Monthly Archives: March 2013

New insolvency rules causing distress among Mayo families

Mayo Deputy Dara Calleary has said the Government’s incoherence over new personal insolvency rules is creating great distress among Mayo families who are crippled by debt. The Fianna Fáil Deputy has also criticised the Taoiseach for washing his hands of the exorbitant cost of childcare – an issue that is putting thousands of families in an impossible position. “There is still much confusion over just how far families will have to go to resolve their debt issues under new personal insolvency arrangements introduced by the Government,” said Deputy Calleary. “While the Taoiseach has said no-one will be forced to quit their job, he stopped short of stating that childcare costs […]

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FF puts families first in new mortgage proposals

Mayo Deputy Dara Calleary has said new proposals on tackling the mortgage crisis published by Fianna Fáil this week will put homeowners back in the driving seat instead of giving all the power to the banks. The Mortgage Resolution Bill 2013 establishes an independent office to resolve personal debt issues, rather than essentially giving the banks a veto as Fine Gael and Labour have done. It builds a series of proposals published by the party over the past two years to support people in serious mortgage difficulty and protecting the family home. Deputy Calleary explained, “One of the biggest barriers to growth and recovery is the number of families and […]

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Rheumatology services are to be provided at Mayo General Hospital

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Fianna Fáil TD for Mayo Dara Calleary has been informed that Rheumatology services are to be provided at Mayo General Hospital from July. The issue of providing Rheumatology services at Mayo General Hospital was once again raised by Ballina-based Cllr Annie May Reape at this week’s Regional Health Forum. Cllr Reape, a long-standing campaigner for Rheumatology services at Mayo General, has been making representations on behalf of the hundreds of adults and children suffering from arthritis on County Mayo for some time now and is delighted to report that an appointment is imminent. “Following questioning of the HSE West at last week’s forum by Cllr Annie May Reape, assurances have […]

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Calleary calls for Govt response to Bewley’s judgement

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Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Enterprise Dara Calleary has called for a response from the Government to today’s High Court ruling in favour of a challenge taken by Bewley’s on Grafton Street against exorbitant rent increases.  Deputy Calleary has welcomed the High Court decision. “This is a very significant judgement, not just for Bewley’s but potentially for all of those High Street retailers that are stifled upward only rent contracts,” said Deputy Calleary. “This case further demonstrates the crippling unfairness of upward only rent contracts and the enormous difficulties experienced retailers locked in those contracts. “Today’s ruling could mark the start of a breakthrough in the fight against upward only rents.  […]

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57 ghost estates in Mayo now eligible for Property Tax – Calleary

Mayo Deputy Dara Calleary called on the Government to explain why it is forcing property taxes on homeowners in at least 57 ghost estates across Co Mayo. Homeowners in these estates were rightly exempt from the household charge last year, but the Government has now said they are eligible to pay property taxes. Just 5 estates across the entire county will still be exempt. Deputy Calleary said said, “It was only right that all of these unfinished estates across Co Mayo were exempt from the household charge last year. Many of the residents are young families who paid way over the odds for what is now a seriously devalued home. […]

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Mobility Allowance cut to hit 160 people in Mayo

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Mayo Fianna Fáil Deputy Dara Calleary has revealed that approximately 175 people with severe disabilities in Co Mayo will see a 20% cut in State supports from July. According to new figures obtained by Fianna Fáil, 160 people with disabilities in Co Mayo who have been in receipt of the Mobility Allowance will see a dramatic reduction in their income from July. It follows the Government’s decision last month to axe the scheme. In addition to this A further 15 people will be hit by the cut to the Motorised Transport Grant. Deputy Calleary described it as a ‘savage cut’ that will have an enormous impact on people with disabilities […]

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MSD job losses a major blow to Wicklow & pharmaceutical sector

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The Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs Dara Calleary has called for an urgent response from Minister Richard Bruton to the closure of a major pharmaceutical plant in Rathdrum Co Wicklow. Deputy Calleary has said the loss of 280 high-quality jobs comes as a major blow to the local economy and to the pharmaceutical sector in Ireland. “This is devastating news for the 280 workers and their families. MSD has been a major employer in Wicklow for decades and many of the staff members have invested years of hard work in this plant,” said Deputy Calleary. “I am calling for an immediate response from the Jobs Minister Richard Bruton.  We need […]

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FF Conference on CAP this weekend

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Fianna Fáil wil be holding a National Conference on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), Saturday 9th March, in the Red Cow Moran Hotel, Naas Road, Dublin 22. Registration will open at 10:30am and the Conference will commence at 11:00am. We look forward to seeing you at the Conference, where you will have a chance to put your views forward on this important issue. Check back later for further details or register your interest in attending at www.fiannafail.ie/agricultureconference.

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Calleary criticises ‘discriminatory’ changes to student grants

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Mayo Fianna Fail Deputy Dara Calleary has said any changes to the assessment for third level grants must not discriminate against farming families and self-employed workers. Deputy Calleary has said the conflicting reports from Ministers about plans to include capital assets in the means-testing for student grants are causing great distress among farming and self-employed families. “This is a huge issue for families who are running their own business, be it farming or otherwise, and are extremely worried about how they will afford to put their children through college,” said Deputy Calleary. “Two years into the term of this Government, and these families still have the threat hanging over their […]

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FF alarm at Government Incoherence on Croke Park 2

Fianna Fáil Jobs Spokesperson Dara Calleary TD has expressed his alarm at what he described as Government incoherence on the updated Croke Park deal. His comments come after a day of contradiction and confusion on the part of senior Government ministers on whether different and better conditions would be available to the members of unions which remained within the Croke Park negotiations. Deputy Calleary commented, “The Government’s message on Croke Park this weekend has been all over the shop. We have seen the farcical situation of senior Government Ministers openly contradicting one another on what’s the strategy and the accuracy of Government inspired newspaper stories. “In a carefully leaked and […]

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