Fine Gael candidate for Cork South West, Noel Harrington, has today (Tuesday) welcomed a new enhanced package for rural GPs, which has been announced by the Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar. It follows discussions between the HSE, the Department of Health and the Irish Medical Organisation.
“It is so important that we support rural GP practices, so families living in towns and villages in rural Ireland can access medical care in their own communities. The Government is putting in place a new framework to support rural practices, which will raise the qualifying criteria for rural support and the financial allowance for rural GPs will also increase by about 25% to €20,000.
Harrington welcomes An Taoiseach’s commitment of €100m investment for Wild Atlantic Way and Greenways
This Plan will create an additional 50,000 New Jobs
Noel Harrington Fine Gael TD for Cork South West today (Sunday 21st Feb.) welcomed An Taoiseach Enda Kenny & Minister for Tourism Paschal Donohoe’s plan to create 50,000 new jobs in tourism and increase the number of visitors to 10 million.
“Here in West Cork, the Wild Atlantic Way has been a huge success, and it is very evident to everyone living here, of the increased visitor numbers to our spectacular area”, Deputy Harrington said.
“To help achieve this ambition Fine Gael also outlined a new €100 million capital injection for the Wild Atlantic Way, and a nationwide greenways network.
“Here in West Cork, where tourism is so important, this is exactly the kind of focus and investment that we want to see. Increased tourism in West Cork means more money spent in our businesses, and the growth and jobs that comes from that are much needed.
Fine Gael’s plans for the tourism sector will grow revenues from overseas tourists to €5 billion and will make a significant contribution to regional job creation.
Fine Gael Candidate for Cork South West, Noel Harrington has welcomed the news that €254,250 has been allocated to Cork County Council for the repair and development of harbours and slipways.
The funding is part of a €4.5 million national funding package announced by Minister for Agriculture and the Marine, Simon Coveney, to carry out repair works following recent storms and severe weather.
“Unfortunately the severe weather and storms that we experienced this winter have caused damage to piers, harbours and slipways around West Cork – Dursey Pier in Garnish, Coosmore Pier in Ardgroom, Trahalan Strand in Castletownbere, Lawrence Cove in Bere Island, Snave Pier in Bantry,Baltimore Harbour, Lehenagh Slip in Clonakilty and Castlepark in Kinsale Harbour.
“I have been working closely with Minister Coveney to secure funding for the repair and future protection of harbours and I am delighted with the announcement that Cork County Council is to receive €254,250 in funding for this purpose.
Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan, today (Thursday), exposed Fianna Fáil’s attempt to deceive the Irish people with their manifesto.
Today Fine Gael published an analysis of the Fianna Fáil manifesto that exposed a black hole of €1.24 billion in its election promises.
Minister Noonan said, “Fianna Fáil want voters to think they’ve changed since they crashed the economy and destroyed 300,000 jobs.
“However they have been caught out trying to hide the cost of their spending promises by not making any provision for their commitment to increase public service pay.
“This reckless approach to politics will put jobs and our recovery at risk.
“The Irish people have worked too hard and sacrificed too much to hand power back to the same old Fianna Fáil. They still cannot be trusted to manage the economy on behalf of the Irish people.
“Fianna Fáil now need to admit that all their election promises are based on a lie and explain honestly how they intend to fund all their spending commitments.”