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As your County Councillor, Mayor, and now Senator I have been a strong political voice for Cork the last decade. Investment in our communities and public services is essential and some of my priority local issues include a new hospital for Cork, sufficient long-term housing infrastructure and rural broadband connectivity.

 

13 Cork South West schools will undergo major improvement works next summer

Fine Gael Senator for Cork South West, Tim Lombard, said 13 local schools will undergo major improvement works over the summer months thanks to Government funding through the Summer Works Scheme. Senator Lombard said: “The Summer Works funding announcement confirms the Government’s continuing prioritisation of capital funding for school buildings nationally, which will enhance the learning and working environment for pupils and teachers. “On Monday (17-Dec) my colleague, Minister for Educa

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New Bus Travel Zone for Cork County

Cork Senator Tim Lombard has confirmed the introduction of a new travel zone for Cork bus services; the Cork Leap Green Zone, introduced on Saturday 1st December, includes Kinsale, Bandon, Macroom, Fermoy, and Mallow. Senator Lombard said: “I am delighted with the introduction of this new travel zone for Cork bus users. I have been demanding that Bus Éireann review the pricing structure of the West Cork bus services and it is great that local concerns have been listened to. “The

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Permanent flood relief scheme in Cork

The Government has approved the establishment of a permanent flood relief scheme for small businesses, community, voluntary, and sporting bodies affected by flooding, which Senator Tim Lombard believes will be of great support to businesses and community groups in Cork. Senator Lombard said “A new permanent flood relief scheme will support Cork businesses and community groups to cope with the aftermath of flood events, which we know are to become increasingly common. “My Fine Gael colleagu

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Cork Dads continue to benefit from paid paternity benefit

Fine Gael Senator for Cork, Tim Lombard, has said that local Dads are continuing to benefit from the Government’s paid paternity benefit scheme with 2,556 availing of the scheme in Cork so far this year. Senator Lombard said: “The current rate of Paternity Benefit is €240 per week. Following Budget 2019, this will increase to €245 per week from the week beginning 25 March 2019. “This will afford new Dads the opportunity to be more involved at the earliest stages of a child’s development, w

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€1.1 million to assist the repair of regional and local roads in Cork

Fine Gael Senator Tim Lombard has welcomed the allocation of €1,100,000 in funding to assist the repair of regional and local roads in Cork County. The funding is from a Special Maintenance Grant with a national allocation of €15,030,000. Senator Lombard said: “Many of the regional and local roads in Cork have suffered significant damage as a result of severe weather events the past year. I warmly welcome the additional funding of €1.1 million which will significantly to assist Cork County Co

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Lombard urges Minister to add Cork location to tyre collection

There needs to be a collection point for used agricultural tyres in County Cork, a Fine Gael Senator has said. Cork Senator Tim Lombard was speaking following the announcement of a national tyre collection by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment. Minister Naughten has made €700,000 available to help farmers remove tyre stockpiles on their farms and the Irish Farm Film Producers Group (IFFPG), the national farm plastics recycling compliance scheme, has agreed to

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More SNAs, teachers and funding for schools in Cork

Local schools will also benefit from upgraded ICT equipment Fine Gael Senator, Tim Lombard, has said schools in Cork will benefit from more SNAs, teachers and funding thanks to a caring, balanced and fair Budget. Budget 2019 marks the third year of a major reinvestment in the education sector, as we continue to progress the Action Plan for Education, our plan to make Ireland’s education and training service the best in Europe by 2026. In 2019, the budget for the Departmen

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€107,000 for South and West Cork Tidy Towns committees

Cork South West Senator, Tim Lombard, has welcomed the allocation of €107,000 for 74 Tidy Towns committees here in South and West Cork. The Fine Gael Senator said: “Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring, has announced a €1.4 million national grant scheme to mark the 60th anniversary of the Tidy Towns Competition. Such investment by the Government will directly support our local Tidy Towns groups. “These volunteer led community initiatives really bring out the best in o

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Funding for mobility and Cancer Care transport in West Cork

Fine Gael Senator Tim Lombard has confirmed that €45,000 has been secured for Cancer Connect in West Cork. Senator Lombard said the CLÁR programme funding will support the acquisition of an accessible 8-seater vehicle that will help the volunteer-run service to transport people living in rural communities to their necessary medical services. “Having access to a wheelchair accessible vehicle in your area can mean the difference between being able to avail of day care, respite and other serv

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€69,000 for rural recreation projects will boost tourism in West Cork

Fine Gael Cork Senator, Tim Lombard has welcomed the allocation of €69,000 for rural recreation projects in West Cork under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme West Cork has been allocated € 69,000 for rural recreation projects, which is extremely welcome and will help to boost tourism here in West Cork and in the surrounding region. “This funding is part of €1.8 million in funding for 128 projects nationally under Measure 1 of the 2018 Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme, an

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