Michael Ring

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Michael Ring stated : “I will look after Mayo and I make no apologies for looking after Mayo. The people of Mayo gave me 15,000 votes and elected me on the first count, the only Fine Gael TD in the country that was elected on the first count. Leo Varadkar got 8,000 votes and it took him five counts to get elected. Between himself and Paschal Donoghue, they got 12,000 votes and I beat the two of them put together. So I make no apology for representing the people,” External link

westernpeople Thursday, July 2, 2020 6:21:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring admitted : “I have to be honest, having no senior minister in Connacht, in Clare, in Donegal, it doesn’t send out a good message for Fine Gael or Fianna Fáil,” External link

westernpeople Thursday, July 2, 2020 6:21:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring says : “This is great news for the ten rural communities in Mayo in which these BCPs will be located,” External link

westernpeople Friday, June 26, 2020 5:25:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring added : “The National Broadband Plan will ensure that there is equal and fair access to reliable high-speed broadband for everyone in the State. It will take time to reach all premises, but the BCP project will provide a head-start, and a much needed interim solution for communities with little or no connectivity,” External link

westernpeople Friday, June 26, 2020 5:25:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : “The Rural Regeneration and Development Fund represents an unprecedented opportunity to deliver the scale of investment necessary to allow rural communities to further develop and prosper. This investment is more important than ever to help address the challenges arising from the COVID-19 crisis and to drive economic recovery and sustainable development in rural areas,” “The Category 2 funding I am announcing today is for projects that require further development to make them ready for construction. There can be significant work and expense involved in getting projects to the point where they are ready to be delivered. This support is critical to ensure that a pipeline of ambitious regeneration projects are ready to hit the ground running in the future” External link

longfordleader Thursday, June 25, 2020 5:04:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : “The Rural Regeneration and Development Fund represents an unprecedented opportunity to deliver the scale of investment necessary to allow rural communities to further develop and prosper. This investment is more important than ever to help address the challenges arising from the COVID-19 crisis and to drive economic recovery and sustainable development in rural areas,” “The Category 2 funding I am announcing today is for projects that require further development to make them ready for construction. There can be significant work and expense involved in getting projects to the point where they are ready to be delivered. This support is critical to ensure that a pipeline of ambitious regeneration projects are ready to hit the ground running in the future” External link

offalyexpress Thursday, June 25, 2020 3:53:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : “Each project has wonderful potential and I have no doubt that when brought to fruition they will bring great benefits to the local communities in Newport and Ballyhaunis,” External link

westernpeople Thursday, June 25, 2020 2:16:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring added : “This level of funding for rural communities is quite simply unprecedented and I have no doubt that the projects delivered through the fund will enable rural communities throughout Ireland to grow and prosper,” “I believe that it is vital that we continue to build resilience in our rural communities in Mayo and make them vibrant places for families to live” External link

westernpeople Thursday, June 25, 2020 2:16:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said ( about Great Western Greenway ) : “Mulranny is one of the gems of the Great Western Greenway which, along with the Wild Atlantic Way, has brought many new visitors to the village. The Old Irish Goat Sanctuary and Visitor Centre will represent” External link

mwir Tuesday, June 23, 2020 10:58:00 AM EAT

Michael Ring said : “I am pleased to announce the launch of the third call for proposals under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund. The impact of the funding allocated under previous call to the Fund has been transformative for rural communities,” “Since the conclusion of the first call in late 2018, this Fund has provided €148 million in support for over 100 projects, located all across the country, worth a combined total of €212 million. The funding of these projects was very well timed, as they are right now delivering an immediate and much needed economic stimulus in rural Ireland. The assistance provided by this Fund has meant that businesses and communities have benefitted from the activity and jobs provided in delivering these projects, at precisely the time they have been most needed” External link

leinsterexpress Sunday, June 21, 2020 11:49:00 AM EAT

Michael Ring said : “I am pleased to announce the launch of the third call for proposals under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund. The impact of the funding allocated under previous call to the Fund has been transformative for rural communities,” “Since the conclusion of the first call in late 2018, this Fund has provided €148 million in support for over 100 projects, located all across the country, worth a combined total of €212 million. The funding of these projects was very well timed, as they are right now delivering an immediate and much needed economic stimulus in rural Ireland. The assistance provided by this Fund has meant that businesses and communities have benefitted from the activity and jobs provided in delivering these projects, at precisely the time they have been most needed” External link

kilkennypeople Saturday, June 20, 2020 6:28:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : “I am pleased to announce the launch of the third call for proposals under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund. The impact of the funding allocated under previous call to the Fund has been transformative for rural communities,” “Since the conclusion of the first call in late 2018, this Fund has provided €148 million in support for over 100 projects, located all across the country, worth a combined total of €212 million. The funding of these projects was very well timed, as they are right now delivering an immediate and much needed economic stimulus in rural Ireland. The assistance provided by this Fund has meant that businesses and communities have benefitted from the activity and jobs provided in delivering these projects, at precisely the time they have been most needed” External link

leinsterleader Saturday, June 20, 2020 1:03:00 AM EAT

Michael Ring said : “I am pleased to announce the launch of the third call for proposals under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund. The impact of the funding allocated under previous call to the Fund has been transformative for rural communities,” “Since the conclusion of the first call in late 2018, this Fund has provided €148 million in support for over 100 projects, located all across the country, worth a combined total of €212 million. The funding of these projects was very well timed, as they are right now delivering an immediate and much needed economic stimulus in rural Ireland. The assistance provided by this Fund has meant that businesses and communities have benefitted from the activity and jobs provided in delivering these projects, at precisely the time they have been most needed” External link

longfordleader Friday, June 19, 2020 9:59:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : “I am pleased to announce the launch of the third call for proposals under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund. The impact of the funding allocated under previous call to the Fund has been transformative for rural communities,” “Since the conclusion of the first call in late 2018, this Fund has provided €148 million in support for over 100 projects, located all across the country, worth a combined total of €212 million. The funding of these projects was very well timed, as they are right now delivering an immediate and much needed economic stimulus in rural Ireland. The assistance provided by this Fund has meant that businesses and communities have benefitted from the activity and jobs provided in delivering these projects, at precisely the time they have been most needed” External link

leitrimobserver Friday, June 19, 2020 5:11:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : “As we continue to face the challenges presented by COVID 19, this Government will continue to invest in our seafood sector in order to help seafood businesses develop and grow. This announcement is evidence of this,” “This major investment in a prominent employer in the Killala area is a great boost for the local economy. There are significant opportunities for quality Irish seafood products and the Government and European Union are supporting ambitious seafood businesses to avail of those opportunities,” External link

westernpeople Thursday, June 11, 2020 6:29:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : “Under the Scheme, small businesses can claim up to €5,000 in two grants worth €2,500 each. The Scheme also facilitates subscriptions to low-cost online retailing platform solutions to quickly establish a retailing presence online,” External link

westernpeople Wednesday, June 10, 2020 10:39:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : “The Naíonra is an excellent pre-school facility for the community and also hosts a breakfast club, an after-school service and a mother and toddler group. As such it is a vitally important place for children of all ages in the area and their parents. These services are currently run from an old prefab building so this investment will provide for a vastly improved learning and working environment,” External link

westernpeople Sunday, June 7, 2020 12:31:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring added ( about Sean Kyne ) : “This is a really welcome development and is something the Government is keen to support. I’m glad to have been able to play a role in supporting the delivery of this funding. I commend my colleague Sean Kyne, the Minister for the Gaeltacht for his support of this project through his Department’s Clár Tacaíochtaí Pobail agus Teanga programme,” External link

westernpeople Sunday, June 7, 2020 12:31:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : “That is a disgraceful way to treat rural Ireland, given that it helped pay the bills that those banks left behind. We need to make it very clear today, across this House, that we will not stand for withdrawal of any services from rural Ireland using Covid-19 as a cover” External link

westernpeople Thursday, June 4, 2020 5:59:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring told : “I’ve raised that issue. There’s a difference between 5km in an urban area and a rural area and I hope that now that we’re coming into phase two of the lockdown that we’ll see changes,” External link

independent-ie Wednesday, June 3, 2020 8:28:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring told : “I’ve raised that issue. There’s a difference between 5km in an urban area and a rural area and I hope that now that we’re coming into phase two of the lockdown that we’ll see changes,” External link

independent-ie Wednesday, June 3, 2020 6:53:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : “Since the public libraries closed on 12 March the levels of usage of our online library services has soared and is at unprecedented levels,” External link

