McFadden welcomes jobs boost for Midlands

Newly elected Fine Gael Longford/Westmeath TD, Gabrielle McFadden, has today (Tuesday) welcomed the announcement that Ericsson is creating 120 new jobs at its sites in Athlone and Dublin.

“This is great news for Athlone and the midlands, and further underlines Ericsson’s commitment to its site in the town. During the bye-election campaign, I repeatedly said that jobs for the Midlands were my number one priority. I am delighted with this announcement, which will come as a great boost to Athlone and the region.

“The Ericsson plant in Athlone has had mixed fortunes in recent years, so it is great to see the workforce once again being expanded. I understand that recruitment is getting underway immediately for the highly skilled roles, which range from software developers to programme managers and consultants.

“It is very important to have multinational firms like Ericsson based in the Midlands. Not only is the company a major employer, its presence will help to encourage further international operations to locate in the Midlands as the recovery continues to take hold.

“I am pleased to learn that a number of the new jobs will go to graduates from Athlone Institute of Technology who have completed the MSc in Applied Software Engineering, which is sponsored by Ericsson. It is vital that we provide opportunities for our young graduates.

“I would like to commend the Minister for Jobs, Richard Bruton TD, for his determination to grow the ICT sector here and to ensure that the jobs recovery is felt right across the country. I intend to work with Minister Bruton in the Dáil to ensure the Midlands is promoted as an ideal location for investment.”

McFadden welcomes significant additional funding for Longford and Westmeath Roads

Fine Gael candidate for the Longford-Westmeath bye-election, Gabrielle McFadden, has welcomed significant additional funding for roads in Longford and Westmeath.

“I welcome this extra funding from the Department of Transport which will go towards the improvement and upkeep of roads in both counties.

“Under the Community Involvement Scheme, which is devised to enable local authorities to improve stretches of road with the help of the local community, Westmeath County Council will receive an extra €322,540 while Longford County Council will be allocated a further €207,706.

“In addition, €12m is being provided to local authorities under the Restoration Improvement grant heading. These are funds which are provided to County Councils for the rehabilitation and maintenance of road pavements.

“Under this scheme, Westmeath will receive €252,411 and Longford will benefit from an allocation of €181,455.

“Improving and maintaining road and pavement infrastructure means improving the lives of communities as they go about their daily business, so I am delighted to see that Westmeath and Longford have been allocated this substantial funding.”

50 new jobs for Longford’s Green Isle Foods – McFadden

Fine Gael Longford/Westmeath Bye Election candidate, Gabrielle McFadden, has today (Tuesday) welcomed the announcement of 50 new jobs in Longford made by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD.

“Green Isle Foods is a well-known employer in Longford. A major investment of €30 million in the Longford plant and in the plant in Portumna represents an immense vote of confidence in the Longford area and secures the jobs of 700 people currently employed by Green Isle.

“Green Isle is a market leader and today’s investment will increase capacity and secures access to a wider range of international markets.

“The Government’s Action Plan for Jobs is focused on creating jobs across all regions of Ireland. Longford and Westmeath have suffered during the economic downturn and it is very encouraging to see recovery in our local area.

“The investment in Green Isle in Longford comes less than a month after the IDA has agreed a contract for delivery of a new building development in Athlone. This building will be suitable for future IDA client investments from a number of potential sectors.

“Investment in Longford and Westmeath will bring jobs to the locality and it will be positive for our towns and villages. Today’s announcement is a welcome boost for Longford. With 61,000 extra people at work in the past year, and jobs growth in every region of the country, it is clear that the Government’s plan is working.”

Construction of new IDA advance factory in Athlone will attract jobs and investment – McFadden

Fine Gael candidate for the Longford/Westmeath bye-election, Cllr Gabrielle McFadden, believes a new high spec IDA factory being built in Athlone will help to attract further investment and promote job creation in the midlands.

“The construction of the regional IDA office – with one also being built in Waterford – is the first time since the early 1980s that IDA Ireland has funded and managed the construction of new office space.

“The new offices will be constructed at the IDA Technology Park and will comprise an advanced technology building of more than 2,670 square metres. They are being built in such a way to allow them to be easily adapted for any potential client companies.

“I am also delighted that the construction project will create employment during the building phase and will be funded by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.

“It is part of a commitment in the Jobs Action Plan 2014, and I would like to commend Minister Bruton for his work in delivering on this project. I am confident that this will lead to further jobs announcements for Athlone and the Midlands.”

Funding approval for major extension a tribute to Ballymahon Vocational School’s excellent track record – Minister Cannon

Minister for Training & Skills at the Department of Education, Ciaran Cannon, has said that the funding approval for a major extension at Ballymahon Vocational School is fitting testament to the school’s excellent track record.

