Cork North West TD Michael Creed has today (Tuesday) warmly welcomed the inclusion of the N22 Macroom Baile Mhuirne bypass project in the Governments five year Capital Programme. Commenting on the announcement Deputy Creed said:
“Today’s announcement marks a significant landmark in the now long history of the Macroom-Baile Mhuirne bypass project. For the past three decades the progress of this project has dominated the political agenda in the local area. Therefore it is a source of great personal satisfaction to see the project included in today’s Capital Programme.
“It is particularly pleasing that the project has reached the green light stage during a term in Government where resources have been historically tight. I would like to pay tribute to my colleague the Minister for Transport Pascal Donohue and his predecessor Leo Varadkar, both of whom I have worked with since entering Government to ensure that today would become a reality.
“I would also like to commend the former Macroom Town Council and members of Cork County Council and the public at large in the area who have kept the fire burning on this issue for many years. The progression of the N22 project will greatly enhance the quality of life for the wider population of the Macroom area as well acting as an economic driver for the area”.
Fine Gael TD for Cork North West Michael Creed has used the Party’s annual “think in” in Adare in County Limerick to impress upon the Minister for Transport, the importance of including the Macroom bypass project in the forthcoming Government Capital Programme. Commenting on his discussions with Minister Donohoe, Deputy Creed said:
“The finishing touches are now being put on the Government Capital Programme for the next five years and with this in mind I took the opportunity to once again outline the case for the inclusion of the Macroom bypass project in the Programme, to my colleague, the Minister for Transport Pascal Donohoe.
“I cannot think of a single issue I have campaigned more for over the past decade in politics and therefore I wasn’t going to miss this eleventh hour opportunity to again press home the matter.
“While it may not be a case of now or never for the project, in terms of its inclusion in this Capital Programme, I certainly believe it must be a case of now! Following my discussions with Minister Donohoe, I remain hopeful that the bypass is on-track”
Fine Gael TD for Cork North West Michael Creed has this morning called on the Government, and the leadership of all political entities in Ireland, to unite behind a shared drive for a pan EU solution to the refugee crisis across Europe. Commenting on the matter Deputy Creed said;
“Ahead of a meeting of EU Foreign Ministers on the refugee crisis, it is now imperative that our political leaders from all Parties and Groupings set aside political and ideological differences on this matter and urge the Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Government to lead the drive for a Common EU policy to comprehensively address the evolving refugee crisis
“The EU as a policy making entity has shown throughout its history, the capacity to develop monumental common policies such as the CAP and monetary Union. Now is the time to step up to potentially the greatest humanitarian crisis of this Century and take action. Ireland as a member state needs to be in the vanguard in addressing this issue, showing initiative and leadership and a willingness to contribute.
“This crisis poses potentially the most significant political threat to the stability of the EU project. The rise of ultra-nationalists at local and European elections points to an alarming trend throughout Europe. Only a coherent, comprehensive and unified approach will suffice primarily to save the thousands of lives that are at risk, but furthermore quelling the existing self-interest that prevails in many member states at present, by equating the very survival of the EU with the solution of the refugee crisis.
“Of course an international response is also required to address the larger security issues at play here. However as a member state and as national politicians we must ensure that our role can be fulfilled as effectively and comprehensively as possible”
Cork North West TD Michael Creed has welcomed the allocation of over €110,000 in funding to Childcare facilities throughout Cork North West by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. Commenting on the allocations Deputy Creed said:
“This investment in the Childcare sector in Cork North West is a clear signal of the Government’s commitment to delivering the best possible childcare system in this Constituency and throughout the Country. This funding will go towards the both largescale and minor works in Childcare facilities throughout Cork North West.
“Recently the Government has published a major new childcare report detailing proposals for strategic investment to improve affordability, quality and accessibility of Childcare. As the economy improves, we now have opportunities for strategic investment that will help achieve better outcomes for children, offer greater supports to parents, improve quality, and upskill the sector.
“Childcare providers in Cork North West do tremendous work and have built a network of services in the most rural of areas to the most populated. I am confident that the funding provided will help enhance these facilities and ensure that this network is sufficiently prepared for further development”
Cork North West TD Michael Creed has welcomed confirmation that Irish Water is to carry out water mains upgrades in Coachford & Rylane. Commenting on these developments Deputy Creed said:
“I am pleased that the proposed replacement of 1.2km of existing water mains on the R618 Macroom Road from Coachford is being progressed. The construction contract is due to go to tender in the next four weeks, with contract award and the commencement of construction estimated to take place towards the end of 2015.
“In Rylane, operational measures have been introduced to the network recently to reduce the amount of breaks and leakage. An Asset Needs Brief for the replacement of 4.6km water mains in Rylane was received from Cork County Council and was approved by Irish Water. Construction is likely to begin by mid-2016”
Cork North West T.D. Michael Creed has today warmly welcomed the allocation of €60,000 by the Department of Health of National Lottery funds to our Lady of Good Counsel Ballincollig. Commenting on the allocations Deputy Creed said:
“I am pleased to see a very worthy organisation in this constituency being supported with an allocation from the Department of Health of National Lottery funding. Our Lady of Good Counsel Special School, in Ballincollig has been awarded €60,000 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 completed”
Cork North West TD Michael Creed has this morning welcomed the announcement that eSentire Inc., a leader in continuous advanced threat protection cybersecurity solutions and managed security services, based in Ontario, Canada plans to create close to 100 jobs over the next five years in a European HQ and Security Operations Centre in Ballincollig. Commenting on this announcement Deputy Creed said;
“The creation of more high-spec jobs in the IT sector here in Cork North West is welcome news indeed. Credit is due to my colleague Minister Bruton and the IDA for attracting a company of the calibre of eSentire Inc. This is a vote of confidence in the talent pool available in the wider Ballincollig and Cork area.
“Those interested in applying for a job with eSentire in Ballincollig should visit: http://www.esentire.com/careers. This hub will be the Company’s European Headquarters ensuring that Ballincollig will be the centre of eSentire’s activities within the EU