Cork North West T.D. Michael Creed has today welcomed the inclusion of five schools from the Cork North West Constituency in the Summer Works scheme for 2016.  Freemount Mixed National School, Scoil Abán Naofa, Baile Mhic Ire, Scoil Naomh Eoin Baiste, Ballincollig, Scoil Naisiunta Naomh Mhuire Farran, and Freemount Mixed National School Charleville will all receive money to improve and upgrade existing school buildings. Commenting on the allocation Deputy Creed said:


“This funding is now being allocated for vital gas works and electrical upgrades in schools. The majority of works will be carried out in schools over the summer months, so as to minimise disruption to students, teachers and other school staff.


“The capacity of schools to take responsibility for delivering small and medium-scale projects is a key component of the Summer Works Scheme. The projects approved have been assessed as being priority projects by the individual schools themselves. These works are deemed to be absolutely necessary and we have been able to provide Boards of Management and Patrons with the funding necessary to address the schools’ needs”



“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 and Dáil candidate Michael Creed has this morning welcomed confirmation that the tender for the construction of the new Macroom Fire Station is to be issued next year. Commenting on the provision of funding for the project in the Fire Stations Capital project 2016-2020 Deputy Creed said:

“This is a most welcome development for the provision of emergency fire services in the Macroom area. The present fire station in Macroom is antiquated and a new station has been mooted with many years. I am pleased that this is now a reality and that the construction of a new building on an already procured site will be put to tender next year.

“The site which has been purchased for the station is the same site where the new Garda Station which is due to be constructed during the period of the Justice department’s Capital Investment plan 2016-2021.

“This outgoing Government has put in place an unprecedented package of investment for the Macroom area. The upgrade of Macroom hospital, the new Fire & Garda Stations as well as the commencement of the Macroom bypass programme will see this area transformed over the next number of years”.


Cork North West TD Michael Creed has warmly welcomed the inclusion of Macroom Community Hospital in the Department of Health’s Capital programme and the provision of €5.8 million toward the refurbishment of the facility. Commenting on the allocation Deputy Creed said:

“I am extremely pleased that Macroom Community Hospital has been included for funding in the Department of Health’s Capital Investment plan and that €5.8 million is to be provided for the refurbishment of the hospital which is to be completed by 2019.

“This is a most welcome development as the hospital seeks to meet the standards set out by HIQA inside the 2021 deadline they have set out. I understand that there is a design team in place and that work is underway on a planning application for the required works.

“There have been elements who have sought to make political capital by engaging in scaremongering about the future of Macroom hospital. Today’s investment programme forever silences any suggestions that the hospital does not have a future.


Cork North West TD Michael Creed has this morning welcomed the 2016 allocations to Cork County Council from Transport Infrastructure Ireland. Commenting on the allocation Deputy Creed said:

“Cork North West and in particular the Macroom area is the major beneficiary from next year’s allocations. 85% of the total spend in Cork County on National Primary routes will be allocated to the Macroom area. Specifically the Macroom Baile Mhuirne bypass project and resurfacing works in Lissarda. This is major investment in the area and I am grateful to the TII and to my colleague, Minister for Transport Pascal Donohue for heeding my requests for this investment.

“There is now significant momentum behind the Macroom-Baile Mhurine bypass project and next year’s allocation moves the project ever closer to the issuing of tender documents, the award of a contract and the ultimate commencement of construction as committed to in the Capital Investment plan 2016-2021. It is important that this momentum is maintained and not derailed post General Election 2016 because of commitments of opposition party’s to other projects in the County.

“Lissarda village has long been in need of resurfacing and I am pleased that these works will finally be carried out in 2016.

Dairy Forum delivers €1,350 top up for farmers before Christmas

Fine Gael TD for Cork North West, Michael Creed has said that the Dairy Forum has led to the implementation by Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney of a top up package of €1,350 for dairy farmers in Cork.
“When I put forward the suggestion of the Dairy Forum it was my hope that its work would lead to positive news for dairy farmers. The announcement of the €1,350 top of for dairy farmers is a great success for the Dairy Forum and testament of its merit.
“This direct aid package of €27.4 million is made up of €13.7 million of EU funding and a further €13.7 million in matching national funding.
“The payment will be made on a flat rate basis and means that dairy farmers in Cork and across the country will each receive approximately €1,350. This top-up funding is to be made to farmers before Christmas and I know it will be an important boost to them, particularly as many are experiencing cash-flow problems.
“There will be an additional €800 top-up for young dairy farmers in Cork, which will be made in early 2016.
“This has been a very difficult year for the dairy sector in Ireland and I know that farmers here in Cork have been feeling the effects of the market downturn. Speaking to farmers I know that cash-flow has been a particular problem.
“The additional funding announced today for farmers comes on top of the 70% advance payment also agreed as part of this package and which has now delivered over €1 billion to farmers in the last two months.
“There is no doubt but that these are difficult times for dairy farmers in Cork but this Government is committed to continuing to work for them. Fine Gael has a long term plan to keep the recovery going and part of this plan is to ensure we support and assist our farmers, who are the backbone of this country and our economy.”


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”