Minister Michael Ring

  • Minister Michael Ring is confident that the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and the leader of Fianna Fail Micheal Martin will sit down and work out the continuation of the Confidence and supply agreement for the sake of Ireland.

    The Minister for Rural and Community Development believes that no one wants a general election at this very critical time in the Brexit negotiations. He has complimented Fianna Fail for its cooperation with government over the past three years.

    The Confidence and Supply agreement between the present government and Fianna Fail has kept the government in office since 2016.

    Minister Ring also insists thatthe restoration of the 13.5 percent VAT rate on hotels, restaurants and hairdressing was necessary in yesterday’s budget.

    He says the reduction of the VAT rate to 9 percent for this sector was introduced in 2011 as an emergency measure, and he said it was sustained for 7 and a half years, but in light of the booming tourist numbers it has had to be restored. It was costing the exchequer over 2 billion euro and he insists that money is now required in education, social welfare and other areas.

  • A total of €216,000 has been allocated this morning for 11 recreational amenity projects across Co Mayo.

    The funding is being provided under Measure 1 of the 2018 Outdoor Recreational Infrastructure scheme, which provides grants of up to €20,000 for outdoor amenities such as greenways and walking trails.

    Five of the Mayo projects allocated funding are under the banner of South West Mayo Development Company, while Mayo North East had applied for funding for the other 6 successful projects.

    The Minister for Rural & Community Development Michael Ring says the funding will go towards improving local walks, trails and greenways.

     

  • Half a million euro is being allocated for the Lecanvey to Bertra section of the Clew Bay Trail.

    The Minister for Rural & Community Development Michael Ring has announced the funding as part of a national allocation of over €8 million for 18 projects nationally under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme.

    The Clew Bay Trail is a 19 km walking and cycling trail along the southern edge of Clew Bay between Belclare and Louisburg, which forms part of the Great Western Greenway.

    This morning, Minister Ring said he's delighted to announce €500,000 for the Lecanvey to Bertra section of the trail, following on from an allocation of almost €1 million euro last year....

  • There’s good news this morning for Glencastle National School, Bunnahowen as the Minister for Education has allocated 1.2 million euro to build a special needs unit at the Gaeltacht primary school.

    Minister Michael Ring has confirmed that the unding has been approved to build an extension at the school for an SNA unit.

  • The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring, has today approved a major investment package for digital services and facilities in public libraries in Mayo.

    The following libraries will receive investments in technology under this initiative.

    Library branch

    Amount

    Achill                                                    

    €12,000

    Ballina

    €75,500

    Ballinrobe                                          

    €13,000

    Ballyhaunis                                        

    €11,500

    Belmullet                                            

    €12,000

    Charlestown                                     

    €11,000

    Claremorris                                        

    €11,500

    Foxford                                                       

          €11,000

    Kiltimagh                                            

    €12,000

    Louisburgh                                         

    €12,000

    Swinford                                             

    €13,500

    Westport                                            

    €14,000

    Castlebar                                            

    €60,500

    Crossmolina                                      

    €11,000

    Total                                                     

    €280,500

     

    This is part of an almost €8 million investment in libraries comprises of approximately €6 million from Minister Ring’s department and a further €2 million contribution from local authorities.

    Minister Ring has been telling Midwest Radio that this funding will transform our public library service in Mayo, with 14 libraries benefitting.

  • €320,000 in grant aid has been announced today for School and Community Safety supports in Mayo under the CLÁR programme


    Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring , has announced details of €324,166 to be awarded to 9 projects for safety measures for schools and communities in Mayo under the 2018  programme which is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development.

    The following projects in Mayo will be supported:

    School/Community Group

    Location

    Project Description

    Amount

     

     

     

     

    St. Brendan's College

    Bellmullet

    Carpark resurfacing and lights

    €50,000

    Scoil Náisiúnta Phádraig Naofa

    Louisburgh

    To facilitate set down area temporary parking area on school grounds; Extend/upgrade footpaths on approaches to school

    €50,000

    Attymass National School

    Attymass

    Construct & upgrade footpaths, carparking facilities and public lighting

    €50,000

    St. Peter & Paul National School

    Straide

    Upgrade of parking and set-down area, and pedestrian access and safety at Straide National School

    €29,700

    St. Joseph's National School

    Ballinrobe

    Traffic Calming Measures

    €30,000

    Glencorrib Kilroe Community Centre Ltd

    Shrule

    Upgrade of existing street lighting

    €30,000

    Ballyhaunis Community Preschool

    Ballyhaunis

    Resurface approach road and carpark

    €23,850

    Newport National School

    Newport

    Create 10 new parking spaces, reconfigure busbays, upgrade road and line markings

    €31,000

    Mount Palmer National School

    Kincon, Ballina

    Resurface carpark and new road markings, provision of child safety signs

    €29,616

  • Minister Michael Ring announced a €1.4 million national grant scheme earlier this week to mark the 60th anniversary of the Tidy Towns Competition.

