Minister Alan Kelly has welcomed the decision of his Department of Transport to allocate 71k extra funding for roads surfacing in the county. Minister Kelly says that the funds will help resurface and improve some roads in the county that are in very bad need of repair. North Tipperary has been allocated just over €33,000 and South Tipperary has received over €38,000.
This reallocation of Capital Expenditure will be spent on shovel-ready projects that have been submitted by the local councils and also on the essential winter maintenance scheme. Part of the agreement for the extra funding is that these projects will be completed by Nov 30th, before the winter season.
This extra funding has come about via the introduction of competitive tendering processes for other projects which has yielded significant savings that can be utilised for road improvements.
38 New Autism Classes
Labour Party Minister Alan Kelly has welcomed the news from Minister for Education and Skills Ruairi Quinn and the National Council for Special Education that an additional 38 classes will be established within mainstream schools around the country to cater specifically for children on the autistic spectrum.
Minister Kelly stated “I think the recent announcement is hugely positive for children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families and shows the commitment of this government to supporting education for those with disabilities”.
“Special schools around the country provide fantastic support to children with a wide variety of educational needs. Often, however, they are outside the young person’s community, making it even more difficult to mix socially with other local children. The recent announcement will mean 3 schools that will serve children from North Tipperary and South Offaly: Borrisokane, Two-Mile Borris and Dromakeenan will be able to give children with ASD the option to attend a class, tailored to their needs, in a mainstream school closer to home.”
Labour Party Minister Alan Kelly wants to remind all those who may be signing on for credits but not drawing any welfare payment that they are still eligible to participate on the Government’s JobBridge internship scheme.
“There may be a temptation for people who are not eligible for a payment, to not bother signing on but they should note that this effectively rules them out of eligibility for participation in schemes like this.
I would urge anybody who is unemployed and may be interested in an internship scheme and the benefits it can deliver, to make sure that they are meeting all the requirements by continuing to sign on for credits”.