Cork North West T.D. Michael Creed has today welcomed the inclusion of fourteen schools from the Cork North West Constituency in the Summer Works scheme for 2015. Scoil Fionnbarra, Ballingeary, S N Mhuire Kiskeam, S N Naomh Eoin Baiste, Ballincollig, Rockchapel NS, Togher NS, SN Achadh Bolg, Canovee Mixed NS Shandrum NS, Newtownshandrum, Inchigeela NS, SN Cill Mhuire, Macroom Convent NS, Scoil Na mBraithre, Charleville, SN Naomh Lachtin Donoghmore, and Mannix College, Charleville will all receive money to improve and upgrade existing school buildings. This first round of funding will allow schools to carry out small and medium scale building works.
“The recommencement of the Department of Education’s Summer Works Scheme is significant in that it marks a return to normal funding of our Educational infrastructure following the economic crisis. The Summer Works scheme was one of the first schemes to be cut during the recent economic crisis and I am encouraged to see it restored and developed under this Government”.
“The Scheme provides support for schools to undertake important upgrading and maintenance work during the summer months. While the sums of money involved are modest, this support is hugely beneficial to each and every individual school. Furthermore this scheme empowers school management to engage local contractors to carry out the works and therefore is a boost to the local economy”.
Cork North West TD Michael Creed has confirmed that the resurfacing of the N22 through Macroom town is due to commence on the week beginning March 23rd. Commenting on the proposed works Deputy Creed said;
“I welcome the commencement of the much needed resurfacing of the N22 in Macroom town. The road surface has been in a very poor condition for some time now and is badly in need of repair. Road users, pedestrians, residents and traders have all suffered the adverse effects of the damaged surface.
“However it is important to point out to all frequent users of the road, residents and business people in the town that we are in for a difficult number of weeks in terms of congestion and delays while the works are being carried out. Sadly these delays are unavoidable. I’ve appealed to the authorities responsible for the project to make every effort to engage positively to minimise disruption for all”.
Cork North West TD Michael Creed has welcomed the commencement of works in Carrigrua Estate, Ballinagree, Macroom, Co. Cork on Monday next February 16th. Commenting on the works Deputy Creed said:
“I am delighted for all the residents of Carrigrua in Ballinagree that there is finally an end in sight to their difficulties with having their estate and its infrastructure brought to a safe and acceptable condition. I have been informed that contractors will be on site from next week for an eight week period.
“There is great credit due to the residents in how they engaged with all stakeholders to ensure that this matter was dealt with. It is important to acknowledge also the contributions of Cork County Council, the receivers Ernst & Young and the The Department of the Environment who provided funding to progress the required works.
“However the real heroes in this story are the residents of Carrigrua for their resilience patience and positivity in facing up to, and dealing with a very difficult situation. I was delighted to have been able to work with them to ensure their houses could indeed become their homes”.
SCHOOL CLOSURES, POST OFFICE CLOSURES AND JOB LOSSES HIGHER UNDER FIANNA FÁIL
Cork North West TD Michael Creed has hit back at accusations that this Government has had an anti-rural bias. Commenting on the matter Deputy Creed said:
“There has been much rhetoric of late suggesting that this Government has been bad for Rural Ireland which has been based more on fiction than fact. The truth of the matter is that Fianna Fáil in Government, even during the Celtic Tiger era, did far more to erode services in Rural Ireland than this Government has done in the midst of an economic crisis.
“Figures provided to me from the Minister for Education reveal that Fianna Fáil in Government oversaw the closure of 10 schools in County Cork between 2006 and 2010 while only three have closed since this Government has taken office. The fact is that this Government made it clear from the outside that any decisions on school closures would be left with schools own boards of management and not forced by the Department. These figures betray suggestions by some that this Government have been closing schools in every village while the opposite is the case.
“Post Office closures have also been pointed to as an area where this Government has been hard handed. Figures provided by An Post show that between 2005 and the end of 2010, during Fianna Fail’s reign in Government 31 Cork Post Offices shut their doors while only three have been closed since this Government took office and 2014.
“On the jobs front the figures are also revealing. From the time the 2007 Fianna Fáil Government took office to the time it left in 2011 the numbers on the Live Register increased by 264% in Newmarket and 277% in Macroom. Since Fine Gael took office in 2011 the numbers on the live register have tumbled by 27% in both Newmarket and Macroom.
“I believe that is important that the public are made aware of the facts behind some of inane and inaccurate sound-bites that have been doing the rounds in recent times. There is still much work to be done by this Government to right the wrongs of its predecessor. It is important that Governments be judged on their record”.
Cork Heathrow Routes of Strategic Importance to South West Region
Cork North West TD, Michael Creed has today called for a Dáil debate to be held regarding the future of Aer Lingus amidst speculation that the airline is the subject of a proposed takeover by IAG. Having raised the matter during the order of business in the Dáil Deputy Creed said:
“The future of Aer Lingus is of strategic national importance and should be debated at this time when speculation is rife that the airline is about to be acquired by IAG. As a 25% shareholder the Government has a say on the future direction of the airline. It is appropriate that the Oireachtas is afforded the opportunity to discuss this matter in order to tease out how best our strategic interests can be met.
“One of Aer Lingus’ key assets are its Heathrow slots. Aer Lingus carried 2.75 million passengers between Irish airports and Heathrow last year and it is estimated that slightly more than 900,000 of them were connecting to or from other flights. These figures illustrate how crucial the Heathrow slots are for Irelands’ access to the world and vice versa. Any suggestion that IAG may attempt to impede on this access for commercial gain must by resisted if at all possible. As a parliament we have a duty to discuss such matters urgently”.
Cork North West TD Michael Creed has dismissed suggestions that Macroom and Millstreet hospitals face closure. Commenting on a Sunday newspaper article on the matter Deputy Creed said:
“The article in yesterday’s paper was sensationalised and unhelpful in that it raises fears for residents and staff of the facilities mentioned. The truth of the matter is that closure of these facilities is certainly not on the agenda. It is the case that these units require investment to update their structural condition. HIQA have identified this and the HSE is actively engaging in addressing this matter.
“As is the case with all health care facilities – throughout the Country – the ultimate penalty or sanction for failure to comply with regulations is closure. However it is purely false to suggest any facility faces closure. I have contacted the Ministers office and the HSE on this matter and I am satisfied that his Department and the HSE are working towards addressing the issues highlighted by HIQA. There are challenges facing Macroom and Millstreet hospitals – closure is not one of them
Cork North West TD Michael Creed has today (Thursday) welcomed the appointment of a statutory committee by the Minister for the Environment Community & Local Government Alan Kelly TD, to review the Cork City boundary and local Government arrangements in Cork. Commenting on the committees work, Deputy Creed said:
“I welcome any initiative that will put forward solid achievable proposals towards the future development of Cork City and County economically and socially and I hope that this statutory committee can suggest an appropriate framework to provide a basis for this type of planning. I have worked in the past as a member of the local authority on joint initiatives with the City Council such as the Cork Area Strategic Plan to bring about a holistic and cohesive approach to development in Cork.
“I would however caution against a mere redrawing of boundaries which would see the City Council assume areas of Cork County territory which have benefitted and grown through successive County development plans and are of strategic and financial importance to the County authority. The review Committee’s proposals must resist placing the emphasis on urban development and ensure that interests of citizens in Rockchapel are balanced with those of residents in Blackrock”.