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									                             NDP DELIVERING IN KILKENNY

In 2004, over €8 billion was invested nationally under the National Development Plan (NDP).
This brings investment in the first five years of the NDP to an estimated €36 billion nationwide.
The NDP is funded primarily by the Exchequer with support from the EU Structural Funds.

NDP investment in County Kilkenny includes:-

Over €11 million was allocated to non-national roads in Kilkenny in 2004. The funding was
designated for work on projects such as the Kilkenny Eastern Environs Link Road, R693
Threecastles (Campions Bend) and the R700 Wallslough to Bennetsbridge.

Construction work is due to start late next year on the M8/N8 Cullahill to Cashel Road. This high
quality 39.5 km dual carriageway, will form part of the core national inter-urban road network
linking Dublin and Cork.

Waste management initiatives supported in Kilkenny include bring banks and Dunmore Civic
Amenity Facility.

Under Water Services, work has commenced on the Callan Sewerage Service Land Initiative. A
large number of water supply and sewerage schemes are at the design stage including Kilkenny
City and Environs Water Supply Scheme and Sewerage Scheme and Kilmacow Sewerage
Scheme.

Since 2000, over €6.8 million has been approved for childcare facilities, supports for staffing,
capacity building and the general improvement of childcare provision in Kilkenny. Childcare
services in County Kilkenny which have benefited from support include:- Ballyragget
Community Childcare Centre, Kilkenny Community Early Years Project and Good Foundations
Childcare Facility.

Ring a Link, Kilkenny’s rural transport initiative is continuing to serve rural communities in
Southwest and Northwest Kilkenny. This popular community based rural transport service,
provides flexible, door to door services to meet the needs of people who cannot access public or
private transport locally.

Kilkenny County Enterprise Board has paid grant aid of €238,673 in 2004 to promote small
and micro enterprises in the county. Notable projects supported since 2000, which have resulted
in the creation of new employment and capital investment, include Glasseye Productions Limited,
Kelsey Manufacturing Limited and Busy Bees Creche, which represented the county at the
National Enterprise Awards. The CEB continued to support enterprise through the provision of
training initiatives and mentoring services.


Kilkenny City is currently benefiting from the South East Broadband Project, which is providing
cheap always-on access to the Internet which is vital for business and invaluable for education,


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health and research bodies. The 12 km of network in Kilkenny City are now live and are part of
the €18.33 million broadband network in the South East. This project is funded under the
Government's Regional Broadband Programme and co-funded by the European Regional
Development Fund.

The Youthreach programme at New Street, Kilkenny is part of a national programme of second-
chance education and training. It is aimed at people who left school early and aims to give them
the opportunity of building their self-confidence and gaining a range of qualifications.

Kilkenny County Council housing schemes under construction include; affordable houses in
Graignamanagh and voluntary housing units at Hugginstown and the Good Shepherd Centre.
Social housing units have also been completed at Johnstown, Inistioge and Urlingford and social
schemes are currently under construction in Stoneyford, Moneenroe, Glenmore, Freshford,
Graignamanagh and Bennettsbridge

Projects to benefit under the Urban & Village Renewal Initiative include Woodstock House and
St. Lachtains Church of Ireland, Freshford.

The Local Development Social Inclusion Programme continues to Castlecomer District
Community Development and Kilkenny Community Action Network). Both organisations focus
on job creation, placement and training in the most marginalised communities in the county and
provide support for young people through education. In 2004 notable initiatives include work
carried out with active retirement organisations in North Kilkenny to promote the inclusion of
older people in the community.

Woodstock Gardens, Inistioge, Kilkenny was approved for funding under the Tourism Product
Development Scheme.

“Significant progress has been made over the first five years of the NDP. As each year goes by
we can see the impact of this investment on the ground. Government Departments, state agencies,
local authorities, VECs, county enterprise boards, FAS and community groups are all involved in
the successful delivery of the NDP at a local level.” an NDP spokesperson said.

The National Development Plan aims to improve the quality of life for everybody by investing in
infrastructure, people, industry & enterprise and regional development.


Note to Editor
The figures given in this release are provisional expenditure figures and grant aid approved to
December. The final end of year figures (actual expenditure & grant aid approved) will be
available in Spring 2005 from the relevant Government Departments.




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