Enda update on what he has been doing this week. This man has energy. I hope he paces himself.

Dear Member,

The Government this week announced a €2.25 billion Stimulus Package
for various projects that are ready to proceed across the areas of
Education, Health, Justice and Transport. This is as a result of the
European Council agreeing to bolster the capital resources of the
European Investment Bank to provide new infrastructure financing in
the regions that need it most.

This investment in public infrastructure is part of the Government’s
commitment to solve the unemployment crisis with up to 13,000 jobs
expected to be generated. Of course, this alone won’t solve the jobs
crisis but is a step in the right direction.

In terms of education, 12 additional or replacement schools will be
built across the country and Dublin Institute of Technology will
consolidate its current 39 sites at Grangegorman.

To continue the crucial reform of the healthcare system, there are
plans to build 35 new primary health-care centres distributed across
Ireland. These will provide quality care in the heart of the
community, making people using them more comfortable and taking some
of the pressure off our hospitals. They will be contingent on general
practitioners agreeing to their development.

The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar will be
advancing the completion of parts of the inter-urban network.
Accordingly, there will be new motorways along the N17/N18 to bypass
Clarinbridge, Claregalway and Tuam. The M11 Gorey to Enniscorthy,
including a bypass of Enniscorthy, will also be completed.

The Minister for Justice and Equality Alan Shatter will also advance
plans to build new courthouses and to invest in the State Pathology
Laboratory which is urgently required. Work on some Garda Divisional
headquarters will also feature, depending on need.

These projects will progress as funds become available and Public
Private Partnership contracts are agreed. This is good news for
Ireland in terms of improving our public infrastructure and good news
in terms of job creation which remains our absolute priority.

Yesterday, I attended an event to mark the publishing of the second
Quarterly Report on our Action Plan for Jobs 2012. As you will be
aware, the Action Plan is a central element in a series of policies we
implemented during the last year to help get Ireland working again.

According to the Report, 72 of those 77 measures due have indeed been
delivered on schedule, giving a completion rate of over 93%. Obviously
we are dissatisfied that a small number of measures were not
progressed on schedule but I expect significant progress to be made to
complete these outstanding measures as quickly as possible.

There were more charity cyclists in Government Buildings this week
when some of the team from the Tomás Mulligan Memorial Cycle dropped
in. This particular cycle will involve up to 100 people cycling 250km
from Dublin to Dundalk and back and takes place on the 11th and 12th
August. All proceeds will go to Pieta House to assist them in their
wonderful work for the prevention of suicide and self-harm.

On Monday in Castlebar, I also attended the presentation of over
€90,000 in Pink Ribbon Charity Cycle proceeds to the National Breast
Cancer Research Institute. I took part in that particular event myself
back in May. The presentation was made to Professor Michael Kerin from
UCHG and the research they conduct is shared with other universities
in the United States. This will clearly bring benefits in the years
ahead.

I joined Minister of State at the Department of Health Kathleen Lynch
and the Tánaiste yesterday afternoon for the launch of the
newly-published National Carers’ Strategy. The strategy sets out goals
and recommendations for future policy, services and supports provided
by Government Departments and agencies for carers. This is about
acknowledging the incredible job that carers do and is really about
caring for carers, who deserve public protection and recognition. The
Cabinet sub-committee on social policy, which I myself chair, will
monitor the progress of the strategy.This is the first time that
Ireland has produced a National Strategy for Carers and I welcome that
very much.

This morning, I met with Nicos Anastasiades, Leader of the Cypriot
opposition in Government Buildings. We had an informal and productive
chat about the current situations in our own respective countries and
across the Eurozone. Ireland is very willing to share our experiences
of the Troika with Cyprus if they so wish.

I will travel to Donegal on Monday to address the MacGill Summer
School in Glenties which runs from Sunday 22nd until Friday, July 27th
.This year’s theme is Reforming and Rebuilding the Republic and up to
fifty speakers will contribute throughout the week. I look forward to
taking part again in what is always a thoroughly interesting, thought
provoking and enjoyable event.

Very best wishes

Yours sincerely

Enda Kenny TD
Taoiseach