thejournal Monday, June 1, 2020 5:11:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring added : “I am also delighted to support adult literacy by providing funding for the provision of a collection of EasyReaders which are an accessible format of books designed for emerging adult readers and people with literacy needs. The EasyReader format is easy to understand because it uses simple jargon-free language and shorter sentences. This initative has been developed in collaboration with the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) and is being rolled out as part of our national Right to Read Programme” External link

longfordleader Monday, June 1, 2020 10:59:00 AM EAT

Michael Ring said : “I would like to express my deep appreciation for the invaluable work being carried out by volunteers during the Covid-19 emergency,” External link

agriland Sunday, May 31, 2020 3:40:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : "I would like to express my deep appreciation for the invaluable work being carried out by volunteers during the Covid-19 emergency. " External link

leinsterexpress Monday, May 25, 2020 10:54:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : "I would like to express my deep appreciation for the invaluable work being carried out by volunteers during the Covid-19 emergency. " External link

leitrimobserver Monday, May 25, 2020 6:26:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : “I am very happy to be in a position to provide the necessary supports to underpin this important work through my Department’s collaboration with Volunteer Ireland and the network of Volunteer Centres. Together, we will ensure that the work of these volunteers results in a permanent legacy for the benefit of our communities” External link

longfordleader Monday, May 25, 2020 9:31:00 AM EAT

Michael Ring concluded : “The response to the Covid crisis shows once again what a fantastic resource we have in our volunteers. We need to build on this momentum for the future development of volunteering. I urge people who are in a position to help out to contact their local volunteer Centre. It’s really important to remember that volunteering should be done in a safe way so that neither volunteers nor those in need are put at risk” External link

longfordleader Monday, May 25, 2020 9:31:00 AM EAT

Michael Ring explained : “I want to assure TidyTowns groups throughout the country that although the SuperValu TidyTowns competition has had to be cancelled for 2020, they will not lose out on the funding which I earmarked for them this year. Any groups who have already spent the funds they received should retain their records of expenditure in the normal way,” “Any groups who have not yet spent the funding they received can continue to use this funding in the coming months to assist with activities they might undertake as the COVID-19 restrictions are eased, or in preparing for the 2021 competition” External link

leinsterleader Wednesday, May 20, 2020 11:50:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : “Any groups who have already spent the funds they received should retain their records of expenditure in the normal way,” “Any groups who have not yet spent the funding they received can continue to use this funding in the coming months to assist with activities they might undertake as the Covid-19 restrictions are eased, or in preparing for the 2021 competition” External link

thejournal Wednesday, May 20, 2020 7:26:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring explained : “I want to assure TidyTowns groups throughout the country that although the SuperValu TidyTowns competition has had to be cancelled for 2020, they will not lose out on the funding which I earmarked for them this year. Any groups who have already spent the funds they received should retain their records of expenditure in the normal way,” “Any groups who have not yet spent the funding they received can continue to use this funding in the coming months to assist with activities they might undertake as the COVID-19 restrictions are eased, or in preparing for the 2021 competition” External link

longfordleader Wednesday, May 20, 2020 6:56:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring explained : “I want to assure TidyTowns groups throughout the country that although the SuperValu TidyTowns competition has had to be cancelled for 2020, they will not lose out on the funding which I earmarked for them this year. Any groups who have already spent the funds they received should retain their records of expenditure in the normal way,” “Any groups who have not yet spent the funding they received can continue to use this funding in the coming months to assist with activities they might undertake as the COVID-19 restrictions are eased, or in preparing for the 2021 competition” External link

leinsterexpress Wednesday, May 20, 2020 5:18:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring says : “These piers and harbours play an important social and economic role in their localities by contributing to the ongoing development of fishing related activities,” External link

westernpeople Tuesday, May 19, 2020 2:00:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring confirmed ( about Association ) : “Due to the extraordinary circumstances that we are experiencing at this time, in cases where an affiliated show is cancelled this year, I have asked the Irish Shows Association to hold the funding allocated for that show in trust, so that it can be used in 2021 if the show goes ahead,” “Any agricultural shows that can safely take place later in 2020 as restrictions are lifted, and in line with public health advice, can continue to utilise the funding available to them in 2020,” External link

agriland Monday, May 18, 2020 4:26:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring remarked : “Many shows have experienced disruption before and have bounced back through the efforts and resilience of local organisers. I have no doubt that this will be the case again when the Covid-19 pandemic has passed and we can gather safely in our communities once more in line with public health advice,” External link

agriland Monday, May 18, 2020 4:26:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring commented : “I am extremely pleased that St. Colman’s College have been approved these much-needed facilities. They will result in a significant facility upgrade for the school” External link

con-telegraph Thursday, May 14, 2020 7:06:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring added : “I commend the chief executive, Tomás O’Síocháin, and the board for their ongoing work. The role of the WDC will be vital in helping our region to develop and our businesses to bounce back from the challenges presented by Covid-19” External link

con-telegraph Thursday, May 14, 2020 4:51:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : “Our community and voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises in Mayo do fantastic work to support those most in need. This has never been more apparent than during the current crisis. This Stability Fund will assist charities, social enterprises and community and voluntary organisations to weather the crisis and allow them to maintain their valuable services,” External link

westernpeople Monday, May 11, 2020 5:21:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : "Today's announcement shows that Government has heard the concerns of the sector. However, it should be said that while the funding provided will be very welcome...I recognise that significant challenges remain for community and voluntary groups and charities during this time. " External link

RTERadio Friday, May 8, 2020 7:45:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : “For over 60 years the TidyTowns competition has captured the imagination of communities the length and breadth of the country. Generation after generation of local volunteers have given their time generously to make the TidyTowns competition the success it is today. "The whole ethos of the competition is that people come together within the community and work collaboratively to make their areas attractive and welcoming. It involves people of all ages working together outdoors in groups to enhance the environment in which they work and live. "I know that many TidyTowns Committees have been wondering if the competition will proceed this year and I believe it is important to provide certainty to all of the Committees around the country at this stage. "For me, the health and welfare of the volunteers on the TidyTowns Committees is paramount. Given the current restrictions around public gatherings, travel, and adherence to social distancing, it would not be appropriate to ask voluntary groups to work on TidyTowns projects in their communities at this time. "I have therefore decided that the TidyTowns competition will not go ahead this year. "My Department will look at initiatives, including through the use of social media, to help sustain and maintain the spirit and ethos of TidyTowns during these difficult times. Hopefully, if restrictions are eased, there may be an opportunity for the TidyTowns Committees to undertake some work when it is safe to do so and in a way that is manageable later in the year. But I want to stress, this will not form part of any competition for 2020. "In the meantime, I would urge all TidyTowns Committees to follow the advice of the HSE – stay at home, don’t travel except for essential purposes, and practice social distancing. "My Department will be contacting each group directly by letter advising them of the situation and the rationale for the decision. "Finally, I want to thank the main competition sponsors, SuperValu, for their understanding of the situation we find ourselves in at this time. I know that they, too, will look forward to being able to celebrate the return of the competition in 2021” External link

longfordleader Tuesday, April 21, 2020 9:09:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : "The type of work undertaken could evolve as the public health advice evolves; this may even mean a cessation of work in the event that restrictions were removed and then reintroduced," External link

RTERadio Tuesday, April 21, 2020 8:14:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring stated : “The extension to the existing ferry and bus service for Inisbiggle will last until the 30 th September 2020. This extension will give the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht time to complete the procurement process to ensure that this service is maintained long-term” External link

westernpeople Friday, April 17, 2020 7:54:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring concluded : “This service has proved to be of great benefit to the islanders” External link

westernpeople Friday, April 17, 2020 7:54:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : “This increase in usage of our online library services shows the benefits that people are getting from our libraries during this crisis. While the doors of our public libraries are temporarily closed, it’s great to see that people are availing of the vast array of reading and educational material online,” “I am really heartened by the increase in membership and usage of our online libraries and I urge more people to sign up and avail of the wonderful content and services available. This is your library service, it is completely free and there is so much to be gained from it” External link

westernpeople Thursday, April 16, 2020 6:06:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring concluded : “We have invested significantly in our online library service in recent years and it has really come into its own in recent weeks. This has been made possible by our library staff and management who in a very short time period have re-purposed the library service so as to enable the public to get the best out of our libraries during this time” External link

