Cribbin says Offaly 'fairing out well' in terms of funding
Cllr Noel Cribbin, a Fine Gael candidate in the upcoming local elections, has said he is happy that Offaly is "fairing out very well" in funding terms under a number of headings, including housing, education and roads.
He welcomed the fact that the live register figures in Offaly have fallen from a high of 9,304 in 2012 to 5,304, with numbers dropping in Edenderry from 2,573 to 1,065.
Cllr Cribbin said on the housing front there were positives in tha 93 new homes were brought into the Offaly social housing stock in 2018 by build, acquisitions, voids and leasing.
He said regional and local funding was up by 49% since 2017 and that national roads funding has more than doubled since 2017.
"Garda numbers in Laois-Offaly has jumped 28% since 2014 from 276 gardaí to 353," he added.
In terms of education, Cribbin, who joined Fine Gael in 2018, welcomed that €78 million was spent on new buildings between 2011 and 2018 with two new school builds in Edenderry.
He said older people have too benefitted with a total of 8,685 total pension recipients in Offaly in 2018 "benefitting from a total increase in the state pension of €18 per week over the last four Fine Gael budgets."
"€1,203,009 was provided for housing adaptations grants for older people and people with a disability in 2018," Cllr Cribbin added.
He also welcomed over €10 million in rural regeneration and development fund projects that are 'shovel ready' in Offaly this year, funding for a new International standard mountain bike trails in the Slieve Blooms, an architectural study for Edenderry masterplan to develop the JKL backlands in the town, as well as the Town and Village renewal fund.
"Add to this huge funding in Leader up to €1,577 500, capital sports programme."
"This proves to me and to many who I am meeting at the doors that there is no doubt that the glass is definitely half full and with 1,500 off the Dole queues, 33 new social houses nearing completion in Edenderry, substantial grants for several towns and villages in North Offaly including a very exciting and potentially massive plans for the old Tesco site in Edenderry," Cllr Cribbin remarked.
"There is up to €40 million earmarked to be spent in Edenderry and as a local government councillor, I am delighted that at long last Offaly and North Offaly are getting the spend that is long overdue for this area and I, along with my party colleagues Cllr Liam Quinn and TD Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, will continue to raise issues and look for funding for projects in our area," he concluded.