Monthly Archives: April 2013

3 Mayo FF members elected to party’s Ard Comhairle

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Three Mayo Fianna Fáil members were elected to Fianna Fáil’s governing body, the Ard Comhairle, at the party’s 74th Ard Fheis at the weekend. Deputy Dara Calleary was re-appointed Honorary Secretary of the party while 26 year old Barrister Lisa Chambers from Castlebar was re-elected as party Vice President. Mayo accountant Henry Cleary was also elected to the Committee of 20 representing grass roots members on the Ard Comhairle, beating off stiff competition from other members. More than 4,000 Fianna Fáil members from across the country travelled to the RDS in Dublin for the 2-day event.  The theme was ‘A Fairer Way to Recovery’ and focused on tackling the mortgage […]

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Creating employment by driving enterprise – Dara Calleary, FF Ard Fhéis, April 27 2013

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Delegates, Oireachtas colleagues, Councillors, ladies and gentlemen I want to thank you for your participation and involvement in this morning’s workshop. I want to especially thank Gina Quinn and Tara Buckley for giving up their Saturday to share their expertise and insights with us-I hope you will all agree that they have added significantly to our debate this morning. I want to thank my colleagues John McGuinness & Senator Mary White for their input today but also on an ongoing basis. They bring practical experience to the table with histories of been job creators themselves in a range of successful businesses. Creating employment-Our greatest challenge The greatest failure of this […]

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Bangor FF to host ‘Save our Small Schools’ Public Meeting

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Bangor Fianna Fáil Comhairle Cheantair is hosting a Save our Small Schools meeting in The Talk of the Town on Thursday May 2nd. Charlie McConalogue T.D., the Party’s Spokesperson on Education will be the guest speaker. Chairman of the Comhairle Cheantair John Cosgrove explained that the Fianna Fáil organisation were hosting the meeting due to the concerns being expressed throughout Erris in relation to the future of the peninsula’s small schools. “This Government has adopted a policy of severe harm to the future of small schools with pupil/teacher ratios rising and as a result schools in the Barony of Erris are going to lose teachers and resources. “On top of […]

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Four Mayo candidates to run for FF Ard Comhairle

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Fianna Fáil members from across Co Mayo will travel to Dublin this weekend for the party’s largest annual gathering, the Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis. The event, which takes place at the RDS in Dublin this coming Friday and Saturday, culminates in the election of a new National Executive. There are four Fianna Fáil members from Co Mayo running for positions.  Ballina TD Dara Calleary is set to be re-elected as Honorary Secretary of the party, while 26 year old barrister from Castlebar Lisa Chambers will be re-elected as party Vice President. Westport journalist Joan Geraghty, who was recently appointed a Fianna Fáil Local Area Representative, is also seeking election to […]

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Calleary invites Oireachtas Enterprise Committee to Mayo & Galway

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Members of the Oireachtas Enterprise Committee will see first-hand the challenges facing businesses in Mayo and Galway next week at the invitation of Mayo Deputy Dara Calleary. Deputy Calleary, Fianna Fáil’s Spokesperson on Jobs and Enterprise, has invited a delegation of TDs and Senators to meet with business leaders and organisations in Castlebar and Ballinasloe on Monday.   Local TDs will also be in attendance. “The aim of this trip is to give TDs and Senators a first-hand insight into the real challenges facing business, employers and workers in Co Mayo at this time,” said Deputy Calleary. “We will be meeting Ballyhaunis Chamber of Commerce, Castlebar Chamber, Claremorris Chamber and Westport […]

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Calleary calls for emergency measures to support Mayo farmers

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Fianna Fáil Deputy Dara Calleary has called for emergency measures to help Mayo farmers who are serious difficulty as a result of the unprecedented fodder crisis. The Mayo Deputy has accused the Government of refusing to recognise the devastation in the farming sector caused by unseasonable weather over the past number of months. “I and my colleagues have raised this issue a number of times with Minister Coveney and he has refused to acknowledge just how bad this situation has become. We are experiencing an unprecedented fodder crisis that is seriously damaging the farming sector in Mayo and across West of Ireland,” said Deputy Calleary. “The heavy rain last summer […]

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Mayo primary schools facing funding crisis

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Mayo Deputy Dara Calleary has said that more and more primary schools across Co Mayo are falling into unmanageable debt as a result of a series of cuts introduced by the Education Minister Ruairí Quinn over the past two years. The Fianna Fáil Deputy has called on the Government to immediately address what has become a funding crisis at primary school level. According to Deputy Calleary, the scrapping of the Minor Works Grant last year has hit local schools particularly hard. “Teachers and parents attached to a number of different schools have contacted me to express their concerns about the deepening financial problems at their school. The loss of the […]

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Calleary calls for reversal of ‘discriminatory’ changes to Farm Assist

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Mayo Deputy Dara Calleary has called on Fine Gael and Labour to rethink their ‘disgraceful and highly discriminatory’ changes to the Farm Assist payment. The Fianna Fáil Deputy said the changes to the qualification criteria for Farm Assist introduced in the Budget have already had an enormous impact on the most vulnerable farmers in Mayo, to the point that for many of them, it’s simply not worth their while continuing to farm. “These changes, which were introduced by the Social Protection Minister Joan Burton in Budget, came into effect at the beginning of this month.  The 1,817 farmers affected in Mayo have seen a huge cut in their income as […]

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Calleary pledges to resist closure of small local schools

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Mayo Fianna Fáil Deputy Dara Calleary has said any attempt to force the amalgamation of small schools in Co Mayo must be resisted. Deputy Calleary has raised serious concerns about the fresh threat to the future of small schools in Mayo and rural communities across the West of Ireland. “It has been clear for some time that the Education Minister Ruairí Quinn has an agenda to force the amalgamation of small rural schools.  My fear is that this will result in a number of small schools here in Mayo being forced to close and some communities in this region will inevitably lose their local school entirely,” said Deputy Calleary. “There […]

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Radical new approach needed to tackle unemployment crisis

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Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs Dara Calleary has called for an urgent and radical change in the Government’s approach to tackling the jobs crisis, as long-term unemployment reaches alarming levels. According to the latest CSO figures published today, 44% of those on the Live Register are now trapped in long-term unemployment and the unemployment rate remains stuck at 14%. “The IMF has this week described the jobs crisis here as ‘staggering’ with an alarming 23% of the labour force now either unemployed or underemployed.  Behind these figures are people in extreme difficulty who feel there are no realistic work options available to them,” said Deputy Calleary. “It is clear that […]

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