March 2015
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West Cork to benefit from the €17.8M Fishery Harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Capital Programme – Harrington

Visit to Cape Clear Feb.'14smallFine Gael TD for Cork South West Noel Harrington today (Friday) welcomed the announcement by The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD, of a €17.8m Capital Investment Package for the ongoing development of Ireland’s publicly owned fishery harbours and local harbour network.  “I am delighted that West Cork is to receive €1.996m towards ongoing development works at Cape Clear and €890k towards Castletownbere Fishery Harbour Centre.  Other monies will also be available from the overall allocations such as the Safety and Maintenance of all Fishery Harbour Centres, (€1.44m) Local Authority Harbour Development & Marine Leisure (€1.5m) and Local Authority Storm Damage (€1.4m)”.

“The continuation of the funding towards the completion of infrastructural improvement and storm damage repair works at North Harbour, on Cape Clear at Duffy’s Pier and Bull Nose Development will enhance the safety for those living on the island and to the thousands who visit there each year”

“The funding for Castletownbere Fishery Harbour Centre, towards electrical upgrading,, provision of a Harbour Slipway (Phase 1), Sanitary Facilities Works, replacement of Water Network and Site Investigation of proposed development on south side of Dinish Island are all welcome and necessary in the busy port” Deputy Harrington added.

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€40m New round of Sports Capital funding Announced – Harrington

Sports Collage3rd round of funding under FG/Labour Govt will provide for improved facilities and equipment for sporting organisations across the country

Fine Gael TD for Cork South West, Noel Harrington welcomes the announcement of the opening of the 2015 round of the Sports Capital Programme, made yesterday by Minister of State for Sport, Michael Ring.

Speaking today, Deputy Harrington said: ‘The commitment of this Fine Gael/Labour Government, towards the improvement of facilities and equipment for sporting organisations across the country is testament to the belief in the power and value to strengthen communities and give people far greater opportunities to engage in sport.

Under this new round, which is the 3rd under this Government, €40 million is being provided to successful applicants to carrying out essential works on pitches and facilities such as clubhouses and dressing rooms.  The Progamme, which opened yesterday, also provides for the purchase of new equipment, which will assist people to plany their chosen sport to the best of their ability, thus reinforcing the positive impact that sport has on communities from a physical and social perspective.

Last year, €1,012,400 was awarded in the Sports Capital Programme funding for West Cork and 21 clubs/organisations benefited. ( Read the rest of this entry »

Live Register drops by 23.44% in Co. Cork as more young people enter the jobs market – Harrington

Live Register FallingThe Live Register has fallen for the 32nd consecutive month and in Cork County and City, there has been a drop of 23.44% in the number of people signing on since the launch of the Action Plan for Jobs. Fine Gael TD for Cork South West, Noel Harrington has welcomed this news, which comes alongside a national drop of almost 20% in the number of youth unemployed.

“Another fall in the Live Register in Cork indicates that the economic recovery is taking hold and that while there is still more work to be done, things are moving in the right direction. A major indicator of this improvement is the reduction by just under 20% in the number of people under 25 claiming social welfare support. The fact that these young people are entering the labour market, and bringing with them new skills, sends a strong message that the country is getting back to work.

“Bit by bit and inch by inch we are getting closer to bringing our national unemployment rate below 10% but the key to a stable and sustainable economy is to ensure opportunities for our young people and to tackle the issue of the long term unemployed. We are making significant progress in both of these areas, but there is no room for complacency. It is essential that this country stays the course to ensure stability and further growth. Read the rest of this entry »

€440k investment in Cork seafood processing – Harrington

fish2015 Seafood Processing Business Investment Scheme announced today

Fine Gael Cork South West TD, Noel Harrington, welcomed the news that €440,000 in grants is being made available to the Cork seafood processing industry through the 2015 Seafood Processing Business Investment Scheme.

“Cork has a significant role to play in Ireland’s successful seafood export industry. I am delighted to see this recognised today with €440,000 in grants being made available to Cork seafood processing companies through the 2015 Seafood Processing Business Investment Scheme.

“The grants approved include €51,132.00 for Ballycotton Seafoods; €118,500 for Good Fish Processing (Carrigaline) Ltd.; €198,032.10 for Keohane Seafood Ltd. and €71,896.80 for Shellfish De La Mer.

“The grant aid is co-funded on a 50/50 basis by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and the European Fisheries Fund; and the scheme is implemented by BIM and Údarás na Gaeltachta, with Enterprise Ireland assisting in commercial evaluation of proposals.

“In total, 18 seafood processing companies were awarded €2.7 million in grant-aid under the 2015 Seafood Processing Business Investment Scheme. The supported projects are projected to deliver 145 Jobs and €41 million in additional sales by 2017. In Cork South West, 80-90% of income in coastal towns and villages is directly related to fisheries.

“Minister Coveney has highlighted that seafood exports increased in value by 70% between 2009 and 2014, rising from €315m to €540m. Cork fishermen have to be ready to capitalise on this growing export market and so the grant aid announced today is most welcome in that regard.”