westernpeople Thursday, April 16, 2020 6:06:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : “Local community and voluntary groups are supporting significant numbers of vulnerable people, many of whom are self-isolating, to get through this crisis. This fund will help these groups to cover the costs of their work,” “This is a response to support immediate and emergency efforts by community and voluntary groups in assisting people locally. It is recognised that there are wider challenges and impacts facing the community and voluntary sector as a whole, but this initiative will help to provide support to community groups that are delivering services at the frontline,” External link

carlow-nationalist Friday, April 10, 2020 1:13:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : “Now is the time to make sure your alarm is working and contact your local community organisation if you have any concerns,” “This initiative is an example of how we are adapting the way we work and using all tools at our disposal to ensure that everyone feels supported and connected at the same time,” External link

thejournal Thursday, April 2, 2020 5:23:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring added : “I would also like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that volunteering should be done in a safe way so that neither the volunteers nor those in need are put at risk, and to always follow the latest HSE guidelines,” External link

thejournal Thursday, April 2, 2020 5:23:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : "Do not be afraid. I'm calling on everyone to talk to your community," External link

eecho Thursday, April 2, 2020 2:01:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : “Depending on how that pans out, Marvel will probably do the same thing,” External link

oregonlive Wednesday, April 1, 2020 1:37:00 AM EAT

Michael Ring said : “Do not be afraid we are there to help… we will get through this,” External link

thejournal Friday, March 20, 2020 10:05:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : "A lot of people out there today are very worried. There’s a lot of people out there that are frightened" External link

independent-ie Friday, March 20, 2020 8:03:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring added : "I want to say to the vulnerable people out there, particularly to people that feel isolated, that feel alone -we have a lot of voluntary groups out there... " External link

independent-ie Friday, March 20, 2020 8:03:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : “While a whole of Government coordinated approach is the backbone to planning for and managing the effects of this emergency, solutions are ultimately implemented at a community level. My Department is working on a number of specific actions in partnership with the community and voluntary sector to support communities in their efforts,” External link

donegaldemocrat Monday, March 16, 2020 12:25:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : “While a whole of Government coordinated approach is the backbone to planning for and managing the effects of this emergency, solutions are ultimately implemented at a community level. My Department is working on a number of specific actions in partnership with the community and voluntary sector to support communities in their efforts,” External link

leinsterexpress Monday, March 16, 2020 2:29:00 AM EAT

Michael Ring said : "My Department is leading efforts across Government to encourage and facilitate community engagement in response to the needs of vulnerable people such as older people or people with disabilities who are living independently in the community," "Stakeholders in the community and voluntary sector with whom my officials are engaging include Alone, Age Friendly Network, Volunteer Ireland, Pobal, The Wheel, the ILDN, Irish Rural Link and many more" External link

irishsun Sunday, March 15, 2020 9:55:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : “The LIS makes a huge difference to people who live in remote rural areas. This further allocation will allow for many more roads in the county to be improved,” External link

westernpeople Wednesday, March 11, 2020 3:01:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring added : “This scheme is a lifeline for people living in rural areas because it directly improves their access to and from their homes and farms,” “Many people living and working in rural areas use these roads every time they enter or leave their home or farm, so the condition of their access road really impacts on them” External link

westernpeople Wednesday, March 11, 2020 3:01:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring stated : “Contrary to media reports, I will not be travelling to Boston for the St. Patrick’s overseas programme. I wish to clarify that I was not travelling in the first instance. My name was in media publications as one of the ministers travelling but this was incorrect. I am not travelling to Boston. I wish to clarify this matter on public record” External link

con-telegraph Tuesday, March 10, 2020 7:53:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring added : “Our public libraries play a very important role in assisting in the delivery of additional educational services to achieve our Sustainable Development Goals and this funding will increase their capacity to continue this great work,” External link

con-telegraph Monday, March 2, 2020 5:02:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring says : “Croagh Patrick is an internationally famous mountain and place of pilgrimage. The Reek, as we know it, is especially dear to people in Mayo. However, with its increasing popularity, the mountain and its habitats are at risk of being damaged. This funding will create a stone path to enable walkers and pilgrims to use the mountain in a sustainable way. The proposed path will be around two metres wide with some variation in width to allow congregation of people without impacting on the surrounding vegetation. The objective is to manage the path in a way that is sympathetic to the setting whilst respecting the cultural value of the mountain. This funding will help provide sustainable access to Croagh Patrick, while providing a high-quality experience for all visitors whatever their inspiration or purpose. Locally sourced materials will be used throughout the repair and restoration of the path and damaged habitats and it may be necessary to move materials along the length of the route to ensure that there are no shortages of appropriate stone. Any imported stone will match that of the Croagh Patrick quartzite. All work will be finished by hand, with the use of excavators kept to a minimum as a means of reducing the potential for health and safety conflicts with continued public use of Croagh Patrick” External link

mwir Tuesday, February 25, 2020 10:35:00 AM EAT

Michael Ring concluded : “Leader funding provides invaluable support to a wide variety of community and enterprise initiatives in Mayo. I have now announced over €7 million in funding for 158 LEADER funded projects in the county” External link

con-telegraph Wednesday, February 12, 2020 10:26:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : “Nephin Whiskey is a fantastic local employer which is helping to attract visitors to Lahardane. I am delighted to see it expand and grow,” External link

westernpeople Thursday, February 6, 2020 3:02:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : “I’m delighted that LEADER is again supporting this effort to make this festival an event which will grow and flourish for the long term,” External link

westernpeople Thursday, February 6, 2020 3:02:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : “Speaking as someone from Westport, Allergan has had a remarkably positive impact on the town and on the region. This announcement is further evidence of how the west can provide a wonderful environment for investors and employers and it is a proud day for everyone connected with Allergan,” External link

MayoNews Tuesday, February 4, 2020 12:13:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring concluded : “This is the first time that we have seen such an ambitious and deliverable plan for the North West region that will ensure that we never again see the type of two-tiered development that FF and others have allowed. Fine Gael will deliver for the North West and are the only party who can be trusted to do so,” External link

finegael Wednesday, January 29, 2020 9:30:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring added : “I have no doubt that the government’s decision to invest €241 million in the N5 Turlough to Westport road will play a positive factor in the decisions of potential investors in our county” External link

con-telegraph Tuesday, January 28, 2020 7:17:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring concluded : “While people say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, there is nothing sincere about the promises FF are making in an attempt to hoodwink people into returning them to Government,” External link

finegael Saturday, January 25, 2020 12:32:00 AM EAT

Michael Ring said : “Since its establishment less than 10 years ago, the impact of the Men’s Sheds movement has been phenomenal,” External link

dublinpeople Friday, January 24, 2020 11:05:00 AM EAT

Michael Ring pointed out : "Two of the largest towns in the western region, Westport and Castlebar, are in close proximity but are linked by a road which is notoriously unsafe and of poor quality. " External link

con-telegraph Sunday, January 19, 2020 4:00:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring concluded : “Fine Gael are committed to delivering broadband,” External link

finegael Friday, January 17, 2020 9:52:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring concluded : “Fine Gael are committed to delivering broadband,” External link

finegael Friday, January 17, 2020 3:32:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : “The broadband officers have engaged with hundreds of committees, boards, managers and owners of premises over the last three years to get agreement on BCP connection points. I take my hat off to them” External link

siliconrepublic Wednesday, January 15, 2020 12:27:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : “The broadband officers have engaged with hundreds of committees, boards, managers and owners of premises over the last three years to get agreement on BCP connection points. I take my hat off to them” External link

siliconrepublic Tuesday, January 14, 2020 4:22:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : “Since its establishment less than 10 years ago, the impact of the men’s sheds movement has been phenomenal,” External link

irishtimes Monday, January 13, 2020 4:10:00 AM EAT

Michael Ring said : “Having allocated over €4.5 million under the Community Enhancement Programme in 2019, I am delighted to confirm that more than 2,000 projects are set to benefit from it. A relatively small amount of money can go a long way and this investment will greatly benefit local community projects throughout the country,” External link

longfordleader Thursday, January 9, 2020 3:39:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring concluded : “Typical enhancements under the Programme include the renovation of community centres and community amenities, improvements to town parks and common areas and spaces and the purchase of equipment which is used to benefit the community. The programme has also supported energy efficient upgrades, developing community gardens, provision of defibrillators, CCTV, and sports and IT equipment,” External link

longfordleader Thursday, January 9, 2020 3:39:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : “221,895 people are now employed in companies supported by the agency. This is the highest total employment in the 20-year history of the agency. 65% of total employment by Enterprise Ireland backed companies is now outside of Dublin. This comes at a time when more people are working that ever before - the unemployment rate currently stands at 4.8%” External link

