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Local Link Donegal Shortlisted For Age Friendly Transport Award

Local Link Donegal has been shortlisted for the Age Friendly Transport Award in Ireland’s National Age Friendly Recognition and Achievement Awards 2018.

The Age Friendly Ireland Programme, hosted by Monaghan County Council, takes place in the Hillgrove Hotel April 10th.

The primary aim of these awards is to recognise and reward achievement in age friendly initiatives around Ireland. The Age Friendly Transport Award is all about getting to where you want to go which is so important to so many older people.

This category recognises the vital difference that access to good quality and reliable transport options can make to an older person.

This is the third annual Awards event for the Age Friendly Ireland Programme and the awards ceremony will be held amid a two-day schedule of events in Monaghan.

This year the eight categories of awards were chosen as they have a meaningful impact on the lives of older people, planning and creating a sustainable Ireland for all.

Previous winners include Local Link Louth, Meath and Fingal.

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Significant Travel Distruptions For Irish Rail Services Over Easter Weekend

There will be significant travel disruptions for people using Irish Rail services over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.

Major works are taking place that will affect all Heuston routes, Northside DART, Drogheda and Belfast services.

Irish Rail are advising the public to check travel times before making a journey.

The schedule for Irish Rail services over the Easter weekend is:

Dublin Heuston To Newbridge, Kildare

Due to road bridge works by Kildare County Council in Sallins there will be significant service alterations, resulting in bus substitutions which takes effect from today until Easter Monday at approximately 12:30pm.

DART Services Between Dublin Connolly & Skerries

On Saturday March 31st and Easter Sunday there will be no DART’s operating between Howth, Malahide and Dublin Connolly. This is in order to facilitate track improvement works between Dublin Connolly and Rush/Lusk.

Bus transfers will operate on the Enterprise service between Dublin Connolly and Drogheda. Bus transfers will also operate on Northern commuter services between Dublin Connolly and Skerries.

Dublin Heuston & Waterford

Bus transfers from today until Easter Monday inclusive will operate on all Waterford to Dublin Heuston services to facilitate the upgrading of the signalling system at Kilkenny.

Belfast Enterprise Services

Belfast Enterprise services are due to operate as bus transfers between Dublin Connolly and Drogheda, while train services will operate between Belfast and Drogheda only.

Dublin Heuston To Cork, Limerick & Kerry

While bus transfers are operating from Dublin Heuston to Newbridge, train services will be available between Newbridge and Cork, Limerick and Kerry.

Dublin Heuston To Galway/Westport

Bus transfers will operate between Dublin Heuston and Newbridge with train services operating between Newbridge and Galway/Westport.

Irish Rail say a full list of available services can be found simply by checking their Journey Planner on your day of travel.

A spokesperson for Irish Rail said:

‘While the vast majority of our works take place overnight or at times of minimal impact, the scale of some projects do cause unavoidable impact on services.

‘As we work to ensure we avoid impacting on weekday commuting at all times, the four-day period over Easter does provide an opportunity to progress larger scale and complex projects,’ they added.

‘We apologise for the inconvenience for what are essential works.”

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TC Trailers Becomes Official Sales Agent For Cartwright Products

One of Ireland’s most trusted trailer import and distribution companies, TC Trailers, has reached an agreement to become the offcial sales agent for Cartwright Group.

Headquartered in Lusk, TC Trailers is a family run business with 50 years experience in the trailer and haulage industry.

As a longstanding customer of Cartwright Group, TC Trailers have been buying and selling Cartwright trailers for nearly a decade but this is the first time an agreement has been formalised making TC Trailers the official sales agent for the complete range of Cartwright products.

Tom Carroll, Managing Director of TC Trailers, has always been impressed with the quality of Cartwright products and is ‘delighted’ to formalise its relationship with Cartwright.

“We are looking forward to a long-lasting relationship because we like to deal with quality equipment and we believe that the finish and integral strength of the Cartwright trailer range is second to none.

“Our customers like the quality and finish of Cartwright’s products and with such a versatile range of products there is a great opportunity for us to sell trailers in Ireland,” he said.

Andy Jarvis of Cartwright commented: “We are delighted to appoint TC trailers as our official agent of Cartwright products in Republic of Ireland.

“We see a great opportunity to build sales of our extensive range of products in the Irish market. Our formalised partnership with TC trailers enables us to work with an established and respected company with excellent experience and contacts in the transport industry in Ireland.”

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€300m Brexit Loan Scheme Open For Eligible Businesses

A €300 million Brexit Loan Scheme is now open for eligible Irish businesses to apply for in preparation for the approaching UK departure of the EU.

The scheme, providing loans of up to €1.5 million at a rate of 4% or less, has the potential to benefit over 5,000 companies impacted by Brexit with up to 499 employees.

Delivered by the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland, the first step for businesses will be to complete the eligibility criteria for the scheme on the SBCI website.

Eligible businesses can apply for financial aid through Bank of Ireland and Ulster Bank, with AIB following in June.

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine’s share of funding ensures that at least 40% of the fund will be available to food businesses.

Earlier this year Ministers Humphreys, Creed and Donohoe signed a counter guarantee agreement backed by the European Commission through the European Investment Fund (EIF), which is part of the European Investment Bank Group (EIB), so that the €23 million secured in Budget 2018 can be leveraged to provide €300 million to Irish businesses affected by Brexit.

