Sod turning on site of 2 new school buildings in Bray great news for parents, children and teachers

imageFine Gael TD for Wicklow and Minister for Food, Forestry and Horticulture, Andrew Doyle says the sod turning today on the site of two new school buildings in Bray is great news for parents, children and teachers.

“The school building project, which begins today, will provide a new home for secondary school Coláiste Raithín and St. Philomena’s Primary School. Both schools have been waiting for over 15 years to move into the new school buildings and this move is as a result of the commitment of parents, principals and patrons of the two schools.

“The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, today announced the signing of the contracts for the commencement of building works on the site, as part of the Government’s Public Private Partnership (PPP) Programme.

“The contract which has been signed with the Inspiredspaces consortium, includes designing, building, and financing the project. It will also provide for the day-to-day caretaking, maintenance and cleaning of the school, leaving the management and staff of the school with more time to concentrate on their core educational activities.

“The new school buildings will be completed within 70 weeks and Coláiste Raithín and St. Philomena’s Primary School can then move to this new dedicated campus in Bray. It was an honour to have the opportunity to turn the sod of this beautiful site today on the old Bray golf course.

“This is great news for Bray and the students of these schools will benefit from the opportunity to learn in modern educational facilities, built to a very high standard.

“Fine Gael in Government is determined to use the fruits of our recovering economy to ensure a just and fair society for all. Only a strong economy, supporting people at work, can pay for the services needed to create a fairer society. We are committed to investing in education, as a key way to grow our society and economy together. No child should be left behind in the economic recovery and we should use our strengthening economy to become a leader in the provision of world-class education and skills. Investing in education ensures that all our people have opportunities to achieve their potential, as well as generating wider benefits for our economy.”

Andrew Doyle and Derek Mitchell press Dublin Bus for better services to Greystones

DUBLIN Wicklow Fine Gael TD and Minister for Food, Forestry and Horticulture Andrew Doyle met with Ray Coyne, Chief Executive of Dublin Bus and Cllr. Derek Mitchell to discuss Dublin Bus Transport issues, suggested improvements for services in North Wicklow and Blessington.

Demand for Dublin Bus transport services have increased over the past three years as more constituents are commuting to work, schools and colleges. The population of Wicklow is 142,332 and increase in 4.2% since the last census in 2011.

We asked Dublin Bus to run more bus services in Wicklow especially the 84x during the day and to provide more bus transport with school fares from Charlesland to Templecarrick School which is rapidly expanding. Many children use the 6 express busses before 8 am to get to the school but must pay the higher fare on this express bus. Dublin Bus will see whether they can provide more 184 busses at this time. Students are currently paying up to 60% more for the same bus journey on the 84X services.

Several Constituents have voiced their concerns relating to the bus stop located on Rathdown Road and we discussed Dublin Bus carrying out a safety audit of this bus stop. Cllr Mitchell will raise this safety issue at the next County Council meeting too.

Dublin Bus will try to align the 184 better with DARTs but pointed out that it can only link up at only 1 of the 2 stations which it calls to. It is difficult to get busses starting in Dublin, the 84 and 84x, to meet up with a half hourly DART service as their arrival time will be affected by traffic.

We also pointed out that about 600 houses are being built in Greystones and that there will be more demand for transport. Dublin Bus will examine how to improve services and also mentioned that the 184 & 185 routes were to be put out to tender with defined service levels.

This was a very positive meeting and it is planned that more bus corridors will be operating in the Wicklow area in the foreseeable future.

Dargle River Walk great new amenity for the people of Bray

artists-impression-of-suspended-boardwalk Fine Gael TD for Wicklow and Minister for Food, Forestry and Horticulture, Andrew Doyle, says the opening of the Bray Riverside Boardwalk, which connects Castle Street to the People’s Park, along the River Dargle Flood Defence Scheme, is very welcome.

“This is a great walking route and I’m confident it will be used by walkers from near and far. As an advocate for increased exercise and a healthy lifestyle, I feel that walking routes such as this are a great way to encourage more people to get out and about. Walking is a fantastic and free way for all the family to exercise.

“I hope that in time the Bray Riverside Boardwalk might be incorporated into the Slí na Sláinte walking routes, This simple and innovative scheme, developed by the Irish Heart Foundation, encourages everyone to walk for leisure and good health. It uses signage on established walking routes, letting people know the distance they walk and encouraging them to walk more frequently and enjoy the benefits of a healthier lifestyle.

