€14,000 in youth grants for Westmeath – McFadden

Fine Gael TD for Longford/Westmeath, Gabrielle McFadden, has welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, James Reilly TD, that more than €14,000 has been allocated to Westmeath for youth projects.

“In Westmeath, €13,227.39 has been allocated to Foroige for the purchase of IT, multi-media and musical equipment. This will enable further development of the service to meet the expressed needs of young people attending the project.

“€1,000 has also been allocated to the Midlands Regional Youth Service for development and purchase of gym equipment as part of the community based youth project. The money will also go towards the purchase of IT and training equipment for further training and development of volunteers.

“The aim of this capital funding scheme is to provide much needed assistance to youth projects to improve the facilities and equipment available for their work with young people in the communities. More than €400,000 has been allocated across the country to local projects and €75,000 has gone towards national organisations.

“Youth services do vital work in some of the more disadvantaged communities in our society and I am confident that this money will make a significant difference in improving the quality of service provided.

“The majority of youth projects, including many in Westmeath rely heavily on the work and dedication of volunteers to keep them going. These organisations are also heavily dependent on fundraising so I know that this grant will be welcomed by everyone involved.

“The Capital funding scheme for small to medium capital grants is open to applications from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. The grant scheme remains open for applications in early 2015 for capital projects related to health and safety improvements to premises. I would encourage youth groups working in the sector who need to make improvements or upgrade buildings to consider applying for this funding.”

€13,500 funding allocated to Longford and Westmeath clubs catering for older people – McFadden

Fine Gael TD for Longford/Westmeath, Gabrielle McFadden, has been informed by Minister for Sport, Michael Ring TD that almost €13,500 in funding has been allocated to group and clubs who cater for older people around the country.
“Almost €13,500 has been allocated to Westmeath (€7,940) and Longford (€5,530) under the National Grant Scheme for Sport and Physical Activity for Older People 2014.

“The monies fund groups and clubs who cater for older people around the country so that they can buy equipment, run sports events or try new activities.

“The National Grant Scheme is aimed at increasing participation among older people in recreational sport and physical activity.

“The scheme is a joint initiative between Age & Opportunity’s Go for Life programme and the Irish Sports Council.

“Now in its 14th year, it has, so far, awarded over €4.2 million in nearly 10,000 grants. The Irish Sports Council allocated more than €600,000 from its 2014 budget to the Go for Life Programme to help increase the participation of older people in recreational sport and physical activity.”

Minister Humphreys visits Marconi tourism project at Moydrum

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys, paid a visit to the historic Marconi transmitter at Moydrum during a visit to Athlone on Saturday last.

“I’m delighted that Minister Humphreys made time out of her busy schedule to see some of the great work that is going on locally to promote tourism in Athlone,” said Longford/Westmeath TD, Gabrielle McFadden.

“The Marconi transmitter is central to an exciting project aimed at establishing an interactive visitor and educational centre in Athlone on the history of broadcasting in Ireland.

“A huge amount of work and time has already been invested by the Athlone Marconi Centre Heritage Group and there is no doubt this project has the potential to be another major visitor attraction for the region.

“During her time in Athlone, Minister Humphries met members of the group in Moydrum to hear of their plans and also took in visits of the new John Count McCormack exhibition at Athlone Castle and the Luan Gallery.”

€14,000 in youth grants for Westmeath – McFadden

Fine Gael TD for Longford/Westmeath, Gabrielle McFadden, has welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, James Reilly TD, that more than €14,000 has been allocated to Westmeath for youth projects.

“In Westmeath, €13,227.39 has been allocated to Foroige for the purchase of IT, multi-media and musical equipment. This will enable further development of the service to meet the expressed needs of young people attending the project.

“€1,000 has also been allocated to the Midlands Regional Youth Service for development and purchase of gym equipment as part of the community based youth project. The money will also go towards the purchase of IT and training equipment for further training and development of volunteers.