con-telegraph Wednesday, January 8, 2020 12:55:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : “A relatively small amount of money can go a long way and this investment will greatly benefit local community projects throughout the country” External link

agriland Friday, January 3, 2020 3:10:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : “This funding will contribute to the protection of surrendered, abandoned and at-risk animals. Animal welfare organisations carry out tremendous work here in Mayo and I am delighted to see this work being recognised” External link

westernpeople Monday, December 23, 2019 9:24:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : "Social Enterprises are providing valuable services and supports in communities across Ireland. To assist them in their work, I announced the Small Capital Grants Scheme in October. We received an overwhelming response to this call for funding, with the scheme heavily over-subscribed. " External link

leitrimobserver Monday, December 9, 2019 7:30:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : "I was delighted to discuss the development of this policy which will have such an important bearing on the future of rural Ireland. It will contain commitments designed to have a transformative effect on rural Ireland by building the resilience and sustainability of rural communities and economies. Measures for delivery include, improving quality employment and career opportunities in rural areas; assisting the regeneration and repopulation of rural towns and villages and optimising the opportunities from high-speed broadband and technological advances," External link

irishsun Saturday, December 7, 2019 7:40:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : “I’m on every side of the debate” External link

con-telegraph Saturday, December 7, 2019 4:44:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said ( about Tony McLoughlin ) : "The expansion of the scheme follows a call for Expressions of Interest earlier this year which saw more than 50 applications being received. Up to 30 more walks will be added to the scheme over the next year, once my Department has completed a review of the Scheme and further trails are assessed to ensure that they meet the necessary standards to be included in the scheme. Fine Gael TD and Assistant Government Chief Whip Tony McLoughlin, has said that the inclusion of the Leitrim Way in the expanded Walks Scheme will be a real boost for Leitrim’s tourism. " External link

leitrimobserver Wednesday, December 4, 2019 8:00:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : “I am delighted to announce funding today of €100,000 for five trails in our county. This funding will make a huge difference to the ongoing maintenance and development of the outdoor recreation facilities that are being supported” External link

con-telegraph Friday, November 29, 2019 1:34:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : "It is an honour to pay tribute to these deserving award recipients. " External link

independent-ie Wednesday, November 27, 2019 6:18:00 AM EAT

Michael Ring commented : “It is an honour to pay tribute to these deserving award recipients” External link

afloat Tuesday, November 26, 2019 7:14:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring added : “I would like to commend the efforts of Water Safety Ireland volunteers who devote their time and contribute to the year on year trend of reduced drownings” External link

afloat Tuesday, November 26, 2019 7:14:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : “We need to celebrate our indigenous businesses which are such an important source of employment in rural communities. Here in Mayo we can offer companies excellent infrastructure, skilled workers and high quality third level institutes within the region. Aiden and Loraine and all the team at Cosmetic Creations have shown great foresight, ambition and courage in building the business in a highly competitive market and have achieved a lot in the past three years. This is evidenced by the amount of jobs the company supports in our own county and in Cork. I’m delighted that the government, through Enterprise Ireland, has been able to support Cosmetic Creations to develop and expand. In building the business with fast growing Irish brands that have a strong export focus, Cosmetic Creations has put itself in a strong position to generate significant business with large customers in a number of export markets. I’ve no doubt this will be a success and will generate significant additional employment at both plants. The vision for the company is to have it as one of Europe’s leading contract cosmetic product manufacturers that will have a strong reputation for customer support and technical expertise” External link

con-telegraph Friday, November 22, 2019 2:12:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : “The benefit of previous funding under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme is now being felt countrywide and I am delighted to be able to allocate a further €15 million for projects in 156 towns and villages right across rural Ireland” External link

dublinpeople Friday, November 22, 2019 11:17:00 AM EAT

Michael Ring said : “The new figures show that there are 219,800 people at work in the west region which comprises Mayo, Galway and Roscommon. This is a 20% increase since 2016 or 36,900 jobs” External link

con-telegraph Thursday, November 21, 2019 11:41:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : "The Government's commitment to a maximum possible investment of €3 billion, to deliver the National Broadband Plan, reflects the importance we attach to the equitable economic and social development of our country," "With this commitment, we are making a clear statement that rural Ireland matters, that it is a sound investment, and that our nation's economic and social development relies as much on the contribution and creativity of rural dwellers as it does on those living in our cities" External link

irishsun Tuesday, November 19, 2019 10:37:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring concluded : “Leader funding provides invaluable support to a wide variety of community and enterprise initiatives in Mayo. I have now announced over €6 million in funding for more than 150 Leader funded projects in the county” External link

con-telegraph Thursday, November 7, 2019 8:42:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : "It's alright saying that. Some of these people coming into the country are under very difficult circumstances, they're fleeing from countries that's it's not safe to be in, both men and women, and we're doing our best to provide the best facility we can provide for them. Meanwhile, Brian Killoran, CEO of the Immigrant Council of Ireland, said Ireland had an informal approach to integration and he said it wasn't resourced very well. He said that this can result in issues " External link

RTERadio Wednesday, November 6, 2019 5:39:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : “The Government’s commitment to supporting rural Ireland is further underscored through the €1 billion Project Ireland 2040 Rural Regeneration and Development Fund” External link

agriland Thursday, October 31, 2019 9:51:00 PM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
minister49.33%EN10/20/201720/10/2017
minister for regional development1.67%EN09/25/201725/09/2017
minister for regional economic development2.00%EN05/27/201727/05/2017
regional development minister4.33%EN03/10/201710/03/2017
deputy1.00%EN03/07/201707/03/2017
economic development minister6.00%EN02/23/201723/02/2017
regional economic development minister6.00%EN02/23/201723/02/2017
minister for tourism2.67%EN01/27/201727/01/2017
lawmaker1.00%EN01/25/201725/01/2017
sports minister11.33%EN11/16/201616/11/2016
tourism minister5.67%EN09/28/201628/09/2016
colleague2.00%EN07/29/201629/07/2016
sport minister2.00%EN02/11/201511/02/2015
ceo of stelton1.00%EN01/23/201523/01/2015
minister for sport and tourism2.00%EN08/23/201423/08/2014
minister for sport2.00%EN06/02/201402/06/2014
Names Lang Count
Michael RingEN99.83%
MICHAEL RingEN0.17%


 
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Patrick O Donovan said ( about Michael Ring ) : “Minister Ring said there is, ‘No new policy and herd numbers are not required’. I am very annoyed that the council allowed that misrepresentation of what the government is trying to do. I think the council needs to reflect on the reply I have gotten from Minister Ring - adjust their application process accordingly and clarify that the process they introduced was not appropriate. "I think they owe councillors and the public an explanation because the government position was misrepresented to the tune that they were suggesting a new policy was being introduced and it wasn't,” External link

limerickleader Monday, June 22, 2020 7:36:00 PM EAT

John Paul Phelan said ( about Michael Ring ) : “I welcome the announcement that 23 groups in Carlow will not lose out on funding of €31,000, which was earmarked for them by my colleague minister Ring to help them prepare for this year’s competition,” “Any groups that have already spent the funds they received should retain their records of expenditure in the normal way. I also want to assure those groups which have not yet spent the funding they received, they can continue to use it over the next few months to assist with activities they might undertake as the Covid-19 restrictions are eased, or in preparing for the 2021 competition,” External link

carlow-nationalist Saturday, May 23, 2020 11:08:00 AM EAT

Maria Byrne said ( about Michael Ring ) : “My colleague Minister Michael Ring, the Minister for Rural and Community Development, has today confirmed that 372 men’s and women’s sheds have been allocated a total of €500,000 from his department in order to support the important community work done by these groups,” External link

limerickleader Tuesday, January 21, 2020 11:25:00 AM EAT

Noel Cribbin said ( about Michael Ring ) : "Funding of €100,000 from Minister Ring’s Department has enabled the development of this amazing facility in the town. It is the ideal solution for stressed-out commuters, start-up companies or anyone wishing to have a quiet office space to work in, free from distraction. " External link

offalyexpress Monday, November 25, 2019 3:34:00 PM EAT

Maria Byrne said ( about Michael Ring ) : "This funding is extremely welcome news for Limerick especially for the residents of Murroe and Boher and the wider community in east Limerick. “I am delighted to confirm that Minister Michael Ring, who visited Murroe only last month, has allocated €70,000 to the project to complete the second phase of the multi-access walkway and install public lighting along the new section of the track," External link

