McFadden welcomes €1.5m investment in community energy projects in Westmeath and Longford

Fine TD for Longford/Westmeath, Gabrielle McFadden, has welcomed a total investment of €1.5m in a number of community and area energy projects in Westmeath and Longford. The projects are among more than 80 nationwide that have received funding from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).

 

County Westmeath along with Roscommon and Offaly are part of an €1,051,211 SEAI investment which involves a range of building types and technologies, dwellings and community buildings. The energy upgrade projects, being led by NCE insulation, include Athlone and Mullingar Fire Stations.

 

Westmeath is also part of a four county project which will see energy upgrades to three nursing homes and a health care facility. The total investment here is €348,324.

 

Westmeath County Council along with Longford, Offaly and Laois local authorities are leading a separate project which consists of lighting upgrades to a number of schools in County Longford along with public building and street lighting upgrades across the four local authorities. SEAI has allocated €190,626 to this initiative.

 

“All of these energy projects will result in substantial improvements and savings in homes, community buildings, local authority premises, and sports facilities across the country.

 

“Energy retrofitting is really important for Ireland, helping to reduce expensive imports of fossil fuel and providing much needed employment. Estimated savings from the completed projects are €7m per annum and 21,000 tonnes of CO2 avoided per annum.

 

“The total cost of works supported nationwide is €57m and range from insulation, heating and lighting upgrades in buildings, to public lighting and water schemes.”

McFadden welcomes €370,000 in funding to refurbish 33 vacant houses in Westmeath and Longford

Fine Gael TD for Longford/Westmeath, Gabrielle McFadden, has welcomed €370,000 to bring back into use 33 vacant local authority houses in Westmeath and Longford.

The allocations to Westmeath and Longford County Councils, announced today by Minister for Housing and Planning, Jan O’Sullivan, TD, is part of €15m in funding to refurbish 1008 vacant local houses nationally.

“As Minister O’Sullivan has said, this is a positive programme that increases social housing supply quickly.

“This investment of €220,000 to refurbish 26 houses in Westmeath and €150,000 to bring 7 houses back into use in Longford will also create and sustain many jobs in the construction sector.

“Minister O’Sullivan has said she expects many of the new homes refurbished under this programme to be tenanted in the coming months.

“Today’s announcement will mean that almost 2,000 vacant houses nationally will now be returned to beneficial use.

“This €15m in funding follows on from the same level of funding provided in April to kickstart the refurbishment of 953 vacant local authority houses nationwide.”

€1.08m funding allocation to 33 organisations in Longford and Westmeath under Sports Capital Programme – McFadden

Fine Gael TD for Longford/Westmeath, Gabrielle McFadden, has said 31 sporting organisations in Longford and Westmeath will benefit from this year’s Sports Capital Programme, receiving €1,084,744 in total.

Deputy McFadden was speaking as Minister for Sport, Michael Ring TD, announced a total of €40.5 million in new funding for 880 sports community projects nationwide. This represents a 33% increase on the last round of the Sports Capital Programme and brings the total figure granted since this Government came into office to €85 million.

“23 Westmeath organisations will benefit to the sum of €824,645 while 10 in Longford will be the beneficiary of €362,067 in funding. The largest single allocation has gone to Athlone Regional Sports Centre representing €250,000 in funding.

“This announcement in Sports Capital Programme funding for Longford and Westmeath is really great news. (See list of beneficiaries below).

“The last Government scrapped the Sports Capital Programme. Having reinstated the Programme when we came into office, this Government is demonstrating that despite limited finances, we are determined to invest in local facilities, which are the lifeblood of communities across Ireland.

“The Government understands the importance of the work carried out by sports clubs and organisations in our communities and funding such as this helps them do this vital work. It assists clubs to build or improve their facilities and also enables them to buy much needed sports equipment. This in turn increases their capacity to cater to larger numbers of local people.

“The more people we get involved playing sport, the better for the country’s overall physical and mental health. We particularly want to encourage more young people to get involved in sport, and start the good habits of a lifetime early.

“Aside from promoting good health, sport also has a really valuable community development function. Sport brings local people together in towns and villages across the country, fostering a sense of solidarity in communities.

“Unfortunately, due to the huge demand for the Programme, not all clubs and organisations who applied were successful this year. I encourage any clubs who have been disappointed to reapply for the next round of funding.”

ENDS

Notes to editors:

Westmeath local grants total – €574,645.00
Athlone Boat Club €115,000.00
Athlone Sub Aqua Club Ltd €15,000.00
Ballinagore GAA Club €28,000.00
Ballinahown FC €17,000.00
Ballynacargy GAA Club €45,345.00
Killucan GAA €20,000.00
Killucan Ladies Football Club €800.00
Lakeside Wheelers Cycling Club €20,000.00
Midland Triathlon Club €10,000.00
Midland Warriors RFC €12,000.00
Moate Boxing Club €8,000.00
Mullingar elite bc €5,000.00
Mullingar Kyokushinkai Karate Club €500.00
Mullingar RFC €110,000.00
Mullingar Sub Aqua Club €17,000.00
Mullingar Tennis & Badminton Club €37,000.00
Multy Community Centre €20,000.00
Raharney GAA €40,000.00
Rosemount Community Committee €18,000.00
Shannonside Stealers €8,000.00
St Marys,Rochfortbridge €10,000.00
Willow Park FC €18,000.00
Westmeath non-local grant – Athlone Regional Sports Centre – €250,000.00

