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1,524 homes in Co. Cork availed of Better Energy Homes grant last year – Harrington

Scheme improves people’s homes and creates local jobs

  SEAIFine Gael TD for Cork South West, has urged people in West Cork to avail of the SEAI Better Energy Homes grant. The scheme provides financial assistance to homeowners to improve the comfort levels within their home while reducing energy use, costs and greenhouse gas emissions.

“1,524 homes in Co. Cork availed of the Better Energy Homes grant home energy grant last year. Grants are provided to homeowners for measures such as roof insulation, wall insulation, boiler and heating control upgrades and solar panels. The scheme has been v beneficial for homeowners and has also helped create jobs and keep people in employment.

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New pool and leisure facility is a great boost for Dunmanway – Harrington

swimming poolFine Gael TD for Cork South West, Noel Harrington has said that the decision by the Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring T.D, to grant of €3.8m for a replacement pool in Dunmanway, Cork is a major boost for the town and the area. The money has been allocated to Cork County Council under the Local Authority Swimming Pool Programme.

“This is excellent news for Dunmanway and the surrounding area. The town will have a high quality, modern pool and leisure facility. Having communicated the need for a replacement pool for Dunmanway to Minister Ring, I am delighted that this funding has now been provided. Now that the money has been approved, the Council can commence construction on the project.

“The new facility will include a 25m x 10.5m swimming pool, a toddler pool, a health suite to include sauna and steam room, changing facilities and disabled changing rooms. The replacement pool, as well as improving efficiency, will also include a hydrotherapy pool. The estimated total cost of the project is €6.1m including VAT.”

Group Water Scheme Households should register with Irish Water to ensure their €100 Water Conservation Grant

Tap WaterAll households are being advised to register with Irish Water before the deadline of February 2nd to ensure their €100 Water Conservation Grant.

This also applies to households who are on a Group Water Scheme, who will also receive the grant.  Failure to register, will mean that Irish Water will assume that the household is a customer and will be billed.  By registering, you are advising Irish Water that you are not a customer, therefore being removed from their customer list and will not receive a bill.  It will also ensure that that household is eligible for the €100 Water Conservation Grant, announced last October by Minister Alan Kelly.

You can register online at http://www.irishwater.ie

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Live Register down by 24% in Co. Cork – Harrington

csoLogoLatest CSO figures show more people are at work since the launch of the Action Plan for Jobs in 2012 “Live Register Figures show that unemployment has been dropping for 30 months in a row and that in Co. Cork, there has been a fall of 24%.. This is very much to be welcomed” says Noel Harrington, Fine Gael TD for Cork South West.

“Another drop in the Live Register in December emphasises that the economy is in recovery and that more people are entering the jobs market. I am particularly encouraged that the Live Register here in Co. Cork. has dropped by 24%. There is however more work to be done and I expect to see a further drop in these figures in the coming months.

“Unemployment is falling across the country, but very significantly we are now seeing a drop in rural areas as CSO figures show that the live register has dropped in all eight regions of the country over the course of 2014. This year there will be an increased focus on job creation outside of the main urban centres as the Minister for Jobs, Richard Bruton is preparing to launch a pilot programme of the Regional Enterprise Strategy. This strategy will specifically address growing economies in rural areas.

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