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As your local Senator I have been working hard to represent the people of Cork in Seanad Éireann. In recent years we have moved from economic uncertainty to stability, the maintenance of which requires continual work.

Some of the national issues I will be prioritising are tourism, job creation and public infrastructure, of housing, roads and amenities, in order to sustain such growth.

 

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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Plan for electric vehicles needs to take rural Ireland into account

Planning needs to begin immediately for a National Grid of charge points for electric vehicles, a Fine Gael Senator has said. Cork Senator Tim Lombard, Member of the Joint Oireachtas Committee On Climate Action, has been examining the feasibility of operating an electric car in rural Ireland. Senator Lombard said: “As we make the transition to electric vehicles it is abundantly clear that we need to put the appropriate infrastructure in place across the whole country as quickly as possible

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Electric vehicle charging network set for overhaul

Cork will greatly benefit from a multi-million euro pot to develop a state of the art electric vehicle charging network, a Fine Gael Senator has said. Senator Tim Lombard, a candidate for the next General Election in the Cork South-West constituency, said such an initiative by the Government will encourage more drivers to use electric vehicles. As part of Project Ireland 2040, the Government’s new Climate Action Fund was announced today (Wednesday). One of the seven projects to receive a s

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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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Sugar needs to be taken out of Halloween

The association of Halloween with sweets is damaging Irish children’s health, a Fine Gael Senator has said. Senator Lombard said: “I was in Cork on Halloween night and I saw children walking around with carrier bags full to the brim with sweets. “I know Cork is no different than any other part of the country and I’m sure this scene was repeated across the island. “This is particularly concerning given the epidemic of childhood obesity this country is facing. “If you walk into any sup

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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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