“Coming from a business background, I am acutely aware of the challenges that Brexit poses to firms. This €300 million Brexit Loan Scheme is one of a number of supports that the Government has put in place to help companies prepare,” said Minister Humphreys.

She continued:

“The scheme will provide much-needed finance to eligible business impacted by the UK’s decision to leave the European Union. I am confident that it will make a real difference to firms, enabling them to adapt, change and innovate. This, in turn, will help them to become more competitive, a fundamental trait in any resilient business.”

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Ten Minutes With Brendan Keating, FCILT

Brendan Keating FCILT, CEO of Port of Cork talks to Linkline about his career, the opportunities facing the business, his pastimes and the best career advice he’s received.

Could you give us a brief summary of your career history?

“For somebody who has spent 15 very rewarding years in the port sector and associated businesses, my background had been in the local government sector where I spent 25 years and equally a career which was most rewarding from my perspective and most enjoyable as well.

“I became city manager in Limerick in January 1999 and continued in that role until December 2002. Before that, I had been an assistant city manager in Cork City Council where I was for four and a half years and before that I spent 10 years in Meath County Council.

“All very progressive local authorities and I’m very grateful for the opportunities of development afforded to me by those particular organisations. I have a different background to most people you’d meet in the port sector but nevertheless, I hope I have been able to make a contribution over the last 15 years and I can take some consolidation from the fact the port has progressed and developed quite successfully in that period.

“My role as CEO has been to oversee the development of the company in this period.”

How did you transition into the transport and logistics sector?

“Working in Cork City Council in the period of the 1990’s I was always keenly interested in the port and I watched with great interest and read everything I possibly could about, as they were known then, Cork Harbour Commissioners. It was always a particular area of interest to me so when the opportunity presented itself I was delighted to go for it and play a role for the last 15 years.”

Could you describe your average working day?

“I am a great believer in working through a management team so my approach to my job is to empower and to develop the senior management team and enable them to continue to do their job.

“My role as leader of the organisation is one where I see my primary purpose is developing the vision and the strategies of the future development of the company.”

What opportunities do you see for the business?

“As we speak, there are significant opportunities for the Port of Cork company. We have a very ambitious port development proposal which we’re hoping to get commenced in the next number of weeks. That will see the company invest about 80 million in a new dedicated containment facility. That will require we now generate the business to support that particular investment.

“Equally there are other opportunities for the company such as the development of the cruise business and growing the business to date. In 2018 we have scheduled 96 cruise calls into the Port of Cork. Another area we are particularly excited about is the proposals for the development of a new LNG facility in Cork Harbour. With such a facility it will future-proof the port and it will also add significantly to our ability to accommodate ships, an ever increasing number of which are moving towards LNG technology.

“We have a new Spanish service twice weekly, a rocon service starting on May 1st, linking the Port of Cork with Northern Spain and more particularly with the city of Santander in the province of Cantabria. Added to that then we have Irving Oil who host the country’s only oil refinery, the Whitegate Refinery, who have very ambitious expansion plans which we’re hoping to come to pass and we’ll all benefit from that.

“So literally grow our trades and explore new trading opportunitie

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Government’s Ambitious Plans for Transport Investment

Tom Ferris, Former President of CILT

The much-heralded National Development Plan 2018 – 2027 has finally been published. It promises a significant level of investment, which will underpin the National Planning Framework, and drive its implementation over the next ten years. But there are big challenges that must be met, including:

•Responding to Brexit
•Accommodating significant population increases
•Moving to be a low-carbon, climate-resilient society

Transport has an extremely important role to play in meeting these challenges. Ensuring that the right investments are made, at the right time, and in the right places, is the job of the Government of the day.

Strategic Investment Priorities
The National Development Plan (NDP) promises almost €116 billion investment over the next ten years. This represents a substantial commitment of resources by any standard.

If delivered, it will ensure further growth in employment, with appropriate regional development. It will also provide clarity to the construction sector, allowing the industry to provide the capacity and capability required to deliver Government’s long-term investment plans.

The NDP lists ten strategic investment priorities and three of those relate to transport – national road network; environmentally sustainable public transport, and airports/ports.

Projects with Price-tags
The NDP does not indicate precisely what share of the NDP’s €116 billion is earmarked for transport. But calculations show that it represents between 20 and 25 per cent of the grand

The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport is getting a capital allocation of nearly €10 billion out of a
grand total of €38.5 billion, for the five years 2018 through 2022. The 20 per cent comes from Table A which lists nine specific transport projects that represent €23.5 billion of the €116 billion total.

Table A lists these projects (it should be noted that not all transport projects in the NDP are named and have a price-tag). Box A (above) provides some comments on what is expected from these projects.

Projects without Price-tags
Table A shows the projects that have a price-tag in terms of investment. There are a number of other projects that are mentioned in the NDP, but with no price tag. Here are three such projects:

Inter-urban Rail:The NDP does refer to a funding priority for the inter-urban rail network in order to protect the investment already made in the national railway system. It went on to state that “This requires a significant level of spending directed toward maintenance and rehabilitation expenditure to prevent further degradation of the existing capital stock in order to regain and maintain at a steady-state”.

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