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, on November 20th. Commenting on the provision of €28 million nationally Deputy Creed said:

“This grant will provide much needed investment in local schools who will be able to use this funding to improve their physical infrastructure. They can also use the grant for the purchase of furniture, as well as PE and IT. Many schools have had to lean on parents to help pay for vital structural projects across the constituency so the restoration of the Minor Works grant last year and this year is of significant assistance.

“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


Aire na Gaeltachta Joe McHugh TD & Michael Creed
Aire na Gaeltachta Joe McHugh TD & Michael Creed

Cork North West TD Michael Creed has welcomed the announcement that €42,295 is to be made available to Colaiste na Mumhain Beal Atha an Ghaorthaidh. Commenting on the announcement Deputy Creed said:

“I warmly welcome this supplementary funding that has been made available to Colaiste na Mumhain, to help fund structural works carried out in the facility. Colaiste na Mumhain previously received €38,229 in order to upgrade the facility and enhance safety on the premises.

“Colaiste na Mumhain is a historic nursery of the Irish language and I am pleased that Minister of State Joe McHugh and Roinn na Gaeltacht have provided this much needed funding to preserve Colaiste na Mumhain and to ensure it continues to function as a landmark facility for the teaching of the language”


Cork North West T.D. Michael Creed has today warmly welcomed the allocation of €50,000 by the Department of Health of National Lottery funds to the Westgate Foundation Ballincollig. Commenting on the allocation 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. Westgate Foundation, in Ballincollig has been awarded €50,000 which I hope can supplement the ongoing fundraising efforts of the foundation and help them deliver on their continuing development plans.”


Cork North West TD Michael Creed has welcomed the announcement that Farmer’s whose lands have been designated as Special Areas of Conservation for the protection of the Hen Harrier, are to be accommodated under the Locally Led Agri-Environment Scheme (LLAES) Commenting on the new scheme Deputy Creed said;

“I have been working with farmers in Cork North West, Kerry Limerick and across the Country who have been in limbo because of the designation of their lands and the resulting restriction on farming activities on these lands. It is only right and just that these farmers receive some financial compensation for their contribution to preservation and indeed to compensate for lost farming activity on their land.

“This scheme will be included in an amendment to Ireland’s RDP which is to be lodged with the EU Commission in the spring. Consultation is currently underway and I would encourage all those affected by this issue to participate. Farmers working in Hen Harrier areas are already eligible for GLAS and could earn up to €7,000 per annum through a combination of GLAS and GLAS plus.

“I would like to pay tribute to all those who campaigned vigorously on this issue and indeed my colleague the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney for being pro-active on this issue”.

Simon Coveney TD  Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed TD & Michael Cronin IFDL in Rockchapel
Simon Coveney TD Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed TD & Michael Cronin IFDL in Rockchapel


Cork North West TD Michael Creed has this morning welcomed confirmation that construction of the new Macroom Garda Station is to proceed as part of An Garda Síochána Building & Refurbishment Programme 2016 – 2021. Commenting on the inclusion of the new Garda Station building in the programme Deputy Creed said:

“I am extremely pleased that Gardaí in Macroom are finally going to receive a new state of the art Garda Station after many years pursuing this matter. For too long Gardaí have been working in sub-standard conditions. This work will help ensure that our Garda station will be modern and fit for purpose. We need to support the Gardaí in carrying out their work to protect the community”.

“Last year I brought the Minister for Justice to Macroom to visit the existing Garda Station to inspect first-hand the urgency of the situation there. I am pleased that these efforts have now borne fruit and that Macroom tops the list of new stations earmarked for construction under the new building programme.

“Today is a great day for the tremendous staff of Macroom Garda Station and the wider district, who use the Macroom Station. I am keen to see this project which will be funded through a PPP proceed to construction as soon as possible. A site has been procured adjoining the site of the new Macroom Fire Station. I have already been in contact with authorities regarding planning permission and the next stage of progress will be to finalise design and proceed to planning.

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald on a visit to Macroom Garda Station last year.
Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald on a visit to Macroom Garda Station last year.

Dáil Speech – Private Members Debate – Corporation Tax 06/10/2015.

