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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.

 

Extension to rural local link evening bus service in Cork

Senator Tim Lombard has welcomed the planned extension of the pilot local link evening rural bus service. “My colleague, the Fine Gael Party Chair, Martin Heydon, proposed the extension of evening rural bus services around the country to encourage increased connectivity in our communities and to tackle rural isolation, an issue that many people have raised with me locally. “It is so important we ensure that people have mobility around their area at night time as well as during the day, be

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€5,796 granted to 4 Men’s Sheds in West Cork

Cork Senator, Tim Lombard, has confirmed that €5,796 in Government funding has been granted to local Men’s Sheds in West Cork. Senator Lombard welcomed the funding announced by the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring, and which will benefit 4 Men’s Sheds in West Cork. Senator Lombard said: “It is really positive to see the Government supporting the The Irish Men’s Sheds Association which does fantastic work. I have seen first-hand the positive impact of their activit

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Self-employed in Cork encouraged to avail of Treatment Benefit scheme

Cork South West Senator Tim Lombard has confirmed that the number of self-employed people availing of dental treatment, optical exams, and medical appliances is on the increase across Cork. Senator Lombard encouraged self-employed people to continuing using the scheme, which is proving to be a major success. “In 2017, Fine Gael extended the Treatment Benefit Scheme to self-employed persons for the first time. This was a major milestone in terms of the equal treatment of small and medium bu

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€160,000 for Béicín Walkway

Fine Gale Senator for Cork, Tim Lombard, has confirmed €160,000 has been secured Bantry under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme. This funding is part of the Government’s Action Plan for Rural Development and provides funding for the development of new, or the maintenance, enhancement and promotion of, outdoor recreational infrastructure. Senator Lombard said: “I very much welcome the funding for outdoor recreation projects here in Cork. €160,000 has been allocated to Bantry for the

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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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