    The scheme allows each Tidy Towns committee to apply for a grant of between €1000 and €3000 to support the work they do. 38 Mayo towns and villages are eligible to receive a total of €51,000.

     Under the scheme, villages are eligible to receive €1,000; small towns are eligible to receive €2,000, large towns are eligible to receive €3,000; and large urban centres are eligible to receive €4,000.

    Minister Ring told Midwest News today that details on how to avail of the Fund will be announced shortly.

    Eligible towns and villages in Mayo and amount they are eligible to receive:

     

    Town

    Grant

    Achill

    €1,000.00

    An Geata Mor (Binghamstown)

    €1,000.00

    Attavally Luffertaun

    €1,000.00

    Aughagower

    €1,000.00

    Ballycroy

    €1,000.00

    Ballyheane

    €1,000.00

    Ballyvary

    €1,000.00

    Bonniconlon

    €1,000.00

    Clare Island

    €1,000.00

    Clogher

    €1,000.00

    Cong

    €1,000.00

    Kilkeeran

    €1,000.00

    Kilmaine

    €1,000.00

    Lecanvey

    €1,000.00

    Balla

    €1,000.00

    Ballindine

    €1,000.00

    Ballycastle

    €1,000.00

    Belcarra

    €1,000.00

    Carracastle

    €1,000.00

    Killala

    €1,000.00

    Knock

    €1,000.00

    Louisburgh

    €1,000.00

    Mulranny

    €1,000.00

    Murrisk

    €1,000.00

    Newport

    €1,000.00

    Shrule

    €1,000.00

    Tonragee

    €1,000.00

    Turlough

    €1,000.00

    Ballyhaunis

    €2,000.00

    Beal an Mhuirthead

    €2,000.00

    Crossmolina

    €2,000.00

    Kiltimagh

    €2,000.00

    Swinford

    €2,000.00

    Ballinrobe

    €2,000.00

    Claremorris

    €2,000.00

    Westport

    €3,000.00

    Ballina

    €3,000.00

    Castlebar

    €3,000.00

     

     

    Total

    €51,000

     

     

  • €50,000  euro has been sanctioned for  Scoil Náisiúnta Phádraig Naofa, (Louisburgh National School) Louisburgh under the  Clár Programme, Safety Measures. 
    The Minister for Rural and Community Development Minister Ring told Midwest News today he sanctioned the funding under the 2018 Clár Programme – safety measures for schools and communities.

    The funding approved for Scoil Náisiúnta Phádraig Naofa, will facilitate a set down area parking area on school grounds and extend/upgrade footpaths on approaches to school.

  • €247,500 which has been allocated to Mayo County Council for development and repair projects on harbours and slipways.  

    According to Minister Michael Ring the announcement is part of an overall €2.2 million Capital Investment Programme which will allow 13 Coastal Local Authorities to undertake and complete 52 development and repair projects on harbours and slipways.

    Minister Ring told Midwest News today that the package provides funding for maintenance and repair works in addition to supporting the ongoing development and enhancement of harbour facilities including some marine leisure developments.



    The details of the funding are as follows: 

     

    County Council

    Location

    WorksGrant aid approved

    Mayo County Council

    Achill (Green Pier)

    Repair to pier wall 22,500

     

    Killala Harbour

    Installation of new A to Ns on immediate approach channel to Killala Harour. Repair defective/undermined section of main pier. Remove silt from harbour area. Safety works 90,000

     

    Rathlackan Pier

    Emergency underpinning of existing pier end which is dangerously undermined. Further repairs and reconstruction of harbour deck and breakwater wall. Safety works to include ladders and edge rails. Construction of protective winch house 112,500

     

    Ballina Harbour

    Improvement/upgrade/ replacement of aids to navigation on approach channel along River Moy from Killala Bay to Ballina Harbour. Improvement/upgrade /replacement works to existing 150No. moorings as required 22,500

     

    Total Mayo

    247,500

  • Almost one million euro in funding has been announced this morning for local road improvements in county Mayo.

    Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring has allocated 988,235 euro under the LIS scheme, in a second tranche of funding under the scheme this year.

    Last February Mayo received 855,000 euro in LIS (Local Improvement Scheme) funding.

    Residents living along these local roads, not in the charge of Mayo county council, must also make a contribution towards the scheme to have their local road improved.

    Minister Ring told Midwest News today that 150 roads in Mayo have been done under this scheme since he re-introduced the scheme.