Longford Total – €260,099.00
Abbeyshrule Canoe Club €13,000.00
Ardagh St Patricks GAA €20,000.00
Ballymore GFC €9,000.00
County Longford Golf Club €50,000.00
Emmet óg GFC €30,000.00
Inny Kayakers Association €8,000.00
Longford RFC €21,299.00
Longford Slashers Camogie Club €2,800.00
Longford Tennis Club €6,000.00
St Teresa’s National School €100,000.00

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• A total of 2,036 applications were made under the 2014 Programme, the second highest number ever received under a Sports Capital Programme.
• A total of 825 of the successful allocations go towards local sports clubs and organisations, with the remaining 55 allocated to regional or national projects.
• The allocations announced include funding for:
o Natural grass sports pitches, tracks and courts;
o Floodlighting;
o Artificial sports pitches, tracks, courts and multi-use games areas;
o Security fencing and ball stop netting;
o Hurling walls / handball alleys;
o Building or refurbishment of dressing rooms, showers and toilets;
o Building or refurbishment of sports halls and gyms;
o Non-personal sports equipment;
o Shared facilities;
o Permanently fixed outdoor gym equipment.

€825,000 in sports capital funding for Westmeath – McFadden

• Athlone Regional Sports Centre to receive €250,000

Fine Gael TD for Longford/Westmeath, Gabrielle McFadden, has warmly welcomed the €824,645 in sports capital funding allocated to clubs and organisations across Westmeath. The allocation is part of the €40.5 million in new funding for 880 sports community projects nationwide, announced by Minister for Sport, Michael Ring TD.

“I am delighted that 23 clubs and organisations across Westmeath have been rewarded for their efforts in promoting the benefits of sport in their local communities.

“Given my strong connections with both, I am especially pleased that Athlone Regional Sports Centre is to benefit from €250,000, the county’s single biggest allocation, and Athlone Boat Club is to receive €115,000.

“The McFadden family has long associations with the boat club, of which my late father had been a long-standing member. Similarly, I continue to have a successful working relationship with the Regional Sports Centre where both my late sister Nicky and I were Board members at different stages.

“The Sports Capital Programme is the main channel of Government support for developing sports facilities and purchasing sports equipment for sports clubs and organisations across the country.

“All of this isn’t just good for local sports, but it is also good for job creation, particularly in the construction sector.

“The last Government scrapped the Sports Capital Programme. Having reinstated the Programme when we came into office, this Government is demonstrating that despite limited finances, we are determined to invest in local facilities, which are the lifeblood of communities across Ireland.

“Unfortunately, due to the huge demand for the Programme, not all clubs and organisations who applied were successful this year but I encourage any clubs who have been disappointed to reapply for the next round of funding.”

ENDS

Notes to editors:

Westmeath local grants total – €574,645.00
Athlone Boat Club €115,000.00
Athlone Sub Aqua Club Ltd €15,000.00
Ballinagore GAA Club €28,000.00
Ballinahown FC €17,000.00
Ballynacargy GAA Club €45,345.00
Killucan GAA €20,000.00
Killucan Ladies Football Club €800.00
Lakeside Wheelers Cycling Club €20,000.00
Midland Triathlon Club €10,000.00
Midland Warriors RFC €12,000.00
Moate Boxing Club €8,000.00
Mullingar elite bc €5,000.00
Mullingar Kyokushinkai Karate Club €500.00
Mullingar RFC €110,000.00
Mullingar Sub Aqua Club €17,000.00
Mullingar Tennis & Badminton Club €37,000.00
Multy Community Centre €20,000.00
Raharney GAA €40,000.00
Rosemount Community Committee €18,000.00
Shannonside Stealers €8,000.00
St Marys,Rochfortbridge €10,000.00
Willow Park FC €18,000.00
Westmeath non-local grant – Athlone Regional Sports Centre – €250,000.00

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• A total of 2,036 applications were made under the 2014 Programme, the second highest number ever received under a Sports Capital Programme.
• A total of 825 of the successful allocations go towards local sports clubs and organisations, with the remaining 55 allocated to regional or national projects.
• The allocations announced include funding for:
o Natural grass sports pitches, tracks and courts;
o Floodlighting;
o Artificial sports pitches, tracks, courts and multi-use games areas;
o Security fencing and ball stop netting;
o Hurling walls / handball alleys;

Athlone, Mullingar and Longford to benefit from ESB/Vodafone high speed broadband investment – McFadden

Fine Gael TD for Longford/Westmeath, Gabrielle McFadden, has said that homes and businesses in the towns of Athlone, Mullingar and Longford are set to benefit as a result of a joint ESB and Vodafone venture to upgrade broadband facilities. A total of 50 towns nationwide will benefit as a result of the €450 million investment.

“As a result of this major investment plan announced by the ESB and Vodafone, homes and businesses in the three towns will be able to access high speed broadband. This will help to both attract new investment and sustain existing businesses, as well as improving the quality of broadband available in people’s homes.

“Upgrading our broadband network is crucial to our economic recovery. The Government is determined to improve the access, quality and capacity of the broadband infrastructure in the State. We have seen this with the plan to roll out high speed broadband in every secondary school in the country which will be completed by this September.

“In May, the Government announced an implementation strategy to deliver State led broadband investment in rural areas under the National Broadband Plan. The initial phase of this plan will involve a fibre build out to more than 1,100 villages. The deployment of fibre will be as close as possible to strategic locations such as schools, business hubs, health facilities and Garda Stations.

“The State is doing its part to upgrade the broadband network, and it is very positive that the private sector is also setting up to the mark, as evidenced in today’s announcement by the ESB and Vodafone.

“The Government recognises that we need to be ambitious by future proofing our broadband network, with the objective of solving the connectivity challenge in rural areas for the long term.

“Improving broadband access in rural Ireland will help ensure that our economic recovery is being felt in every town and village across the country.”