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Feighan welcomes green light for €12.5 million water treatment plant project for North-East regional water supply scheme in Roscommon

In Uncategorized on April 12, 2011 by frankfeighan

Local Government TD Frank Feighan has warmly welcomed the go-ahead to build a multi-million water treatment plant for the North East Roscommon Regional Water Supply Scheme which serves the Strokestown and Ballyleague areas. Deputy Feighan also said the  project would also provide much-needed jobs in the construction sector.

“I have been informed by Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Phil Hogan TD today (April 12th)  that he has given approval to Roscommon County Council to invite tenders for the construction of a Water Treatment Plant for the North East Roscommon Regional Water Supply Scheme at an estimated cost of €9.55 million.

“This Treatment Plant will treat water from a new source at Grange Lough and will supply through new networks and distribution main to Strokestown and will also encompass the Ballyleague area – all linking to the existing four reservoirs.

“These works will ensure the North East Roscommon Regional Water Supply has the capacity to deliver quality drinking water for both the current and future needs of the consumers in this area. The Minister indicated that the way has also been cleared for the council to invite tenders for the related civil works network contract, which has an estimated cost of €2.95m,” said the Fine Gael Deputy.

“I know how important this scheme is to the area and I would like to see these contracts progressing through to construction with the minimum of delay. Deputy Hogan assured me his Department will be asking Roscommon County Council to ensure that the tender process is completed as quickly as possible for these contracts.

“This contract and the associated contract for the network are included in the Department’s Water Services Investment Programme 2010-2012, as contracts to commence in the period. This in keeping with the priority reflected in that programme to improving the quality of drinking water and in particular, addressing risks to drinking water which have been identified on certain supplies, by the Environmental Protection Agency,” concluded Deputy Feighan.

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For further information, contact Deputy Frank Feighan (086) 8331234

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Local schools to benefit from Summer Works Scheme

In Uncategorized on April 3, 2011 by frankfeighan

Local Government TD Frank Feighan is pleased to announce funding for local schools under the Summer Works Scheme.

“Eleven schools in Roscommon/South Leitrim have been approved for funding under the Summer Works Scheme. I warmly welcome this funding, which will enable schools to make important improvements to buildings,” said Deputy Frank Feighan.

“In County Roscommon, eight schools have qualified for mechanical and electrical works as part of the summer works scheme. These are: SN Naomh Micheal agus Padraig, Cootehall;  St Bridgets National School in Four Mile House; Scoil Naisiunta Naoimh Ciaran; Scoil Naisiunta Baile Ui Fhidhne in Scramogue; Brusna National School; Carrick Mixed National School Ballinlough; SN Naomh Mhuire, Drumboylan and Lisaniskey NS, Ballydooley.

 “In County Leitrim, three schools are to benefit from upgrade works. The Vocational School in Drumshanbo, St. Hugh’s National School in Dowra and Scoil Naomh Padraig in Ballinamore are all to receive funding for improvement works.

“In total, across the country, funding of €41.2m under the Summer Works Scheme will go to improve primary and post primary schools around the country

“These funds will allow the schools in question to carry out small and medium scale building works and include projects such as gas, electrical and mechanical works.  These works will be carried out in these schools over the Summer months, when the pupils are on holidays, so the disruption to pupils and to the running of the school is minimised.

“This investment in our schools will create much-needed jobs in the construction sector,” concluded Deputy Feighan.

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For further information, contact Deputy Frank Feighan (086) 8331234

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Turfcutting mediation proposals to be brought to Government shortly says Fine Gael Deputy Frank Feighan

In Uncategorized on March 30, 2011 by frankfeighan

Local Government TD Frank Feighan has been informed by his party colleague and Environment Minister Phil Hogan that proposals aimed at resolving the issue of turfcutting on protected habitats will be brought to Government shortly.

“Minister Hogan informed me today (Monday, March 29th) that he is giving urgent attention to the issue of turf cutting on protected habitats. He is currently working with Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs Jimmy Deenihan who will have responsibility in developing comprehensive proposals for Government. These proposals will reflect the commitment in the Programme for Government,” said the Fine Gael Deputy.

