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Government launch Fine Gael plan to reform apprenticeships – Minister Martin Heydon

The Government has today launched a new five-year plan to overhaul the apprenticeship system, a Fine Gael Minister has said. The plan will increase the number of new apprentices to 10,000 every year from 2025 and introduce a new grant for employers who take on apprentices.

Minister Heydon said: “I very much welcome the new Apprenticeship […]

Minister Martin Heydon & Cllr elect PJ Kelly welcome €1,094,880 for regeneration of Portarlington Market Sq

Minister Martin Heydon, Fine Gael TD for the Portarlington area and Laois Cllr Elect PJ Kelly have welcomed the allocation of €1,094,880 for the Heritage led Regeneration of Portarlington Market House and Square, by their Fine Gael colleague Minister for Rural Affairs Heather Humphries.

The funding, delivered through Governments Rural Regeneration Development Fund is a significant […]

New scheme to increase outdoor dining capacity in Kildare

A new scheme delivered in partnership between Fáilte Ireland and Kildare County Council will help tourism and hospitality businesses in Kildare to develop and increase their outdoor seating capacity, Minister Martin Heydon said.

Funding allocated under the scheme will also enable Local Authorities to develop permanent outdoor public dining spaces in towns and urban centres across the country, similar to those that exist […]

Minister Martin Heydon welcomes €500k Devolved Capital Funding for Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board

Minister of State and Kildare South Fine Gael TD Martin Heydon has welcomed funding of €507,500 to Kildare & Wicklow Education and Training Board (KWETB).

“My colleague Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris has today confirmed funding in further education capital grants for the country’s 16 Education and Training Boards […]

Minister Martin Heydon welcomes €1.3m for Athy’s Shackleton Museum

Minister of State and Kildare South Fine Gael TD Martin Heydon welcomed the announcement by Chief Executive of Kildare County Council at the recent Athy Heritage Museum AGM.

Cllr. Ivan Keatley a director of the Athy Heritage Museum said “This commitment of funding will ensure that this really exciting project will be funded through to completion.”

Athy […]

Minister Martin Heydon calls for urgent funding for Mental Health Supports for Young People in Kildare

Minister of State and Kildare South Fine Gael TD Martin Heydon is seeking additional state funding for Mental Health supports for Young People in Kildare.

“The growing demand for mental health supports for young people in Kildare has not been matched by a parallel growth in services here and so young people are experiencing significant difficulty […]

Kildare County Council to receive funding of €3,162,288 for Housing Adaptation Grants

Fine Gael Kildare South TD and Minister Martin Heydon has said that Kildare County Council will receive funding in excess of €3m to provide home adaptations for older people and those living with disability and mobility issues.

Minister Heydon said, “I am delighted that my colleagues, Minister of State for Local Government and Planning, Peter Burke […]

Contracts extended for eligible Community Employment and TÚS scheme participants in Kildare

Kildare South Fine Gael TD and Minister Martin has confirmed that participants of Community Employment (CE) and TÚS schemes in Kildare whose contracts were due to finish over the period since last October will now benefit from a further extension up to the 2nd July.

Minister Martin Heydon said: “The work that CE and TÚS workers […]