limerickleader Thursday, October 31, 2019 7:40:00 PM EAT

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Michael Ring stated : “I will look after Mayo and I make no apologies for looking after Mayo. The people of Mayo gave me 15,000 votes and elected me on the first count, the only Fine Gael TD in the country that was elected on the first count. Leo Varadkar got 8,000 votes and it took him five counts to get elected. Between himself and Paschal Donoghue, they got 12,000 votes and I beat the two of them put together. So I make no apology for representing the people,” External link

westernpeople Thursday, July 2, 2020 6:21:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring admitted : “I have to be honest, having no senior minister in Connacht, in Clare, in Donegal, it doesn’t send out a good message for Fine Gael or Fianna Fáil,” External link

westernpeople Thursday, July 2, 2020 6:21:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring says : “This is great news for the ten rural communities in Mayo in which these BCPs will be located,” External link

westernpeople Friday, June 26, 2020 5:25:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring added : “The National Broadband Plan will ensure that there is equal and fair access to reliable high-speed broadband for everyone in the State. It will take time to reach all premises, but the BCP project will provide a head-start, and a much needed interim solution for communities with little or no connectivity,” External link

westernpeople Friday, June 26, 2020 5:25:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : “The Rural Regeneration and Development Fund represents an unprecedented opportunity to deliver the scale of investment necessary to allow rural communities to further develop and prosper. This investment is more important than ever to help address the challenges arising from the COVID-19 crisis and to drive economic recovery and sustainable development in rural areas,” “The Category 2 funding I am announcing today is for projects that require further development to make them ready for construction. There can be significant work and expense involved in getting projects to the point where they are ready to be delivered. This support is critical to ensure that a pipeline of ambitious regeneration projects are ready to hit the ground running in the future” External link

longfordleader Thursday, June 25, 2020 5:04:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : “The Rural Regeneration and Development Fund represents an unprecedented opportunity to deliver the scale of investment necessary to allow rural communities to further develop and prosper. This investment is more important than ever to help address the challenges arising from the COVID-19 crisis and to drive economic recovery and sustainable development in rural areas,” “The Category 2 funding I am announcing today is for projects that require further development to make them ready for construction. There can be significant work and expense involved in getting projects to the point where they are ready to be delivered. This support is critical to ensure that a pipeline of ambitious regeneration projects are ready to hit the ground running in the future” External link

offalyexpress Thursday, June 25, 2020 3:53:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : “Each project has wonderful potential and I have no doubt that when brought to fruition they will bring great benefits to the local communities in Newport and Ballyhaunis,” External link

westernpeople Thursday, June 25, 2020 2:16:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring added : “This level of funding for rural communities is quite simply unprecedented and I have no doubt that the projects delivered through the fund will enable rural communities throughout Ireland to grow and prosper,” “I believe that it is vital that we continue to build resilience in our rural communities in Mayo and make them vibrant places for families to live” External link

westernpeople Thursday, June 25, 2020 2:16:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said ( about Great Western Greenway ) : “Mulranny is one of the gems of the Great Western Greenway which, along with the Wild Atlantic Way, has brought many new visitors to the village. The Old Irish Goat Sanctuary and Visitor Centre will represent” External link

mwir Tuesday, June 23, 2020 10:58:00 AM EAT

Michael Ring said : “I am pleased to announce the launch of the third call for proposals under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund. The impact of the funding allocated under previous call to the Fund has been transformative for rural communities,” “Since the conclusion of the first call in late 2018, this Fund has provided €148 million in support for over 100 projects, located all across the country, worth a combined total of €212 million. The funding of these projects was very well timed, as they are right now delivering an immediate and much needed economic stimulus in rural Ireland. The assistance provided by this Fund has meant that businesses and communities have benefitted from the activity and jobs provided in delivering these projects, at precisely the time they have been most needed” External link

leinsterexpress Sunday, June 21, 2020 11:49:00 AM EAT

Michael Ring said : “I am pleased to announce the launch of the third call for proposals under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund. The impact of the funding allocated under previous call to the Fund has been transformative for rural communities,” “Since the conclusion of the first call in late 2018, this Fund has provided €148 million in support for over 100 projects, located all across the country, worth a combined total of €212 million. The funding of these projects was very well timed, as they are right now delivering an immediate and much needed economic stimulus in rural Ireland. The assistance provided by this Fund has meant that businesses and communities have benefitted from the activity and jobs provided in delivering these projects, at precisely the time they have been most needed” External link

kilkennypeople Saturday, June 20, 2020 6:28:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : “I am pleased to announce the launch of the third call for proposals under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund. The impact of the funding allocated under previous call to the Fund has been transformative for rural communities,” “Since the conclusion of the first call in late 2018, this Fund has provided €148 million in support for over 100 projects, located all across the country, worth a combined total of €212 million. The funding of these projects was very well timed, as they are right now delivering an immediate and much needed economic stimulus in rural Ireland. The assistance provided by this Fund has meant that businesses and communities have benefitted from the activity and jobs provided in delivering these projects, at precisely the time they have been most needed” External link

leinsterleader Saturday, June 20, 2020 1:03:00 AM EAT

Michael Ring said : “I am pleased to announce the launch of the third call for proposals under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund. The impact of the funding allocated under previous call to the Fund has been transformative for rural communities,” “Since the conclusion of the first call in late 2018, this Fund has provided €148 million in support for over 100 projects, located all across the country, worth a combined total of €212 million. The funding of these projects was very well timed, as they are right now delivering an immediate and much needed economic stimulus in rural Ireland. The assistance provided by this Fund has meant that businesses and communities have benefitted from the activity and jobs provided in delivering these projects, at precisely the time they have been most needed” External link

longfordleader Friday, June 19, 2020 9:59:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : “I am pleased to announce the launch of the third call for proposals under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund. The impact of the funding allocated under previous call to the Fund has been transformative for rural communities,” “Since the conclusion of the first call in late 2018, this Fund has provided €148 million in support for over 100 projects, located all across the country, worth a combined total of €212 million. The funding of these projects was very well timed, as they are right now delivering an immediate and much needed economic stimulus in rural Ireland. The assistance provided by this Fund has meant that businesses and communities have benefitted from the activity and jobs provided in delivering these projects, at precisely the time they have been most needed” External link

leitrimobserver Friday, June 19, 2020 5:11:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : “As we continue to face the challenges presented by COVID 19, this Government will continue to invest in our seafood sector in order to help seafood businesses develop and grow. This announcement is evidence of this,” “This major investment in a prominent employer in the Killala area is a great boost for the local economy. There are significant opportunities for quality Irish seafood products and the Government and European Union are supporting ambitious seafood businesses to avail of those opportunities,” External link

westernpeople Thursday, June 11, 2020 6:29:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : “Under the Scheme, small businesses can claim up to €5,000 in two grants worth €2,500 each. The Scheme also facilitates subscriptions to low-cost online retailing platform solutions to quickly establish a retailing presence online,” External link

westernpeople Wednesday, June 10, 2020 10:39:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : “The Naíonra is an excellent pre-school facility for the community and also hosts a breakfast club, an after-school service and a mother and toddler group. As such it is a vitally important place for children of all ages in the area and their parents. These services are currently run from an old prefab building so this investment will provide for a vastly improved learning and working environment,” External link

westernpeople Sunday, June 7, 2020 12:31:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring added ( about Sean Kyne ) : “This is a really welcome development and is something the Government is keen to support. I’m glad to have been able to play a role in supporting the delivery of this funding. I commend my colleague Sean Kyne, the Minister for the Gaeltacht for his support of this project through his Department’s Clár Tacaíochtaí Pobail agus Teanga programme,” External link

westernpeople Sunday, June 7, 2020 12:31:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : “That is a disgraceful way to treat rural Ireland, given that it helped pay the bills that those banks left behind. We need to make it very clear today, across this House, that we will not stand for withdrawal of any services from rural Ireland using Covid-19 as a cover” External link

westernpeople Thursday, June 4, 2020 5:59:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring told : “I’ve raised that issue. There’s a difference between 5km in an urban area and a rural area and I hope that now that we’re coming into phase two of the lockdown that we’ll see changes,” External link

independent-ie Wednesday, June 3, 2020 8:28:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring told : “I’ve raised that issue. There’s a difference between 5km in an urban area and a rural area and I hope that now that we’re coming into phase two of the lockdown that we’ll see changes,” External link

independent-ie Wednesday, June 3, 2020 6:53:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : “Since the public libraries closed on 12 March the levels of usage of our online library services has soared and is at unprecedented levels,” External link