“We will establish an independent mediation between all relevant stakeholders with the specific objective of facilitating resolution to 55 Special Area of Conservation designated bogs. We will also establish an independent mediation to resolve outstanding issues associated with turf cutting on blanket bogs – and allow an exemption for domestic turf cutting on 75 National Heritage Area sites, subject to the introduction of agreed national code of environmental practices.

“These proposals will also address concerns raised by the European Commission regarding Ireland’s alleged breaches of the Habitats and Environmental Impact Assessment Directives in relation to the issue of peat extraction.

“This Government is determined to resolve the longstanding issues regarding peat extraction on protected sites by working with local communities to address legitimate concerns while ensuring that Ireland is in compliance with EU environmental legislation. The proposals which are now being developed will put in place a range of measures designed to protect the important tradition of turfcutting for rural communities,” concluded the Roscommon/South Leitrim TD.

For further information, contact Deputy Frank Feighan (086) 8331234.

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A big thank you to everyone who supported my campaign

In Uncategorized on February 26, 2011 by frankfeighan

A huge thank you to everyone who supported my campaign. I was truly overwhelmed by the goodwill shown to me and my team. Thank you to all those who have placed their trust and confidence in me.

Kind Regards Frank

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Mock Ballot Paper Roscommon South-Leitrim: How the 10 Candidates will line-up. Make your Vote Count Today,Polling Day, February 25th 2011. It’s in your hands…

In Uncategorized on February 24, 2011 by frankfeighan

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Pensions and pensioners to be protected under Fine Gael says Deputy Feighan

In Uncategorized on February 24, 2011 by frankfeighan

 

Old Age Pension Will Not Be Touched

A Fine Gael Government will protect pensions and pensioners and focus on the needs of older citizens, according to local Fine Gael TD Frank Feighan, Party Spokesperson on Community, Equality & Gaeltacht Affairs.

 “First and foremost, Fine Gael will protect pensions. Older people need to know their incomes will be safeguarded and, if elected to Government, Fine Gael will not cut the Old Age Contributory or Non-Contributory Pension.

“Alongside this, Fine Gael will prioritise the needs of older citizens by:

• Completing and implementing the National Positive Ageing Strategy so that older people are recognised, supported and enabled to live independent full lives;
• Tackling fuel poverty by producing a national strategy to address energy costs, maintaining the Warmer Home Scheme to retrofit low income housing for greater energy efficiency and targeting energy costs;
• Supporting community based health services so that people are supported living in their own home for as long as possible;
• Addressing the anomalies in the Nursing Home Support Scheme.”

“Ireland’s older citizens need to know that their well-being and their interests will be protected and that is why, if elected to Government, Fine Gael is committed to supporting their interests, ensuring that they are treated fairly and looked after to a high standard,” concluded Deputy Feighan.

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7 acres of land owned by Castlerea Community School offers huge potential for a sporting amenity says Deputy Feighan

In Uncategorized on February 22, 2011 by frankfeighan

 

The seven acres of undeveloped land owned by Castlerea Community School offers huge potential for a sporting and recreational amenity for both the school and local community, according to local Fine Gael TD Frank Feighan.

“This parcel of almost 7 acres of land located at Castlerea Demesne was originally bought by Roscommon VEC from Castlerea Town Trust more than thirty years ago. Before the successful amalgamation of local schools into a Community School in 1993, the original plan for the land was to build a new Vocational School,” said the Roscommon South-Leitrim Deputy.

“Two years ago, the ownership of the land was officially transferred to Castlerea Community School. I am aware that Mary Mullarkey, Principal of Castlerea Community School, has been very keen to develop the land as a multi-purpose amenity. Options which have been looked at include a full-sized pitch, a running track, changing rooms and a car-park.

 “Castlerea Community School has a proud history. It was the first and only Community School which opened in Roscommon and since its arrival, it has proved to be an outstanding provider of education in the region. It has excellent teachers and a range of facilities and has also achieved many academic and sporting honours.

“However, I will certainly exercise my influence at the highest level to help realise that potential for a site which could be developed as a state-of-the art recreational facility for the school and local community.

“I believe it is imperative on all local representatives to work towards developing sporting facilities for young people – not just for important health and leisure benefits but also in the face of the growing threat of drugs and alcohol,” concluded the Fine Gael Frontbench TD.

For further information, contact Deputy Frank Feighan (086) 8331234.

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