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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar visits Ballinasloe

February 24, 2023

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar visits Ballinasloe

Senator Aisling Dolan is delighted to welcome Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to Ballinasloe this afternoon Friday 24thFebruary

The Ballinasloe based Fine Gael Senator stated

“A real honour to welcome An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to my home town Ballinasloe.

“The Taoiseach will have the opportunity to walk the streets and see the impact of multi-million euro investment in the Ballinasloe Town Enhancement scheme – new streets, lighting & footpaths with Galway County Council. The town is shining especially with so many businesses that did up shopfronts, signs, painting with the Shopfront Enhancement Scheme.

“The Pulse Club Network just met yesterday morning and it’s a network of start-ups, entrepreneurs and just shows how dynamic businesses are thriving in Ballinasloe town which we can also see with the expansion of so many businesses – such as the new premises for Western Postform and expansion of KPW Printing. Portiuncula University Hospital is also a large employer with close to 1,000 people working there.

“We also have companies interested in locations at the IDA Business & Technology Park and this is testament to a fantastic location on the motorway, train & coach stations, and college of further education in the town.

“Quality of life with great schools, such a variety of top class sports clubs and a true sense of community spirit makes Ballinasloe a perfect location for families. And with a destination stop on the new Galway to Dublin cycleway coming right into our marina and a new 5 screen cinema to open shortly – we have a lot to offer”

“The Taoiseach will be speaking to businesses about the extension of supports this week. Extending the VAT rate of 9% for hospitality & tourism as well as extending the The Temporary Business Energy Support Scheme until May – it’s also easier for businesses to apply and higher levels of support.

“As well as cost of living supports to put money back into people’s pockets such as the €200 lump sum payment for people on a pension, carers and people with a disability.

“As Fine Gael Education spokesperson, I’m delighted to see the roll-out of the hot School Meals programme to all DEIS primary schools for over 64,500 children which will have a real impact on families for families and children in class.

“The waiving of State Exam fees again and a €100 lump sum payment in Jun under the Child Benefit Scheme is very welcome. Also each child will get €100 for back to school clothing & footwear. The school transport fees will be capped at €125 per family and it is important that we see proper plans in place to accommodate children going to school.”

“There is a lot of excitement and I think it will be a really enjoyable day for people and businesses in Ballinasloe”