thejournal Monday, June 1, 2020 5:11:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring added : “I am also delighted to support adult literacy by providing funding for the provision of a collection of EasyReaders which are an accessible format of books designed for emerging adult readers and people with literacy needs. The EasyReader format is easy to understand because it uses simple jargon-free language and shorter sentences. This initative has been developed in collaboration with the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) and is being rolled out as part of our national Right to Read Programme” External link

longfordleader Monday, June 1, 2020 10:59:00 AM EAT

Michael Ring said : “I would like to express my deep appreciation for the invaluable work being carried out by volunteers during the Covid-19 emergency,” External link

agriland Sunday, May 31, 2020 3:40:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : "I would like to express my deep appreciation for the invaluable work being carried out by volunteers during the Covid-19 emergency. " External link

leinsterexpress Monday, May 25, 2020 10:54:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : "I would like to express my deep appreciation for the invaluable work being carried out by volunteers during the Covid-19 emergency. " External link

leitrimobserver Monday, May 25, 2020 6:26:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : “I am very happy to be in a position to provide the necessary supports to underpin this important work through my Department’s collaboration with Volunteer Ireland and the network of Volunteer Centres. Together, we will ensure that the work of these volunteers results in a permanent legacy for the benefit of our communities” External link

longfordleader Monday, May 25, 2020 9:31:00 AM EAT

Michael Ring concluded : “The response to the Covid crisis shows once again what a fantastic resource we have in our volunteers. We need to build on this momentum for the future development of volunteering. I urge people who are in a position to help out to contact their local volunteer Centre. It’s really important to remember that volunteering should be done in a safe way so that neither volunteers nor those in need are put at risk” External link

longfordleader Monday, May 25, 2020 9:31:00 AM EAT

Michael Ring explained : “I want to assure TidyTowns groups throughout the country that although the SuperValu TidyTowns competition has had to be cancelled for 2020, they will not lose out on the funding which I earmarked for them this year. Any groups who have already spent the funds they received should retain their records of expenditure in the normal way,” “Any groups who have not yet spent the funding they received can continue to use this funding in the coming months to assist with activities they might undertake as the COVID-19 restrictions are eased, or in preparing for the 2021 competition” External link

leinsterleader Wednesday, May 20, 2020 11:50:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : “Any groups who have already spent the funds they received should retain their records of expenditure in the normal way,” “Any groups who have not yet spent the funding they received can continue to use this funding in the coming months to assist with activities they might undertake as the Covid-19 restrictions are eased, or in preparing for the 2021 competition” External link

thejournal Wednesday, May 20, 2020 7:26:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring explained : “I want to assure TidyTowns groups throughout the country that although the SuperValu TidyTowns competition has had to be cancelled for 2020, they will not lose out on the funding which I earmarked for them this year. Any groups who have already spent the funds they received should retain their records of expenditure in the normal way,” “Any groups who have not yet spent the funding they received can continue to use this funding in the coming months to assist with activities they might undertake as the COVID-19 restrictions are eased, or in preparing for the 2021 competition” External link

longfordleader Wednesday, May 20, 2020 6:56:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring explained : “I want to assure TidyTowns groups throughout the country that although the SuperValu TidyTowns competition has had to be cancelled for 2020, they will not lose out on the funding which I earmarked for them this year. Any groups who have already spent the funds they received should retain their records of expenditure in the normal way,” “Any groups who have not yet spent the funding they received can continue to use this funding in the coming months to assist with activities they might undertake as the COVID-19 restrictions are eased, or in preparing for the 2021 competition” External link

leinsterexpress Wednesday, May 20, 2020 5:18:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring says : “These piers and harbours play an important social and economic role in their localities by contributing to the ongoing development of fishing related activities,” External link

westernpeople Tuesday, May 19, 2020 2:00:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring confirmed ( about Association ) : “Due to the extraordinary circumstances that we are experiencing at this time, in cases where an affiliated show is cancelled this year, I have asked the Irish Shows Association to hold the funding allocated for that show in trust, so that it can be used in 2021 if the show goes ahead,” “Any agricultural shows that can safely take place later in 2020 as restrictions are lifted, and in line with public health advice, can continue to utilise the funding available to them in 2020,” External link

agriland Monday, May 18, 2020 4:26:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring remarked : “Many shows have experienced disruption before and have bounced back through the efforts and resilience of local organisers. I have no doubt that this will be the case again when the Covid-19 pandemic has passed and we can gather safely in our communities once more in line with public health advice,” External link

agriland Monday, May 18, 2020 4:26:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring commented : “I am extremely pleased that St. Colman’s College have been approved these much-needed facilities. They will result in a significant facility upgrade for the school” External link

con-telegraph Thursday, May 14, 2020 7:06:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring added : “I commend the chief executive, Tomás O’Síocháin, and the board for their ongoing work. The role of the WDC will be vital in helping our region to develop and our businesses to bounce back from the challenges presented by Covid-19” External link

con-telegraph Thursday, May 14, 2020 4:51:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : “Our community and voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises in Mayo do fantastic work to support those most in need. This has never been more apparent than during the current crisis. This Stability Fund will assist charities, social enterprises and community and voluntary organisations to weather the crisis and allow them to maintain their valuable services,” External link

westernpeople Monday, May 11, 2020 5:21:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : "Today's announcement shows that Government has heard the concerns of the sector. However, it should be said that while the funding provided will be very welcome...I recognise that significant challenges remain for community and voluntary groups and charities during this time. " External link

RTERadio Friday, May 8, 2020 7:45:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : “For over 60 years the TidyTowns competition has captured the imagination of communities the length and breadth of the country. Generation after generation of local volunteers have given their time generously to make the TidyTowns competition the success it is today. "The whole ethos of the competition is that people come together within the community and work collaboratively to make their areas attractive and welcoming. It involves people of all ages working together outdoors in groups to enhance the environment in which they work and live. "I know that many TidyTowns Committees have been wondering if the competition will proceed this year and I believe it is important to provide certainty to all of the Committees around the country at this stage. "For me, the health and welfare of the volunteers on the TidyTowns Committees is paramount. Given the current restrictions around public gatherings, travel, and adherence to social distancing, it would not be appropriate to ask voluntary groups to work on TidyTowns projects in their communities at this time. "I have therefore decided that the TidyTowns competition will not go ahead this year. "My Department will look at initiatives, including through the use of social media, to help sustain and maintain the spirit and ethos of TidyTowns during these difficult times. Hopefully, if restrictions are eased, there may be an opportunity for the TidyTowns Committees to undertake some work when it is safe to do so and in a way that is manageable later in the year. But I want to stress, this will not form part of any competition for 2020. "In the meantime, I would urge all TidyTowns Committees to follow the advice of the HSE – stay at home, don’t travel except for essential purposes, and practice social distancing. "My Department will be contacting each group directly by letter advising them of the situation and the rationale for the decision. "Finally, I want to thank the main competition sponsors, SuperValu, for their understanding of the situation we find ourselves in at this time. I know that they, too, will look forward to being able to celebrate the return of the competition in 2021” External link

longfordleader Tuesday, April 21, 2020 9:09:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : "The type of work undertaken could evolve as the public health advice evolves; this may even mean a cessation of work in the event that restrictions were removed and then reintroduced," External link

RTERadio Tuesday, April 21, 2020 8:14:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring stated : “The extension to the existing ferry and bus service for Inisbiggle will last until the 30 th September 2020. This extension will give the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht time to complete the procurement process to ensure that this service is maintained long-term” External link

westernpeople Friday, April 17, 2020 7:54:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring concluded : “This service has proved to be of great benefit to the islanders” External link

westernpeople Friday, April 17, 2020 7:54:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : “This increase in usage of our online library services shows the benefits that people are getting from our libraries during this crisis. While the doors of our public libraries are temporarily closed, it’s great to see that people are availing of the vast array of reading and educational material online,” “I am really heartened by the increase in membership and usage of our online libraries and I urge more people to sign up and avail of the wonderful content and services available. This is your library service, it is completely free and there is so much to be gained from it” External link

westernpeople Thursday, April 16, 2020 6:06:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring concluded : “We have invested significantly in our online library service in recent years and it has really come into its own in recent weeks. This has been made possible by our library staff and management who in a very short time period have re-purposed the library service so as to enable the public to get the best out of our libraries during this time” External link

