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New agri-environment scheme for the Burren very welcome - Conway

Fine Gael Clare Senator, Martin Conway, has welcomed today’s announcement by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney, of plans for a new agri-environment scheme for the Burren.

“I am delighted that this new scheme will offer new five-year contracts to conservation-conscious farmers in the region from next year.

“It will focus specifically on the conservation of the unique farming landscape of the Burren in Clare.

€46 million for new Garda vehicles will make Clare safer

€875 million allocated to Justice sector in Govt’s Capital Investment Plan

Fine Gael Senator for Clare, Martin Conway has welcomed the allocation of €46 million for Garda vehicles over the next five years. Funding will be provided for both regular Garda patrol vehicles as well as specialist, high-power vehicles for targeted operations. This is part of an unprecedented allocation of €875 million in capital funding in the Justice sector.

€21 million redevelopment programme at Shannon Free Zone to attract jobs and investment

Fine Gael Clare Senator, Martin Conway, has today (Wednesday) welcomed the announcement by the Shannon Group of the commencement of the €21 million first-phase of a major redevelopment programme at the Shannon Free Zone.

“Today’s announcement that construction of manufacturing units and office blocks will begin shortly, as well as the upgrading of some of its existing core assets, is a great endorsement for the independent Shannon Airport.

Great news for students in direct provision

Fine Gael Clare Senator, Martin Conway, has today (Friday) welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan that students in the asylum protection system will have access to student supports from September 2015.

“Asylum seekers cannot work in the direct provision system nor were they previously entitled to access State support such as the SUSI grant and the free fees scheme. This means that despite excelling in education there was no way for students in the direct provision to pursue a third level education.

Government extends TAMS 1 closing date for Clare farmers where work has already started

Fine Gael Senator for Clare, Martin Conway, has received confirmation from the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD that there will a degree of flexibility to the time allowed to complete projects under TAMS 1. This will apply where work has already commenced and Minister Coveney has extended the closing date to the 14th September 2015.

Regulations for single dwelling houses and extensions will make it easier to build or extend home

Fine Gael Senator for Clare, Martin Conway, has said that new regulations, which will come into effect from 1st September 2015, will ease regulations on building single dwelling houses and extensions.

“The Minister for Housing, Paudie Coffey TD, has decided to remove the mandatory requirement for statutory certificates of compliance in respect of a new dwelling on a single unit development or a domestic extension. This will make it less burdensome for people in Clare and around the country to build or extend their home.

€248,129 in grants for Clare businesses from Local Enterprise Office - Conway

Fine Gael Senator for Clare, Martin Conway, has said that grants of €248,129 paid from the Local Enterprise Office (LEO) in 2014 are providing great support to local businesses in Clare. The Local Enterprise Offices are supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.

“The new Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) were launched last year to deliver an improved system of local enterprise supports to start-ups and small businesses across the country.

Education and co-operation vital for farm safety - Conway

Senator Martin Conway with members of Embrace Farm at the launch of the Oireachtas report on farm safety

Fine Gael Clare Senator, Martin Conway has said today (Tuesday), that access to education and community co-operation are the keys to best practice in farm safety. Speaking following the publication of the Seanad Public Consultation Committee (SPCC) report on farm safety Senator Conway expressed his concern about the number of accidents and fatalities on Irish farms.

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