Doyle urges Wicklow householders to avail of free scheme to fix water leaks Over 330 Wicklow households have already benefitted

WaterPipeFine Gael Wicklow  TD and Minister for State, Andrew Doyle , has urged Wicklow  householders to avail of the free scheme run by Irish Water designed to fix water leaks. New figures released by Irish Water today show that Wicklow households are already benefitting with 330 householders availing of the First Fix Leak Repair scheme.

“The First Fix Leak Repair scheme is a free service run by Irish Water and it is great to see that 330 Wicklow householders have already benefitted from it.

“Since the scheme was first launched in 2015, over 1,943 leaks were found in Wicklow and so there is still a lot of work to be done. The national metering programme estimates leakage of water at 37% across Co. Wicklow and so it is really important we tackle this problem. I urge householders across Wicklow to avail of this free scheme and have their leaks fixed.

“Over 1,900 households with leaks will have already received a letter from Irish Water notifying them of the problem and so I encourage them to take action by contacting Irish Water as per the instructions in the letter.

“It’s really important for householders to fix their leak before it becomes worse and we all have a responsibility to do our bit to conserve water, which is a precious natural resource.”
 

New housing to be delivered for Wicklow

andrewhousingbrayFine Gael TD for Wicklow and East Carlow, and Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Andrew Doyle, has said that 97 housing units have been approved for Wicklow under the Government’s Local Authority Housing Capital Programme.

“I am delighted to confirm that 97 housing units at cost of €16,680,427 have received stage 1 approval under the Government’s Local Authority Housing Capital Programme. The news was confirmed to me by the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Simon Coveney this week after I have been working very closely with him and his Department on the need for more Local Authority Housing in Wicklow.

“The new housing units will be built in Wicklow Town, Aughrim, Arklow, Kilmacanogue, Bray, Kilcoole and Farrankelly. This is great news for people on the housing waiting list across Wicklow. There is also good news for local employment in this, as many jobs will be created during the construction of these new homes.

“Fine Gael has made housing the number one priority of this Government, and I am ensuring that Wicklow is not left behind. The Government’s Action Plan for Housing has a target of significantly increasing the supply of social housing, with an investment of €5.35 billion nationally to deliver 47,000 units by 2021. I will continue to work closely with Wicklow County Council and the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, to ensure that more Local Authority developments will be built in Wicklow over the coming years.”

DOYLE OPENS THE TULLAMORE NATIONAL LIVESTOCK SHOW 2016

imageThe annual Tullamore National Livestock Show was today officially opened by Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Andrew Doyle TD,

“Tullamore Show is an opportunity to see some of the finest livestock anywhere in the world. These quality livestock are a visual representation of our food production sector, one of our most important indigenous sectors” said Minister Doyle in his opening address.

The Tullamore show is firmly established as the largest one day show in the country. There are over a thousand competitions, 700 trade stands in this year’s show with over 60,000 visitors projected for the day. The show has also added a number of new classes this year for Ayrshire Dairy Cattle, Blue Faced Leicester Sheep, and Pigs.

Minister Doyle added, “Livestock production is the backbone of our food production sector and Pedigree breeders play an important role in this because they supply the superior genetics and with the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation are at the forefront of the effort to breed superior stock.”

The Minister also praised the organising committee and the many volunteers for another successful show and wished everyone involved in the Tullamore Show an enjoyable and successful event.

Minister Doyle concluded, “This Show is the culmination of a great deal of voluntary work which represents the best of the co-operative spirit that is so innate to rural Ireland. I commend the many volunteers involved.”

National Heritage Week in Wicklow 20-28th August

heritageweekFine Gael TD for Wicklow and East Carlow, and Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Andrew Doyle, is delighted that National Heritage Week is running from the 20thto the 28th of August. There are a total of 58 events being held in Wicklow throughout the week, the majority of these events are free. This year’s theme is ‘100 years of Heritage’ to coincide with Ireland’s centenary year. .
“This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy Wicklow’s beautiful landscape and discover more about culture and history of the region. Almost 60 events are taking place in Wicklow throughout the week so, there will be something for everyone” said Minister Doyle.
National Heritage Week is an annual celebration of Irish culture and gives people an opportunity to explore Ireland’s wealth of historical, cultural and natural treasures. A number have been organised in Wicklow with families in mind, with the Forest School for Families being held in Castleruddery Organic Farm and the The Big Dig @ Glendalogh on Saturday 27th.
“The festival is not only a showcases Ireland’s rich heritage but also highlights the amount of work and dedication involved in promoting and preserving important cultural traditions and historical structures, on a local and national level.” said Doyle.
A PDF version of the events guide book is also available to download on the National Heritage Week website. This book gives details on a number of events being held in Wicklow and throughout the country.
For more information on the events www.heritageweek.ie

Transport steering committee needed to progress works on N11

SHANEROSSFine Gael TD for Wicklow and East Carlow, and Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Andrew Doyle, has said that in order to progress the urgently needed upgrade works on the N11, a dedicated transport steering committee should be set up. Minister Doyle was speaking after he addressed transport issues in Wicklow at a meeting of officials from Wicklow County Council and the Minister for Transport Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross.

“This week I attended a meeting organised by Wicklow County Council to discuss transport issues in the County. Minister for Transport Shane Ross was in attendance, and I took the opportunity to highlight with him the various priorities for transport in County Wicklow, including the traffic issues on the N11/ M50 Junction and in particular, the urgent need for an upgrade to the N11 between Bray and Kilmacanogue.

