Assembly Supports Regional Development
The Southern & Eastern (S&E) Regional Assembly, which was established in 1999, is responsible for managing one of the Regional Programmes of the NDP .
This Southern & Eastern Regional Programme has a planned investment of over ¤5.2 billion with EU Structural Funds support to the tune of ¤572.5m. Wexford is one of the counties in the Region (the others are Carlow, Clare, Cork, Dublin, Kerry, Kildare, Kilkenny, Limerick, Meath, Tipperary, Waterford and Wicklow). Some highlights of the Regional Programme to date include: Local Infrastructure 136,917 people in rural households have benefited from water supply improvements in group and small water schemes, 294 projects have been completed or are underway under the Urban and Village Renewal Measure and over 19,000 km of non-national roads have been improved or restored. Local Enterprise Development ¤119 million has been invested in Micro-enterprises by the County Enterprise Boards (CEBs). 2,786 participants achieved certification on training courses run by the CEBs. Agriculture & Rural Development 60 potato producers in approved quality scheme and 12,300 people have availed of farm relief services, while 30 on-farm projects have been assisted in the development of organic sector. Social Inclusion & Childcare Over 200 community development projects have received funding, ¤161 million has been invested in Youth Services and over 2,000 people have availed of the Family Services Projects.
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WEXFORD BROADBAND Wexford is benefiting from investment in Broadband which will provide cheap always-on access to the Internet which is vital for business and invaluable for education, health and research bodies. 20 kilometers of high speed Internet cable have been installed in Wexford, which is part of the ¤18 million South East Broadband Project, which is managed by E-Net. The Government's Regional Broadband Programme is co-funded under the NDP by the European Union and additional funding is provided by Wexford County Council. YOUTHREACH GIVES YOUNG PEOPLE A FUTURE Since 2000, over 600 Wexford teenagers have participated in the Youthreach Programme, which provides second chance education for early school leavers with minimal or no educational qualifications. Wexford currently has 3 Youthreach programmes running in Wexford, Enniscorthy and New Ross. Youthreach is funded by the NDP with assistance from the European Social Fund and is administered by the VEC. SUPPORTING ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT IN THE COUNTY Since 2000 over 1,600 people have participated on training programmes run by Wexford County Enterprise ■ L to r Tom Banville, Wexford CEB, Board to Luke Roche, Minister Michael Ahern ,T.D. and Paul Roche of Net Communications promote the which represented Wexford at the development of National Enterprise Awards in Portlaoise new and existing small enterprises in County Wexford. An extensive range of training courses is provided including Start Your Own Business Programmes, Owner/Manager Development Programmes, Effective Sales courses, Basic Book-Keeping courses and many more. Over 365 full-time and 128 part-time jobs have been created in County Wexford from grants provided by Wexford CEB between 2000 and 2004. Over ¤3 million has been allocated to companies throughout the county in the form of feasibility grants, employment grants and capital grants. Projects to benefit include Self-Catering Ireland in Rosslare, Web IT in Wexford, MAM Fabrications in New Ross, People Solutions in Enniscorthy and Apex Geoservices in Gorey. Wexford CEB has provided substantial grant aid to both Wexford Enterprise Centre and Enniscorthy Enterprise & Technology Centre since 2000. Both these centres provide incubation space for small businesses and training facilities, which Wexford CEB uses to run a variety of business training programmes. Wexford CEB is funded by the Irish Government and part financed by the EU. NDP ASSISTS FAMILIES BUY HOMES IN GOREY Since 2003 the Sean Doire affordable housing scheme in Gorey has been occupied. ■ Sean Doire affordable housing scheme in Gorey The scheme, which cost ¤5million, was assisted by NDP funds. Schools, shops and all the other amenities that Gorey village has to offer are within easy walking distance of the development. This project also included the building and furnishing of a community centre for the residents. It will function as a crèche and meeting hall and consists of three rooms and a kitchen area. Kieran O’Brien, Director of Services/Housing with Wexford County Council says “The style of houses in Sean Doire is nicely varied, ranging from four to two bedroom semi-detached and terraced residences.” The houses were constructed by James Millar Developments Ltd. and feature PVC double glazing, teak doors, oil-fired central heating and fitted kitchens.