Base erosion and profit-shifting is a global phenomenon that requires a global policy response. In that context, I welcome the publication yesterday of the OECD report in the matter. Indeed, I would have welcomed a debate on the issue tonight, but it is clear from the content of the contributions made by the proponents of the motion and in the motion itself that there has been a reversion to type and a debate about Ireland’s corporation profits tax rate. That is not an issue being considered at all in the OECD report. We reverted to name calling of multinationals. We would do well to remember in the context of the debate that we are a small, open trading economy. We have an indigenous sector which, fortunately, is getting back on its feet and playing a role in the domestic and exporting economy, but equally a critical element of our economic recovery involves foreign direct investment. One of the things that foreign direct investors value is political and economic stability. I shudder to think of the message they would take from the proponents of the motion as to how safe and secure their investments would be were some of those proponents sitting on the front benches on this side of the House.

Deputy Joan Collins would do well to remember that foreign direct investment is, above all else, highly mobile. She would do well to remember that we take in approximately €2.8 billion in tax revenue under corporation profits tax. We are a peripheral economy. We are peripheral economically and geographically and one of the tools we have to use to our advantage is our corporation profits tax rate which, fortunately, is still a national competence. It is not something that can be imposed or dictated from outside. Long may that be the case and long should the Members of the House protect our economic sovereignty in that regard rather than cede it to the OECD, EU or anybody else. We would also do well to remember that the 1,000 companies involved, some of which Deputy Collins and others name-called and some of which give very valuable employment in my constituency, include Alps, VMware, EMC, Stryker, Boston Scientific, Google, Apple and Facebook.

They contribute more than 161,000 direct jobs and 274,000 indirect jobs to this economy. We would do well to remember that, per annum, they pay approximately €8 billion and account for exports of approximately €122 billion, all of which adds to the sum of economic activity. Without them, this country would be in a poorer place.

The Deputies’ message is that we are hostile. In a different debate, Deputy Pringle could excoriate the Minister of State over the lack of foreign direct investment, FDI, in the former’s part of the constituency when, without any shred of embarrassment, he saw no contradiction with that in his diatribe tonight against FDI and Ireland’s corporate tax rate. We cannot have it both ways. We need a mature debate on base erosion and profit shifting, BEPS, but that is a different matter from our sovereign entitlement to establish a 12.5% corporate tax rate. I accept that the effective rate is less, but some countries that have substantially higher headline rates have lower effective tax rates. We are competing for FDI. I salute IDA Ireland and the political support that facilitates it in promoting Ireland as the number one location of choice for FDI. This is down to myriad factors that we handle well, for example, our education system, tax system and political stability, and our position as an English-speaking eurozone member. We must be careful in what will be a necessary debate not to send the wrong signals to those with investments to make.

Recently, I accepted an invitation from a foreign direct investor, Pfizer in Cork, which provides much employment in the pharmaceutical sector. It has some operations in the Minister of State’s constituency. It made the point that, when facing significant challenges a number of years ago, it considered closing one of its plants. Companies close when they do not make profit. “Profit” is not a dirty word. Without profit, businesses close and people lose their jobs. We would do well to remember that because Deputies Joan Collins and Boyd Barrett would be the first to jump up and down if a significant foreign direct investor in their constituencies was about to leaveon the grounds that it could not make a profit in Ireland.

“Profit” is not a dirty word for large or small business.  It is what keeps business and jobs alive. We would do well to remember this simple economic message. People on the far side of the House seem to have a difficulty grasping it.

In the context of the OECD’s report, I urge the Minister of State to be extremely careful as regards unilateral action and the choreographing of the requisite changes. We do not need to make martyrs of ourselves on the international altar. We need to address the issues that have been raised, but we must ensure that the choreography around minimum standards and common approaches does not disadvantage us. As with a phrase coined during the Northern Ireland peace process, we must ensure that people “jump together” at EU and OECD level on tax treaties and so on and that we are not disadvantaged by the legislation that will be necessary to underpin the report’s recommendations. We have not been dragged kicking and screaming. Rather, we have been an active participant in this process. Our economy and people who gain valuable employment in the FDI sector should not be disadvantaged. We should send the signal that their employment is welcome and that we intend to protect and attract inward investment.


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”.