68 Empty houses to be renovated in Co. Cork – Harrington

Measures will alleviate social housing shortage in Co. Cork.

housing_estateFine Gael Cork South West TD has welcomed the Government’s announcement of a €15 million national investment in social housing. This measure will make 68 vacant houses available for use in Co. Cork.

“There is a housing shortage across the country. Families in Co. Cork are in need of homes. This significant investment will make a huge difference to people in the area.

“Empty houses regularly attract anti-social behaviour; they are unsightly and negatively impact local areas. We want to bring new life into these properties and to turn them into homes once again.

“This investment will not only benefit the individual families who are allocated a new property but it will enhance the community. It is good news for builders and good news for small businesses.

“This €15 million national investment is just one of a number of measures being introduced by the Government to deal with public housing issues. €68 million will be invested nationally to build 449 new homes for families and €30 million will be spent in 2014 to upgrade the energy efficiency of the least well insulated local authority homes.”



Sensible approach finally adopted towards the issue of non-payment of fines – Harrington

scales_of_justice_117108Fine Gael TD for Cork South West, today welcomed the final passage through the Houses of the Oireachtas of the Fines (Payment and Recovery) Bill 2013.

Deputy Harrington confirmed that “this has long been a concern within Fine Gael, that jailing people for non-payment of fines is inappropriate, costly and ineffective. We will now have a system that is logical and proportionate and fines will be set at a level that takes into account the person’s financial circumstances”.

• The Fines (Payment and Recovery) Bill 2013 delivers on the Programme for Government commitment to introduce attachment of earnings to recover unpaid fines.

• Under this Bill the law has been radically reformed and all the provisions relating to the payment and recovery of fines are to be found in one place. Read the rest of this entry »

Minister Fitzgerald announces €3 million Childcare Capital programme

playgroundFrances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children & Youth Affairs has today, announced the launch of capital funding totalling €3 million for community childcare services, parent and toddler groups and childminders.

  • €2.5 million for repair, maintenance and upgrade of community and not-for-profit childcare services
  • €0.25 million each for grants to Parent and Toddler Groups; and Childminding Development Grant Scheme

Minister Fitzgerald stated: “I am happy to be in the position, for a third year in row, to announce a new scheme of capital funding for early years services. This demonstrates the commitment of this Government to continue developing quality childcare provision in Ireland.”

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Cork South West Applications Invited to €600,000 Support Programme

entrepreneurlogoSocial Entrepreneurs Ireland has launched their nationwide search for people who have innovative ideas and new solutions to solve some of Ireland’s social and environmental problems.

The annual competition, now in its tenth year, has backed 169 social entrepreneurs to date and invested €5.4 million in direct funding to projects in areas ranging from community and active citizenship, education and learning, environment and sustainability and mental and physical health.

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