“The aim of this capital funding scheme is to provide much needed assistance to youth projects to improve the facilities and equipment available for their work with young people in the communities. More than €400,000 has been allocated across the country to local projects and €75,000 has gone towards national organisations.

“Youth services do vital work in some of the more disadvantaged communities in our society and I am confident that this money will make a significant difference in improving the quality of service provided.

“The majority of youth projects, including many in Westmeath rely heavily on the work and dedication of volunteers to keep them going. These organisations are also heavily dependent on fundraising so I know that this grant will be welcomed by everyone involved.

“The Capital funding scheme for small to medium capital grants is open to applications from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. The grant scheme remains open for applications in early 2015 for capital projects related to health and safety improvements to premises. I would encourage youth groups working in the sector who need to make improvements or upgrade buildings to consider applying for this funding.”

IDA CEO informs McFadden that agency engaging with all stakeholders to promote Longford

Fine Gael TD for Longford/Westmeath, Gabrielle McFadden, has been informed by the IDA CEO Martin Shanahan that the agency is engaging with all stakeholders to promote Longford for potential investors. Mr Shanahan outlined the IDA’s position on promoting the county following recent correspondence from Deputy McFadden to the CEO.

“I am personally engaging with the IDA to ensure that Longford is firmly on the radar and am in regular discussions with Jobs Minister Richard Bruton about the importance of attracting investment into County Longford.

“Six IDA companies are located in Longford, employing 701 people, including what the IDA describes as ‘excellent reference sellers’ like Cameron and Abbott.

“However, I recently wrote to the IDA CEO expressing my concern that since 2006, there have been just three IDA sponsored visits to the county, two in 2007, one in 2008 while there have been none at all from 2009-2013.

“In his correspondence to me last week, Mr Shanahan said the final decision on where to locate an investment does ultimately reside with the company and IDA’s over-riding consideration in the first instance must be winning the project for Ireland. The IDA, he said, will continue to market Longford to potential investors as part of the region where it meets the needs of potential investors.

“Mr Shanahan said the IDA markets Longford as part of the Midlands region and engages on an ongoing basis with Longford County Council, Enterprise Ireland and other stakeholders as part of its efforts to promote the county.

“I was pleased to hear that that Mr Shanahan fulfilled a scheduled meeting in Longford last Thursday, November 25th with the Longford County Council CEO Tim Caffrey and the Cathaoirleach, Cllr Mark Casey.
“I also understand that IDA’s Head of Regional Business Development, Breda O’Toole intends to take up an invite from Longford County council to participate at a meeting of its Economic Development, Enterprise and Community Strategic Policy Committee (SPC).

“As regards identifying what Longford needs to do in terms of attracting potential investors to the county, Mr Shanahan said IDA clients consider quality broadband, roads, water and waste as a given with an expectation they are already in place.

“I also certainly echo the sentiments of the IDA CEO who said that how a county portray itself is also important and is an area in which local stakeholders can help greatly in creating a positive media message.

“I certainly will do all I can to ensure that Longford is in the mix when it comes to attracting either IDA backed or Enterprise Ireland backed investment.”

More than 3,700 pensioners in Westmeath to receive 25% Christmas bonus this week – McFadden

Longford/Westmeath Fine Gael TD, Gabrielle McFadden, has said that more than 3,700 pensioners in Westmeath are to receive the 25% Christmas bonus this week.

“In October, the Government announced in the Budget that a Christmas Bonus of 25% would be paid in the first week of December to people getting a long-term social welfare payment to help with the costs associated with this time of year.

“More than 3,700 Westmeath pensioners receiving the Contributory and the Non-Contributory State Pension are eligible for this bonus.

“This payment will also be very welcome news for other long-term welfare recipients including people with disabilities, carers, lone parents and long-term jobseekers.
“The Christmas Bonus is 25% of a person’s normal weekly social welfare payment and paid on the day the person is usually paid.”