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New mortgage arrears measures will help struggling home owners – Harrington

Mortgage ArrearsFine Gael TD for Cork South West has said the Government’s new measures to support mortgage holders in arrears will increase the supports available to people in West Cork – Harrington.

“The Government has agreed a number of new measures to support mortgage holders who are in arrears.   These measures build on the action already taken and aim to increase the supports available to people in arrears and to increase the numbers of people availing of them.

“In a major reform of the Personal Insolvency framework, the Government has agreed to give Courts the power to review and, where appropriate, to approve insolvency deals that have been rejected by banks.  The Government will legislate to give effect to this change before the end of the summer.

“This move will protect distressed mortgage-holders from any unfair lack of cooperation from their banks when it comes to seeking to agree a personal insolvency solution.

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Funding for Non Gaeltacht West Cork Islands Fully Restored

www.sherkinisland.ieFine Gael TD for Cork South West, Noel Harrington, today (Tuesday) welcomed the announcement by Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs, Joe McHugh T.D., that funding of over €300,000 for the non-Gaeltacht islands for the period from mid-May to the end of 2015. Two West Cork Islands will receive €185,000 in total. The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has reached agreement with Comhar na nOileán Teo., who will be responsible for administering the fund at a total cost of €34,160 in 2015. Funding for the non-Gaeltacht islands was previously provided by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government.

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Island farmers to benefit from special payments – Harrington

Special payments for island farming under the 2015 Areas of Natural Constraints Scheme

island_photoFine Gael Cork South West TD, Noel Harrington, has today (Thursday) welcomed the announcement by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD, that a special payment is being introduced for island farmers.

“Off-shore islands have been designated as Areas of Specific Constraint under the Areas of Natural Constraint (ANC) scheme.

“Minister Coveney has confirmed a special payment for island farmers under the ANC, which will be payable on land situated on off-shore islands (i.e. where no permanent access by road or bridge exists) where an agricultural activity is being carried out by the applicant.

“This will be a significant benefit to the farmers on the inhabited offshore islands of West Cork: Bere, Cape Clear, Dursey, Heir, Long, Sherkin and Whiddy.

“The payment rates for island farmers will be €250 per hectare for land area up to 20 hectares; €150 per hectare for between 20 and 34 hectares and €70 for land between 34 and 40 hectares.

“A copy of the Terms and Conditions of the new Scheme is issuing to all applicants and the closing date for applications is the 29th May. I encourage all West Cork island farmers to apply in good time.”

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West Cork to benefit from Community Heritage Grants Scheme – Harrington

heritage irelandThe announcement today (Wednesday) by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphries, under the Community Heritage Grants Scheme, is welcomed by Noel Harrington, Fine Gael TD for Cork South West.

“West Cork is steeped in history and the grant funding being allocated today to the 7 projects is the area will assist the wonderful work being carried out by the relevant organisations towards the portrayal of the heritage that we have to both locals and the many visitors to the area” Deputy Harrington added.

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