Monthly Archives: June 2013

Calleary appeals to Mayo TDs to oppose special needs cut

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Fianna Fáil Deputy Dara Calleary is appealing to the Fine Gael TDs in Mayo to oppose another dramatic reduction in teaching supports for children with special needs. The Dáil is to debate a Fianna Fáil motion this week, calling for a full reversal of upcoming cuts to resource teaching hours.  Deputy Smith is urging the Fine Gael Deputies in the Mayo constituency to ‘do the right thing’ and ensure that this damaging cut, which will hit every school in the constituency, does not go ahead. “Under a decision taken by the Education Minister Ruairí Quinn, resource teaching hours for children with special needs will be slashed by a further 12% […]

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Govt attack on children with special needs must stop

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Fianna Fáil Deputy Dara Calleary has accused the government of treating children with special needs as an ‘easy target’ for budget cuts. Schools in Mayo and right across the country are to be hit with yet another dramatic reduction in resource hours from September.  This follows a 10% cut in June 2011 and a further 5% and cut in June 2012.  Overall, resource hours for children with special needs will be down 25% in the lifetime of this government. Deputy Calleary has described it as an outrageous decision that will have an impact right across the school system. “This is very distressing news, particularly for parents of children with special […]

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Calleary urges Govt to address surge in gas & electricity cut-offs

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Fianna Fáil Deputy Dara Calleary has called on the government to address the alarming rise in the number of gas and electricity disconnections in Mayo and across the country. New figures released by the Energy Regulator show that nationally, more than 20,000 homes had their electricity or gas cut off last year because they cannot pay their bills. According to Deputy Calleary, this signals a ‘growing crisis’ among lower and middle-income families who have recently found themselves unable to pay their basic bills. “Last year alone, there was an 82% increase in homes that had their gas supply cut off.  In addition to this, 14,650 households across the country had […]

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Cost Plus Sofas news another blow to retail sector

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The sudden announcement by Cost Plus Sofas of impending store closures and job cuts is causing alarm among staff and customers of 23 Irish stores, according to Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs Dara Calleary. Deputy Calleary has criticised the company’s method of announcing such a major ‘restructuring’ of its business in Ireland, which is likely to result in sweeping cuts. The Fianna Fáil Deputy said, “Customers attempting to contact Cost Plus Sofas today are being stone-walled with a blunt message on the company’s website and phone-lines.  Many have tried to contact their local store and have been unable to. “What is of greater concern is how the hundreds of workers […]

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Mayo left out of new school works list – Calleary

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Fianna Fáil Deputy Dara Calleary has said he is ‘dismayed’ that Co Mayo has been left entirely out of a new list of school building projects. The government today announced 50 million in additional funding today for 28 new school building projects, but none of them are in Co Mayo. Deputy Calleary said, “I find it very difficult to comprehend how Mayo based schools at both primary and post-primary level have failed to secure any funding under this investment plan. “There are a number of schools projects that were commenced under the previous government that have been inexplicably stalled by this government. These schools are badly in need of investment […]

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