€675K approved for development of outdoor recreational facilities – Brendan Smith TD

Cavan/Monaghan Fianna Fáil TD Brendan Smith has welcomed the approval of €675K government funding towards the provision of outdoor recreational facilities in Cavan and Monaghan.

The projects include the development of a 5 km walkway at Bruse Hill (Coronea) with funding of €94,938.  This walk will commence at the Graveyard at Coronea Chapel and lead to the top of Bruse Mountain.  At that location there are very scenic views into three provinces including counties Cavan, Longford, Leitrim and Fermanagh with Gowna lakes and other waterways being very prominent features.

I compliment the Bruse Mountain Walkway Development Committee, Cavan County Council and Cavan Local Development on their work in bringing this project to this stage.  Along with Councillor Philip Brady and Councillor John Paul Feeley I was glad to support this initiative and when complete it will be another good amenity for locals and visitors to the area.

I commend the work of all the local Groups who worked along with Cavan and Monaghan County Councils and other statutory agencies in progressing these projects which will enhance the tourism product in both counties.

Approved Projects under ORIS Measure 2 & 3



 

County
ProjectDescriptionGrant
CAVAN
CavanArvaghDevelopment of a new 5km hill walking route€94,938
MONAGHAN
Rahans Lake – CarrickmacrossRahans Lake – Upgrade and development of Angling and Boating Facilities€ 79,962
Dartrey Forest – Recreational EnhancementsPhase 2 informal play areas, interpretation & access for all picnic areas.€200,000
Black Island, Lough MucknoUpgrade Trails on Black Island, Lough Muckno€500,000

An Post Helps Customers To Spot Scams

Tuesday, November 22nd Black Friday offers mean ever-increasing levels of in-store and online transactions.  An Post, the nation’s delivery partner wants everyone to enjoy their shopping sprees knowing that we are all united in beating the fraudsters.

An Post no longer  includes any payment links in texts or  emails so that customers can be clear about what is a genuine message and what is not, when they are shopping online or corresponding about orders or deliveries.

“Seeking out gifts for family and friends is an important part of the build up to Christmas and we want customers to feel as secure as possible so they can enjoy shopping online and steer clear of the scammers” says Julie Gill of the An Post Mails & Parcels customer team

“An Post will never ask a customer to pay charges or provide payment information through a link in a text or email. Customers should never ever click on any link asking for payment or delivery a customs charge.   Such fees should only ever be checked and  paid directly through anpost.com or at any local post office .

An Post has created a handy check list for customers to use when they do receive a text or email. The guide has been delivered nationwide and is also available at anpost.com

For customers buying online to send internationally, An Post reminds customers to send early and also watch out for the last dates of posting to ensure gifts are received on time.

The last dates for posting parcels to USA and International destinations is December 7th, Europe is December 13th, Great Britain is December 19th and Northern Ireland is December 20th,and posting within Ireland is December 22nd. There are different dates for posting letters which can be found on anpost.com/Post-Parcels/Christmas/christmas-postal-dates or your local post office

For further information, contact Angus Laverty, An Post Communications at 087-6867024.

Brendan Smith calls for removal of obstacles to allow all Irish third level students avail of financial state supports 

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan and Monaghan, Brendan Smith, has called for the removal of obstacles to allow all Irish students, regardless of whether they are studying in Ireland or outside the State, to receive State financial support towards their student fees. 

In a question to the Taoiseach in Dáil Eireann, Deputy Brendan Smith commented, “In the coming weeks, the Government will introduce the €1,000 State financial support towards student fees. It is a once-off payment and is, unfortunately, not at present applicable to those studying in Northern Ireland, Britain or elsewhere outside our State. That is wrong. We have to encourage students to travel to study on a cross-Border basis, particularly in our own country. This needs to be revisited. 

“There is also the welcome introduction of the rental tax credit of €500 to parents of third level students paying their child’s rent in a tenancy registered with the Residential Tenancies Board, RTB. That should also be applicable to students whose parents are paying for registered accommodation outside the State.” 

The Cavan and Monaghan TD added: “Whatever obstacles exist to ensuring those two benefits are applied to all Irish students should be removed without delay. It is within the capacity of Government to ensure a level playing field and that students who, in many cases, did not obtain places in the State and are studying elsewhere are not disadvantaged.” 

In response, Taoiseach Micheál Martin stated: “(Deputy Brendan Smith) has consistently raised this issue. It was a significant initiative by Government to reduce student fees by €1,000 this year and €500 next September. There have been post-Brexit changes, generally speaking, in terms of the grant regime in Scotland vis-á-vis Irish students and fees. I will discuss this again with the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science to see what can be done but it is not as straightforward as we would like. I will see what can be done about both issues the Deputy raised.” 