westernpeople Thursday, April 16, 2020 6:06:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : “Local community and voluntary groups are supporting significant numbers of vulnerable people, many of whom are self-isolating, to get through this crisis. This fund will help these groups to cover the costs of their work,” “This is a response to support immediate and emergency efforts by community and voluntary groups in assisting people locally. It is recognised that there are wider challenges and impacts facing the community and voluntary sector as a whole, but this initiative will help to provide support to community groups that are delivering services at the frontline,” External link

carlow-nationalist Friday, April 10, 2020 1:13:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : “Now is the time to make sure your alarm is working and contact your local community organisation if you have any concerns,” “This initiative is an example of how we are adapting the way we work and using all tools at our disposal to ensure that everyone feels supported and connected at the same time,” External link

thejournal Thursday, April 2, 2020 5:23:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring added : “I would also like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that volunteering should be done in a safe way so that neither the volunteers nor those in need are put at risk, and to always follow the latest HSE guidelines,” External link

thejournal Thursday, April 2, 2020 5:23:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : "Do not be afraid. I'm calling on everyone to talk to your community," External link

eecho Thursday, April 2, 2020 2:01:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : “Depending on how that pans out, Marvel will probably do the same thing,” External link

oregonlive Wednesday, April 1, 2020 1:37:00 AM EAT

Michael Ring said : “Do not be afraid we are there to help… we will get through this,” External link

thejournal Friday, March 20, 2020 10:05:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : "A lot of people out there today are very worried. There’s a lot of people out there that are frightened" External link

independent-ie Friday, March 20, 2020 8:03:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring added : "I want to say to the vulnerable people out there, particularly to people that feel isolated, that feel alone -we have a lot of voluntary groups out there... " External link

independent-ie Friday, March 20, 2020 8:03:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : “While a whole of Government coordinated approach is the backbone to planning for and managing the effects of this emergency, solutions are ultimately implemented at a community level. My Department is working on a number of specific actions in partnership with the community and voluntary sector to support communities in their efforts,” External link

donegaldemocrat Monday, March 16, 2020 12:25:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : “While a whole of Government coordinated approach is the backbone to planning for and managing the effects of this emergency, solutions are ultimately implemented at a community level. My Department is working on a number of specific actions in partnership with the community and voluntary sector to support communities in their efforts,” External link

leinsterexpress Monday, March 16, 2020 2:29:00 AM EAT

Michael Ring said : "My Department is leading efforts across Government to encourage and facilitate community engagement in response to the needs of vulnerable people such as older people or people with disabilities who are living independently in the community," "Stakeholders in the community and voluntary sector with whom my officials are engaging include Alone, Age Friendly Network, Volunteer Ireland, Pobal, The Wheel, the ILDN, Irish Rural Link and many more" External link

irishsun Sunday, March 15, 2020 9:55:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : “The LIS makes a huge difference to people who live in remote rural areas. This further allocation will allow for many more roads in the county to be improved,” External link

westernpeople Wednesday, March 11, 2020 3:01:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring added : “This scheme is a lifeline for people living in rural areas because it directly improves their access to and from their homes and farms,” “Many people living and working in rural areas use these roads every time they enter or leave their home or farm, so the condition of their access road really impacts on them” External link

westernpeople Wednesday, March 11, 2020 3:01:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring stated : “Contrary to media reports, I will not be travelling to Boston for the St. Patrick’s overseas programme. I wish to clarify that I was not travelling in the first instance. My name was in media publications as one of the ministers travelling but this was incorrect. I am not travelling to Boston. I wish to clarify this matter on public record” External link

con-telegraph Tuesday, March 10, 2020 7:53:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring added : “Our public libraries play a very important role in assisting in the delivery of additional educational services to achieve our Sustainable Development Goals and this funding will increase their capacity to continue this great work,” External link

con-telegraph Monday, March 2, 2020 5:02:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring says : “Croagh Patrick is an internationally famous mountain and place of pilgrimage. The Reek, as we know it, is especially dear to people in Mayo. However, with its increasing popularity, the mountain and its habitats are at risk of being damaged. This funding will create a stone path to enable walkers and pilgrims to use the mountain in a sustainable way. The proposed path will be around two metres wide with some variation in width to allow congregation of people without impacting on the surrounding vegetation. The objective is to manage the path in a way that is sympathetic to the setting whilst respecting the cultural value of the mountain. This funding will help provide sustainable access to Croagh Patrick, while providing a high-quality experience for all visitors whatever their inspiration or purpose. Locally sourced materials will be used throughout the repair and restoration of the path and damaged habitats and it may be necessary to move materials along the length of the route to ensure that there are no shortages of appropriate stone. Any imported stone will match that of the Croagh Patrick quartzite. All work will be finished by hand, with the use of excavators kept to a minimum as a means of reducing the potential for health and safety conflicts with continued public use of Croagh Patrick” External link

mwir Tuesday, February 25, 2020 10:35:00 AM EAT

Michael Ring concluded : “Leader funding provides invaluable support to a wide variety of community and enterprise initiatives in Mayo. I have now announced over €7 million in funding for 158 LEADER funded projects in the county” External link

con-telegraph Wednesday, February 12, 2020 10:26:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : “Nephin Whiskey is a fantastic local employer which is helping to attract visitors to Lahardane. I am delighted to see it expand and grow,” External link

westernpeople Thursday, February 6, 2020 3:02:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : “I’m delighted that LEADER is again supporting this effort to make this festival an event which will grow and flourish for the long term,” External link

westernpeople Thursday, February 6, 2020 3:02:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : “Speaking as someone from Westport, Allergan has had a remarkably positive impact on the town and on the region. This announcement is further evidence of how the west can provide a wonderful environment for investors and employers and it is a proud day for everyone connected with Allergan,” External link

MayoNews Tuesday, February 4, 2020 12:13:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring concluded : “This is the first time that we have seen such an ambitious and deliverable plan for the North West region that will ensure that we never again see the type of two-tiered development that FF and others have allowed. Fine Gael will deliver for the North West and are the only party who can be trusted to do so,” External link

finegael Wednesday, January 29, 2020 9:30:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring added : “I have no doubt that the government’s decision to invest €241 million in the N5 Turlough to Westport road will play a positive factor in the decisions of potential investors in our county” External link

con-telegraph Tuesday, January 28, 2020 7:17:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring concluded : “While people say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, there is nothing sincere about the promises FF are making in an attempt to hoodwink people into returning them to Government,” External link

finegael Saturday, January 25, 2020 12:32:00 AM EAT

Michael Ring said : “Since its establishment less than 10 years ago, the impact of the Men’s Sheds movement has been phenomenal,” External link

dublinpeople Friday, January 24, 2020 11:05:00 AM EAT

Michael Ring pointed out : "Two of the largest towns in the western region, Westport and Castlebar, are in close proximity but are linked by a road which is notoriously unsafe and of poor quality. " External link

con-telegraph Sunday, January 19, 2020 4:00:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring concluded : “Fine Gael are committed to delivering broadband,” External link

finegael Friday, January 17, 2020 9:52:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring concluded : “Fine Gael are committed to delivering broadband,” External link

finegael Friday, January 17, 2020 3:32:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : “The broadband officers have engaged with hundreds of committees, boards, managers and owners of premises over the last three years to get agreement on BCP connection points. I take my hat off to them” External link

siliconrepublic Wednesday, January 15, 2020 12:27:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : “The broadband officers have engaged with hundreds of committees, boards, managers and owners of premises over the last three years to get agreement on BCP connection points. I take my hat off to them” External link

siliconrepublic Tuesday, January 14, 2020 4:22:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : “Since its establishment less than 10 years ago, the impact of the men’s sheds movement has been phenomenal,” External link

irishtimes Monday, January 13, 2020 4:10:00 AM EAT

Michael Ring said : “Having allocated over €4.5 million under the Community Enhancement Programme in 2019, I am delighted to confirm that more than 2,000 projects are set to benefit from it. A relatively small amount of money can go a long way and this investment will greatly benefit local community projects throughout the country,” External link

longfordleader Thursday, January 9, 2020 3:39:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring concluded : “Typical enhancements under the Programme include the renovation of community centres and community amenities, improvements to town parks and common areas and spaces and the purchase of equipment which is used to benefit the community. The programme has also supported energy efficient upgrades, developing community gardens, provision of defibrillators, CCTV, and sports and IT equipment,” External link

longfordleader Thursday, January 9, 2020 3:39:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : “221,895 people are now employed in companies supported by the agency. This is the highest total employment in the 20-year history of the agency. 65% of total employment by Enterprise Ireland backed companies is now outside of Dublin. This comes at a time when more people are working that ever before - the unemployment rate currently stands at 4.8%” External link

