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Thanks for stopping by. Bet you are a civic-minded soul with an independent streak and a can-do attitude!

What’s this all about? We think we, as in the people of Wexford, can better prepare for the future and make much more of what we have by working together. Better infrastructure, better local economy, better environment and, ultimately, stronger communities. We all have a part to play.

Age Action and Red Cross Covid 19 Hardship Fund

Age Action and the Irish Red Cross have announced funding to provide additional assistance to older and vulnerable people around Ireland who are experiencing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic by making once-off grants, up to a maximum of €500, per person/household affected.

Older people in need of assistance, family members supporting an older person and carers of older people, social workers and local voluntary organisations or community groups providing direct assistance to individuals within this target group can apply.

You can apply for any practical needs that are adding to your hardship as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic and increased social distancing restrictions of cocooning for over 70s. This can include costs of the following examples and other needs as they arise within the scope of this fund;

  • Small household maintenance, repairs and safety improvements
  • Food and basic provisions and associated delivery costs
  • Upgraded or New Small Appliances (fridge, freezer, washing machine, TV, cooker, etc.)
  • Providing Digital Technology Equipment, for example smart phones or tablets
  • Contribution towards increased energy costs or telephone bills
  • Contribution towards additional home or personal security costs
  • Contribution towards additional travel costs for essential reasons (medical appointments, etc.)

For more information on how to apply and contact details please see the link below:

https://www.ageaction.ie/how-we-can-help/age-action-and-irish-red-cross-covid-19-hardship-fund

 

Developer launches fresh bid to develop site bordering Slaney Estuary

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There is a report in this week’s Wexford People on a major development proposed for the Carcur/Park area of Wexford. The area in question, the former CRH site at the Point of Park, is bookended by the railway line on one side and the Slaney on the other. Two applications submitted to An Bord Pleanálawere ruled to be invalid. It is the intention of the developer to submit a third. A previous application in 2017 to develop this site was turned down by An Bord Pleanála.

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SPC meeting hears that when it comes to higher education attainment, Wexford must try harder

The most recent meeting of the Co Wexford Economic Development & Enterprise SPC (Nov 28) heard that, at 41%, Wexford has one of the southeast region’s lowest levels of students progressing to higher education. Efforts are underway to tackle this situation through South East Action Plan for Jobs and the South East Regional Skills Forum. The latter body is concerned, generally, with “fostering stronger links between enterprise, and education and training providers”. A key part of this will be an increase in the numbers of apprenticeships, traineeships and undergraduate placements in the region. No less important is the need for ongoing workforce development and upskilling so as to keep pace with technological advancements. Continue reading

The Forgotten Region


The PPN reps on the Economic Development & Enterprise SPC are calling on the government to stop treating the South East as the forgotten region.

At the most recent meeting of the Economic Development & Enterprise SPC at County Hall (19 Sept 2017) they heard how the South East is the forgotten corner of Ireland when it comes to job creation and inward investment.

Presenting the latest South East Economic Monitor report Dr Ray Griffin and Dr Cormac O’Keefe, both of WIT, outlined how the region has been neglected for too long by the IDA and Enterprise Ireland.

They say that, while the region’s economy has seen some recovery, this is well below growth in other regions and well below the national average. Continue reading

FPW Presentation at PPN Meeting


I attended my first PPN meeting last night. It was a very worthwhile meeting which, under chairman John Carr, covered alot of ground. There were short introductory presentations on the work of WWETB (http://waterfordwexford.etb.ie), Comhairle na nÓg (http://www.comhairlenanog.ie/local-comhairle/wexford/) and Future-Proof Wexford. This was followed by some very lively discussions on getting the most from your SPC, funding for local groups, resource-sharing, insurance for halls, local support for different addictions and much more.
I came away from the meeting determined to deliver one message to groups who are already members of PPN, and also to those groups thinking about joining: the most important initial in PPN is the middle “P”. Participation! Local groups can really benefit from the experience of coming together and sharing ideas. It is also the best place to learn about any supports available to groups whether these be financial, technical, educational, whatever. Ní neart go cur le chéile!
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