Posted January 10th, 2013
Fine Gael TD for Wicklow, Simon Harris, has today (Thursday) said that Ireland’s young students are sending out a very powerful message to potential investors about the amazing talent we have in this country. Deputy Harris was speaking after a visit to the Young Scientists and Technology Exhibition in the RDS.
“The Young Scientists Exhibition is always a really inspiring and encouraging event for so many schools up and down county Wicklow, where they have the opportunity to display the talent and ingenuity of their students. I saw so many clever, creative, and innovative projects across the range of sciences on display.
“In recent years, the Young Scientists Exhibition has acted as a showcase for potential investors in this country to be become aware of the raw talent that we have coming up through our schools in the areas of science and technology. I met students from Arklow Community College, Avondale Community College, Cólaiste Bhríde, Cólaiste Rithín, Dominican College Wicklow, Gael Scoil Cólaiste Na Mara, Scoil Chonglais, St Gerard’s and St. Thomas Community College all of whom had different projects and ideas. This highlights the degree of innovative thinking and imagination that exists in young people from Wicklow.
“The so-called ‘smart economy’, and, can often sound like a vague concept or even a buzz word, but at this exhibition we get to see the smart economy personified.
“Three hundred and sixty two schools are taking part in this year’s exhibition. As the Irish economy continues its journey to recovery, any of the 45,000 people that visit this exhibition this week will be left in no doubt as to the scope of talented youngsters we have in Wicklow schools. Our smart economy is right on track.”
Posted December 4th, 2012
For the first time in four years sports Capital funding has been provided for Community and Sports groups to develop and improve their facilities. Below is a list of the Wicklow recipient groups which have been approved for funding. I have no doubt that this funding will be hugely beneficial to many communities across our county. Simon
Wicklow Annamoe Community Development Association Limited €40,000
Wicklow Arklow Amateur Boxing Club €40,000
Wicklow Aughrim RFC €3,500
Wicklow Avondale GAA Club €55,000
Wicklow Ballymanus GFC €70,000
Wicklow Ballywaltrim Recreational Park Management Committee €16,000
Wicklow Baltinglass GAA Club €50,149
Wicklow Blessington GAA Club €30,000
Wicklow Bray Bowling Club €77,000
Wicklow Bray Town Council, Ballywaltrim €190,000
Wicklow Co Wicklow Lawn Tennis Club €3,000
Wicklow Cobra Gymnastics Club €10,000
Wicklow Coolkenno Sports Field Ltd. €20,000
Wicklow Dunlavin GAA Club €30,000
Wicklow Greystones Rugby Football Club €47,000
Wicklow Kilcoole Camogie Club €2,000
Wicklow Knockananna G.A.A Club €45,000
Wicklow Lakers Social and Recreation Club Ltd €25,000
Wicklow Our Lady Of Fatima Boxing Club Wicklow €4,000
Wicklow Rathdrum Gymnastics Club €13,000
Wicklow St Patricks GAA Club, Wicklow €50,000
Wicklow St Pats Schoolboy and Schoolgirls Soccer club Avoca €15,000
Wicklow St. Patricks GAA Club, Kilcoole €17,500
Wicklow Tiglin Teen Challenge €24,000
Wicklow Wicklow Rugby Football Club €37,000
Wicklow Woodbrook Garden County Archers €15,000
Posted September 11th, 2012
Wicklow Fine Gael TD Simon Harris commended the efforts of Tidy Towns committees around County Wicklow.
Aughrim continued last year’s success by winning another gold medal in its category in the Tidy Towns 2012 Competition.
Stratford on Slaney was highly commended and Wicklow Town commended in the regional awards, while Glenealy was recognised with the Endeavour Award for having made significant improvements on last year’s performance.
Welcoming the results, Deputy Harris said, ‘The awards are richly deserved and reflect the work that has gone into towns around Wicklow. The Tidy Towns competition is a great example of what can be done by local communities to improve the towns they live in. It is fantastic for getting the community interested and involved in their surroundings and the results have demonstrated the great work done throughout Wicklow over the last year.’
‘I would like to extend my congratulations to all those involved in the Tidy Towns efforts around Wicklow and I look forward to working with the committees for the 2013 competition.’
Posted June 22nd, 2012
Fine Gael Wicklow TD, Simon Harris has welcomed the allocation of €14,000 to protect Aghowle Cottage, Ashford and Carnew Castle under the Structures at Risk fund.
Deputy Harris said, “I am pleased to see the importance of Wicklow’s heritage being recognised through the allocation of funding towards the conservation and preservation of Aghowle Cottage in Ashford and Carnew Castle.”
“Wicklow is renowned as a site of beauty but our built heritage is also a real asset to the county, and has a significant role in attracting tourists to the county. I am delighted to see this being recognised through the allocation of funding to protect these two structures.”
Posted February 14th, 2012
Wicklow County Council agree to redeploy staff to maintain services at the library
Fine Gael Wicklow TD, Simon Harris, said, “Carnew library lends more books than any other small library in the country, and plays a vital role in community life. The library was facing a curtailment of hours following the retirement of the current librarian at the end of the month, but I am delighted Wicklow County Council has engaged with residents of Carnew to come up with a workable alternative.”
Deputy Harris said, “From April, Wicklow County Council will be redeploying a member of staff to work in the library for three days a week. Another librarian will help provide services on a fourth day each week. This will allow the library to open for 14 hours a week – only two less than at present – and to continue to serve the diverse range of needs among local residents.”
“I am glad this issue has now been resolved successfully and I would like to extend my thanks to Brendan Martin, the County Librarian, Joe Lane, the Director of Services at Wicklow County Council, and my colleague Cllr Sylvester Bourke, the Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council for all their efforts on behalf of residents in Carnew and surrounding areas.”
Posted January 31st, 2012
Fine Gael Wicklow TD, Simon Harris, has called for innovative thinking to ensure services at Carnew Library are protected. The library faces a reduction in opening hours when their current librarian retires in February.
Speaking on the matter, Deputy Harris said, “Carnew library lends more books each year than any other small library in the country. It is clear it plays a central role in the community life not just of Carnew, but of surrounding towns and villages too.”
“Local representatives have worked hard to protect the budget for Carnew and libraries like it across Wicklow, however changes to staffing arrangements mean Carnew is in danger of losing 25% of its weekly hours. A number of viable solutions which would protect the library’s current hours have been suggested, and I welcome the engagement and support of the County Librarian, Brendan Martin, on this matter.”
“It is clear to me that the solution to this lies with Wicklow County Council. I understand that my colleague Sylvester Bourke, Cathaoirleach of the Council, intends to raise this matter at their next meeting on February 7.”
“I hope that Wicklow County Council will show flexibility and innovation in ensuring this much used service is maintained.”
Posted May 2nd, 2011
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Posted May 1st, 2011
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