Almost 4,000 more people at work in the Midlands – McFadden

Fine Gael TD for Longford/Westmeath, Gabrielle McFadden, has welcomed the latest CSO figures which show that almost 4,000 more people are at work in the Midlands.

 

“It is encouraging to see that the jobs market continues to grow in this region where 3,800 more people are at work since this time last year.

 

“Of course, we are very much in need of further employment opportunities but I am pleased to see that the Midlands economy is moving in the right direction.

 

“What is particularly encouraging is that these new jobs are full-time jobs, showing the sustainability of our recovery.

 

“On the national front, the CSO figures show a continued improvement in the jobs market, with 31,600 jobs created in the last 12 months and more than 70,000 since the launch of the Action Plan for Jobs in 2012. This means employment is at its highest level since 2009.

 

“The unemployment rate is now down to 11.3%, its lowest in 5 years from a peak of 15.1% in February 2012. This is certainly a big improvement but we want to see more and job creation remains a top priority for the Government.

 

“As a member of this Government, I am committed to ensuring that people can see and feel the recovery in their everyday lives.”

This Government firmly committed to keeping post offices at the heart of rural Ireland – McFadden

*28 post offices closed in Longford, Westmeath and Roscommon between 2005-10.

*No post offices have closed in the three counties since Fine Gael came to office.

 

Fine Gael TD for Longford/Westmeath, Gabrielle McFadden, has said this Government is firmly committed to keeping post offices at the heart of rural Ireland.

 

“Before Fine Gael came into Government, 28 post offices across Longford (6), Westmeath (3) and Roscommon (19) closed between 2005 and 2010 but no post offices have closed in any of the three counties since 2011 when my party entered office.

 

“This information regarding closures was among data recently supplied by An Post to my party colleague, Galway West TD, Sean Kyne. The national figures also show that while twenty two post offices closed across the country between 2011 and 2014, 288 post offices were closed down between 2005 and 2010.

 

“Some of the scaremongering on this issue in rural Ireland is unwelcome. There is no doubt that the postal service in Ireland plays a vital role in communities, a role which is magnified in rural communities. The local post office is more often than not located at the heart of local towns and villages, often times acting as a social outlet for those who are in more isolated areas, people like farmers or the elderly.

 

“I certainly echo the sentiments of Deputy Kyne, who has said that this Government has a comprehensive plan to protect the future of our postal network.This Government wants to not only protect but to expand post office services to ensure their future strength. In May, the Government established a cross-departmental group to examine how the State can play a role in securing the future of our post offices. A primary objective is to encourage all departments to consider the potential of post offices to assist in the service they deliver.

 

“An Post has introduced new business lines in the area of bill payment, passport applications, Garda fines, ‘postfone’ and foreign exchange. It has also made positive progress in diversifying its network, through deals with AIB and Aviva Ireland and I feel confident that the future is bright for our postal service as a result.”

Albert Reynolds made a huge contribution to midlands and national life – McFadden

Fine Gael TD for Longford/Westmeath, Gabrielle McFadden, has extended her condolences to the family of former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds following his death.

 

“While I never knew Albert Reynolds personally, my late father Brendan knew him and held him in very high esteem.

 

“I am very proud of the fact that a former constituency TD was a key architect of the peace process.

 

“Albert’s significant involvement in securing peace in Northern Ireland will undoubtedly be a lasting legacy but even when Albert became Taoiseach, he never forgot his roots.

 

“Locally, he is rightly remembered for being a very active TD and as a successful businessmen, he provided huge employment to so many people.

 

“I wish to extend my sincere sympathies to Albert’s wife Kathleen, her children and extended family.”

McFadden welcomes funding approval for new classrooms and science lab at Ardscoil Phádraig in Granard

Fine Gael TD for Longford/Westmeath, Gabrielle McFadden, has warmly welcomed funding approval for the construction of a new Technical Graphics Room, a Science Laboratory/Prep Area and two ASD classrooms at Ardscoil Phádraig secondary school in Granard.

