Minister Ring welcomes appointment of new Secretary General

Mr Kevin McCarthy has been appointed Secretary General to the Department of Rural and Community Development, following the Government meeting of 19 December 2017.  He is taking up the position with immediate effect.

Kevin McCarthy

“I congratulate Kevin McCarthy on his appointment and welcome him to the Department of Rural and Community Development,” Minister Michael Ring said of Mr McCarthy, who was formerly Assistant Secretary at the Department of Education and Skills.

“We are delighted to have Kevin join us and I look forward very much to working closely with him in making a real difference to communities and to the regions.

“I must also take the opportunity to thank Elizabeth Canavan for her excellent work as Acting Secretary General through the initial challenges of setting up the new Department and wish her the very best in the future.” …More Details

Minister Ring allocates additional €400,000 for Seniors Alert Scheme after applications quadruple – Minister Ring

Widening of eligibility criteria and successful information campaign lead to upsurge in applications

The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring TD, today announced that he has allocated an additional €400,000 for the Seniors Alert Scheme following an upsurge in applications for the free personalised alarms for people over 65. Minister Ring initially allocated €2.3 million for the Seniors Alert Scheme in October of this year. The rate of applications for personal alarms quadrupled in November after Minister Ring widened the eligibility criteria for the scheme and launched a nationwide publicity campaign..Continue reading.

Cabinet agrees transfer of Community Services Programme to Department of Rural and Community Development

The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring TD, has announced that the Community Services Programme (CSP) has been transferred from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection to the Department of Rural and Community Development. The transfer of the Programme was agreed by Cabinet today (Tuesday)…Continue reading.

€800,000 Govt investment will provide huge boost for 120 Agricultural Shows around the country – Minister Ring

The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring TD, has said the €812,000 allocation by his Department to Agricultural shows represents an important investment in rural communities and the rural economy. Minister Ring was speaking today as he announced a once off allocation of funding to support almost 120 agricultural shows around the country which are due to take place in 2018… Continue Reading.