con-telegraph Wednesday, January 8, 2020 12:55:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : “A relatively small amount of money can go a long way and this investment will greatly benefit local community projects throughout the country” External link

agriland Friday, January 3, 2020 3:10:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : “This funding will contribute to the protection of surrendered, abandoned and at-risk animals. Animal welfare organisations carry out tremendous work here in Mayo and I am delighted to see this work being recognised” External link

westernpeople Monday, December 23, 2019 9:24:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : "Social Enterprises are providing valuable services and supports in communities across Ireland. To assist them in their work, I announced the Small Capital Grants Scheme in October. We received an overwhelming response to this call for funding, with the scheme heavily over-subscribed. " External link

leitrimobserver Monday, December 9, 2019 7:30:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : "I was delighted to discuss the development of this policy which will have such an important bearing on the future of rural Ireland. It will contain commitments designed to have a transformative effect on rural Ireland by building the resilience and sustainability of rural communities and economies. Measures for delivery include, improving quality employment and career opportunities in rural areas; assisting the regeneration and repopulation of rural towns and villages and optimising the opportunities from high-speed broadband and technological advances," External link

irishsun Saturday, December 7, 2019 7:40:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : “I’m on every side of the debate” External link

con-telegraph Saturday, December 7, 2019 4:44:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said ( about Tony McLoughlin ) : "The expansion of the scheme follows a call for Expressions of Interest earlier this year which saw more than 50 applications being received. Up to 30 more walks will be added to the scheme over the next year, once my Department has completed a review of the Scheme and further trails are assessed to ensure that they meet the necessary standards to be included in the scheme. Fine Gael TD and Assistant Government Chief Whip Tony McLoughlin, has said that the inclusion of the Leitrim Way in the expanded Walks Scheme will be a real boost for Leitrim’s tourism. " External link

leitrimobserver Wednesday, December 4, 2019 8:00:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : “I am delighted to announce funding today of €100,000 for five trails in our county. This funding will make a huge difference to the ongoing maintenance and development of the outdoor recreation facilities that are being supported” External link

con-telegraph Friday, November 29, 2019 1:34:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : "It is an honour to pay tribute to these deserving award recipients. " External link

independent-ie Wednesday, November 27, 2019 6:18:00 AM EAT

Michael Ring commented : “It is an honour to pay tribute to these deserving award recipients” External link

afloat Tuesday, November 26, 2019 7:14:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring added : “I would like to commend the efforts of Water Safety Ireland volunteers who devote their time and contribute to the year on year trend of reduced drownings” External link

afloat Tuesday, November 26, 2019 7:14:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : “We need to celebrate our indigenous businesses which are such an important source of employment in rural communities. Here in Mayo we can offer companies excellent infrastructure, skilled workers and high quality third level institutes within the region. Aiden and Loraine and all the team at Cosmetic Creations have shown great foresight, ambition and courage in building the business in a highly competitive market and have achieved a lot in the past three years. This is evidenced by the amount of jobs the company supports in our own county and in Cork. I’m delighted that the government, through Enterprise Ireland, has been able to support Cosmetic Creations to develop and expand. In building the business with fast growing Irish brands that have a strong export focus, Cosmetic Creations has put itself in a strong position to generate significant business with large customers in a number of export markets. I’ve no doubt this will be a success and will generate significant additional employment at both plants. The vision for the company is to have it as one of Europe’s leading contract cosmetic product manufacturers that will have a strong reputation for customer support and technical expertise” External link

con-telegraph Friday, November 22, 2019 2:12:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : “The benefit of previous funding under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme is now being felt countrywide and I am delighted to be able to allocate a further €15 million for projects in 156 towns and villages right across rural Ireland” External link

dublinpeople Friday, November 22, 2019 11:17:00 AM EAT

Michael Ring said : “The new figures show that there are 219,800 people at work in the west region which comprises Mayo, Galway and Roscommon. This is a 20% increase since 2016 or 36,900 jobs” External link

con-telegraph Thursday, November 21, 2019 11:41:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : "The Government's commitment to a maximum possible investment of €3 billion, to deliver the National Broadband Plan, reflects the importance we attach to the equitable economic and social development of our country," "With this commitment, we are making a clear statement that rural Ireland matters, that it is a sound investment, and that our nation's economic and social development relies as much on the contribution and creativity of rural dwellers as it does on those living in our cities" External link

irishsun Tuesday, November 19, 2019 10:37:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring concluded : “Leader funding provides invaluable support to a wide variety of community and enterprise initiatives in Mayo. I have now announced over €6 million in funding for more than 150 Leader funded projects in the county” External link

con-telegraph Thursday, November 7, 2019 8:42:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : "It's alright saying that. Some of these people coming into the country are under very difficult circumstances, they're fleeing from countries that's it's not safe to be in, both men and women, and we're doing our best to provide the best facility we can provide for them. Meanwhile, Brian Killoran, CEO of the Immigrant Council of Ireland, said Ireland had an informal approach to integration and he said it wasn't resourced very well. He said that this can result in issues " External link

RTERadio Wednesday, November 6, 2019 5:39:00 PM EAT

Michael Ring said : “The Government’s commitment to supporting rural Ireland is further underscored through the €1 billion Project Ireland 2040 Rural Regeneration and Development Fund” External link

agriland Thursday, October 31, 2019 9:51:00 PM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
minister49.33%EN10/20/201720/10/2017
minister for regional development1.67%EN09/25/201725/09/2017
minister for regional economic development2.00%EN05/27/201727/05/2017
regional development minister4.33%EN03/10/201710/03/2017
deputy1.00%EN03/07/201707/03/2017
economic development minister6.00%EN02/23/201723/02/2017
regional economic development minister6.00%EN02/23/201723/02/2017
minister for tourism2.67%EN01/27/201727/01/2017
lawmaker1.00%EN01/25/201725/01/2017
sports minister11.33%EN11/16/201616/11/2016
tourism minister5.67%EN09/28/201628/09/2016
colleague2.00%EN07/29/201629/07/2016
sport minister2.00%EN02/11/201511/02/2015
ceo of stelton1.00%EN01/23/201523/01/2015
minister for sport and tourism2.00%EN08/23/201423/08/2014
minister for sport2.00%EN06/02/201402/06/2014
Names Lang Count
Michael RingEN99.83%
MICHAEL RingEN0.17%


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Patrick O Donovan said ( about Michael Ring ) : “Minister Ring said there is, ‘No new policy and herd numbers are not required’. I am very annoyed that the council allowed that misrepresentation of what the government is trying to do. I think the council needs to reflect on the reply I have gotten from Minister Ring - adjust their application process accordingly and clarify that the process they introduced was not appropriate. "I think they owe councillors and the public an explanation because the government position was misrepresented to the tune that they were suggesting a new policy was being introduced and it wasn't,” External link

limerickleader Monday, June 22, 2020 7:36:00 PM EAT

John Paul Phelan said ( about Michael Ring ) : “I welcome the announcement that 23 groups in Carlow will not lose out on funding of €31,000, which was earmarked for them by my colleague minister Ring to help them prepare for this year’s competition,” “Any groups that have already spent the funds they received should retain their records of expenditure in the normal way. I also want to assure those groups which have not yet spent the funding they received, they can continue to use it over the next few months to assist with activities they might undertake as the Covid-19 restrictions are eased, or in preparing for the 2021 competition,” External link

carlow-nationalist Saturday, May 23, 2020 11:08:00 AM EAT

Maria Byrne said ( about Michael Ring ) : “My colleague Minister Michael Ring, the Minister for Rural and Community Development, has today confirmed that 372 men’s and women’s sheds have been allocated a total of €500,000 from his department in order to support the important community work done by these groups,” External link

limerickleader Tuesday, January 21, 2020 11:25:00 AM EAT

Noel Cribbin said ( about Michael Ring ) : "Funding of €100,000 from Minister Ring’s Department has enabled the development of this amazing facility in the town. It is the ideal solution for stressed-out commuters, start-up companies or anyone wishing to have a quiet office space to work in, free from distraction. " External link

offalyexpress Monday, November 25, 2019 3:34:00 PM EAT

Maria Byrne said ( about Michael Ring ) : "This funding is extremely welcome news for Limerick especially for the residents of Murroe and Boher and the wider community in east Limerick. “I am delighted to confirm that Minister Michael Ring, who visited Murroe only last month, has allocated €70,000 to the project to complete the second phase of the multi-access walkway and install public lighting along the new section of the track," External link

limerickleader Thursday, October 31, 2019 7:40:00 PM EAT