  • Mayo Fine Gael Senator Michelle Mulherin, who lost her Dail seat in the last general election, topped the poll at the Fine Gael Selection Convention in Castlebar on Sunday night last.

    While party headquarters did not release the full details of the ballot, Midwest West News understands the Ballina based Senator was ahead by two votes after the first count.

    Senator Mulherin led the charge on Sunday night taking 256 votes

    Westport based, Minister Michael Ring was second, receiving 254 votes.

    While Castlebar based former Mayo footballer Alan Dillon received 193.

    South Mayo based councillor, Patsy O’Brien lost out in the 4 candidate contest with 140 votes.

    The party has decided to contest the 4- seater constituency of Mayo with a three candidate ticket.

    At present it holds two of the 4 seats. Former Taoiseach Enda Kenny remains a Dail deputy but declared some time ago that he will not be contesting the next time round, while the second seat is held by the Minister for Rural Affairs Michael Ring.

    It would be considered highly unlikely that Fine Gael could do any better than retain 2 seats in this constituency, however, as a 5 seater constituency back in 2011,  the party managed to secure 4 of the 5 places.

  • Ballinrobe is one of 6 rural towns nationally that have been chosen to take part in a new pilot programme - aimed at encouraging more people to live in rural town centres.

    Ballinrobe, Boyle, Banagher, Callan, Castleblaney and Cappoquin will each receive funding of €100,000 to develop proposals and solutions to increase the number of people living in smaller, rural towns.

    Mayo County Council welcomes the announcement from Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring, T.D., that Ballinrobe has been named as one of six towns nationally to receive funding of up to €100,000 towards increasing the number of people living in rural towns.

    The council will engage and work alongside the local community and businesses in Ballinrobe to ensure the pilot scheme is a success both for Mayo and the country as a whole. 

    Chief Executive of Mayo County Council, Peter Hynes, welcomed the news stating; “We are delighted to see funding of €100,000 coming to South Mayo in order to encourage more people to come and live in our rural towns. This pilot scheme will hopefully lead to many ideas on how we can achieve that goal coming from the local community and local businesses in Ballinrobe.”

    Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Cllr Blackie Gavin also welcomed todays announcement; “I am delighted to see Ballinrobe has been chosen for this pilot scheme. The e people of the South Mayo town will no doubt embrace the opportunity  and will bring forward their ideas for how we can entice more people to live in these rural areas.

     

  •  The Minister for Rural and Community Affairs Michael Ring and former Taoiseaseach, Mayo deputy Enda Kenny will officially jointly open the new Castlebar branch of Heat Merchants at 12 noon today.

     The new facility is located in Castlebar Retail Park on the Breaffy road.

    Heat Merchants are opening nine new stores nationally over the next three years, in a 4 million euro expansion.

    Heat Merchants Group is one of the largest suppliers of heating, plumbing and home improvement materials to the professional and retail markets in Ireland.

    Alan Hogan of Heat Merchants  told Midwest News today that they are very excited about today's opening. 

     

  • Clár funding of €242,000 has been approved this morning for ten first responder organisations in Co Mayo.

    Voluntary groups from across the county will benefit from the funding,which will help to fund ambulances, defibrillators and other equipment.

    St John’s Ambulance Mayo Division will receive €50,000, Order of Malta Ambulance Corps €50,000 for Knock Parish, Irish Red Cross Mayo €50,000 for an ambulance for Claremorris and hinterland, River Moy Search and Rescue €32,180, Grainne Uaile Sub Aqua Club €22,000, Mayo Mountain Rescue Team €16,000, Irish Community Rapid Response, Mayo €11,851, Shrule Community Defibrillator Group €4,834, Meelickmore Community Development Fund €3,200 and Claremorris South Responder Community Group €1,500.

    Minister Michael Ring told Midwest News this morning it is welcome funding for the groups involved.

     

     

  • Controversy has arisen over an allocation of €118,000 euro last December by Minister Michael Ring to a Kiltimagh tourism development project.

    The decision by the Minister for Rural & Community Affairs to allocate the funding to the Velo-Rail project, pioneered by Kiltimagh Tourism and IRD with support from Mayo County Council, was highlighted in the Sunday Times, and the Mail on Sunday at the weekend.

    The funding at the end of last year was a direct follow-on from an allocation of €180,000 by Minister Ring for the project under the 2016 Rural Recreation Scheme.

     The Velo-Rail project is being developed on a stretch of the old railway line that runs from Claremorris to Collooney.

    It’s planned to develop 12 kilometres of the track, mainly on the Claremorris side of Kiltimagh,  as well as a shorter stretch on the Swinford side. The last official trains ran on this line back in the 1970s.

