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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.


Sustainable rural housing will help develop our rural communities

Sustainable rural housing will ensure that rural communities can thrive, a Fine Gael Senator has said. Senator Tim Lombard said: “After a comprehensive debate in the Seanad, Minister Eoghan Murphy confirmed to me that once-off rural planning will be safeguarded under the forthcoming national Planning Framework. This is great news for communities in rural Ireland. [caption id="attachment_1176" align="alignnone" width="300"]

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Significant improvements to pension outcomes for homemakers and carers

  Cork Senator, Tim Lombard, has said there will be significant improvements to pension outcomes for homemakers and carers who were affected by rate band changes in 2012. The new Total Contributions Approach will calculate pensions based on all contributions made over a working career. There will also be provision for a new Home Caring Credit of up to 20 years to assist workers who took time out to raise families. The new system will be implemented from the 30th of March, a

Ferry route to Spain will link up Wild Atlantic Way with the Camino

  A new ferry route between Ringaskiddy and Santander in Northern Spain can link the Wild Atlantic Way with the Camino, a Fine Gael Senator has said. Senator Tim Lombard says the new ferry sailing represents a great opportunity to link the two iconic routes. Senator Lombard said: “I am delighted to see Cork linked to Northern Spain by a sea route. There are deep historical ties between the two places and I hope to see them renewed by the new ferry service. “The north of Spain ha

New online system to apply for a medical card

  The HSE has launched a new National Medical Card online service, This new service enables people to apply online for a Medical Card quickly and easily using a user friendly step by step process, a Fine Gael TD has said. Senator Tim Lombard believes the streamlining of applications will greatly benefit those who need medical cards here in Cork. “Users can find out if they are eligible for a Medical Card immediately, and if they are, their application will be pr

6% increase in Cork employment opportunities

  Job creation in Cork is up by 6% in the last year – an increase of 1,372 jobs throughout the county. “This is excellent news for all of us here in Cork, and is consistent with the strong employment performance across the economy. “I am very pleased to see this strong level of job creation delivered by Government-backed companies; the employment boost from Enterprise Ireland backed companies shows the Regional Action Plans for Jobs is delivering for Cork. “Fine Gael’s priority

Additional funding for Seniors Alert Scheme after applications quadruple

  A massive increase in applications for the free personalised alarms for people over 65 has resulted in additional funding for the Senior Alert Scheme. Cork Senator, Tim Lombard, said: “The objective of the Seniors Alert Scheme is to encourage community support for vulnerable older people in our communities by providing personal, monitored alarms to enable older persons to continue to live securely in their homes with confidence, independence and peace of mind. “In October last ye

Lombard opens Constituency Office in Kinsale

  Yesterday morning (Monday) Fine Gael Senator, Tim Lombard, opened his new constituency office in Kinsale. [caption id="attachment_1162" align="aligncenter" width="251"] Senator Lombard welcomes the public to visit his new constituency office[/caption]   “I am very excited about this new venture. I feel it is very importan

Revised Nitrates Action Programme a positive step for Irish farmers

  Cork Senator and member of the Oireachtas Agriculture Committee, Tim Lombard, has welcomed the renewal of Ireland’s derogation under the Nitrates Directive. Senator Lombard said: “The renewal of our Nitrates Derogation is very positive news for Irish farmers, providing us the capacity for achieving targets set out in the Food Wise 2025 Strategy. “This decision to renew this derogation is recognition that Ireland has and is continuing to maintain our commitment to improving water

€112,000 for agricultural shows in Cork

  A national allocation of €812,000 has been earmarked for Irish agricultural shows in 2018, €112,000 of which has been granted to Cork. Senator Lombard said: “Agricultural shows are hugely important to our rural economy. We know the economic benefit they bring to the local economy here in Cork, with surrounding towns and villages benefitting hugely from each show. “The Government considers this funding an important investment in rural communities and I am delighted that my colleag

Lombard declares for Cork South West

  Senator Tim Lombard has voiced his intention to declare for the Cork South West Fine Gael convention. Senator Lombard said: “The current precarious political situation has emphasised the need for clarity regarding Fine Gael candidates for the next general election, whether that will be this year, next year, or 2021. “I have previously indicated but am now declaring my intention to put my name forward to contest the Fine Gael convention for the Dáil Éireann in Cork South West.