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August Newsletter from Minister Noonan

August 2023

August was a busy end to the summer. From an encouraging rise in corncrake numbers to the release of our first osprey chicks, this month has been filled with good news for nature! Meanwhile in my constituency, a celebration of natural and culture heritage took place across both counties during Heritage Week, and we watched with interest as the Electoral Commission published its long-awaited boundary review. Catch up on my local and national highlights via the links below...

Top 5 as Minister

1. Ireland's first osprey chicks took flight as our reintroduction programme got underway.

With broadcaster Derek Mooney and my colleague Marc Ó Cathasaigh watching the osprey return to Irish skies.

2. As Minister for Electoral Reform I shared my views on the work of the Electoral Commission and the reforms needed for a diverse and representative Dáil.

I wrote for about the need for larger constituencies and less parish pump politics.

3. Another natterjack toadlet release brings to 1,600 the number released in 2023

A tiny natterjack toad - small but hugely important to their native habitat.

2. Good news for nature and positive soundings for the return of the corncrake

2023 data shows an overall 35% increase in the population of corncrakes in Ireland over the past five years.

5. More white-tailed eagle chicks spreading their wings!

One of our white tailed eagle chicks is checked, tagged and prepared for release. Photo by Valerie O'Sullivan.
Top 5 Constituency

1. I celebrated Heritage Week at events across Carlow and Kilkenny, and recapped the week that was.

A talk on Carlow's geological heritage in the beautiful Borris library.

2. August also saw the 50th Kilkenny Arts Festival, my office became a pop-up gallery!

Playing host to Kilkenny-based visual artists Claire Mulcahy and Marie Cleere during KAF50

3. I joined Brian Redmond on KCLR LIVE to discuss the constituency boundary review.

With Kathleen Funchion TD in the KCLR studios to discuss the redrawing of the Carlow Kilkenny constituency.

4. €470,000 in funding was allocated to Carlow Kilkenny early learning and childcare services.

Greener, warmer childcare facilities, with reduced running costs for providers.

5. Free GP care has been extended to 6 and 7 year olds.

I'm encouraging families in Carlow Kilkenny who can avail of this expanded scheme to apply now.

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