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Govt policy is working as economy grows and consumer spending increases – Harrington

GDP and GNP figures show stable recovery is underway

NA2014Q2FIG1Fine Gael TD for Cork South West, Noel Harrington, has welcomed the CSO Quarterly figures released today which show that the Irish economy grew by 7.7% in GDP terms and by 9% in GNP terms year on year.

“I am very encouraged today with the news that the Irish economy has grown by 7.7% GDP and by 9% GNP since this time last year. Most encouragingly the figures are showing the domestic economy growing again with consumer spending up 1.8% year on year. We are finally starting to feel the effects of this recovery in West Cork and across the country, though there is still further to go.

“GDP and GNP are the main indicators of how are economy is doing and today’s news that both have grown so substantially within the last twelve months is extremely positive.

“This is the strongest growth rate recorded since the early 2000s and means that Ireland’s growth is now the strongest in the EU.

“In the past three years the Government has taken some very difficult decisions and the public has made real sacrifices. The turnaround that we are seeing in the Irish economy is a direct consequence of the policies pursued by this Government and the sacrifices made by the Irish people. Major structural reforms designed to boost the competitiveness of the Irish economy have been introduced and the figures show these measures have been successful.

“This news comes only days after Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan TD’s IMF loan negotiations which will save the Irish tax payer €1.5 billion over a five year period.

“There are 70,000 more people in jobs now than in 2012, the highest number since 2009. The unemployment rate is now down to 11.2% from a peak of 15.1%. The recovery is underway but we are not there yet. Unemployment in West Cork remains too high and more people need to feel the effects of the improving economy. Creating jobs and supporting work remains this Government’s top priority.”

ENDS

 

LEO Microfinance Loan means business in West Cork – Harrington

logo_microfinance_smlFine Gael TD for Cork South West, Noel Harrington, has welcomed the announcement of a collaboration between Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) and Microfinance Ireland, designed to support small businesses across the country. The LEO Microfinance Loan will see credit on offer to small companies employing 10 people or less, at a reduced rate of interest.

“I strongly welcome the introduction of the LEO Microfinance Loan, which could be extremely beneficial to sole traders, micro businesses and small companies in West Cork.

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Additional Clinics for coming week – Sat. Aug. 23rd – Fri. Aug. 30th

Saturday
Aug. 23
2.30pm Allihies Jimmy’s Bar
3.30pm Eyeries O’Shea’s Bar
  4.30pm Ardgroom Village Inn
Monday
Aug. 25
11am – 12:30pm Skibbereen Constituency Office
  2-3:30pm Bantry Constituency Office
  5pm Castletownbere O’Donoghue’s
Tuesday
Aug. 26
12 noon Bere Island Community Centre
1pm Bere Island Hotel Bar
  2pm Bere Island O’Sullivan’s (Dessie’s)
Wednesday
Aug. 27
12 noon Skibbereen Constituency Office
3 pm Cape Clear Island Coláiste Pobail Cheire
Thursday
Aug. 28
12 noon Bantry Constituency Office
2:30 pm Sherkin Island Islander’s Rest
Friday
Aug. 29
11am-12.30pm Bantry Constituency Office
  2.30 -3:30pm Skibbereen Constituency Office

Additional Clinics Aug. 18 – 23

ADDITIONAL CLINICS:  Mon. Aug. 18th to Sat. Aug.23rd 2014

Please feel free to drop in for a chat or to discuss any issues you may have.

Day/Date

Time Area

Venue

Mon. Aug. 18

11am – 12:30pm Skibbereen Constituency Office
 

2-3:30pm

Bantry Constituency Office
  4pm Dunmanway

Parkway Hotel

Tues. Aug. 19

12:30pm

Union Hall Dinty’s Bar
1:30pm Ballydehob

Vincent Coughlan’s Bar

 

2:30pm

Schull Bunratty Inn
  3:30pm Goleen

O’Meara’s

 

5pm

Adrigole Murphy’s Bar
  6pm Castletownbere

O’Donoghue’s Bar

Wed. Aug. 20

11.30pm

Skibbereen

Constituency Office

12.30pm

Connonagh Morris Arms

 

2pm Drimoleague

McCarthy’s Bar

  3pm Kealkil

Collin’s Bar

4pm Ballylickey Ouvane Falls
5pm Glengarriff

Bernard Harrington’s Bar

Thur. Aug. 21

12 noon

Bantry Constituency Office

2pm

Kilcrohane Bay View Inn
  3pm Ahakista

Arundel’s Bar

  4pm Durrus

Long Boat Bar

Fri. Aug. 22

11am-12.30pm

Bantry Constituency Office
  2-3:30pm Skibbereen

Constituency Office

 

4pm

Baltimore

Bushe’s Bar

Sat. Aug. 23

2.30pm

Allihies

Jimmy’s Bar

3.30pm

Eyeries

O’Shea’s Bar

  4.30pm Ardgroom

Village Inn

In case Days/Times/Venues Change – please ring 027-56222 or 028-22872 beforehand