Sinn Féin Councillor Edel Corrigan is encouraging groups who may be interested in initiating an energy upgrade project to consider applying for up to 50% Better Energy Community Funding.
Councillor Corrigan said “Louth County Council are facilitating community applications to the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) who provide funding for community groups, sports groups, private businesses and even public sector groups who wish to explore or develop an energy upgrade project.”
“Louth County Council at the minute are taking applications but the closing date for the final application is 26th January 2018. This means that the Council would need to finalise the beneficiaries for the funding by 15th January at the latest.”
Councillor Edel Corrigan is encouraging those interested or who may represent anyone in this field to “consider putting an application forward. Contact the Council’s Sustainable Energy Team directly on HYPERLINK “mailto:Padraig.firstname.lastname@example.org” Padraig.email@example.com for more details or to submit your application.”
“We are always seeking new ways to be more energy efficient and to reduce our carbon footprint and Louth County Council and SEAI recognise that and want to encourage it.”
Sinn Féin Councillor David Saurin has welcomed funding to purchase Coillte lands at King William’s Glen in Tullyallen.
Speaking today Cllr Saurin said “the purchase of this land will facilitate Louth County Council to construct a staggered junction at the bottom of the Glen onto the Slane Road.”
There have been two fatalities in the last twelve months on this particular stretch of road. Cllr Saurin said “with the increase in visitors and tourists to Oldbridge House and the increase in population in the local area, this road has become even busier in recent years and so the realignment of the junction will enhance safety for road users.”
Cllr Saurin called on Louth County Council to commence the works as soon as possible and “this project, along with the recent resurfacing works and cleaning of the culvert on the Glen are measures which will be greatly appreciated by people from the area and by those who use these busy roads on a daily basis.”
Sinn Féin TD for Louth and East Meath Imelda Munster has today welcomed media reports that funding has been made available for the construction of the Ardee bypass.
Deputy Munster said:
“I am happy to hear that Transport Minister Shane Ross has allocated funding for the Ardee bypass. The project was excluded from the capital investment programme originally, and so it is certainly good news for the people of Ardee that funding has been secured.
“I have raised the matter of bypass with both the Minister for Transport on several occasions and with officials from Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII). A commitment was given by TII at a meeting of the Oireachtas Transport Committee last November to include the project in the midterm review of the Capital Plan, and I am glad to see that the Ardee bypass has been allocated funding as part of that process.
“I have written to the Minister seeking further information regarding how much funding is to be made available and seeking a start date and a timeline for the project.
“The local community has been campaigning for the construction of the bypass for many years, with many disappointments and delays along the way. The area has been neglected in terms of investment for too long, and so it is to be welcomed that this project is finally progressing.”
Sinn Féin Councillor Pearse McGeough has welcomed funding from the Council to improve safety at Drumcar Bridge.
Cllr McGeough said “I have been highlighting the safety concerns around this bridge for quite some time now and am relieved and pleased that the matter is going to be addressed.”
” As well as the bridge needing improvement safety, with massive HGV’s crossing it I was equally concerned about the surrounds which have a protected structure close by. Hopefully the planned works will resolve the issue. I am waiting for clarification from the Council as to the details of the works planned but am pleased that my persistence on this matter is finally paying dividends.”
Pictured: Pearse McGeough at Drumcar Bridge
Sinn Féin TD for Louth Gerry Adams has welcomed the news that funding for the Ardee based WALK PEER project has been confirmed until July 2017.
Gerry Adams said,
“I have been intensively lobbying Minister Finian McGrath to save WALK PEER for the past six months and I commend him for his delivery on his commitments. I’m delighted that those participating and working on the project have at last had some good news.
“WALK PEER will be funded by the Department of Social Protection until the end of July 2017.
“At this point the project will be eligible to apply to the €2 million pre activation support scheme as outlined in the Comprehensive Employment Strategy.
“WALK Peer is an exemplary programme which has dramatically changed the lives of young people with disabilities in my constituency.
“Last year 119 young people availed of the programme and they achieved very positive outcomes.
“WALK Peer has proven to be successful in ensuring that young people with disabilities are afforded equal access to employment, education and training.
“The dedicated staff, peer mentors, young people and local community in Louth have fought to ensure this programme has been available for young people with disabilities, despite facing threat of closure since last summer.
“In 2015 the Government took the disastrous decision to close the Disability Activation Scheme (DACT) which supported people in receipt of disability or illness welfare payments.
“In light of this, and the lack of Government commitments on future activation schemes, I will again urge that the Minister ring-fences funding to ensure the long-term provision of supports for this group of citizens with disabilities.”