Monthly Archives: November 2013

Calleary welcomes jobs announcement in Mayo, Calls for greater focus on job creation in Western region

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Fianna Fáil Jobs Spokesperson Dara Calleary has welcomed confirmation of 150 new jobs at Northgate Information Solutions in Castlebar.  The Mayo Deputy commented, “This is a welcome boost for the county and the Castlebar area in particular.  Great credit is due to the Enterprise and Investment Unit in Mayo County Council, which played a key role in securing this expansion. “We need to see more of this type of enterprise investment in Co Mayo and the Western region as a whole.  The recovery in employment in this region is lagging behind Dublin and Cork, and much of the new jobs we have seen in the West are concentrated in Galway. […]

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Government engaged in covert attack on Mayo small schools – Calleary

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Mayo Deputy Dara Calleary has said there is a mounting threat to the future of small schools across Co Mayo as the Government continues to sit on a report which could determine their future. In response to questions from Fianna Fáil in the Dáil, the Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn again refused to commit to a date for publishing the Value for Money review, which he has had since early this year. Deputy Calleary explained, “Minister Quinn has been sitting on this report for about nine months now, while uncertainty looms over the future of schools with less than 85 pupils. This uncertainty is highly damaging, as parents will understandably […]

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Govt blocks FF proposals to revive town centres

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Mayo Deputy Dara Calleary has hit out at the Government for blocking Fianna Fáil proposals to revitalise struggling town centres in Mayo and across the country. The Fianna Fáil Bill, which was debated in the Dáil on Friday, proposed the establishment of a Town Team in each local authority to implement a town revitalisation plan.  Fine Gael and Labour said they would not be supporting it. It’s part of a wider Fianna Fáil strategy, which sets out a bold new vision on reviving town centres and supporting local businesses across the West of Ireland. Deputy Calleary explained, “The sad reality is that many of our town centres in Mayo and […]

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Govt failing consumers by not addressing anomalies in gift voucher system

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Fianna Fáil Enterprise Spokesperson Dara Calleary says the Government is failing consumers by not introducing adequate legislation to give gift vouchers the same status as cash for retail purchases. Deputy Calleary says Irish consumers were hit badly this year when a number of high profile retailers went into administration and thousands of customers were left out of pocket when some companies refused to honour in-store gift vouchers. Deputy Calleary commented: “This weekend marks the real start of the Christmas shopping season throughout the country. Last year thousands of people received gift vouchers from retailers as Christmas presents. Unfortunately less than a month later, some, including high-profile names, went into administration […]

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FF calls on Govt to intervene as Lufthansa Technik considers closure

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Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs Dara Calleary has called on the Government to intervene as aircraft maintenance firm Lufthansa Technik considers closure. Deputy Calleary said, “400 highly skilled high quality jobs are at risk here. These are jobs that the local economy and the Irish aviation sector cannot afford to lose.  The Government has a duty to intervene and explore all options for preserving the future of aircraft maintenance in Ireland. “Just yesterday, the Taoiseach was out announcing hundreds of new airline jobs as a result of a Ryanair expansion.  At a time when the airline industry in Ireland is growing significantly, it’s difficult to understand how Dublin can be […]

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Ballina is Pride of Place winner!

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Mayo Fianna Fáil TD Dara Calleary has expressed his satisfaction that Ballina has been crowned the winner of the 2013 Pride of Place for Towns with a population over 2,000. The announcement was made a gala function in Derry on Saturday night last. “The Pride of Place Award is a much sought after accolade for towns, villages and communities throughout the country. The fact alone that villages and towns must be nominated for inclusion in the competition by their respective Local Authorities is a vote of confidence in those competing towns and I am absolutely thrilled that our town, Ballina, has been awarded this prestigious title,” said Deputy Calleary. “The […]

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National Training Fund surplus must be invested in job activation

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The Government is sitting on a multi-million euro unspent resource in the National Training Fund (NTF) while hundreds of thousands of job seekers are looking for work, according to Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs Dara Calleary. Figures revealed to Deputy Calleary through Parliamentary Questions show that there was an unspent resource of €155m in the NTF at the beginning of this year.  According to the Department of Education, which manages the fund, this is likely to stand at just under €117m at the end of the year. “This money needs to be invested in valuable training opportunities for those seeking work.  It makes no sense to sit on such a […]

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Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs Dara Calleary has said the news of 80 job losses at Homecare Medical Supplies comes as a major blow to East Mayo. The Irish-based company has been forced to axe 80 positions, including 50 in Kiltimagh and 15 in Ballyhaunis, having lost an important HSE contract. “My thoughts are with the workers and management at Homecare Medical at this extremely difficult time.  This comes as a terrible blow to them and their families, particularly in the weeks leading up to Christmas,” said Deputy Calleary. “Homecare Medical is a valued employer in Kiltimagh and Ballyhaunis.  The loss of these jobs will unfortunately have a significant impact on […]

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