Wicklow farmers are set to benefit from almost €3.5m in funding under the Areas of Natural Constraints Scheme Fine Gael TD and Minister of State in the Department of Agriculture, Andrew Doyle has said.
The funding was announced by The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, and is set to benefit 75,000 farmers across the nation with total funding exceeding €170 million.
Minister Doyle said: “This funding will benefit 1,427 farmers across Wicklow. My Fine Gael colleague, Michael Creed and I have been working hard in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture to make this possible
“Farmers, especially on the hills and in the disadvantaged areas, took heavy cuts in direct support during the recession and the funding for this year, totalling almost €3.5 m in Wicklow will go some way to rectifying that.
“The Agriculture and Food sector is a strategic priority for Fine Gael. We recognise that farm families are the heartbeat of the rural economy and our vision for the sector will inspire the next generation to continue the tradition of family farming,” the Wicklow TD said.
This is just one of the schemes which have been introduced in the last year to provide financial assistance to farmers across the country. It will be rolled out across the country.
The number of people signing on the Live Register in Wicklow has dropped by 16% in the last year, a Fine Gael TD and Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Andrew Doyle has said.
This good news for Wicklow comes as the CSO revealed that the Live Register has fallen below 250,000 nationally for the first time in nine years (September 2008). This figure represents a year on year decrease of 14.6%.
Minister Doyle said: “It is very positive to see that the number of people signing on the Live Register in Wicklow has reduced by 16% in the last year.
“Furthermore, since Fine Gael’s Action Plan for Jobs was launched in February 2012, the Wicklow Live Register has decreased locally by 43%. This is 5443 people who are back making a living, to the benefit of themselves, their families and the local communities in which they live.
“We can see clearly that the Action Plan for Jobs is working. Since 2012 the number of jobs in the economy has risen by over 230,000 with over two million people now at work in Ireland.
“What’s also very promising is the improvement in the long-term unemployment figure, which at the end of September 2017 stood at 105,339 people nationally. That is a significant drop of 19.3% year on year compared to September 2016 and a decrease of 32.8% compared to September two years ago.
“Fine Gael is working to build a republic of opportunity which will see everyone have a fair chance to reach their full potential. We envisage a society where there is equality of opportunity for everyone and a second chance if they need one. Job Seekers Benefit and Allowance payments are a necessary support to those who need them, but of course we want to ensure that everyone who can work will have the opportunity to do so.
“We are moving towards full employment and we will ensure that all parts of Ireland can share in our prosperity and economic growth, including here in Wicklow.”