This year’s SuperValu TidyTowns awards for the South West region were presented at a prize-giving ceremony in the Brehon Hotel, Killarney, Co Kerry.
SuperValu TidyTowns winners were presented with their awards by Mr. Jimmy Deenihan, T.D., Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, and Niamh Skally Community and Sponsorship Manager, SuperValu proud sponsors of the competition.
The 2nd Annual Oireachtas Charity Fashion Show takes place on Tuesday 12th November at The Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin 2. The proceeds of the Oireachtas Charity Fashion Show will go to support Motor Neurone Disease research.
In 2012, when Deputy Nicky McFadden was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease, her Oireachtas friend and colleague Minister Jimmy Deenihan asked stylist Marietta Doran to organise a fashion show to raise funds for Motor Neurone Disease research.
Colleagues from all political parties participated in what was a very
Jimmy Deenihan welcomes the announcement in the budget of the Home Renovation Initiative (HRI) which will incentivise domestic renovations and increase demand for small construction jobs. HRI will provide an income tax credit of 13.5 per cent for homeowners on home improvement expenditure of between €5,000 and €35,000.
The scheme will only apply to registered builders with a tax clearance certificates.
The scheme will be rolled out immediately and will be widely welcomed by contractors and home owners alike. The main points noted are:
Jimmy Deenihan welcomes Research Technology Grant of €1.85m for IT Tralee under the Technology Gateway Initiative
The IMaR Technology Gateway focusses on providing technology solutions for manufacturing industries and have already engaged with companies such as Dairymaster, Altobridge, Central Solutions, Astellas, Borgwarner Beru Systems and Kostal.
The Shannon ABC Technology Gateway focuses on developing new processes and novel products from bio-resources, transferring these to biotech, food and lifescience industries and has already delivered results for Kerry Foods, Brandon Products and Temmler.
Jimmy Deenihan has welcomed the provisions of the Education Budget, which will allow for 1,400 new teachers to be hired next year, and which has safeguarded class sizes.
“Every effort has been made to protect education frontline services in this year’s Budget, and I am delighted that we will be able to employ 1,400 new teachers at primary and post-primary level next year. This will allow us to protect the standard pupil-teacher ratio as our school-going population continues to grow. Additional Resource Teachers for children with special needs will also be recruited. And, crucially, the €1.3 billion budget for special education is being protected.
Justice budget allows for Garda recruitment and €9 million worth of extra Garda cars –Jimmy Deenihan
Jimmy Deenihan has welcomed the provisions in the Budget dealing with the Department of Justice, which will allow Garda recruitment to begin again next year, and for the purchase of hundreds of new Garda cars.
“There are a number of very positive provisions in the Budget, which will allow us to make continued progress in the fight against crime, and will help to keep communities in Kerry safe. Confirmation that Garda recruitment will commence shortly is particularly welcome. We will see new recruits entering the Garda College in Templemore for the first time in five years and the Garda force will be maintained at 13,000 members.
Jimmy Deenihan welcomes the announcement by Minister Coveney of Advance Payments of €540 Million under the 2013 Single Payments Scheme
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney, TD, today announced the commencement of advance payments under the 2013 Single Payments Scheme. ‘I am particularly pleased that these payments, worth €540 million to 108,000 farmers, have begun issuing today’ the Minister said. ‘It will be recalled that, earlier this year,