€40 Million announced for 2014 Sports Capital Programme

Fine Gael candidate for Dundalk-Carlingford, John McGahon, has today (Monday) welcomed the announcement from Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring that €40 Million has been allocated to the 2014 Sports Capital Programme.

Over the past few weeks, I have been assisting local sports clubs and organisations in Dundalk and North Louth to register online with OSCAR (Online Sports Capital Register). Clubs must register first before they can start the application process. Under the programme pitches will be drained, floodlights will be installed, sports halls will be improved and dressing rooms will be built. Thanks to these grants, people will have more opportunities than ever to get active and stay involved with a wide range of sports.

The important dates for registration and applications are below, but please go to http://www.dttas.ie/sport/english/sports-capital-programme for more information.

  • Open for applications from 12 noon on Friday 17th January;
  • Closed for registration at 5pm on Friday 7th February;
  •  Closed for applications at 5pm on Friday 28th February.

If I can be of any assistance or provide any advice on the application process, please get in touch.

Happy Christmas!

Carlingford and Omeath receive €250,000 in Government funding – MCGAHON.


Fine Gael candidate for Dundalk-Carlingford, John McGahon, has welcomed the exciting news that Carlingford and Omeath are to receive funding of €250,000 from governmental departments.

“The first announcement came from Minister for the Environment, Phil Hogan T.D., and the Louth Leadership Partnership, which provided€200,000 for the Carlingford Adventure Aerial Park under the Encouragement of Tourism Activities”

“This really is fantastic news for tourism in North Louth, many local people are responsible for Carlingford becoming an important hub of tourism, examples like the National Leprechaun Hunt and the Adventure Centre all contribute to the growth of tourism in the region, this funding will improve the attractiveness of the centre for tourists both north and south of the border”.

The second announcement came from the Minister for Children, Frances Fitzgerald T.D., who today (Wednesday) approved funding of €50,000 towards the establishment of a youth café in Omeath which will be provided by the Omeath District Development Company”.

“Youth Cafes play an important role in the lives of many teenagers, it allows them to meet friends, play games, and access important information all in a very safe environment”

McGahon Welcomes Recommencement of Garda Recruitment.

Fine Gael candidate for Dundalk-Carlingford, John McGahon, has welcomed confirmation from the Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter TD, that the recruitmentcompetition for An Garda Síochána will open from Thursday, 12thDecember.

“I am delighted that the Minister has sanctioned funding for this recruitment and that training will commence in 2014. This is important news for many families and older people living alone as a result of the high level of bulgaries and thefts in the Dundalk and North Louth area.”

“In spite of the general public service moratorium on recruitment, An Garda Síochána will see this new injection of talent joining their ranks shortly and will no doubt serve as welcome boost to the force.

“The fact that some 30,000 people have already expressed their interest in applying bears testimony to the highly respected role played by An Garda Síochána in Irish society.”

Jobless figures drop by 3,455 in border region in last 12 months- MCGAHON

jobsFine Gael candidate for Dundalk-Carlingford, John McGahon, has welcomed the recent news from the live register that the unemployment rate has fallen for the 17th month in a row, to 12.5%.

“While this rate remains too high, these figures clearly show that the downward trend in unemployment figures is well established, as more people get back to work. Today’s results follow on from the very positive figures published last week, which show that an additional 58,000 people have joined the workforce over the last year. I would like to commend the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, for his tireless efforts in reshaping our economy”.

“The unemployment rate is falling in every region across the country. This is testament to the fact that small businesses are getting back on their feet and once again creating jobs. Jobs growth has been particularly strong in the agriculture and tourism sectors over the last year; two key areas which the Government identified as having a high potential for growth. Initiatives such as the lower VAT rate and the scrapping of the air travel tax are directly translating into new jobs”.

€10,000 allocation for St.Helena Park- MCGAHON

Fine Gael candidate for Dundalk-Carlingford, John McGahon, has welcomed the news from the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgearld T.D. that St.Helena Park will receive a €10,000 allocation for upgrading and maintenance.

“Having grown up playing in St.Helena Park and living only a few hundred meters from it, I know how important this local park is to sports team, joggers, children and parents alike”.

“It was only twelve years ago when the playground was originally constructed and it’s great to see its continued upgrading”. I will be writing to Minister Fitzgerald in the coming days to clarify when the funding will be made available, and when the work will commence”.