“I believe that in order to progress the urgently needed upgrade works on the N11, a dedicated transport steering committee should be set up, comprised of Wicklow County Council and the National Transport Authority.

“Minister Ross agreed that proper consultation is needed with all the stakeholders including the National Roads Authority, the National Transport Authority, public representatives and Wicklow County Council. Increased cooperation between these bodies will help to develop a transport strategy to meet the needs of a growing population in Wicklow and future economic development of the county.

“The Minister has also confirmed that Wicklow Port will shortly be signed over to the Wicklow County Council and this should have positive long term implications to further develop the Port. This is great news for future economic activity in the County and will be good for Wicklow job creation potential.”

€68,500 capital grant for Bray Youth Service, Connect Bray Neighbourhood Youth Project and Wicklow Travellers Project will benefit young people in Wicklow

Fine Gael TD, for Wicklow, Andrew Doyle, has said that a €68,500 capital grant for Bray Youth Service, Connect Bray Neighbourhood Youth Project and Wicklow Travellers will benefit young people in Wicklow.
“The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs has announced capital grants for 86 youth projects and organisations around the country and I am delighted that three organisations in Wicklow will receive €68,500 in funding. This capital grant will really boost the services of Bray Youth Service, Connect Bray Neighbourhood Youth Project and Wicklow Travellers and so will be of great benefit to young people in Wicklow.
Bray Youth services will receive a grant of €6,931 to upgrade its premised and purchase IT equipment, Connect Bray will receive €13,629 to purchase IT equipment and Wicklow Travellers project will receive €48,090 to refurbish premises.
“Youth projects and organisations such as Bray Youth Service, Connect Bray Neighbourhood Youth Project and Wicklow Travellers play a crucial role in supporting young people throughout the country. It is hugely important that the Government continues to acknowledge their work and provide funding so that they can maintain and in some cases expand their services.
“We are working hard in Government to ensure that our recovering economy is used in the right way. This means making sure that everyone benefits, particularly vulnerable people or those who need extra support.”
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Wicklow will benefit from Town and Village Renewal Scheme for Rural Ireland

2202Fine Gael TD and Minister of State for Food Forestry and Horticulture Andrew Doyle, has said that Wicklow will benefit from the newly launched Town and Village Renewal Scheme for Rural Ireland, which aims to revitalise up to 200 towns and villages across the country.

“Today my Fine Gael colleague, the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys, has launched a €10 million Town and Village Renewal Scheme for Rural Ireland.

“This fund is available to Local Authorities to support the revitalisation of rural towns and villages across Ireland. In total €380,000 will be available to Wicklow and I urge Wicklow County Council to apply for the full allocation of funds available, in order to ensure that communities and businesses in Wicklow can benefit fully from this initiative.

“Wicklow County Council can apply for grants under this scheme for up to 8 separate town/village projects. They will need to submit outline plans to the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs in September for approval.

“The funding available to Wicklow County Council is designed to meet up to 85% of the total cost of each project. The Council will then be required to partner with local businesses and local communities to develop and implement ideas that can make a real and lasting impact in revitalising our local rural towns and villages.

“The funding can be used to increase the attractiveness of the town or village as a local commercial and social centre, and increase its sustainability as a place in which to live and work. It will help to enhance the local environment and amenity in the interests of residents, businesses and visitors. It could also be used to enhance the culture and local heritage assets of the town/village and promote tourism. Another potential use for the fund is to tackle minor physical infrastructural deficits and land assembly issues.

“The focus of this fund for 2016 will be on small towns and villages with populations of less than 5,000, but there will be some funding available for towns and villages with a population of between 5,000-10,000.

“The economic crash which occurred after years of Fianna Fáil led Government really left its mark on small towns and villages across rural Ireland. We have seen the evidence of it here in Wicklow. Thankfully the economic recovery is underway, but many towns and villages in Wicklow are still feeling the after effects of the recession. This Government has made sure that rural development is a key priority in the Programme for a Partnership Government and appointed a dedicated Minister, Heather Humphreys. This Town and Village Renewal Scheme is just the start of our work to ensure that all regions of the country feel the benefits of our strong economy.”

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Funding of €40,000 announced for work at Kilmacurragh House

Seamus O'Brien, Head Gardener at Kilmacurragh Gardens, Paul Maher Curator of the Gardens, Brian Hayes MEP, Councillor Irene Winters, Deputy Andrew Doyle TD where on a visit to the Gardens Photo Ann Egan
Seamus O’Brien, Head Gardener at Kilmacurragh Gardens, Paul Maher Curator of the Gardens, Brian Hayes MEP, Councillor Irene Winters, Deputy Andrew Doyle TD was on a visit to the Gardens.
Photo Ann Egan

Fine Gael TD for Wicklow and Minister for Food, Forestry and Horticulture, Andrew Doyle has welcomed the announcement of funding of €40,000 for work at Kilmacurragh House.

“This welcome funding boost will pay for conservation work on the 19th Century stone bridge and sluice gates at Kilmacurragh House.

“This funding is being provided as part of an overall allocation of €350,000 by Minister Heather Humphreys for the conservation, preservation and presentation of historic properties and national monuments, under the guardianship of the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.

“These works will be managed by the Office of Public Works.

“Kilmacurragh House is a treasure that needs to be protected and with the opening of the tearooms in the restored courtyard buildings last summer, more people are now expected to visit this historic property.

“This funding for conservation work on the 19th Century stone bridge and sluice gates is very welcome. Fine Gael is working to ensure that the fruits of our recovering economy are used to support local communities throughout Wicklow.”