October 2015
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Construction of Community Enterprise Centre in Dunmanway to commence – Harrington

DunmanwayNoel Harrington, Fine Gael TD for Cork South West, today (Thursday) welcomed the news that work on the construction of a Community Enterprise Centre, comprising of 3 commercial units, each measuring 2,500 sq.ft., will commence shortly in Dunmanway.

Deputy Harrington said: “I am delighted that following a culmination of many years of hard work by a determined and dedicated committee, that all the i’s are now dotted and t’s crossed, for this project to commence, to give the people of Dunmanway modern commercial space, to service both startup companies and those seeking to expand their current business, and create much needed employment in the area”.

The project is estimated to cost €1m and funding will include a maximum grant of €450k secured from Enterprise Ireland, with Cork Co. Council providing funding of €355K from its Economic Development Fund.  The balance will be from community fundraising, of which many successful events have already been run, and well supported by both local businesses and the wider community.  This initiative, illustrates the partnership approach to enterprise and economic development is evident in Dunmanway and indeed throughout West Cork.

“I am delighted also to hear that following a competitive tender process, that the contract was awarded to local contractors, Hurley & White Builders Ltd.,  I would like to offer my continued support to this initiative and to wish everyone involved huge success, in the construction stage and for the many years ahead”


€46 million for new Garda vehicles will make West Cork safer – Harrington

€875 million allocated to Justice sector in Govt’s Capital Investment Plan

Garda CarFine Gael TD for Cork South West, Noel Harrington, has welcomed the allocation of €46 million for Garda vehicles over the next five years. Funding will be provided for both regular Garda patrol vehicles as well as specialist, high-power vehicles for targeted operations. This is part of an unprecedented allocation of €875 million in capital funding in the Justice sector.

“I am delighted that the Government has decided to make this unprecedented investment in our justice sector and in particular Garda vehicles. This proves the Government’s ongoing commitment to ensure that the Garda fleet is modern, effective and fit-for-purpose. Access to new and modern vehicles is vital in ensuring Gardaí can be mobile, responsive and visible in the community, both urban and rural.

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ANC Payments to Island Farmers have commenced – Harrington

Bere IslandFine Gael TD for Cork South West, Noel Harrington TD today (Wednesday) welcomes the announcement made by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney, TD, that payment for Island Farmers under the new Areas of Natural Constraints (ANC) Scheme has started issuing, on schedule, today.

“I am pleased that these payments, worth some €1 million to Island Farmers nationally are on target. This will be of significant benefit to the farmers on the seven inhabited offshore island of West Cork: Bere, Dursey, Whiddy, Cape Clear, Heir, Long, and Sherkin”.  Deputy Harrington said. “Island farming is difficult at the best of times, and the difficult weather experienced over the past few months, posed even greater challenges to the farmers on these islands”.

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Funding for the economic development of West Cork towns – Harrington

Castletownbere HarbourFine Gael Cork South West TD, Noel Harrington, has said that €94,500 has been allocated to West Cork under the Rural Economic Development Zone (REDZ) scheme.

“Castletownbere and Skibbereen, which are pilot towns under the REDZ Scheme, are to receive €44,500 and €50,000 respectively for rural economic development. Duhallow is the other Cork town to receive a grant under the pilot scheme; in this case it is €24,500 in funding.

Skibbereen Town“The total fund for the pilot towns and villages across the country involved in the scheme is almost €3.8 million. This pilot is a result of the work of the Commission for the Economic Development of Rural Areas (CEDRA) which was published by the Government in April 2014.  The report identified the need to take a more tailored approach to planning at both a regional and local level and so instead of working off traditional geographical boundaries, the Zones in the scheme are based around where people cluster to live and work.

“This funding, along with the recently announced €30 million for the rural towns and villages renewal scheme is another element of our wider strategy to rejuvenate rural Ireland and spread the economic recovery.

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