€2,000 in National Lottery Grants awarded to St Finbarrs Pipe Band Béal Átha an Ghaorthaidh

“Young people in Béal Átha an Ghaorthaidh are set to benefit from €2,000 in National Lottery Grants which have been awarded to St Finbarrs Pipe Band” says Fine Gael TD Michael Creed for Cork North West after the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, James Reilly TD announced the allocation of National Lottery funding for 2014.

“The Department of Children and Youth Affairs has a National Lottery Discretionary fund which provides once-off grants to community groups and voluntary organisations involved in providing services for children and young people.

“The funding announced today is part of a national programme which will see €910,000 allocated towards providing services for young people. This year the scheme is particularly targeting small scale projects and it focuses on activities that involve culture and play, young people led initiatives, healthy lifestyle and those that provide access for marginal groups to extra circular activities.

“I would like to congratulate St Finbarrs Pipe Band who were successful in securing funding and encourage other organisations to consider applying for this once off grant in 2015.”

December 9, 2014 at 11:56 am Leave a comment

Creed welcomes award of contract for Macroom Resurfacing Works

Cork North West TD Michael Creed has today welcomed the awarding of the contract for the resurfacing of Macroom town. Commenting on the signing of the contract with Priority Construction LTD, Deputy Creed said:

“I am delighted that Cork County Council have finalised plans to resurface the N22 through Macroom Town. The works scheduled to commence in early March will take approximately 7 weeks and will see the road from the Coachford cross to the Coolehane junction in Macroom resurfaced.

“The road surface through the town has been in dreadful condition with many years and has been in need of remedial repair works on an ongoing basis. I am satisfied that this overlay project will ensure that the road will hold up to future traffic and adverse weather events.

“I will be working to ensure that the resurfacing works will be completed in as quick a timeframe as possible and that disruption will be kept to a minimum”.

December 8, 2014 at 2:14 pm Leave a comment

Number on the Live Register in Macroom down 29% and Newmarket 41% since Government took Office

Latest CSO figures show more people are at work as the economy recovers

Fine Gael TD Michael Creed has said that the 41% drop in the Live Register figure in Newmarket and 29% drop in Macroom since the Government took office shows that the economy is recovering and that the Government’s plan to create jobs is working.

“Nationally the latest CSO Live Register figures show that the unemployment rate has dropped to 10.7% from a high of 15.1% in 2012. Too many people are still out of work but we are moving in the right direction.

“In Macroom, the numbers on the Live Register have fallen from 1,722 to 1,223 and in Newmarket from 1,916 to 1,123 since the Government took office in 2011. Nationally, almost 80,000 jobs have been created, the recovery is broadening across the country, including Cork North West.

“Thanks to the sacrifices people have made, it is now possible for the Government to cut taxes to help people in work. Every household with somebody in full-time work will be a bit better off from January. We’re committed to reducing personal taxation, to putting money back in people pockets and to growing the economy.

“This Government has made great strides, as is evident from the Live Register figures, but the current high rates of personal taxation need further reform. We need to continue to make work pay and ensure that people in all parts of the country feel the benefit of the growing economy in their pockets and in their lives. That is what we intend to do next year and into the future.

“These figures give us confidence that if we stick with the plan, we can ensure that people’s sacrifices are not wasted, and that we can deliver a consistent, sustainable jobs recovery in Cork North West and right across the country.”

December 4, 2014 at 4:06 pm Leave a comment


Cork North West TD Michael Creed has today warned that the EU Commission are about to intervene to ensure that farmers whose lands have been designated as Special Areas of Conservation for the protection of the Hen Harrier, are compensated for their loss of income due to the prohibition of farming activity in these areas. Commenting on the possible intervention of the EU in the matter Deputy Creed said:

“This issue has been long fingered for some time by successive Ministers who have failed to devise a suitable compensatory measure for farmers in Hen Harrier protected areas. I have been working closely with the Irish Farmers with Designated Land groups and individual farmers in my Constituency who have been working in a vacuum for some time on this issue.

“Sources in the EU Commission have now brought to my attention that the Commission is about to compel the State to finally act on this matter. It is regrettable our Government have not been able to act on this matter to this point and that the EU have had to intervene to ensure farmers are compensated.

“I am pleased that farmers whose land has been deemed unworkable because of the designation will finally receive compensation for their sacrifice to the conservation of the Hen Harrier. I would now call on the Government to be proactive and engage with the Commission and farmers positively to ensure a fair package for both the farmers and the taxpayer”

December 4, 2014 at 3:49 pm Leave a comment


Cork North West TD, Michael Creed has today welcomed the provision of funding for the construction of a new 80m2 classroom and two 16m2 resource rooms for Canovee National School. Speaking on the announcement Deputy Creed said:

“I recently visited Canovee National School and saw first-hand the over-crowding evident in the school. Therefore I am pleased that the Department has acted to provide the funding required, to build a new classroom and two new resource rooms. This extra accommodation will provide facilities for the delivery of a better working environment for teachers and pupils. I am particularly pleased with the provision of two resource rooms which will help students with special learning needs receive the educational support they require.

“This funding is further evidence of this Governments commitment to investing in education. I am pleased that we are now in a position to see more projects getting the go-ahead to proceed and that the economy is now in a position to support such initiatives”.

December 3, 2014 at 2:07 pm Leave a comment


Cork North West T.D. Michael Creed has today warmly welcomed the allocation of €38,000 by the Department of Health of National Lottery funds to two important Cork North West Organisations. Commenting on the allocations Deputy Creed said:

“I am pleased to see two very worthy organisations in this constituency being supported with allocations from the Department of Health of National Lottery funding. Balance in Ballincollig who provide a six week summer camp for adults and children with special needs are to receive €8,000 towards their invaluable work.

“Our Lady of Good Counsel Special School, also in Ballincollig has been awarded €30,000 for the purpose of installing sports and play facilities including a running track at the school. This would be a wonderful facility for the school and I hope that this grant can go some of the way to seeing the project commence

November 28, 2014 at 11:01 am Leave a comment


Cork North West TD, Michael Creed has welcomed the announcement that The Minor Works Grant will issue to all primary schools in Cork North West, with permanent recognition, next week. Commenting on the provision of €28 million nationally Deputy Creed said:

“This grant will provide much needed investment in local schools starved of finance in recent years. Many schools have had to lean on parents to help pay for vital structural projects across the constituency.

“The fund is focused on improving the physical infrastructure of schools and investment in equipment and furniture. The rates payable are €5,500 per school plus €18.50 per mainstream pupil and €74 per special needs pupil. The grant is worth €6,425 for a 50 pupil school and more than €11,000 for a 300 pupil school.

“The works that can be undertaken under the Minor Works Grant include improvements to school buildings and grounds, improvement or replacement of mechanical and electrical services, the purchase of standard furniture and physical education equipment, and the purchase of IT related equipment. The grant issuing to all primary schools with full recognition allows schools to carry out minor works without needing to deal directly with the Department

November 26, 2014 at 1:06 pm Leave a comment

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