Public Consultation on Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s Corporate Plan

January 29, 2015 § Leave a comment

This week, I welcomed the news that Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is asking the public for their views on its plans for the next five years.

I’m delighted to hear that the Council is running a short online survey on its website until Thursday 5 February offering people the chance to give their thoughts on what its top priorities should be for the next five years.

It is very important that local people have a say in what services the Council provides in their community and I hope this will play a big part in the design of the Corporate Plan for 2015-2019.

I would encourage any locals to visit Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s website and take this survey so their voices can be heard on a wide range of services including community services, social inclusion, arts, sporting activities, family events, parks and transport.

HSE Confirms Over 100 Beds Planned for Mount Carmel Hospital

January 21, 2015 § 2 Comments

Alex White TD pleased that Mount Carmel will return to a Community use in the near future

Alex White TD pleased that Mount Carmel Hospital will provide over 100 Community Hospital beds

I welcome the news this week that when fully redeveloped Mount Carmel Hospital will provide over 100 community hospital beds.  The information came in a letter from HSE Director General, Tony O’Brien, after I requested clarification on plans for the hospital’s development.

The HSE has confirmed to me that Mount Carmel Hospital will initially provide 65 short stay beds which will afford step down support to patients ready to leave a number of hospitals. The 65 beds, which will help ease current difficulties in A&E departments, are expected to come on stream in late March to early April.

The HSE also informed me that the building will need some capital investment to bring it up to the proper standard and make best use of the available space. They have advised that the necessary works are expected to be finished in approximately 18 months to two years.

The development of Mount Carmel is very welcome.  Plans for at least 100 extra beds will help ease the pressure and overcrowding of emergency departments and will be of specific benefit to older people. I warmly welcome this excellent news which is a further sign of the progressive use of public funds to meet the needs of our community.

Getting More People Back to Work in 2015.

January 15, 2015 § Leave a comment

Getting more people back to work is a top priority for 2015. This infographic will give you a snapshot on the progress we made nationally in 2014. Locally, I was pleased to see a 17.3% drop in the number of under-25s on the live register at Nutgrove Social Welfare Office in the past year.

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Yesterday, the Government held a special meeting on jobs and agreed to a range of measures to ensure the delivery of three key employment targets ahead of schedule:

  • Ensuring 40,000 additional jobs in 2015, which, when combined with the 80,000 new jobs already created since the launch of the Action Plan for Jobs, will ensure the Government’s original target of 100,000 new jobs by 2016 is beaten
  • Ensuring unemployment falls below 10% this year, ahead of forecasts when the Government took office
  • Delivering full employment [2.1 million jobs] in 2018, two years earlier than anticipated.

Minister Alex White lays flowers at Charlie Hebdo office

January 13, 2015 § Leave a comment

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Minister for Communications, Alex White T.D., visited the Charlie Hebdo office on Monday, January 12th in Paris, where he left a bouquet of 17 white roses in memory of the people killed in terrorist attacks in the city last week.

The flowers were accompanied by a message, which read: “On behalf of the Government and the people of Ireland, in memory of all the victims of the horrific attacks, and in solidarity with the people of France in defence of the values of tolerance and freedom of expression.”

Minister White was en route to meetings at the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

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Congratulating Local Young Scientists

January 12, 2015 § Leave a comment

Minister Alex White with students from Jesus and Mary College Our Lady’s Grove and their teacher

I was delighted to meet with local, young scientists who participated in the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition. Students from Gaelcholáiste an Phiarsaigh, Loreto Beaufort, Jesus and Mary College Our Lady’s Grove and Rockbrook Park School were exhibiting their innovative research at the RDS last week. I want to congratulate the students for their fantastic hard work, creativity and ingenuity. They are incredibly hard-working and I wish them every success into the future.

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Minister Alex White condemns attack on Paris office of Charlie Hebdo

January 8, 2015 § Leave a comment

I attended a Charlie Hebdo remembrance ceremony at Dublin Castle which was organised by the NUJ.

I attended a Charlie Hebdo remembrance ceremony at Dublin Castle on Saturday which was organised by the NUJ.

I was appalled at the murder of twelve people at the Paris offices of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo this morning. This is an unacceptable attack on the core value of freedom of expression, in the media and elsewhere, that underpin democratic societies. It is also a human tragedy and my heart goes out to the families of the victims

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