Christmas can offer a real boost to our local retailers and the local economy in South Dublin. People have been extra cautious with their spending in the current economic climate, but I urge people to place their Christmas spend with small local businesses and self-employed people. Let’s make sure as best we can that our money stays local.
I warmly welcome the Home Renovation Incentive and I urge homeowners in South Dublin to avail of it.
The Home Renovation Incentive, as announced in Budget 2014 is designed to increase demand for small construction jobs and encourage people to invest in their homes. This initiative will give the local construction economy a kick-start and there’s positive signs that it’s already working.
Labour TD for Dublin South, Alex White has urged people to buy Irish and to buy locally his Christmas.
“Christmas can offer a real boost to our local retailers and the local economy in South Dublin. People are being extra cautious with their spending in the current economic climate, but I urge people to buy Christmas presents from small local businesses and self-employed people. Let’s make sure that our money goes to local people living in our community.
“I also want to alert people to the opportunities to buy from our local craftspeople that make jewellery, baked goods and a wide range of other locally produced crafts.
“The twelfth annual Marlay Craft Fair is taking place in Marlay House from Friday November 22nd to Sunday November 25th. Every Sunday, Park Markets take place in Cabinteely Park, the People’s Park in Dun Laoghaire and in Marlay Park.
“Research as part of the Deloitte Consumer Survey on Christmas spending showed that the average spend per household in Ireland this Christmas will be €894, with an average of €484.81 on gifts, €258.84 on food and €150.76 on socialising. With 31, 991 households in Dublin Rathdown, there’s a great opportunity to boost our local economy.
“By buying Irish and local goods and services, we are helping to keep jobs in Ireland, whilst supporting local companies and keeping our economy competitive. We can all contribute to local enterprises by making deliberate choices and selecting to buy Irish goods and services.”
I welcome this historic moment and I congratulate an Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore TD, leader of the Labour Party for his leadership. I look forward to Ireland’s successful exit from the bailout. You can see an Tánaiste’s speech in full below.
Alex White, Labour TD for Dublin South, has welcomed the announcement that a new secondary school in Dublin South will be under the patronage of Educate Together.
“Educate Together operate multi-denominational, co-educational schools that are open to every child. The proposed, new secondary school will accommodate for an additional 1,000 student places.”
I welcome the opportunity afforded today by the presentation of this Report to address the issue of alcohol misuse, and to expand on the Government’s plans to address this problem. I thank the members of the Joint Committee on Transport and Communications for their work on the issue of Sponsorship of Sport by the Alcohol Drinks Industry, and for their valuable contribution to the debate.
I welcome the acceptance by the committee that actions must be taken to address the harm caused to individuals, and to the broader Irish society by the misuse of alcohol.
Alex White TD has warmly welcomed a book rental scheme for primary schools, which will reduce the cost burden on parents with young children. The Minister for Education Mr. Ruairí Quinn committed an extra €15 million over the next three years to support book rental schemes in schools that don’t currently have them.
“Book rental schemes have been very successful for many schools already and the schemes can result in savings of up to 80 per cent of the cost of school books for parents.”
“I’m delighted that the book rental scheme is expanding and that funds are being made available for more schools to avail of this excellent scheme.
“Back to school costs for children can pose a financial burden on families and this worthwhile initiative will make it easier for parents to manage.”
The book rental scheme funds will be paid to schools in the form of a seed capital grant, with DEIS schools receiving €150 per child and €100 per child in non-DEIS schools. The €15 million already provided to schools that currently operate these schemes will continue. This funding should be used to maintain an updated stock of school books.