“The School Building Unit at the Department of Education has sanctioned significant funding for the construction of five classrooms and ancillary facilities; namely an engineering/metalwork room and store; a construction studies/material tech Room; a wood/technology machining and prep area; a project store; two music rooms and two general classrooms.

“I’m delighted this funding for all stakeholders that this funding has come through for Ballymahon Vocational School – it is an excellent school with an impressive track record in providing for the educational needs of the community for more than fifty years. This funding is also further evidence of the Government’s ongoing significant investment in school infrastructure right across the country.”

Local Fine Gael candidate for Longford/Westmeath, Cllr Gabrielle McFadden, said: I understand these works follow on from a modern renovation programme which was carried out at Ballymahon Vocational School a number of years ago.

“I’d also like to pay tribute to Cllr Sean Farrell, his fellow members on the school’s Board of Management and parents for their support with this major project, one which will also create jobs during the construction phase. I am also confident that this Fine Gael-led Government will continue to support further investment in local infrastructure across the regions.”

€4m Athlone-Mullingar greenway to create 100 new jobs – McFadden

Fine Gael candidate for the Longford-Westmeath bye-election, Cllr Gabriel McFadden, has said the creation of 100 new jobs from the €4m Athlone-Mullingar greenway project confirms this Government’s commitment to regional job creation.

“The €4m in Government funding, formally announced today, to develop the Athlone-Mullingar cycleway/walkway is expected to create 100 jobs, half of that number through the construction phase.

“Developing this cycle route will be of major benefit to economies in Athlone and Mullingar and in areas in between this 40km route.

“This Government has given a clear commitment to job creation in the midlands and I am delighted that this greenway will create real jobs for local communities in this region.

“It would also like to thank Westmeath County Council and all the stakeholders in this project for accelerating the initial plans for this fantastic development.”

€250m LEADER funding demonstrates Government’s commitment to Longford and Westmeath – McFadden

Fine Gael candidate for Longford-Westmeath, Cllr Gabriel McFadden, has said that both she and her colleague, Deputy James Bannon, agreed that there should be more joined up thinking between the two counties when it comes to developing the region as a tourism destination.

“I know I may be a little biased here, but we live in the most beautiful part of the country, the heart of Ireland.

“To add to the natural amenities provided by our lakess and rivers, I want to see the continued development of cycleways/walkways in Longford and Westmeath to help make the Midlands a destination to rival any in the country.

“The development of a cycleway from Athlone to Mullingar is progressing well and I expect a funding announcement shortly. Separately, a Longford-Clondra walkway/cycleway has already got a major funding boost and I am delighted work is underway.

“The tourism potential of national walking and cycling networks is well-known; for example, the Mayo Greenway is estimated to be contributing more than one million euro annually to the local economy.

“Developing such cycle routes is of major benefit to local economies and I believe more joined up thinking to promote and enhance tourism products for both counties can reap rich dividends.”

McFadden welcomes Government funding approval of €4m for Athlone-Mullingar Cycleway project

Fine Gael candidate for the Longford-Westmeath bye-election, Cllr Gabriel McFadden, has warmly welcomed the approval of €4m in Government funding to develop the Athlone-Mullingar section of a planned national cycleway.

“I am delighted to confirm €4m in funding to develop the Mullingar-Athlone cycleway project, full details of which will be announced later in the week.

“It’s clear that Westmeath County Council and all the stakeholders in this project are being justly rewarded for their efforts in expediting the initial plans for this section of the national route.

“Developing this cycle route will be of major benefit to local economies in Athlone and Mullingar and the areas in between.

“I have constantly highlighted the massive tourism potential of national walking and cycling networks.

“This leisure market is a key target area for this Government in terms of creating jobs in the regions and I would like to applaud the Government for signing off on this funding today.”

More joined up thinking to promote region’s tourism offerings could benefit Longford and Westmeath – McFadden

Fine Gael candidate for Longford-Westmeath, Cllr Gabriel McFadden, has said that both she and her colleague, Deputy James Bannon, agreed that there should be more joined up thinking between the two counties when it comes to developing the region as a tourism destination

“I know I may be a little biased here, but we live in the most beautiful part of the country, the heart of Ireland.

“To add to the natural amenities provided by our lakess and rivers, I want to see the continued development of cycleways/walkways in Longford and Westmeath to help make the Midlands a destination to rival any in the country.

“The development of a cycleway from Athlone to Mullingar is progressing well and I expect a funding announcement shortly. Separately, a Longford-Clondra walkway/cycleway has already got a major funding boost and I am delighted work is underway.

“The tourism potential of national walking and cycling networks is well-known; for example, the Mayo Greenway is estimated to be contributing more than one million euro annually to the local economy.

“Developing such cycle routes is of major benefit to local economies and I believe more joined up thinking to promote and enhance tourism products for both counties can reap rich dividends.”