Brendan Smith welcomes GLAS payments of over €6.1m to Cavan and Monaghan farmers

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan and Monaghan, Brendan Smith, has welcomed GLAS advance payments worth €6,157,530 for 1,791 farmers in Cavan and Monaghan.

Deputy Brendan Smith commented, “I am delighted that my colleague Minister Charlie McConalogue and his department have commenced these GLAS Advance payments to 1791 farmers in Cavan and Monaghan.

“The payments this week will be issued to 74.8% of GLAS participants and will reach farmers’ bank accounts in the coming days.

“Issuing payments to farm families in a rapid manner is a key priority of Fianna Fáil and I am proud of our track record in this space. These payments are an important income boost to farmers at this time of year and, of course, are a recognition of their significant contribution to the environmental achievements in the GLAS scheme.”

The Cavan and Monaghan TD added, “Today’s payment of just under €113m nationally brings the total payments made to date under GLAS to €1.29 billion. This investment will be surpassed in the incoming ACRES scheme as Minister McConalogue has secured €1.5bn for this flagship environmental scheme.”

Payments will continue to issue in outstanding cases on a regular basis. The Minister encouraged any farmers with queries in relation to GLAS to direct them by email to GLAS@agriculture.gov.ie

Brendan Smith welcomes €398,355 in advance payments for 536 sheep farmers in Cavan and Monaghan

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan and Monaghan, Brendan Smith, has welcomed €398,355 in advance payments for 536 sheep farmers in Cavan and Monaghan under Year 6 of the Sheep Welfare Scheme.

Deputy Brendan Smith commented, “I am pleased to see €398,355 in advance payments for 536 sheep farmers in Cavan and Monaghan under Year 6 of the Sheep Welfare Scheme.

“The extension of the scheme over the previous two years and the change to the reference year reflects the commitment of Fianna Fáil in Government to the sheep sector in Cavan and Monaghan and nationally.”

The Cavan and Monaghan TD added, “These advance payments at a rate of 85% of the full annual payment are an important support to sheep farmers in the delivery of key welfare actions and provides a financial boost to the individual farmers and the wider rural economy. The balancing payments for the scheme will issue in the second quarter of 2023.”

Deputy Smith continued: “This is the final year of the Sheep Welfare Scheme, which was introduced in December 2016.

“Later this year, my colleague, Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue, will be launching the successor to this scheme, the Sheep Improvement Scheme (SIS), which will also be aimed at sheep farmers with breeding ewes. The SIS will build on the progress made by the Sheep Welfare Scheme by providing support for actions that improve animal health and welfare in the sheep sector. 

“The introduction of this scheme will further demonstrate the continuing commitment of Fianna Fáil to the sheep sector for the coming years.”

In concluding, Deputy Smith urged any farmers with outstanding queries to respond to the Department of Agriculture immediately in order to facilitate payment. 

Brendan Smith welcomes GLAS payments of over €6.1m to Cavan and Monaghan farmers

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan and Monaghan, Brendan Smith, has welcomed GLAS advance payments worth €6,157,530 for 1,791 farmers in Cavan and Monaghan.

Deputy Brendan Smith commented, “I am delighted that my colleague Minister Charlie McConalogue and his department have commenced these GLAS Advance payments to 1791 farmers in Cavan and Monaghan.

“The payments this week will be issued to 74.8% of GLAS participants and will reach farmers’ bank accounts in the coming days.

“Issuing payments to farm families in a rapid manner is a key priority of Fianna Fáil and I am proud of our track record in this space. These payments are an important income boost to farmers at this time of year and, of course, are a recognition of their significant contribution to the environmental achievements in the GLAS scheme.”

The Cavan and Monaghan TD added, “Today’s payment of just under €113m nationally brings the total payments made to date under GLAS to €1.29 billion. This investment will be surpassed in the incoming ACRES scheme as Minister McConalogue has secured €1.5bn for this flagship environmental scheme.”

Payments will continue to issue in outstanding cases on a regular basis. The Minister encouraged any farmers with queries in relation to GLAS to direct them by email to GLAS@agriculture.gov.ie

ENDS

Brendan Smith welcomes €398,355 in advance payments for 536 sheep farmers in Cavan and Monaghan

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan and Monaghan, Brendan Smith, has welcomed €398,355 in advance payments for 536 sheep farmers in Cavan and Monaghan under Year 6 of the Sheep Welfare Scheme.

