Noel Coonan TD – Water Funding & Entrepreneurs

The video, above, is taken at one of Tipperary’s most picturesque, pure waterways, situated is the beautiful dense natural occurring wooded area, adjacent to the banks of the Clare River known as the Clare Glens. Latter forms a natural boundary, dividing County Tipperary and County Limerick. Same comes courtesy of Mr Garry Butler, Thurles, (Member Hidden Tipperary.) & introduces the very talented young violinist Miss Eva McNally, also from Thurles.  Please enjoy.

Thurles Water Treatment Plant

Today Noel Coonan TD has welcomed the announcement of funding for the Thurles Water Treatment Plant Networks and Fethard Water Conservation project. The Deputy explained that an European Investment Bank loan will provide €200 million to support improvements in Ireland’s Water Services Investment Programme (WSIP) by financing some 23 projects nationwide to provide new water mains, water and waste-water treatment facilities and reservoirs, as well as measures to improve water conservation.

The water investment initiative includes replacement of over 300km of old water mains in South Tipperary, Galway, Limerick and Dublin City. In addition waste water treatment will be enhanced through six new treatment plants in North Tipperary, Kildare, Kerry, Galway and Roscommon,” said Deputy Coonan.

Deputy Coonan explained that the European Investment Bank will provide a 25 year loan and enable quicker implementation of the investment programme. Following agreement of the €200 million loan, a first tranche of €100 million will support immediate investment and a second tranche will follow, as this investment programme progresses.

€500,000 Social Entrepreneurs Awards Programme

While speaking with Thurles.Info today Deputy Coonan TD also highlighted a €500,000 awards programme run by Social Entrepreneurs Ireland to supports individuals with new solutions for social challenges in Ireland.

This Awards Programme will see eight social entrepreneurs selected to partake in one of two support Programmes: the Impact Programme and the Elevator Programme. Three social entrepreneurs will be selected for the Impact Programme and will each receive direct funding of €130,000 over two years, as well as over €70,000 worth of training, mentoring and support. Under the Elevator Programme, five social entrepreneurs will each receive direct funding of €22,000 over one year. On top of this, they will receive over €10,000 worth of mentoring and training,” explained Deputy Coonan.

When a social entrepreneur comes up with a great new solution to social problems, Social Entrepreneurs Ireland believe they should get the funding and support that they need to scale and grow, so that they can impact as many people as possible, as quickly as possible. This awards programme will support these same individuals who bring new ideas and fresh perspectives to social problems. Social Entrepreneurs Ireland have arranged an information evening which will take place on Tuesday, 29th January at 6.30pm in the Waterways Ireland Visitor Centre, Grand Canal Quay, Dublin 2. Previous Awardees will share their experiences and the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland team will be available to answer any questions you may have about the application process,” continued the Deputy.

Those interested in attending the latter, should now register their interest at


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