Fine Gael TD for Cork South West today welcomed the announcement from the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, that the funding for the Visual Arts BA (Hons) Degree Programme, in conjunction with the Dublin Institute of technology (DIT) has again been awarded for the coming year.Deputy Harrington stated “I am delighted that the Visual Art BA (Hons) Degree Programme will continue at Sherkin, where it has proven to be very successful to date and that the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht have again allocated a grant of €25,000 towards the provision of this course for the coming academic year. The BA Visual Art is a community-based, four year, honours degree visual art programme. It is fully accredited, managed and delivered by the Dublin Institute of Technology in partnership with Sherkin Island Development Society (SIDS). West Cork Arts Centre (WCAC) are also key partners in the planning and implementation of the programme. I have been working on the securing of this grant each year and also worked in securing the additional 50% funding with Cork County Council, some years ago.
“The programme engages explicitly with the community in Sherkin Island and fosters a critical understanding of the community’s cultural and economic relationship with the perceived centre” Harrington added.
Fine Gael TD for Cork South West, Noel Harrington welcomed the announcement made by the Department of Health that Lottery funding of €120,000 has been paid to Skibbereen Geriatric Society Ltd, Cara House, Market Street, Skibbereen, Co Cork, from the Department’s 2014 National Lottery Discretionary Fund.
“This funding of €120,000 was being awarded towards the cost of converting the existing bedrooms and circulation space into a purpose designed space for the older adults attending the luncheon club. This will be a huge boost for the Skibbereen Geriatric Society Ltd., toward the provision of daily services to the senior citizens of Skibbereen and district, which include classes, activities, appropriate advice clinics on for example finance and health.
“Cara House, in its current state was completely unfit for purpose and this funding will assist those involved towards the provision of a custom built facility for the purpose it will be used for. It is also a welcome boost for the local economy with the provision of jobs during the refurbishment. This is excellent news for Skibbereen and surrounding area and especially to the senior citizens there, who will benefit greatly from the finished project.
1. What has happened?
The Central Bank took this action as Berehaven Credit Union was no longer viable as a standalone credit union and all alternative options examined to resolve the serious financial difficulties at the credit union were not feasible.
Berehaven Credit Union had serious financial difficulties due to poor governance, lending practices and internal controls. The Central Bank has engaged with the credit union on these issues in recent years in an attempt to find a resolution.
The Central Bank’s main objective when resolving credit unions in difficulty is to find a credit union-based solution that maintains services in the local community. In this case, the Central Bank examined all available options, including a directed transfer to another credit union. However, while a transfer bid was received from another credit union, the financial support required was significantly greater than the estimated cost of liquidation. On this basis, the liquidation of Berehaven Credit Union was the only option available. Read the rest of this entry »
Fine Gael TD for Cork South West, Noel Harrington has welcomed the announcement by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr James Reilly TD, that €15,247 will be awarded to West Cork childcare facilities through the 2014 Early Years Capital programme.
“In West Cork, €15,247 has been awarded to community and not-for-profit childcare services that applied for funding under the Early Years Capital programme. This funding will be used for repair and maintenance works, and to upgrade current facilities.
“Rosscarbery and Kinsale have benefited from the funding announced today. €5,462 will go to Rosscarbery Community Playschool Ltd., and €9,785 will go to Kinsale Community Playschool Ltd. This money will prove hugely beneficial to local families whose children have been using these facilities.