15 New Hygiene Jobs for Curragha

15 New Hygiene Jobs for Curragha

Press Release

Local Councillor Nick Killian congratulates Ratoath Businessman Mark Fagan Managing Director of Facility Support Services on his announcement of creating 15 new posts in a local food company in Curragha.

Killian stated: “This is fantastic news for job creation in this part of South East County Meath for the Ratoath, Curragha, Ashbourne and Duleek areas.Meath which has been ignored by Government in providing jobs, only for the entrepreneurship and initiative of businessmen like Mark Fagan who lives in Ratoath who has created on contract 15 full time and permanent new position in the Hygiene Food business, where he is seeking two supervisors and 13 operatives to work in a large local company in Curragha. Mark is determined to offer these posts locally in the first instance, with excellent pay and conditions.”

“Anyone one interested in applying should contact the HR Section of Facility Support Services at info@facilitysupportservices.ie. I wish Mark well for the future and has indicated that he may have another job announcement over the summer period.This part of County Meath needs additional employment for its expanding population. The IDA and other state Job creating agencies have done nothing over the past 3 years in providing one job for this area of Meath. We are not even on the visiting list for foreign Investment, yet we have a fantastic local infrastructure, with good roads and 20 minutes from Dublin Airport. Thankfully we have loacl people who believe in our county and in this part of South East Meath.”

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Killian forces change to Mobility Aid Grant Scheme

Killian forces change to Mobility Aid Grant Scheme

The change to the rule on Occupational Therapists Reports funded by applicants applying to Meath County Council; for Mobility Aid. Housing Adaptation Grants has been warmly welcomed by Nick Kilian the Ratoath based councillor. At the March meeting Killian highlighted and objected to the onerous rule being introduced for Grant Applicants where the applicant would have to pay for an Occupational Therapist Report prior to making the application. The Council has decided that applicants will not be required to engage the services of a private sector Occupational Therapist, based on medical priority and availability of funding Meath County Council will engage their own Occupational Therapist if deemed necessary.Killian said” I want to thank the County Manager for taking on board my concerns and agreeing to remove the difficulties that disabled and elderly applicants would have to endure in seeking out an O/T but the hardship of paying for a report and no guarantee that they would be grant aided.I will state that not enough money is being made available for Mobility/ Housing Adaptation Grants for a county the size of Meath. It further confirms my strongly held view that this Government has no strategic policy for the Disabled and they have been cast to one side as people of no importance”

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South Meath Landlords upping Rents – Killian

South Meath Landlords upping Rents – Killian

Labour Minister Burton fails to Act

The continuous refusal by Labour Minister Joan Burton to amend upwards rent supplement levels for County Meath Housing Applicants has been severely criticised by Ratoath Councillor Nick Killian. This at a time when rent for properties are being increased by amounts up to 100 euro extra per month, ruling out the opportunity for Housing applicants on the lengthy Meath County Council housing list to rent. Killian stated: “This failure by Joan Burton to review Meath levels of Rent Supplement is now creating a situation where sitting tenants here in Ratoath are facing eviction as landlords want to increase rents due to the shortage of rental properties and in addition are refusing to take rent supplement from prospective tenants, thereby discriminating against those who find themselves in this situation. Last week I had three representations from Ratoath residents who have been asked to vacate the property unless they can pay the increased rent that greedy landlords want to charge. I cannot understand as to why Burton has reviewed upwards rent supplement in Wicklow and Kildare and not Meath, what has Meath ever done to her? Can her Local LabourDeputy not persuade her, why? What Burton will now force is the uprooting of Meath families who need accommodation to move to Dublin, Fingal, where supplements are 250 per month higher than County Meath. I am now campaigning for the past 18 months on this issue and will continue to so until this uncaring Labour Minister recognises the needs of those less well off in Co Meath.”

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Concern that Meath Disabled Drivers will lose out – Killian

Concern that Meath Disabled Drivers will lose out – Killian

Disabled drivers are expressing serious concern that the recently announced changes for tax relief will have an effect on refunds and claims for VAT and Excise charges for disabled drivers and passengers, according to Disabled drivers who have contacted Ratoath Councillor Nick Killian. The Government has indicated that an EU ruling that the present scheme has to be scrapped, which is used by 11,000 disabled drivers throughout the country.The current scheme gives relief from vehicle registration tax, VAT, Motor tax on cars for disabled drivers. Killian stated: “Once agian this Government has created another fear factor for the disabled community here in County Meath with the proposed changes that are due to take place with the introduction of a new Fuel Grant Scheme.Blaming the EU creates the fear that this another ruse by this Government to cut back on this much needed grant for disabled drivers. I am seeking assurances that disabled drivers currently claiming relief will not lose out financially with the introduction of this new scheme. It is essential  that the disabled community is given a guarantee that their current financial costs for driving are not increased and that the new scheme is fully explained to them and that new side way rules are not introduced in a sly manner. Disabled drivers who contacted me this week have expressed concern, the present scheme operates very well and change can cause confusion and upset unnecessarily to those whose lives are difficult on an ongoing basis.”
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Killian to run as an Independent Candidate in Local Elections

Killian to run as an Independent Candidate in Local Elections

 Councillor Nick Killian, the Ratoath based councillor first elected in 1999, and who was subsequenrly re-elected in 2004 and 2009, has announced that he is resigning from the Fianna Fail party and will contest the  local elections  for the Ratoath Local Electoral Area on May 23rd 2014, as an Independent Community Candidate. In a statement Killian said: “As a result of the decision at the recent selection convention, I have decided to put myself forward for election for the Ratoath Local Electoral area of Meath County Council, as an Independent Candidate. I am doing this with the full support of my friends and political supporters, I have made the difficult decision to resign and I wish all my former colleagues in the Fianna Fail party here in Co Meath every success for the future. I wish to continue to represent the needs and concerns of the community and residents of Ratoath and surrounding areas as an Independent councillor as I have done for the past 15 years. I have delivered and will keep delivering the ongoing necessary infrastructure that our village requires.”

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