Friday, July 18, 2014

Doherty urges Kelly to publish new wind energy guidelines as soon as possible

Fine Gael Meath East TD, Regina Doherty TD, has today (Friday) urged the newly appointed Minister for the Environment, Alan Kelly TD, to publish the new guidelines on wind energy as soon as possible.

“There is significant concern in the villages across North Meath about Element’s plans to build 45 wind turbines. I am urging Minister Kelly to publish the new wind energy guidelines, which are currently being drafted, as a matter of priority.

“The swift publication of the wind energy guidelines would at least help to allay some of the concerns of local residents, and would ensure that any application submitted by Element is considered under the updated guidelines.

“It is important to add that if Element submits a planning application, it would take between six and twelve months for it to be considered by An Bord Plean├íla. It is essential, however, that the planning authority, which is fully independent, takes full cognisance of the new guidelines when they are published, even if it has already started considering the Element application.

“There is a lot of misinformation being circulated, which is adding to residents’ concerns. I would urge the Sustainable Energy Association of Ireland (SEAI) to step in and take a role here. The Association should provide impartial, independent information on the pros and cons of wind farms and other green energy projects. It is important for the public to feel like they have somewhere to turn for unbiased information. This will become increasingly important as the number of green energy projects increases in the coming years.

“The consultation process for our new green energy paper – which will drive the Government’s renewable energy policy - closes this coming Thursday, July 24th. If people feel passionately about what direction our energy policy should take, I would urge them to make a submission before it is too late.”

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

New Meath LEO will act as a hub for job creation

Fine Gael Meath East, Regina Doherty, has said the new Meath Local Enterprise Office (LEO), which was opened in Navan yesterday (Tuesday) by the Minister for Small Business, John Perry TD, will act as a hub for local job creation.

“The Government is establishing LEOs in every local authority around the country to provide local businesses and start-ups with targeted supports to help them prosper and create jobs. They pull together national support and advice with local expertise to ensure businesses are given the best possible chance to succeed.

“Entrepreneurs are playing a crucial role in our jobs recovery; indeed two thirds of all new jobs are being created by start-ups. The Government wants to make sure that these job creators have access to all of the supports they need.

“Through the new LEO, Meath businesses will be able to access advice and support from a wide range of agencies, including Revenue, Social Protection, Microfinance Ireland, Credit Review Office, Skillnets, and the new Education and Training Boards.

“The number of people on the Live Register in Meath has fallen by almost 9% over the last 12 months. This is positive progress, but we still have a lot of work to do. I am confident that the new LEO in Navan will help local businesses to grow and create more jobs.

“The roll out of 31 LEOs nationwide was a key commitment of this year’s Action Plan for Jobs, which has a specific focus on boosting entrepreneurship.

“I would also like to encourage young Meath entrepreneurs to enter the search for Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur, which is open individuals aged 30 years and under. Winners at county level are eligible for investment in their business of up to €25,000, while the winners at national level can receive an additional investment of up to €50,000. Information and application forms can be found at

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Over €1.6 Million in sports capital grants for county Meath

Here are the sports capital grant allocations for Co. Meath

Well done to everyone concerned and commiserations to those who worked hard on their applications and didn’t succeed this year…. Next year hopefully

A total of €1,600,931.00 was awarded today to the following groups

Ashbourne cricket club €5,000.00
Ashbourne United association football club limited €150,000.00
Athboy celtic football club €75,000.00
Boyerstown community development association  €10,000.00
Boyne hockey club €600.00
Castletown GFC €75,000.00
Comhlacht Oibre An tSeanbhaile €10,000.00
Cormeen community development limited €14,000.00
Duleek and district AC €12,000.00
Dunboyne amateur boxing club €12,000.00
Dunboyne athletic club €90,000.00
Dunberry GAA Club €70,000.00
Dunshaughlin community centre limited €12,000.00
East Meath United Limited €100,000.00
Kells Handball club €50,000.00
Kilmainham GFC €15,000.00
Kiltale Hurling and Camogie club €50,000.00
Laytown united football club €5,000.00
Louth and Meath education and training board €65,000.00
Meath local sports partnership €5,600.00
OMP united €12,000.00
Park Celtic summerhill FC €23,731.00
Rathmore Handball club €12,000.00
Ratoath Harps AFC €150,000.00
Ratoath Tennis club limited €7,000.00
Ribbontail paddlers canoe club €25,000.00
Scoil Mhuire €18,000.00
Ratoath sports campus €150,000.00
St. Ultan’s GFC €35,000.00
St. Vincent’s GFC €75,000.00
Summerhill community centre €60,000.00
Syddan GAA club €27,000.00
Tara Athletics club €20,000.00
Trim Celtic AFC €70,000.00
Wolftones GFC €90,000.00

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Doherty welcomes compensation package for symphysiotomy survivors

Fine Gael Meath East TD and member of the Oireachtas Health Committee, Regina Doherty, has today (Tuesday) warmly welcomed the compensation package approved by the Government for survivors of symphysiotomies. Deputy Doherty has been working with the women involved and has been urging the Government to bring closure to the issue.

“It is an important day for the survivors of symphysiotomy; finally the pain and injustice they suffered is being fully recognised. The graduated compensation scheme will make a big difference to the women involved; most of whom are more than 75 years old.

‘Survivors of symphisiotomy have had their entire lives blighted by a barbaric procedure that had more in common with the Middle Ages than modern medicine. The Minister for Health, James Reilly, has been committed to addressing this issue and I am relieved that a resolution has finally been found.

“In accepting the recommendations of Judge Yvonne Murphy, the Government is sending a very strong message to survivors of symphysiotomy that it understands what they have gone through. I also think it is very important that the Government has clearly condemned the practice of symphysiotomies, describing them as ‘indefensible and wrong’.

“I understand that victims of the procedure have been frustrated at the time delays they have experienced. But the important thing is that we now finally have a compensation scheme in place. This is yet another legacy issue which has been dealt with by this Government, and by Minister Reilly in particular.

“The Government has also stated its commitment to continuing to provide a wide range of services to the women, including the provision of medical cards.

“Thankfully, Ireland is now one of the safest places in the world in which to have a baby. But this was not always the case, as our legacy of symphysiotomies proves. The women who were subjected to this horrific procedure deserve justice, and I am pleased that Minister Reilly has been the person to deliver it.”