Deputy Brendan Smith commented, “I am pleased to see €398,355 in advance payments for 536 sheep farmers in Cavan and Monaghan under Year 6 of the Sheep Welfare Scheme.

“The extension of the scheme over the previous two years and the change to the reference year reflects the commitment of Fianna Fáil in Government to the sheep sector in Cavan and Monaghan and nationally.”

The Cavan and Monaghan TD added, “These advance payments at a rate of 85% of the full annual payment are an important support to sheep farmers in the delivery of key welfare actions and provides a financial boost to the individual farmers and the wider rural economy. The balancing payments for the scheme will issue in the second quarter of 2023.”

Deputy Smith continued: “This is the final year of the Sheep Welfare Scheme, which was introduced in December 2016.

“Later this year, my colleague, Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue, will be launching the successor to this scheme, the Sheep Improvement Scheme (SIS), which will also be aimed at sheep farmers with breeding ewes. The SIS will build on the progress made by the Sheep Welfare Scheme by providing support for actions that improve animal health and welfare in the sheep sector. 

“The introduction of this scheme will further demonstrate the continuing commitment of Fianna Fáil to the sheep sector for the coming years.”

In concluding, Deputy Smith urged any farmers with outstanding queries to respond to the Department of Agriculture immediately in order to facilitate payment. 

ENDS

Funding for local community and voluntary groups towards their energy bills most welcome – Brendan Smith TD

Cavan/Monaghan Fianna Fáil TD Brendan Smith welcomes the new €10 million government fund to support thousands of local community & voluntary groups with their energy bills.

The new scheme has been devised to support groups with their energy costs who may not have been deemed eligible under previous Government schemes. These include groups that operate from parish halls and who need support with running costs such as energy or insurance bills. Groups can also use the funding to carry out small upgrade works and to purchase equipment to support their activities such as laptops and printers, lawnmowers, training equipment, etc.

“In every Parish great efforts are made by volunteers to keep community and resource centres open and these facilities play an important role in every day life in local communities”, stated Brendan Smith.

Groups should contact their Local Community Development Committee for further details of the fund.

Support available for Parish Halls, Community Centres, Local Development Associations, Social Clubs, ICA Groups, Senior Citizen Groups, Men’s Sheds, Women’s Sheds and more

Funding for each Local Authority area

Local Authority areaAmount
Cavan285,126
Monaghan277,255

End of year completion for Killeshandra Primary Care Centre – Brendan Smith TD

Cavan/Monaghan Fianna Fáil TD Brendan Smith has been informed by the Health Service Executive that the works on the Primary Care Centre in Killeshandra will be completed by year end.

The HSE in their response to Deputy Brendan Smith’s ongoing representations state that the equipping of the new Centre will take approximately 4 weeks and that the current time line for the Centre to be operational will be the end of January 2023.

“In further representations to the HSE and at a recent meeting with Senior Officials I highlighted again the need for the time lines to be adhered to as much as is practicable and have the new Centre operational early in 2023”, stated Brendan Smith TD.

Councillor Sean Smith also welcomed the reply from the HSE and he stated that this much needed new health care facility will be of great benefit to the wider Killeshandra area.

FUNDING FOR BALLYJAMESDUFF AND KNOCKCONAN – BRENDAN SMITH TD

“I warmly welcome the very substantial government funding towards the development of major community projects in Ballyjamesduff and Knockconan, Monaghan.

In Ballyjamesduff the grant-aid of €6.92 million for the development of a Community and Enterprise Centre will enable the re-development of the former Percy French Hotel in the centre of the town and will provide for a remote working hub and community facilities.  The overall cost of the project is €8.65 million. 

Grant-aid of €2.66 million will facilitate the development of Blackwater Valley Rural Enterprise and Digital Hub providing for remote working space and meeting rooms.  The overall cost of this project is €3.32 million.

I compliment Cavan County Council and Monaghan County Council, along with local community groups, in advancing these projects to this stage. 

These projects, when completed, will enhance considerably infrastructure in both Ballyjamesduff and Knockconan and will contribute to further economic development and extend the tourism attractions of both areas.  In Ballyjamesduff the former Percy French Hotel was an iconic building but has been derelict for some time and the new community building will be warmly welcomed in the wider Ballyjamesduff area. 

Government funding, such as this grant-aid, is essential in the necessary regeneration of our smaller towns and villages and rural areas.  County Cavan and in particular areas like Ballyjamesduff have experienced a welcome growth in population and it is important that local infrastructure is improved to cater for increasing demands and to enhance the delivery of local services” stated Brendan Smith TD.

ENDS

NOVEMBER 10 2022