Wexford’s Rural Transport Services
People living in rural parts of Wexford are now benefiting from two NDP funded rural transport services, which provide a flexible, community based transport system to meet the needs of people who do not have access to public or private transport. Over 400 passengers use West Coast Wexford Rural Transport Initiative (RTI) every week, which runs scheduled services, operated on a semi-flexible basis, offering 'door-to-door' pick-ups where necessary. As, Jacinta Kruse, Coordinator, explains. “On Tuesday and Thursday we offer a service from Ballycullane, Fethard-on-Sea, Duncannon, Ramsgrange, Arthurstown, Ballyhack and Campile to New Ross. These services provide a valuable link to the Health Centre in New Ross and we offer additional services such as free companion passes to assist users of the clinic. On Friday the service links the areas of Clongeen, Carrick, Wellingtonbridge, Ballycullane and Newbawn to New Ross and Waterford. This allows people to link with commercial and medical services as well as offering a social outlet for the passengers. On Saturday 2 routes are provided from Fethard-on-Sea, Ramsgrange, Duncannon, Arthurstown, Ballyhack and Campile to New Ross and Waterford, as well as a service from Ballycullane, Gusserane, Newbawn, Foulksmills, Clongeen, Wellingtonbridge and Bannow to Wexford.
■ Elaine Doyle, Geraldine Byrne, Kathleen Kennedy Kielty, Mary Cleary, Kathleen Whelan and Pat Morgan some of the users of Rural Road Runner
West Coast Wexford RTI provides a daily service to four national schools. This pre-booked service gives the children independence and has given their parents peace of mind and more time for further education or employment. Over 100 passengers use Rural Road Runner every week, which is also providing a pre-booked doorto-door rural transport service around Wexford town. Ms. Maureen O’Callaghan, Coordinator, Rural Road Runner said this initiative is providing essential services for young mothers, school children, those who want to participate in training, the elderly and all people in isolated rural areas who have no access to transport. On Tuesdays, Rural Road Runner operates a route serving TaghmonFoulksmills-Shelmaliere Commons-Coolree-Wexford. The Friday route serves TaghmonFoulksmills-Fourth CommonsMurrintown-Barntown-Glynn-
Killurin-Crossabeg-CastlebridgeCurracloe-Screen-Wexford A second route operates on Friday serving Wexford-CoolballowPierstown-RathmackneePoulrankin-Rosslare-Tagoat-KishaCross Roads-Kilrane-Rosslare Harbour- Wexford. Every alternative Wednesday, a special service is provided from Curracloe to Castlebridge to Wexford. Rural Road Runner also hopes to develop new routes in 2005. West Coast Wexford Rural Transport Initiative and Rural Road Runner are 2 of the 34 Rural Transport Initiatives around the country funded under the NDP. For further information contact: West Coast Wexford Rural Transport Initiative Ph: 051-389418 Rural Road Runner Ph: 053-23994.
Southern and Eastern Regional Assembly Assembly House, O’Connell St., Waterford, Tel: (051) 860700, Email: info@seregassembly .ie, Website: www.seregassembly .ie Wexford County Council County Hall, Spawell Road, Wexford, Tel: (053) 65000, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Website: www.wexford.ie Wexford County Enterprise Board 16-17 Mallin St, Cornmarket, Wexford, Tel: (053) 22965 Email: email@example.com Website: www.wexfordceb.ie
The NDP is delivered at a local level through a range of bodies including Government Departments, State Agencies, Local Authorities and Community Groups. The following are some useful contacts related to activity in the Wexford area: Wexford Organisation for Rural Development Johnstown Castle, Co. Wexford, Tel; (053) 46453, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Wexford Area Partnership 16-17 Mallin St, Cornmarket, Wexford, Tel: (053) 23994, Email: email@example.com Wexford County Partnership Millpark Road, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, Tel: (054) 37033, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Wexford County Childcare Committee 11 Weafer St, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, Tel: (054) 37156, Email: email@example.com FÁS Community Services Bridgepoint, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, Tel: (054)39300 Crescent Mall, Henrietta St, Wexford, Tel: (053) 23106, Email: info@fas,ie Website: www.fas.ie
A complete list of measures and related agencies under the NDP is available on the NDP website: www.ndp.ie or the Government website: www.gov.ie