    Velo-Rail is an outdoor recreational activity using small rail-mounted pedal-propelled vehicles to move along a disused railway line.

    The article in the Sunday newspapers states that Minister Ring allocated almost €120,000 to a project in his constituency -  despite warnings from civil servants that it could set “problematic precedents”.

    One official said the project appeared to have the least merit of four proposals that were seeking extra funding.

    The CEO of Kiltimagh IRD Joe Kelly says the Velo-Rail project, which should be completed later this year or early in 2019, will be a unique tourism attraction, and could bring up to 30,000 people to the area as well as creating local jobs.

    He says this is the first velo-rail project to be developed in Ireland or the UK, and has praised Minister Ring for recognising its potential benefits.

     

  • 57 percent of the electorate in Mayo voted Yes on Friday to remove the Eighth Amendment from our constitution.

    In the run up to the vote, during the eight week Referendum campaign the Fine Gael deputies in the county were less than forthcoming on whether they were for or against its repeal. Both Minister Michael Ring and former Taoiseach Enda Kenny refused to indicate how they would be voting.

    However, the Fianna Fail deputies in Mayo were clear on where they stood on the issue, Lisa Chambers was saying Yes and deputy Dara Calleary was saying No on Friday last.

    Today Deputy Calleary told Midwest News that he remains opposed to abortion but says as a democrat he will vote for the legislation to allow it.

    Throughout the referendum campaign Midwest News sought the views of the Fine Gael deputies on the repeal issue, but we only succeeded in getting any response on Tuesday last.

    A spokesperson for the former Taoiseach Enda Kenny said on Tuesday that Deputy Kenny had not taken part in any interviews on the abortion debate, and was unlikely to do so before Friday. The spokesperson did not indicate Mr Kenny’s position on the referendum.

    On the same day in response to Midwest News, Minister Michael Ring said he was a member of the Dail which had facilitated putting the referendum on the Eighth Amendment before the people of Ireland. He pointed out that the Government has published draft legislation in relation to abortion, but insisted it is the people of Ireland that will make the decision in Friday’s referendum.

    Minister Ring said that, if the No vote won, then nothing would change. If people decide to vote Yes to repeal the Eighth amendment,  it will then be up to the Government and the Oireachtas to introduce legislation, and stated that he would make his views known then.

    Midwest News asked Minister Ring this morning how he will be voting on the legislation. He said he will be attending the Cabinet meeting tomorrow (Tuesday) - where the matter will be discussed and he will speak on the matter after that.

    The Fianna deputies in Mayo were very clear on how they would vote on Friday last.  Lisa Chambers was a definite Yes, and her colleague Dara Calleary was saying No.

    Lisa Chambers told Midwest News on Saturday that she hoped the legislation on abortion will be introduced as soon as possible in the wake of the clear mandate from the electorate.

  • With the vote to decide on repealing or retaining the Eighth Amendment  now only days away, Mayo voters have still not heard the views of either Minister Michael Ring, or former Taoiseach Enda Kenny on their intentions in Friday’s ballot.

    Both Fine Gael TDS are remaining tightlipped in the debate, despite repeated questions on the subject from Midwest News, we have failed to get a response from either deputy.

    The two Fianna Fail deputies in the county have clearly stated how they will be voting.

    Deputy Dara Calleary will be voting No, while Lisa Chambers is saying Yes.

  • Funding of almost €150,000 has been confirmed for playgrounds in Newport and Ballntubber under the LEADER programme.

    Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring has confirmed €74,984 for the development of a community playground in Ballintubber and €74,979 for the upgrade and expansion of Newport playground.

    The upgrade work on Newport playground will include the works to cater for children with disabilities and wheelchair users.

  • Government have today announced a €2 million euro investment  to upgrade the roof in GMIT.

    Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring says this represents a major statement of intent by the Government in the Castlebar Campus.

    Today's announcement is part of the Government's multi-billion investment in education as part of Project Ireland 2040.

    Minister Ring says investment of this kind can only bode well for the future of the Mayo GMIT Campus.

  • Grants have been allocated to schools offering Computer Science and Physical Education as Leaving Cert Subjects.

    104 post -primary schools will offer the courses for the first time from September.

    St Mary’s Secondary School in Ballina is offering Physical education for Leaving Cert this September, while Rice College in Westport is offering Leaving Cert Computer Science.

    Minister Michael Ring says the introduction of the new Leaving Certificate subjects is part of efforts to ensure the education system keeps pace with the changing society and needs of the economy.

    40 Schools will offer Computer Science as a subject in the first phase of its introduction from September

    While 64 will take part in the first phase of the introduction of Physical Education.

    The 104 schools have been allocated a total of four hundred and fifty thousand euro in grants.