 

“I am delighted that significant funding has been secured for these new teaching facilities at Ardscoil Phádraig and this allocation is clearly a recognition of the hard work invested by all of the school’s stakeholders.

 

“I’m also delighted that grant-aid has been awarded for structural improvement works to be carried out at Forgney NS.

 

“The funding tranches in both cases have been sanctioned by the School Building Unit at the Department of Education.

 

“It is also important to highlight that these projects will help stimulate economic activity by supporting construction jobs and by creating spin-offs for the local economy.”

 

Deputy McFadden welcomes substantial funding for new teaching facilities at Ballymahon and Granard schools

Fine Gael TD for Longford/Westmeath, Gabrielle McFadden, has welcomed significant funding for the construction of new teaching facilities at Mercy Secondary School, Ballymahon and the Sacred Heart National School in Granard.

 

“I’m very pleased that significant funding has been approved for four new classrooms at Mercy Secondary School in Ballymahon along with a WC for assisted users.

 

“I’m also delighted that grant-aid has been allocated for two new classrooms and two new resource rooms for the Sacred Heart NS in Granard.

 

“This substantial funding for both schools has been sanctioned by the School Building Unit at the Department of Education.

 

“This will now enable work to proceed on the new facilities once the tendering processes in both cases have been completed.

 

“It is also important to note that projects such as these also help to stimulate economic activity by supporting construction jobs in the local economy.”

Deputy McFadden welcomes €243,000 funding to upgrade homes for people with disabilities in Longford and Westmeath

Fine Gael TD for Longford/Westmeath, Gabrielle McFadden, has, today (Thursday) welcomed the allocation of more than €243,000 to Longford and Westmeath by Minister of State at the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government, Paudie Coffey, for the adaptation of local authority housing to meet the needs of tenants with disabilities.Longford County Council receives €159,406 in funding while Westmeath County Council has been allocated €83,792.

 

“This funding has been granted to both County Councils so that improvements can be made to local authority housing for tenants with disabilities.

 

“Thousands of people are living in local authority housing in Longford and Westmeath and many of these have disabilities. We need to ensure that the people of the locality are living in homes that are fit for purpose and this funding will go a long way towards making the improvements required.

 

“Where new houses can’t be identified for tenants with disabilities, we must do everything we can to ensure that their houses are more suitable for them to live in and that is what this funding is intended to do.

 

“It is important that we continue to work to make Longford and Westmeath a better place for people to live. Funding such as this is essential in raising the standard of living for all people in the community.

 

“The provision of housing is a priority for this Government. As well as building new homes, it is vital that we upgrade the houses where people are already living. This funding is very welcome and I am confident it will make a big difference to many people.”

Deputy McFadden welcomes €243,000 funding to upgrade homes for people with disabilities in Longford and Westmeath

Fine Gael TD for Longford/Westmeath, Gabrielle McFadden, has, today (Thursday) welcomed the allocation of more than €243,000 to Longford and Westmeath by Minister of State at the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government, Paudie Coffey, for the adaptation of local authority housing to meet the needs of tenants with disabilities.Longford County Council receives €159,406 in funding while Westmeath County Council has been allocated €83,792.

 

“This funding has been granted to both County Councils so that improvements can be made to local authority housing for tenants with disabilities.

 

“Thousands of people are living in local authority housing in Longford and Westmeath and many of these have disabilities. We need to ensure that the people of the locality are living in homes that are fit for purpose and this funding will go a long way towards making the improvements required.

 

“Where new houses can’t be identified for tenants with disabilities, we must do everything we can to ensure that their houses are more suitable for them to live in and that is what this funding is intended to do.

 

“It is important that we continue to work to make Longford and Westmeath a better place for people to live. Funding such as this is essential in raising the standard of living for all people in the community.

 

“The provision of housing is a priority for this Government. As well as building new homes, it is vital that we upgrade the houses where people are already living. This funding is very welcome and I am confident it will make a big difference to many people.”