“The Bray Riverside Boardwalk is yet another great amenity for the people of Bray and visitors to enjoy. Bray is a fantastic location, which is going from strength to strength and is firmly on the tourist map for walkers and families.

“It has many attractions, including its scenic location, easy access to the splendid seafront, the beautiful Bray to Greystones Cliff walk, Bray Head, Sea Life, Killruddery House and Gardens and the Bray Riverside Boardwalk.

“Bray is also very accessible for those wanting to enjoy any of the great scenic walks, as walkers can use the excellent transport links with Dublin.

“Bray is a great place to be this summer and I look forward to attending Bray Air Show on the 23rd and the 24th July. I would like to thank all those involved in organising events in Bray and ensuring there’s lots happening to bring the crowds to the beautiful seaside town over the coming weeks.”

Leapcard kids go free initiative great chance for families to get out and about and have fun

LeapCardFine Gael TD for Wicklow and Minister for Food, Forestry and Horticulture, Andrew Doyle says the Leapcard kids go free initiative is a great boost for families who want to get out and about, and have fun this summer.

“Under the scheme, children who have a Leap Card can travel free on Dublin Bus, Luas and Dart from Monday 25th July until Sunday the 7th August (inclusive).

“This includes all scheduled services and any Child Leap Card can be used to avail of this free travel promotion. For those who don’t have one, a limited stock of free Child Leap Cards is now available in Dublin Bus Head Office on O’Connell Street in Dublin.

“This is a great scheme and the perfect opportunity for families with children to use public transport to explore Wicklow and all it has to offer, including the Wicklow Way, Wicklow’s Coastline, historic buildings such as Wicklow Gaol, Killruddery House and Powerscourt House and Gardens.

“This is also a great chance to travel into Dublin and enjoy the fantastic parks and museums that the city has to offer. Getting out and about as a family and having fun is what the summer is all about and I hope this scheme will encourage families to plan a day of fun together.”

Good news for Wicklow beef farmers with improved access for Irish beef to the US market – Doyle

fa-beefcattle-092111Fine Gael TD for Wicklow/East Carlow, Andrew Doyle, has said that the announcement of improved access for Irish beef into the US market is really good news for Wicklow beef farmers.

“Any expansion of Irish beef into international markets is really good news for Wicklow beef farmers who can seek to maximise their output.

“The Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed, has confirmed that US authorities now recognise Ireland’s raw meat control system as equivalent to that of the US. In principle, this extends our US market access to include manufacturing beef intended for grinding, which is typically used in burgers and similar processed products. There is a really big market for this in the US.

“Furthermore the US market for grass fed, natural and organic beef, at which Ireland excels in producing, is estimated to be growing at approximately 20%+ per annum.

“Developing new markets for our beef is a key element of the Government’s Food Wise 2025 strategy. This decision regarding the US market, which is the result of intensive discussions and negotiations, is a real coup for Irish beef as Ireland is the first EU Member State to achieve this status in the US. This follows on from Ireland being the first EU Member State since the BSE crisis to be granted access into the US market for our beef in 2014.

“There is really significant potential now for Ireland to capitalise on the huge US beef market and I hope to see beef farmers all around the country benefitting from this.”

LEADER funding will support jobs and investment in Co. Wicklow

leader fundingFine Gael TD and Minister of State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture for Wicklow, Andrew Doyle, has said that the allocation of €6,336,549.00 in LEADER funding will support jobs and investment in Co. Wicklow.
“The announcement by Minister Heather Humphreys, who has responsibility for regional and rural affairs, of €6,336,549.00 in LEADER funding for Co. Wicklow is great news. This grant will support jobs and investment across the county.

“This funding for Co. Wicklow comes in the first batch of funding agreements under the LEADER Programme 2020.

“It is great that this funding agreement with the Co. Wicklow local action group, who manage the fund, has been signed so quickly. It means that community groups and organisations across Co. Wicklow can now apply to them for funds for their local projects.

“The LEADER programme funds projects under a diverse range of themes that include enterprise development, rural tourism, social inclusion and the environment.  The programme is co-financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development. The previous LEADER programme delivered almost 10,000 projects throughout rural Ireland. In addition to supporting community-based projects, last year, LEADER funding supported over 800 enterprises and 400 jobs.

“As a Fine Gael Government Andrew Doyle TD, I want to ensure that the fruits of our recovering economy are used to support local communities in Co. Wicklow. The whole idea behind LEADER funding is to empower local groups on the ground to prioritise where the money can be best spent. This will ensure that the people who really need it can benefit.”

Taste of Wicklow 2016

2355Andrew 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.”