Significant benefits for Carlow in 2016 as economic recovery continues – Deering

27th November, 2015

Fine Gael’s plan to keep the economic recovery going will bring significant benefits to Carlow according to local Fine Gael TD, Pat Deering.

“The increase in people returning to work means the Government has more revenue to invest in better services here in Carlow. It also means lower taxes for working people. Carlow has been one of the best performing counties throughout the economic recovery, and keeping this recovery going will bring significant benefits to Carlow in 2016.

“As part of an €80 million national programme to improve our schools and our children’s education, three Carlow schools have been awarded funding for refurbishment and upgrade projects in 2016; Tyndall College Campus, St Mary’s Academy CBS Carlow and Presentation/De la Salle in Bagnelstown.

“As a result of a €20 million investment by the Government, 435 new social housing units will be built in Carlow by the end of 2016. The construction of these houses will help create approximately 160 jobs during the building phase. Planning permission has also been granted to build 110 new private units in County Carlow.

“The Government is committed to supporting An Garda Síochána in their work to keep our communities safe and secure. We have re-opened the Garda training college in Templemore and started recruiting 1,150 new Gardaí. Capital funding of €875 million for Garda stations, vehicles, IT and new burglary laws will also significantly benefit communities in Carlow. 51 new vehicles have been purchased in the Carlow/ Kilkenny district and there will be a substantial upgrade in facilities in Carlow Garda station by 2017.

“Agriculture is a key driver of the Carlow economy and 2016 will see more vital payments being made to Carlow farmers. So far in 2015, 1,197 farmers in Carlow received over €11 million in Basic Farm Payments.

“Tourism is supporting thousands of jobs in Carlow and the Government has invested €200,000 for Dunleckney Maltings which is due to be finished by the end of June 2016. Carlow is included in the Ancient Ireland East project which will help promote Brownshill Dolmen as well as Altamont House and Gardens as attractive destinations for visitors. Walsh Whiskey Distillery and Visitor Centre is being constructed at a cost of €25 million and O’Hara’s Brewery is going from strength to strength.

“Over €275 million has been allocated from the National Broadband Plan for the roll out of high speed broadband and SIRO are rolling out high speed broadband in Carlow town. This is a significant boost for residents and businesspeople of the town and will help attract investment into the area.

“There are also many other amenities which add to quality of life in Carlow and this Government has allocated €757,507 to be spent on Carlow clubs and societies in 2016. In the last 3 years over €2 million has been spent in this area with over 50 clubs and organisations benefitting.

“The money that is paying for these improvements to our county is a direct result of the 135,000 new jobs that have been created since the Government launched its Action Plan for Jobs in 2012. In Carlow alone, unemployment has decreased by 17.5% in this time. The South-East Regional Action Plan for Jobs sets out a specific path for creating 25,000 new jobs by 2018.

“We have a plan to create more jobs and keep the economic recovery going. As our economy continues to improve and more people return to work, the Government will have more money to invest in public services in Carlow and reduce people’s taxes. This will ensure more people and families feel the benefits of the recovering economy in their own lives.”