicklow has the potential to be the home of the Irish film industry, borne out by the estimated €70 million annual value of the industry to the county.
“Ireland’s reputation as a key film location is going from strength to strength. What we need now is infrastructure to capitalise on this increasing popularity and international reputation for TV and movie production. We must continue to nurture the talent within the Irish film industry.
“Given the success of the industry in Wicklow, more now needs to done to secure Wicklow’s position and future in this regard. We must investigate securing continued tax credits and lifting restrictive limits for the industry, in order to be able to provide the necessary infrastructural studio space in this lucrative, yet highly mobile, sector. I’m continuing to support Wicklow County Council to achieve these goals.”