Fine Gael has a plan to keep the recovery going in Wexford according to local Fine Gael Senator, Michael D’Arcy.
“More people returning to work means the Government has more revenue to invest in better services here in Wexford. It also means lower taxes for working people. Our economic recovery is having a direct impact locally and Fine Gael has a plan for significant improvements in Wexford in 2016.
Investing in Wexford's schools
“As part of an €80 million national programme to improve our schools and our children’s education, seven Wexford schools have been allocated funding for significant school projects. These schools include Loreto Secondary School in Wexford Town, St Joseph’s Boys National School in Gorey, St Canice’s Convent in Rosbercon, Bridgetown College, Wexford Educate Together National School, Meanscoil Gharmán in Enniscorthy and the Vocational College in Bunclody.
Investing in Wexford's roads
“Roads in Wexford will also be improved as a result of the economic recovery. Funding has been secured for the stretch of the M11 Gorey to Enniscorthy and the N25 New Ross By-Pass, both of which are due to begin in 2016. These are landmark projects which will significantly decrease travel times in our county.
Investing in Wexford's housing
“As a result of a €25 million investment by the Government, 677 new social housing units will be built in Wexford before 2017. Significantly, the construction of these houses will help create approximately 203 jobs during the building phase. Planning permission has also been approved for 346 new private units in Wexford.
Investing in Wexford's Gardai
“A new, state of the art Garda station is being built in Wexford Town, highlighting this Government’s commitment to supporting An Garda Síochána in their work to keep our communities safe and secure. A new courthouse will also be constructed in Wexford. We have also re-opened the Garda training college in Templemore and started recruiting 1,150 new Gardaí. Capital funding of €875 million has been announced to invest in Garda stations, vehicles, IT and new burglary laws will also significantly benefit communities in Wexford.
Investing in Jobs
“The money that is paying for these improvements to our county is a direct result of the 135,000 new jobs that have been created since the Government launched its Action Plan for Jobs in 2012. The South-East Regional Action Plan for Jobs sets out a specific path for creating 25,000 new jobs by 2018. For every person who moves from welfare into work the State saves an average of €20,000.
Investing in Wexford's Farmers
“2016 will see more vital payments being made to Wexford farmers. So far in 2015, 2,812 farmers in Wexford received over €26 million in Basic Farm Payments.
Investing in Wexford Tourism
“The Government is investing €80,000 in the refurbishment of Hook Lighthouse and the works are due to be finished by the end of March 2016. Support for the tourism industry, including the reduction of VAT on the hospitality sector, has been instrumental in keeping Wexford businesses going through the worst of the recession.
Investing in Wexford Broadband
“Over €275 million has been allocated from the National Broadband Plan for the roll out of high speed broadband and SIRO are rolling out high speed broadband in Gorey, Enniscorthy and Wexford Town. This is a significant boost for residents of these towns and will help attract investment into these areas.
Investing in Wexford's Sports Clubs and Communities
“There are also many other amenities which add to quality of life in Wexford and this Government has allocated sports capital funding of €1,504,634 to Wexford clubs and societies for 2016. Over €168,000 has been allocated for harbour works at Wexford, Courtown, Cahore, Carne, Fethard, Slade, Duncannon, Kilmore Quay, Killurin and Edermine.
Making the Recovery felt in Every House
“We have a plan to create more jobs and keep the economic recovery going. As our economy continues to improve and more people return to work, the Government will have more money to invest in public services in Wexford and reduce people’s taxes. This will ensure more people and families feel the benefits of the recovering economy in their own lives.”